Hindustan 228 Aircraft


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    • Recently, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) approved a new variant of the Hindustan 228-201 LW Aircraft.


    • Features: This variant of the Hindustan 228-201 LW aircraft has a maximum take-off weight of 5,695 kg with 19 passengers.
    • Developed by: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
    • HAL is building civil aircrafts to promote the UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) Scheme. 
    • HAL is a public-sector aircraft manufacturing company. It has also made the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) for the Indian Air Force (IAF).


    • Operational Benefits:  This variant provides several operational benefits for operators, such as 
      • reduced pilot qualification requirements enabling pilots with Commercial Pilot Licence to fly the aircraft, 
      • enhanced availability of pilot pool for the aircraft
      • reduced operational cost
      • reduced training requirements for flying and ground crew, including aircraft maintenance engineers.
    • It will promote the UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) Scheme. 
    • UDAN scheme
      • Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) was launched as a regional connectivity scheme under the Ministry of Civil Aviation in 2016
      • It is an innovative scheme to develop the regional Aviation market.
      • The central government aims to set up 1,000 new air routes and establish 100 new airports, under the UDAN scheme.

    Source: TH