Just In: NCAA, NASENI, was tasked on first made-in-Nigeria helicopter

Major General Muhammadu Buhari has capitulate the commitment of his administration in launching the first made-in-Nigeria non-commercial helicopter  currently being produced at the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI).

 

 

Buhari betell the fact as proof of the ability of Nigerians to carryout in associated with technical knowledge of aircraft manufacturing and aviation sector.

 

Therefore, the President has given a fresh imperative order to the Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna, to get the required certification and approvals from relevant authorities for non-commercial flight (PNCF) helicopter, and to guarantee that Nigeria’s first locally made aircraft will be launched in the administration in office

 

In accordance to the presidential imperative order,  Haruna and the team management of the agency had an oversight visit to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) headquarters in Abuja, on 20 of January 2021, to notify the Director-General, Captain Musa Nuhu, based on Buhari’s order.

 

 

The NCAA issues permit and certification for the made-in-Nigeria helicopter, including certificate of aircraft registration, airworthiness, noise regulation, and general certification.

 

“The delay in getting these permits and certificates approved since 2015 has greatly affected the delivery of the goals of the project,” the NASENI boss said.

 

 

He proclaim during the meeting with the NCAA that President Buhari had given NASENI and the rest of the agencies associated with Nigeria’s helicopter project, including the Federal Ministry of Aviation and others who have parts to play, to expedite action on the processes.

 

Haruna said the President forecast to launch the helicopter in the last quarter of 2021.

 

In adherent to him, the required component parts to make the helicopter wholly Nigeria-made have been manufactured locally in the country by NASENI and its partners. The task, he said, had been accomplished by the agency. The parts to be imported are also already in the country.

 

In 2016, consequently to  President Buhari’s order, NASENI successfully designed and manufactured locally  first jet-engine for aircraft, which was launched with a funfair at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja.

 

“What is left to be done to achieve the project are the technical certifications by the relevant agencies in Nigeria, subsequently today’s visit to NCAA,” Haruna said.

 

 

The newly appointed DG of NCAA, Nuhu, lauded and commemorate their relentless stringent of his predecessor in supporting NASENI to actualize the project.

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