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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

According to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Annual report for 2020-21, Mauritius under the GoI Line of Credit will be procuring one 19-seater Hindustan-228 commercial aircraft that recently carried out a successful ground run and low-speed taxi trials for ‘Type Certification’ by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Hindustan-228 is based on German Dornier 228 defense transport aircraft used by the defense forces in India but is equipped with a digital cockpit which will ensure more accurate readings, precise information, and ergonomic data displays with feedback loops and capability for self-check to alert pilots in emergencies. Hindustan-228 complies with airworthiness requirements prescribed by the US Federal Aviation Authority.

Two civil demonstrators of Hindustan-228 will be procured by Alliance Air to operate under UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme to improve regional connectivity in tier-III cities where the central government is planning 100 new airports. Mauritius is also will be procuring Do-228 Maritime aircraft from HAL. HAL also has offered Hindustan-228 to Nepal.

HAL has produced a total of 125 Dornier 228 under license at Kanpur since 1983 for defense forces in India .

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