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Fayaz 2019 Aeroplane
Muhammad Fayaz, a popcorn seller and part-time security guard, was inspired to make an aeroplane after watching the National Geographic series Air Crash Investigation in 2015, and had sold a field, used his savings and taken out a bank loan to pay for it. He had visited Lahore several times in order to “have a glimpse of a Boeing plane and examine how it looks like and what material and parts have been used”.
Starting the build in late 2018, the 92kg craft cost him a total of Rs50,000 (£270) to make and he claims it can fly to 1,000 feet. The programme, namely Air Crash Investigation on National Geographic, had helped me a lot and he became familiar with the parts of an airplane and their functioning, then started working on the project.
His friends and family reportedly made fun of him and his mother expressed her concern about the test flight, but this apparently did not deter him.
He experimented with second-hand engines until he found one light enough, powerful enough and cheap enough to use for the plane.
Mr Fayaz told reporters he had been told to contact Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to gain permission for his test flight, but he did not do so. Owing to limited resources, he was unable to contact the civil aviation officials and finally decided to take test flights without getting permission.
With a crowd of 500 watching, he reportedly used a length of road free from telegraph poles as the runway for his maiden flight and “took several rounds in the air”.
“I made the aircraft with my hard work. My plane can fly till 1,000 feet. Give me one chance so that I can prove that I am a patriotic Pakistani. I informed every department but no one responded me,” Mr Fayyaz said, according to Pakistan Today.
Mr Fayaz was then reportedly arrested for building an aircraft without a permit and “performing aerobatics in the makeshift flying machine”, the “first incidence report” filed by local police said.
The police at the station where Mr Fayaz was held after the incident had taken Mr Fayaz into protective custody and the “unreliable machine impounded to ensure it did not cause any harm to villagers who had gathered to witness the experiment.” The aircraft was confiscated.
Since his release, he asked that the prime minister and army chief give him an opportunity to serve the nation, as “I can make the planes for the country at a low cost.”
He also asked the government to help him get his plane back.

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