A Failed Dream | Daniel Chingoma’s Helicopter Finally Takes For The Skies, But Only A Crane
The popular helicopter that had remained stationary for ages at Mbudzi round about has taken off for the skies, alas! on a crane not on its wings.
The chopper, owned by entrepreneur, musician, and director of Taisek Engineering (PVT) Ltd, Daniel Chingoma had remained idle even since it was assembled in 2003 when the National Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe banned it from flying.
The Zimcopter, as it is affectionately known, was built from scrap metal and a car engine, a Lexus V8 engine. It had side mirrors from a Hilux bakkie and a tobacco thermometer in the cockpit.
Pictures of the chopper being carried off by a crane to pave way for the development of Mbudzi road interchange have flooded and provoked mixed emotions on social media.
Many could not help but sympathize with Chingoma for effort that went down the drain.
Kelvin Kelly-k Nyoka
This is a sad story. He even went on to do more inventions bt the political landspace had other ideas for him. I remember him wen he founded Teisek Engineering after this project collapsed.
Ofcoz Kuzviitira Kodiwa, bt Daniel deakasticker to design and Engine Ideas only then approach a production company. With his Designs and Engine Prototypes. Zvaiva Nani. Coz Mukuzviitira Umu he makes Smthing sort of Sculpture Abstract Art, real innovatives won’t take it Serious..they will appreciate the idea behind Bt the overall out up is uninvestable in race with What other innovative creatives are Coming up with around the world …
Emmanuel Band Jr
some people might see this funny but i dont at all. We are all masters of deception why didn’t the government create maybe a ministry of innovation so we don’t waste such resources and Brainsz What a pathetic government we have.
It can actually fly. But haina permit.
It’s sad we seek investors to come and take our minerals but we turned a blind eye on this genius. We could have been exporting helicopters to Russia or Ukraine had we helped this guy to chase his dream.
The same thing happened to Strive Masiyiwa achida kuvhura Econet mu Zimbabwe. Sabotage, sabotage, sabotage, nemweya wegodo PHD (pull him down.