• Seaplane awaiting airworthiness certificate

    seaplane flown in from USA to the State six months ago for operating services within and outside the State is awaiting a key clearance from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The 10-seater amphibian aircraft, brought by a State-based aviation group, is parked in Kochi. It has received Indian registration and is awaiting airworthiness certification from the DGCA.

    The certification is part of the mandatory procedures for the operators in the aviation sector and it was expected within a month or so, an official of the aviation group told The Hindu . The commercial operations might begin soon after receiving the certification.

    The operator will meet the Ministers concerned in the Left Democratic Front government to discuss matters pertaining to flight operations.

    The previous government had issued guidelines for receiving early bird incentives and the operator will be eligible for them, being the first carrier in the category. The government had guaranteed a certain share of seats on regular flights, subject to certain conditions. The setting up of waterdromes and other infrastructure would also have to be ensured before commencement of operations.

    The original plan of the government was to enable operation of flights in the Kollam-Alappuzha sector. The Alappuzha waterdrome spot was changed from Punnamada to Vattekayal by an official committee set up by government after objections were raised by fishermen on the original landing spot.

    The seaplane operator is planning to operate flights from Kochi to Lakshadweep initially. Kenny Vaccaro Womens Jersey

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