The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has approved a new variant of the Hindustan 228-201 LW aircraft developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
According to the Bengaluru headquartered defence PSU, this variant of the Hindustan 228-201 LW aircraft has maximum take-off weight of 5,695 kg with 19 passengers.
The PSU claimed that with this modification, the aircraft would fall in the sub-5,700 kg aircraft category. This variant provides several operational benefits for operators, such as reduced pilot qualification requirement enabling pilots with Commercial Pilot Licence to fly the aircraft, enhanced availability of pilot pool for the aircraft, and reduced operational cost.
In addition, the new variant will result in reduced training requirements for flying and ground crew, including aircraft maintenance engineers.
HAL also has approval for a 6,200 kg AUW (aircraft gross weight or all-up weight) with 19 passengers.