Airliners Demand For The Legal Basis of Ban On Single Engine Aircraft
15 April 2016 -Three airlines (Goma Air, Makalu Air and Air Kasthamandap), comprising the fleet of single engine aircraft, have demanded for the legal basis of banning single engine aircraft and limiting it’s service to cargo operation only.
Jointly these three airlines have placed an application to Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation demanding for legal basis of banning single engine aircraft from carrying passengers.
Recently on Friday, Government have finally decided to continue the ban on single engine aircraft forever. Prior to this act, Civil Aviation Ministry had assured to consider technical report before proceeding to final decision. But, it sounds like government and Civil Aviation Ministry have stabbed on the back of single engine aircraft operators.
Turning out the pages of past air crash incident of Nepal, one can easily discover the crash rate of multiengine aircraft is much higher than single engine aircraft. According to the Goma Air, Ultralight aircraft are allowed to carry passengers but putting ban on its single engine aircraft is some sorts of discrimination.
Many aviation personnel and enthusiasts respond to the ban on single engine aircraft as ” In Nepal, Several helicopters, trikes and three axis aircraft (single engine) are allowed to carry passengers but placing ban on single engine aircraft like C208, PAC750, PC-6 etc which are being operated in Nepal following the recent air crash of one of the Air Kasthamandap’s PAC750 is some sort of foolish act.”