Despite the production of planes like the Hindustan Trainer-2 and its variant – the Hindustan Propulsion Trainer 32 (HPT-32) – for the Indian Air Force six decades ago, and more recently the aircraft light combat aircraft (LCA) for the IAF, the Indian air force has produced no civilian transport aircraft.
On August 15, the public sector aircraft manufacturing company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) successfully completed low-speed ground and taxi tests of a commercial aircraft – Hindustan-228 – for “type certification. Â»By the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The 19-seat Hindustan-228 or the Do-228 is the first major attempt in India to develop a small civilian transport aircraft after the 14-seat Saras aircraft development program at the National Aeronautics Laboratory was suspended in 2009 due to multiple problems in its development.
Type certification by the DGCA will enable HAL to obtain international certification for the aircraft. The aircraft complies with the airworthiness requirements prescribed by the United States Federal Aviation Authority for “normal, utility, aerobatic, and commuter aircraft,” HAL said.