The Mechanical and Engineering Department of the Arusha Technical College (MEDATC) have started building their first helicopter which will start flying in July 2016.
“The two seater helicopter is now in its final stages and 50% of the work has been completed”, that’s according to the engineer Abdi Mjema.
This idea of building a Tanzanian helicopter came in two months ago by two engineers at the Arusha Technical College who thought of ordinary citizens to access them at an affordable price.
“We want to complement the President of Tanzania, John Magufuli for his vision on industrialization policy in pioneering the first locally made helicopters that will be available for ordinary residents at an affordable price”, said engineer Abdi Mjema.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ms Maimuna Tarishi hailed the project and said her Ministry will give them all the support they need.
“We are proud of the work which is being done here, Arusha will make history when our home made helicopter takes off into the skies next month, said Maimuna.
This project of building helicopters at Arusha Technical College (ATC) is one of the many engineering activities happening at the college.
According to the man behind the ATC chopper project, Abdi Mjema said by 2020 they will ease transport problems in the country by building more helicopters.
“We have all hope that we can roll out 20 helicopters a year”, said Mjema.
The just made helicopter has motors which have been manufactured by Volkswagen in Germany and they are the same ones which have been used to to make the Robinson helicopters in the United States.
The Prototype helicopter has a flying ceiling of 400 feet for the starters but the height will increase with more complete and accomplished models.