Mubarak Abdullahi’s home-made helicopter takes Nigeria’s Kano Plains by storm

Yahoo! News (among other sources) carries a story from October 21st about Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi of the Kano Plains of Nigeria who has built a working helicopter over the last 8 months using scrap aluminum and parts from a Honda Civic, an old Toyota and from the remains of a crashed Boeing 747.

This inventor has had no formal training in flying and his helicopter has never flown higher than 7 feet of the ground. In an interview, he talks about how the machine works:

Mubarak Abdullahi’s home-made helicopter

“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. The further you shift the accelerator the faster it goes and once you reach 300 rmp you press the joystick and it takes off,”

Mubarak is ambitious however and has embarked on a new project to build a better helicopter that will be able to make 3 hour flights. He hopes to get support for his project from the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and other Nigerian government bodies.

Mubarak Abdullahi’s home-made helicopter  Mubarak Abdullahi’s home-made helicopter

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  6. I’d like an set of plans & detailed parts list
    “as built” with updated revisions.

    Also;direct contact info. for Mr.Mubarak Abdullahi.


  7. I’m a flight addict: I can help Mubarak upgrading the external parts of the helicopter.
    I’ll be glad to read something from him.

  8. This doesn’t sound very plausible at all. Read the dimensions of the thing – ‘7 metres tall’ (sic) – there’s no way that the object in the photo is 7 metres tall unless the builder is a giant.

    I also think it’s extremely unlikely that the thing can fly although some video of it doing so would have helped to prove that.

    Summary: would be great to think it’s true, but I don’t think so.

  9. Good work from Abdullahi. If you can make a chopper from scratch,i know you can make a video of it flying and post it somehwere we can see. eg Youtube.

  10. this is great and he did a great work. he deserve aplause. lifting an inch off the ground is a brilliant start. he would have satisfied basic engineering theories before it can lift an inch. this is to tell you that the nation has that raw talent that if polished will produce good result. lot of them are out in there both home and away doing unbelievable stuff. the nation need to encourage such an excellent idea.

  11. I salute the boy for his efforts in making helicopter in his own hands.

    I believe that the real development of Africa continent will be achieved through doing inventions and innovations by putting on market world wide its own made products.

    I, a founder and chairman of Africa Great Thinkers Co. Ltd (AGT) and my team, we wish to support the boy to make his helicopter more usable and safe.

    “Let’s turn our knowledge into a reality for Africa development”

  12. The guy who try out his hand on this home made helicopter should be encouraged.
    Mubarak keep your vision on
    Prof Odesola

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    Thank you for writing your contact address and phone number.
    (country code 234, numbers are 234-70-xxxx-xxxx)
    Please add an email address if possible, one that is checked a bit regularly, to make it easier to contact you.

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  16. Yeah Yeah We’ve heard all this before, but why no pictures of it actually flying? Who has actually see it fly?? Show some pics but please no ingenius Nigerian photoshoppers getting into the act now!!
    An acredited journalist from a TV Station must do an outdoor live recording. No Chroma Key (Green Screen)either Please!


    Peekaboo Mdalangi

  17. hey i live in kano nigeria and i would really like to meet mubarak if he would agree i would really like to c the heli he build
    its really amazing wat he did b4 i saw wat he did on the internet i was looking aroung around 4 rc helicopters and i have been study closely how they work and i draw some draft sketches of the steering control and construction of a homemade helicopter. so Mubarak if u agree to meet me i’ll be glad to and plz contact me at me email …..thnx

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