PM Modi’s historic ride
PM Modi’s seaplane ride on Sabarmati river
As PM Narendra Modi soared into the clear Ahmedabad sky on a seaplane from the Sabarmati river marking a dramatic end to a gruelling election campaign, the flight created huge waves in Gujarat’s politically turbulent waters.
Let’s check some of the key features of the seaplane:
What is a seaplane?
Fixed wing, single-engine turbo prop aircraft with a tricycle fixed landing gear, equipped with 10 seats.
Aircraft cabin isn’t pressurised, that is, no air-conditioning, as it flies below 10,000 feat.
No stand-up cabin. One has to bow, bend to enter and exit aircraft.
Can fly non-stop up to 1,500-2,000 km, which is the distance from Ahmedabad to Dubai
Aircraft manufactured in Idaho, US; engine manufactured by Pratt and Whitney, Canada.
Can land on uneven or difficult runways within 215 metre.
Performance on water
Can take off in 6ft depth & can climb at 369 meters per min.
Seaplanes in India
Ex-aviation minister Praful Patel had launched first seaplane ‘Jal Hans’ at Juhu aerodrum in December 2010.
Seaplanes plied between Havelock and Port Blair in Andaman & nicobar Islands.
Operation stopped in 2014 due to financial non-viability & non-renewal of agreement.
Kerala’s first seaplane first took off from Kollam in June 2013, but commercial operations never started.
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