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HAL’s 1st ever Civil Aircraft, Hindustan-228 carries Ground Run and LSTT

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) 1st Civilian Aircraft Hindustan-228(VT-KNR) has carried out Ground Run and Low Speed Taxi Trials (LSTT) successfully at its facility in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. This is the 1st fixed wing Made in India civil Aircraft.

i.The Ground run and LSTT was carried for DIrectorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) certification which will help HAL to get an International certification for the aircraft.

ii.According to HAL, the Hindustan-228 (VT-KNR) aircraft complies with the latest Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR 23) certification requirements.

iii.This indigenous Commercial Aircraft will help in the Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme- Regional airport development and Regional Connectivity Scheme of Government of India.

iv.It can be utilised by Civil operators and State Governments for intra and interstate connectivity with seamless support towards training, maintenance and logistics.


  • The Aircraft is a 19- seater Multirole Utility Aircraft.
  • It can be used in various roles such as VIP Transport, Para jumping, Cloud seeding, Aerial surveillance, Photography, Passenger transport, Air ambulance, and In flight Inspection role.

About Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme

  • It was launched on 2016 and comes under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
  • A regional connectivity scheme to develop the regional Aviation Market.
  • The scheme is operational for a period of 10 years.

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About Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL):

Chairman and Managing Director (CMD)– R Madhavan
Headquarter– Bengaluru, Karnataka