EFFORTS to commence production of locally made helicopters in Nigeria has commenced with a partnership between the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
The agency charged with the responsibility of fast-tracking home-initiated industrialization is meeting the aviation industry regulatory body to provide relevant guides for its plan stating that it needs to get certification to move forawrd.
NASENI has also placed an order for a Dynali H3 easy flyer sport ultralight helicopter for the purpose of reverse engineering.
Executive Vice- Chairman/CEO of NASENI, Prof. Muhammed Sanni Haruna, spoke in Lagos during a courtesy visit to the NCAA headquarters where he was received by the DG, Capt. Mukhtar Usman.
The EVC disclosed that in line with the agency’s mandate in Aviation and Aeronautics Technology, the agency reached out to potential partners and manufacturers of helicopters.
He said Dynali Helicopter Manufacturer was found to be a willing partner, adding that the Dynali Helicopter was selected because its technology is easier to copy, learn, domesticate and modify.
“They are willing to build the capacity of our staff for maintenance, repair, assembly and manufacturing of helicopters in Nigeria”, he said.
The EVC assured that before the end of 2019, staff of the agency would have mastered the art of building the helicopters, adding that the agency had in the past produced unmanned aerial vehicle (drones).
He said, “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 further.”
“We are confident that through your support and that of other stakeholders,the made-in Nigeria Helicopter project will be a success.
ln-line with NASENl’s mandate in Aviation and Aeronautics technology, Ministerial and Presidential directives to the Agency to develop made-in-Nigeria helicopters, the Agency reached out to potential partners and manufacturers of
helicopters and eventually found Dynali Helicopter Manufacturing Company of Belgium as a willing partner to fast-track technology acquisition and domestication.
The company is the manufacturer of a wide range and models of Dynali H3 easy flyer sport ultralight helicopters. The company produces the simplest, easy to maintain and operate helicopters of high quality and of international standards.
Dynali Helicopter was selected because their technology is easier to copy, learn, domesticate and modify. They are willing to build the capacity of our staff for maintenance, repair, assembly, and manufacturing of helicopters in Niger’
The helicopter has been produced, tested and ready for delivery to Nigeria. In order to take delivery of the aircraft, we have requested for a clearance to import the aircraft from the Ministry of Transportation through our supervising Ministry of Science and Technology). The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is an important stakeholder in this effort and that is why we reached out to you for support and guidance.
The NCAA DG assured that the authority would partner with the agency to provide guidance in line with global standard and recommended practices in aviation.
He said, “As you know aviation is highly regulated, it is international in nature and that is why the NASENI came today for us to partner and work to ensure that international standard and recommended practices are maintained because aviation is high precision industry, it involves safety and security.”