On January 22, with much expectation in the air, the small North African country saw the unveiling of an even smaller carbon fibre and aluminium-made plane – the first ever to be produced in Tunisia.
It weighs less than 300 kilos but flies a solid 1,200 km at a maximum speed of 250 km per hour. The design actually originates in France, but that doesn’t matter, does it?
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”95 % of the components of this airplane have been made in Tunisia. Its motor has been transformed and was originally that of a car,” Férid Kamel, airplane pilot and head of Oxygen Aeronautics, the company that realised the dream project, told l’Économiste Maghrébin.
The question is, who’s going to fly this thing? According to Tunis Times, laws regarding pilot licenses for civilians remain vague. It is unclear what that means, but the company expects to build 10 planes per year. Which would suffice to accommodate local demand of 15 planes.