Nigerian Undergraduate Student Builds Helicopter From Junk

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Sept 4, 2012 – Nigerian Undergraduate Student Builds Helicopter From Junk

In another reinforcement of ‘Nigeria’s got talent’, a 24-yr old undergraduate Physics student has built a working helicopter from junk.

Mubarak Muhammed Abdullahi spent the last 8-months building the yellow helicopter model seen above with money he saved from repairing cellular phones and computers.

He sourced the other parts from crashed 747 aircraft. The 12m-long helicopter is powered by a secondhand 133 horsepower engine from Honda Civic car.

There are 2 Toyota car seats in the basic cockpit. The helicopter is controlled with an ignition button, an accelerator lever to control vertical thrust and a joystick that provides balance and bearing. A camera beneath the chopper connected to a small screen on the dash gives the pilot ground vision, and he communicates via a small transmitter.

Mubarak says he learned the basics of helicopter flying through the internet after he decided it would be easier to build a chopper than a car. Flying his creation is easy, he claims. “You start it, allow it to run for a minute or two and you then shift the accelerator forward and the propeller on top begins to spin,” he explains. “The further you shift the accelerator the faster it goes and once you reach 300 rpm you press the joystick and it takes off.”

Undeterred that his home-made transporter, which lives in a hangar on campus, lacks the gear to measure atmospheric pressure, altitude and humidity, Mubarak is working on a new machine which “will be a radical improvement on the first one in terms of sophistication and aesthetics.”

A two-seater with the ability to fly at 15 feet for three hours at a time, Mubarak’s new creation will be powered by a brand-new motor straight from Taiwan, normally found in motorbikes. (RoadMapNigeria)