by Staff Correspondent
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) had carried out a successful ground run and Low-Speed Taxi Trials (LSTT) of a prototype Hindustan-228 aircraft, a potential commercial aircraft after Type Certification by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India.
HAL Kanpur carried out the 1st Engine Ground Run of Hindustan-228 aircraft on 27th May 2021 in coordination with the DGCA team. Further, ground runs were also carried out for testing of various systems. Subsequently, the LSTT was conducted in coordination with the DGCA team on 15th August 2021, and the required test parameters were met.
Hindustan-228 aircraft is a variant of HAL manufactured Do-228 aircraft already deployed under the UDAN scheme. Hindustan-228 aircraft is certified to the latest international airworthiness standards with a modern avionics system and is suitable for operations under the UDAN scheme. HAL has entered into an agreement with M/s Alliance Air on 26th September 2021 to dry lease its two Do-228 aircraft for deployment in the North Eastern Region.
The project is funded by HAL. The total funds sanctioned and released by HAL for this project is Rs 72.33 crore for the prototype manufacturing and type Certification from DGCA. Additionally, Rs 266.85 crore have been authorised by HAL for the manufacture of six more aircraft.
This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Ajay Bhatt in a written reply to Shri Sanjay Seth in Rajya Sabha today.