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Govt lets Mahindras sell their Aus-made planes in India

Govt lets Mahindras sell their Aus-made planes in India
Indian conglomerate Mahindra Group will now be able to sell its Australia-made airplanes in India, with the Civil Aviation Ministry approving its long-pending proposal after amending relevant rules.

‘The aviation ministry has on Tuesday cleared a few norms for certification, which will finally allow us to sell our Australian planes in India,’ Mahindra Group CMD Anand Mahindra said. ‘We bought an Australia (aerospace) company and we are selling our planes in California, but due to a rule to do with seating capacity for piston engine plane, we were not able to sell in India,’ Mahindra, who was a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's CEO delegation to Australia, said.

The aircraft, popularly known as Mahindra Gipps planes, are utility planes having seating capacities ranging from 5 to 10 seats.

In New Delhi, ministry sources said the type certification for the single piston engine aircraft, given by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), was accepted by the Indian regulator DGCA.

The approval was stuck for long due to problems relating to certification for such aircraft to fly nine passengers, besides crew, instead of four which was allowed under Indian regulations.

‘We have now amended our rules to be on par with international certification standards and the permission has been granted,’ a source said.
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