India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has achieved a major success in the trials of its commercial aircraft Hindustan-228 (VT-KNR) aircraft. For the DGCA
Type Certification’ the HAL on Sunday carried out the Ground Run and Low Speed Taxi Trials (LSTT) successfully as part of the country’s 75th Independence Day anniversary celebrations at its facility in Kanpur. For the DGCAType Certification’ the HAL on Sunday carried out the Ground Run and Low Speed Taxi Trials (LSTT) successfully as part of the country’s 75th Independence Day anniversary celebrations at its facility in Kanpur.
The Transport Aircraft Division based at Kanpur has been responsible for the trainer and transport aircraft for its defence customers. It has now ventured in the field of commercial aircraft manufacturing of Hindustan-228. This commercial aircraft is indigenous and will help in the Regional Connectivity Scheme (UDAN) of the government. This certification will help the HAL to get an international certification for the aircraft undergoing critical trials. The Hindustan-228 (VT-KNR) aircraft complies with the latest FAR 23 certification requirements. The state and civil authorities can use this made in India aircraft for their intra and inter-state connectivity.
This Hindustan-228 (VT-KNR) aircraft is a 19-seat multirole utility aircraft. It can be used in various roles including VIP Transport, Para jumping, cloud seeding, aerial surveillance, photography, passenger transport, air ambulance, and in flight inspection roles. The aircraft has already achieved the Civil Type Certification from DGCA, which has helped in placing it in the domestic and export market in the 19 seater category. So far the Kanpur based division has completed the initial activities including DGCA certification team formation and stipulation of Hindustan-228 Type Certificate basis; DGCA acceptance of Type Certificate application; and ARDC Design Organization extension for Hindustan-228.