The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has given the greenlight to HAL-manufactured Dornier 228 aircraft being used for civilian flight, according to a report by Times of India. This is considered as a major development for the Indian aviation sector. Though Dornier Do 228 is currently being used by the Indian armed forces the aircraft can be used for regional flights, especially for shorter distances, and will act as a boost to the government’s “Regional Connectivity Scheme”.
Since the HAL(Hindustan Aeronautics Limited )-made Dornier Do 228 is designed for military use, the civilian version of the aircraft will come with a few modifications. However, the body structure is expected to remain the same. The twin-engine aircraft, which is manufactured at HAL’s Kanpur facility, will become the first made-in-India aircraft in the country to be used for civilian flight.
The Dornier 228 is a twin-engine general purpose aircraft, capable of transporting up to 19 passengers or various cargoes. It is powered by a pair of Garrett TPE331 turboprop engines. The Do 228 is commonly classified as a Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL)-capable aircraft, being capable of operating from rough runways and in hot climates, this capability has been largely attributed to the type’s supercritical win.g which generates large amounts of lift at slow speeds