100-Seat Transport Aircraft In Future: Ajit Singh
(Source: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited; issued April 16, 2013)
BANGALORE, India --- Mr. Ajit Singh, Civil Aviation Minister has said efforts will be made to get HAL’s Advance Light Helicopter (ALH-Dhruv) certified by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in near future. Inaugurating the FAA-Asia Pacific bilateral partners’ meeting hosted by HAL here today the Minister felt that a mechanism needs to be evolved to benefit the bilateral countries involved in such agreements so that they could export or import aeronautical parts mutually.

"We also have a national civil aircraft development program for 100-seat medium transport aircraft. Some of the country’s leading aeronautics and space scientists are spearheading the project and I hope this takes shape”, he added.

Dr. R.K. Tyagi, Chairman, HAL said the Company has been focusing on military aviation but now plans to diversify into civil market. “We have made a humble beginning with Dhruv civil variant as an offshoot of the military program. We now propose to play a leading role in India’s national civil aircraft development program as we have dedicated facilities at our transport division in Kanpur”, he added.

The three-day meet organized by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) with the main focus on the aircraft certification, provides an opportunity for partner Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs) from 11 countries to share methods for strengthening bilateral airworthiness relationships through enhanced resource sharing, communications and procedural improvements. It also seeks future direction for aircraft certification and international collaboration.

Apart from the delegates from the USA, the participating Asia-Pacific countries include Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and hosts India.

Mr. Chris Carter from FAA and Mr. Arun Mishra, Director-General of Civil Aviation, also spoke on the occasion

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