The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI, is seeking the support of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, in its plan to achieve a made-in-Nigeria helicopters.
Speaking about the planned helicopter during a courtesy visit to the NCAA headquarters in Lagos, the Executive Vice- Chairman/CEO of NASENI, Prof. Muhammed Sanni Haruna said orders have been placed for a Dynali H3 easy flyer sport ultralight helicopter for the purpose of reverse engineering.
According to him, Dynali Helicopter Manufacturer is willing to partner NASENI, adding that the Dynali Helicopter was selected because its technology is easier to copy, learn, domesticate and modify.
Haruna said : “They are willing to build the capacity of our staff for maintenance, repair, assembly and manufacturing of helicopters in Nigeria. Research and Development is not one or two – day affair but we have facilities for reverse engineering”.
“In fact we have a centre which we call rapid prototyping centre. Any machine that you want to reproduce, we have facilities, advance manufacturing equipment for that matter on how to give us something fast but then aviation is a high safety and security industry that certain things, we must wait for certification from here (NCAA) before we proceed.”
“We are confident that through your support and that of other stakeholders, the made-in Nigeria Helicopter project will be a success”, he added.