Sunday, June 09, 2019

Himachal to lease 2 helicopters

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh government plans to hire a twin engine helicopter with carrying capacity of minimum 15 passengers and a twin engine helicopter with carrying capacity of minimum five passengers for multipurpose use, including VIP duty, emergency evacuation and relief operations among others. It has already opened technical bids for both the categories of choppers.
In Himachal, helicopter is not only used by the chief minister for his official travels, but is also used during winters to ferry people to remote snow bound areas of state beside in other VIP duties and emergency operations.

Government had invited bids for the fresh lease as the chopper provided by earlier company was grounded after a technical snag. It is looking for helicopter equipped with latest avionics system, IFR, air-conditioned cabin and luxury seats and other essential equipment installed as per applicable director general civil aviation and civil aviation requirements.

Sources said the government wants a helicopter with carrying capacity of minimum 15 passengers and technically fit for high altitude flights, with capacity to cross passes up to 15,000 feet height and capable of takeoff and landing in narrow valleys at altitudes up to 12,000 feet even in cloudy weather. While requirement for smaller helicopter is that it should be capable of landing and takeoff up to altitude of 7,000 feet with full capacity.
09/06/19 Anand Bodh/Times of India

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