Mumbai Man Who Built Plane On Rooftop Clears First Stage Of Test Flight

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Mumbai Man Who Built Plane On Rooftop Clears First Stage Of Test Flight

Captain Amol Yadav Who Built Aircraft On His Rooftop Clears First Phase Of Test Flight

An aircraft, which was developed on the rooftop of a flat, has “successfully” performed the first phase of test flight, its designer and developer claimed.

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Captain Amol Yadav had started the project 19 years ago and now the six-seater passenger aircraft which he built on the terrace of his house has completed the first phase of its test flight. 

The aircraft would now have to prove flight at a height of 2000 feet in the next phase, Captain Amol Yadav, said. 

Yadav designed and developed the aircraft on the rooftop of his house in the western suburb of Kandivali in Maharashtra.

"I along with a technician performed the first phase of the test flight of our aircraft and the plane made a balance flight. And it was a fantastic one," he said.

In the first phase of the flight, the aircraft’s movement was tested on the ground at a slow and fast speed, and its capability to make turns on the ground for taxiways and bays, and proper application of brakes were checked. 

“It was also checked whether the aircraft can maintain a balance flight after taking off the ground,” Yadav told PTI. Aviation regulator DGCA had granted permission for the first phase of the flight late last year. 

 

The test flight required insurance, which was huge, he said, adding, "I bought that as well with the funding from family members."

“I have done everything that the DGCA wanted me to do prior to the test flight,” Yadav added. 

'Many congratulations to Captain Amol Yadav for the successful completion of landing & take-off test of his #MadeInIndia aircraft. I am thankful to Hon PM @narendramodi ji for clearing all hurdles that came his way, encouragement & support to this youth to achieve success!,' tweeted  Senior BJP leader, Devendra Fadnavis. 

He said the aircraft was airborne for 15-20 seconds and landed back safely and added that the next phase of the flight involves risk. 

“If we decide to go ahead further, we will be needing at least Rs 1-1.50 crore. So we will have to mop funds as well.”

Maharashtra Industries Minister Subhash Desai said that the department will offer all cooperation to his future project after the approval of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Desai said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also praised Yadav for his unique efforts. 

It took almost six years for Yadav, a former pilot of now-defunct Jet Airways, to build his self-financed aircraft, and now his efforts seem to be bearing fruit.

 

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