HAL’s made-in-India aircraft performs ground run and low-speed trials

New Delhi : Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)’s aircraft Hindustan-228 successfully carried out a Ground Run and Low-Speed Taxi Trials (LSTT) for DGCA ‘Type Certification’ in Kanpur on Sunday, officials informed.

The event was part of 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence Day celebrations at HAL’s Kanpur facility.

“This is a major milestone for the first fixed-wing Made-in-India civil aircraft in India. It is a step forward towards strengthening regional air connectivity”, Sajal Prakash, CEO, HAL, commented on the occasion.

Indranil Chakraborty, Director, DGCA said the type certification will enable HAL to get the international certification for the aircraft.

The 19-seat multirole utility aircraft complies with the latest FAR 23 certification requirements.

It is built for various applications such as VIP transport, passenger transport, air ambulance, flight inspection roles, cloud seeding, and recreational activities like Para jumping, aerial surveillance, photography and cargo applications, an official release from the HAL outlined.

The HAL has developed Hindustan-228 aircraft to support the Regional Connectivity Scheme (UDAN) of the Government of India. The aircraft could be utilized by civil operators and state governments for their intra and inter-state connectivity with training, maintenance and logistical support.