Monday, February 22, 2016

Seaplane project awaits DGCA nod for take-off

Alappuzha: The seaplane flown in from the US in October last year by Seabird Seaplane Private Limited, a company based in Kochi, is yet to make its trial run on Indian waters. The trial run is a prerequisite for the 10-seater amphibian aircraft to get a nod from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for operating flights within the country.

The aircraft, which landed at the Cochin International Airport four months ago, has been undergoing examinations to for obtaining an Indian licence. The company, which plans to operate flights from Kochi to Lakshadweep, is hopeful of getting all the required clearances within two months.
“Commercial operations are expected to start by the end of March or early April,” a spokesman of the company told The Hindu .

The plane, which is currently stationed in Sri Lanka, will be flown in for local trials on water.

The air-route trials in the Kochi-Lakshadweep sector have been carried out. Now, a ‘water drome’ has to be set up at Agatti for the plane to land. It is now for the authorities to set up the necessary infrastructure for the operation of the seaplane.

Seabird plans to operate flights in the Kochi-Lakshadweep sector initially.
22/02/16 R. Ramabhadran Pillai/The Hindu

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