In India’s first major attempt to develop small civilian transport aircraft, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) introduced the Hindustan 228, a 19-seat aircraft that can be operated even on semi-prepared airstrips and unpaved. Speaking to ANI, Apurba Roy, Managing Director of HAL, said: “Hindustan 228, the design has been transferred to us from Dornier GmbH. This particular aircraft is undergoing type certification and will have it on behalf of Hindustan 228. All test parameters Has been completed.
“There is huge potential for this type of aircraft in the market. There are few aircraft in India and in the world that are designed for short haul travel and can operate on a semi-prepared runway. This aircraft can have many utilities. They can be used as an ambulance, cargo, parajam or parachute etc. It is a multi-utility aircraft,” he said. Roy further said that HAL manufactures six other aircraft of this The 19-seat aircraft does not have a toilet. And if the toilet is added, the number of seats will be 17. The engine of the aircraft is not made in India.
“There is a lot of interest from state governments as well as private parties to make it deployable in the Udaan program,” he added. (ANI)
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