PM Modi’s historic ride

PM Modi’s historic ride

PM Modi's seaplane ride on Sabarmati river

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?

What is a seaplane?

Fixed wing, single-engine turbo prop aircraft with a tricycle fixed landing gear, equipped with 10 seats.

Cabin

Cabin

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.

Fly

Fly

Can fly non-stop up to 1,500-2,000 km, which is the distance from Ahmedabad to Dubai

Manufactured

Manufactured

Aircraft manufactured in Idaho, US; engine manufactured by Pratt and Whitney, Canada.

Land

Land

Can land on uneven or difficult runways within 215 metre.

Performance on water

Performance on water

Can take off in 6ft depth & can climb at 369 meters per min.

Seaplanes in India

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.

Source by:- economictimes

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