Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) successfully carried out Ground Run and Low-Speed Taxi Trials of Hindustan-228 (VT-KNR) aircraft on 15-August for DGCA Type Certification. The Transport Aircraft Division at Kanpur has ventured into manufacturing the Hindustan-228 for launch under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN.

Hindustan-228 to meet DGCA requirement had to reduce its maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) from 6200kg to 5700kg. Hindustan-228 will also be equipped with a digital cockpit to ensure more accurate readings, precise information, and ergonomic data displays with feedback loops and the capability for self-check to alert pilots in emergencies.

Hindustan-228 is also equipped with a five-blade propeller instead of four for the aircraft to reduce cabin noise in the aircraft and also reduce inflight vibrations. HAL plans to manufacture Two Hindustan-228 for Alliance Air that will be the first airline in the country to fly HAL’s made-in-India aircraft.

19-seater, non-pressurized aircraft was exclusively used by defense forces and was authorized for civilian use in 2018. With a list price of Rs 50-55 crore. The Hindustan-228 plane has a maximum cruise speed of 428 kmph and a range of 700 km.

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