Indian charter operator Maritime Energy Heli Air Services (Mehair) is launching a new seaplane operation to connect the center of the country’s commercial capital Mumbai with the affluent Aamby Valley area. The charter flights, operated with four-seat Cessna 206 amphibians, started last month and early advance bookings have convinced the company to add a nine-seat Cessna 208 aircraft by the end of May.
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Raisbeck Engineering has named Mumbai, India-based Airworks an authorized dealer and regional installation center for its King Air modifications. With this agreement, Airworks will now be able to install Raisbeck systems at its facilities in Delhi, Mumbai and Hosur. Seventy King Airs are based in India.
The state of Kerala in Southwest India has invested $2.2 million in a seaplane operation to promote major destinations located near its 24 lakes and water bodies known for backwater tourism and houseboats. Kerala Tourism Infrastructure (KTIL), the nodal agency for the project, awaits a Directorate General of Civil Aviation no-objection certificate (NOC), and plans a launch in mid-May.
Bombardier Aerospace has approved a second line maintenance facility in India. Air Works in New Delhi is authorized to work on the Challenger 604, Challenger 605, Global Express and Global Express XRS. The facility will complement Air Works’ center in Mumbai, which has been part of Bombardier’s authorized service facility network since 2008.
“Despite the challenging economic times, Bombardier has continued to invest in strengthening its service and support network worldwide. With about 40 business and commercial aircraft based in India, Bombardier has chosen Mumbai for its fifth regional support office [RSO],” said James Hoblyn, president customer services and specialized and amphibious aircraft Bombardier Aerospace.
Bell 430, Kurnoon, India, Sept. 2, 2009–Operated by the Government of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, the helicopter crashed en route to Chitoor, India, from Hyderabad, India. The two crewmembers and three passengers–including the Secretariat of Hyderabad–were killed and the helicopter was destroyed.
India has announced plans to start reallocating its airspace, which is now controlled mostly by the military, to take more account of civil air transport growth. The agreement between India’s Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Civil Aviation will begin with approval of seven city-pair routings, including the heavily traveled Mumbai-Delhi route.