HAL to roll out first Do-228 civil variant by 2017
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) said on Sunday that the first civil variant of Dornier Do-228 will be rolled out by April 2017. The aircraft will be manufactured at HAL’s Transport Aircraft Division (TAD) in Kanpur.
A new structural assembly for the Do-228 Civil variant was inaugurated at HAL’s Kanpur facility on Saturday. Inaugurating the facility, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha expressed the government’s keenness to take forward the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).
He said there is a demand for at least 200 aircraft and the government would conclude the contract with HAL once the first aircraft is rolled out.
HAL CMD T S Raju said the Board had sanctioned Rs 100 crore for two civil variants though there is no firm order.
“We see a big business opportunity in this segment for next 10 years. We have already started manufacturing two civil demonstrator aircraft,” Raju said.
HAL says the Do-228-201 upgraded version, a 19-seater commuter aircraft currently being manufactured at Kanpur, is best suited under the RCS.
“The Kanpur Division is already accredited with civil certification CAR 21 for manufacture and CAR 145 for Dornier-228 Maintenance Repair & Overhaul of Dornier-228-201 aircraft,” says a company spokesperson.
HAL-Do-228 is a twin turboprop, high wing aircraft with a retractable tricycle landing gear most suitable for regional connectivity. The maximum seating capacity of aircraft is 19 passengers and two crew members (a pilot and a co-pilot)