Video: Tanzania builds first African helicopter


A Tanzanian national has built a helicopter from scratch, according to local media.

The 2-seater helicopter prototype made at the Arusha Technical College in Tanzania in the engineering department was in its final stages of production.

“We are complementing president John Magufuli’s industrialisation policy in pioneering the  first locally made helicopters that will be availed to residents on affordable prices,” ATC chopper project engineer Abdi Mjema told http://answersafrica.com/.

He said the engineering department has more technology prototypes yet to be finalised.

Mjema said they were in touch with Tanzania civil aviation authority for permission to fly the chopper as a trial.

Engineer Adisai Msongole, the bursar at ATC and another brain behind the project, says the chopper will be used for surveillance, rescue missions and agricultural purposes.

Maimuna Tarishi, the permanent secretary of the ministry of education, science and technology complemented the innovators after visiting their workstation.

If cleared by the aviation regulator, it will take to the skies in 2018.

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