Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Struggling for license, pilot who built own airplane in 2011 plans to take US help

Mumbai: A serving pilot with a private carrier in India has decided to approach the US aviation agency FAA to obtain license for his indigenously built 6-seater aircraft. The pilot has been trying to get a flying permit from DGCA for his aircraft registered under experimental category.

"I have been seeking license to fly my plane since 2011. For how long should I wait? I think now it is time. My dream is to fly my 'made in India' plane in the Indian skies and if this is the route I have to take, then so be it," says Captain Amol Yadav.

Captain Amol Yadav stole the limelight during the Make in India week of February 2016 for making a 6-seater airplane indigenously on his terrace. Even though he had made this impossible task a reality way back in 2011, it was only in 2016 that he managed to grab the attention of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who passed on a good word for him to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was assured of all the possible help.
In November 2017, Yadav finally managed to register his aircraft under the name VT NMD (Narendra Modi Devendra). Two months later in February 2018, the Government of Maharashtra signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with his company for the making of 19-seater aircrafts in several phases. The Rs 35,000 crore project was supposed to get the land allocation at Palgarh (140 km from Mumbai) and reports suggested that the massive project would create 10,000 jobs. So far so good.

After this, Captain Amol Yadav went to the DGCA to get a flying license. And that's where things became complicated. He was told that there was no provision of providing license to an aircraft registered under "experimental category". And since then all his efforts to get his aircraft on air have failed.
09/04/19 Pankaj Upadhyay/India Today
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