A completely ‘made in India’ aircraft may soon take flight after the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) directed the HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) to use its Dornier 228 for civilian flights.
The aircraft, till now, has been used by the defence forces. The 19-seater plane will become the first commercial flight to be exclusively conceptualised and manufactured in India.
This news comes as a pleasant breeze of air, to Narendra Modi’s UDAN scheme that aims to provide air travel to Indians at the cheapest cost. HAL will soon be selling the 228 to all major airliners to carry out regional operations.
“Some special incentives may be given to operators using this plane. Apart from airlines in India,” a senior aviation official remarked.
The official also hinted that the plane will be available for India’s neighbours Nepal and Sri Lanka for civil aviation purposes. “HAL may also look at selling this plane for civil use in neighbouring countries such as Nepal and Sri Lanka,” the official added.
The Dornier 228 is an ingenious example of Indian craftsmanship and engineering. The HAL describes the 228 as “highly versatile multi-purpose light transport aircraft. It has been developed specifically to meet the manifold requirements of utility and commuter transport, third level services and air-taxi operations, coast guard duties and maritime surveillance.”
The made in India Dornier is an example of the development that India is making as a nation. For a start, the 19-seater aircraft looks like a wonderful machine to give flight to important initiatives like Make in India, and UDAN.