Alhassane Bah, 18, a student in grade 10, is animated with two of his friends, with a creative idea. He, Boubacar Sow and Mamadou Bobo Baldé have embarked on an “ambitious” project, that of designing a helicopter flying with two engines plus two people on board, “latest generation” cars, villas with everything you need inside. .
These dynamic and persevering young people do not intend to give up, notwithstanding the enormous difficulties they are already encountering. “Not very educated, lack of means and financial support” are the main ills they suffer from.
Alassane, a student, Boubacar, a mechanic, are armed with unwavering courage. At their workplace, in a village called “Kourahii”, not far from the town of Labé, located in the east of the country, these young people design planes, helicopters, cars and villas. This project, according to Alassane, was born out of an observation. “The idea has crossed our heads since 2012, because we have found that in our country (Guinea) there is no manufacturing or assembly plant for vehicles, helicopters, planes or other . That’s what drove us to do that. ”
Since starting this project, Chief Bah says they have made at least 20 planes, more than 50 cars, helicopters, and a number of the villas he says he forgot. Everything is made from recyclable tools. “We use sheets, iron, wire, flashlights, batteries …”
The initiators of the project realize their ingenuity in a building under construction, the interior of which is not unlaced or crimped. “This is where we set up our laboratory,” says Boubacar Sow. “This is where we do it all,” he adds.
In a room on the left side of the house, there are cut sheets, cars being assembled, a seal containing parts to be used, brushes and scissors on the laboratory table.
How cars and helicopters work!
The vehicles they made by hand have everything that can look like a normal car. These are prado brand 4x4s that are parked. Two designed vehicles, one black and the other white, can run on electricity, which these “ingenious” youngsters installed. With electricity, cars have their headlights, indicators and dashboard on. Another system adaptable to helicopters is installed for flying devices.
As for villas, there are different qualities: simple villas, duplexes and large villas. “They have everything you can imagine in their house: electricity, television plus a satellite dish, …”
What are these devices made for?
“We make certain devices to go and resell them in order to find money to be able to buy other work materials, such as coils, bulbs …”, quotes Boubacar Sow.
From the conception of the idea to its realization!
Sometimes we draw what we want to do before we start making it. But we also do research on the net to be able to complete what we don’t know. For the moment, we are in the experimental phase. Our goal is not to sell what we make. We acquire experiences. The only thing that pushes us to sell is to find other work tools to help out, “added Alassane Baldé. For him, the team is looking to have more experience to design a helicopter that can fly for miles.
To make a small helicopter, the team estimates the expenses at 200,000 GNF (25 euros). When they finish manufacturing, they sell for “the purchase of other tools” and for a small profit.
According to them, if all the material is at their disposal before the start of a plane or a city, the time of the realization does not exceed four days.
Relationship between studies, mechanics and realization of a project
Alassane, Boubacar and Bobo are “well” organized. The pupil goes to class until the end of the lessons, comes home, rests before joining the Laboratory. It’s the same with Bobo and Sow, the mechanic. When they return from work, at 4 p.m., everyone returns to the workplace. “On Saturday and Sunday, no one is idle because of our meeting here,” said Boubacar Sow.
A helicopter in the final stages, due to lack of resources!
Since 2012, the trio have started manufacturing a large helicopter, but for lack of resources and financial support, they have put it on standby. This device they want to fly through the air requires two motors. “We had planned for two people, but given the slowness and the circumstances, we will reduce to one person,” said Bah.
In order to find means and make their project viable, the group sought to see the authorities at all levels. At the local level as far as the capital Conakry. But, “they were limited to false promises and were not interested in us and our work”, deplores Sow Boubacar, the mechanic. Before saying: “However, we need the money to buy things like putty, paint, do the welding and buy two engines to operate the big helicopter.” At the moment, they have no other recourse, apart from doing little things, reselling, so that the initiative does not die in the bud.
Our parents encourage us for what we are doing. They all hope it will go ahead. They urge us to arm ourselves with more courage, since they believe like us, that it will succeed, “inform the young people.
In addition to the means to be found, these young people wish to be supported to study in the “aeronautics” field.
“Whatever we do, if we don’t have enough knowledge, it will be difficult to achieve it. This is why we are flying to study, “said Alassane Bah, with a slight smile.