Uganda is full of many ambitions people and this week the residents of Entebbe Municipality were invited to an eye-catching event when a former Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) fire fighter and aviation partisan Julius Otai showed off a locally made plane in Entebbe Town.
According to the Daily Monitor, small “plane” cannot fly because the International Civil Aviation Organizations (ICAO) laws do not permit Uganda to manufacture planes, yet. The whole point of this project Mr Otai said was to showcase Uganda’s potential to do things that many thought involved a lot of knowledge and expertise. He said :
[signoff predefined=”Quotation” icon=”icon-username”]“It is a static DC10 with three engines, landing gear and lighting systems for study purposes to show that Uganda has people with creative minds,I metal than the recommended aluminum titanium steel because he knew it would not be allowed to fly. This is a prototype for study purposes but can be improved further to have a better version.I have read several aviation books and want to go back to Soroti Flying School to become a flight engineer. I painted it in Ethiopian airline colours because Ethiopia has the best airline in Africa that he wants Uganda to envisage.”[/signoff]
This is not the first locally made aircraft in fact the Daily Monitor reports that in 2010, Nsambya-based Chris Matovu madethe first ever locally made aircraft, African Skyhawk that weighed 620kg, with a max speed of 930km/h (more than 450knots) Just like Otai, Matovu was not allowed to test it by the Aviation Authorities.