New order for bomb detectors points to another seaplane launch in Ahmedabad | Ahmedabad News

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AHMEDABAD: Signs that seaplane services could be set up for a revival are increasingly evident now with Gujarat State Aviation Infrastructure Company Limited (GujSAIL), which oversaw the service’s operations, placing a request for supply explosive trace detectors (ETD) at the aerodrome on Sabarmati Riverside.
Sources from Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation Limited (SRFDCL) told TOI that GujSAIL would oversee the introduction of a used Cessna Grand Caravan 208 amphibious aircraft, with a new operator. It should be noted that the service was suspended on April 10, 2021, after SpiceJet got out.
The new ETDs that have been ordered relate to aerodromes at SOU in Kevadia and along the Sabarmati River.
ETDs are specialized devices at airports that sample “trace” quantities of explosive particles. In this case, the ETD will detect explosives such as Ammonium Nitrate, EGDN, HMTD, HMX, Nitroglycerin (NG), PETN, RDX, TATP, Tetryl, TNT and urea nitrate. “We have recently been informed by GujSAIL of the installation of ETD at the airfield as a new amphibious aircraft is being procured by the end of August,” the SRFDCL official said.
He added that the plane will be bought in a few days from the United States because these planes are not manufactured in large numbers. “We were told that by mid-August, the technical reception, registration and flight test formalities by the DGCA would resume,” added the SRFDCL manager.
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