2 min read.Updated: 28 Oct 2020, 02:01 PM IST Edited By Sangeeta Ojha
The seaplane service will be launched between the Sabarmati riverfront and the Statue of Unity
PM Modi will take the official inaugural flight on October 31
Seaplane service to provide air connectivity from Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad to Statue of Unity in Kevadia in Gujarat will be soon be open for the public. On 31 October, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the service to mark the 146th birth anniversary of Sardar Patel. So, now tourists arriving in Gujarat from various parts of the world will soon have the option to fly onboard a seaplane.
"The one-of-a-kind seaplane that will give flight to a million dreams made its way to Kevadia (Statue of Unity) at 12.30 pm yesterday from Maldives. In the next few days it will undergo extensive trials, following which it will be all set to take off, starting October 31st, 2020," Spice Shuttle tweeted.
The one-of-a-kind seaplane that will give flight to a million dreams made its way to Kevadia (Statue of Unity) at 12.30 pm yesterday from Maldives. In the next few days it will undergo extensive trials, following which it will be all set to take off, starting October 31st, 2020. pic.twitter.com/Fkgbdp3Qdj
Seaplanes are typically fixed-wing aircraft with a much fewer number of seats and can take off from, and land on, water. They have been in use since 19th century.
Difference between an airplane and the seaplane
The major difference between an airplane and the seaplane is between their methods and capacities of takeoff and landing.
An airplane's take-off and landing is from the land, while the seaplane can make take-off and land on any large water body - sea, river or lake.
The major technical difference between the airplane and seaplane is during their takeoff and landing operations; the former gets the assistance of a computerized control system, while the latter has a manual system for all the operations.
The seaplane flies at a very low height, compared to other commercial flights.
Its takeoff and landing operations demand more skill from the pilot as its operations have to be carried out from a liquid (water) surface.
Seaplane service will be operated by Spicejet Airline
The seaplane is a Twin Otter 300 registered in the name M/s Spicejet Technic, which will be operated by SpiceJet. A 19-seater seaplane which will be used for flights between the Sabarmati riverfront and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Statue of Unity.