Centre plans to build water aerodromes for seaplanes


New Delhi: The government is planning to build water aerodromes for operating seaplanes after some firms expressed interest to operate them, according to reports.

A water aerodrome is any water body that complies with certain minimum requirements for landing an aircraft.

A joint team comprising officials from the ministry, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will conduct a “preliminary feasibility study”.

Seaplanes also have to meet certain standards under Indian aviation rules. After the feasibility study, a decision would be taken on whether to fine-tune the rules, the official added.

Most amphibian planes have single engine; however, single-engine aircraft are not allowed to operate scheduled services.

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