Friday, February 19, 2016

Grounded for 5 years, ‘Made in India’ plane awaits DGCA nod

Mumbai: One of the highlights at the recently concluded Make-in-India event was a locally manufactured six-seater aircraft. What’s surprising, however, is that the aircraft has not taken to the skies yet, having been grounded by bureaucratic hurdles that its creator has been fighting for the past five years.

Amol Yadav, the brain behind the aircraft, has been working on building indigenous aircraft for the past 17 years. He finally succeeded in 2011 when he finished making the TAC 03 (named for the third attempt by his company, Thrust Aviation Company).

The aircraft has a 350 horse-power engine, which is capable of reaching speeds of 192 knots (about 355 km per hour). It can reach an altitude of 13,000 feet and has a range of up to 1,200 km. The aircraft is also fitted with high-end navigation systems.

But the aircraft has been gathering dust for the past five years since the DGCA (Directorate-General of Civil Aviation) is not even allowing Yadav to conduct test flights, leave alone start commercial operations.
19/02/16 Business Line
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