The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has allowed Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL)- manufactured Dornier 228 to be used for civilian flights. The 19-seater aircraft has, till now, been used by defence forces and is the first plane to be made in the country for commercial flights.
HAL can sell this plane to airlines in India and it can be used by them for regional flights under the Indian government’s ambitious UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) scheme.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for IBPS Clerk Mains 2017 Exam-
- HAL Chairman and Managing Director (CMD)- T. Suvarna Raju.
- Dornier 228 aircraft is a highly ‘versatile multi-purpose light transport aircraft’.
- The plane has a wingspan of 16.97 metres.
Source- The Times of India