The 35 year old Ethiopian has a strong belief that one day soon he will succeed with his plan of completing his own plane, he has faced many challenges and setbacks in his prospective carrier, though he has never stepped his feet in a plane, the amateur aircraft builder believes he will fullfil his dreams.
Many years ago, Zeferu wanted to leave Alemaya University in order to join the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy and of which he was refused to enrol because he failed to meet the standard requirements, he was so disappointed after being rejected, it was a strong pinch to Zeferu’s dream of flying a plane.Follow @newslexpoint
This Ethiopian Engineer is determined!
Zeferu has spent more than 10 years trying to read different air craft books, search the web for YouTube videos learning plane craft building, he got the knowledge and begun building the first ever home-built aircraft using first and second-hand materials / components he collected from workshops and garages.
His aircraft is powered by a horizontally opposed 40 horse power second-hand Volkswagen beetle engine and it can run up to 3000rpm with 4 cylinders and 4 stroke, he made a fuselage from wood and mounted his aircraft on a wheel-base of a Suzuki motorcycle frame.
Zeferu named his aircraft K-570A which represents his mother’s first name, Kiro and 570 representing the number of days it took him to complete his aircraft, lastly “A” represents aircraft.
The amateur aircraft builder was finally offered a fully paid scholarship to go and study Aeronautical Engineering at Inholland University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.
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