Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Govt plans waterdromes for seaplanes' take off

New Delhi: The government will conduct a feasibility study to explore the possibility of having waterdromes for operating seaplanes, a senior official said today.
The civil aviation ministry official said some entities have expressed interest for starting seaplane operations from different parts of the country.
A waterdrome can be described as a water body that complies with certain minimum requirements for landing of an aircraft, according to the official.
Seaplanes can land on water bodies, while amphibian planes can operate on land as well as on water bodies.
A joint team comprising officials from the ministry, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) would be conducting the "preliminary feasibility study", the official said.
Requirements such as minimum depth of water would be looked into and the report is expected in two months, the official added.
A list of around 16 to 20 places that could be utilised as waterdromes have been suggested and the joint team would look into their feasibility aspects.
18/10/17 PTI/Times of India
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