When Amol Yadav, the Deputy Chief Pilot of Jet Airways, went to the US 21 years back, he was surprised by the fact that aviation enthusiasts there bought old planes and customised it.
Amol then thought if people can do it in US, he can repeat the success in India. He thought that it was no big deal and could be done. But the road was not easy for Amol when he returned to India.
It took him six years to assemble all the parts required for the project. He started working in 2010. By 2016, he came up with his own plane named TAC 003.
His initial ventures didn't succeed. The 40-year old failed in two attempts. Instead of getting disheartened, he started working with double vigour. The result is for everyone to see!
WittyFeed brings you the story of Amol's single-minded focus and conviction.
The plane was exhibited at the Make-in-India exhibition amid the likes of DRDO and HAL. Initially, Amol did not get the permission to showcase the plane, due to lack of space. Later, he convinced the authorities and got the corner space. That was the first major hurdle he crossed.
Maharastra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis appreciated his achievement at the stall.
The plane can reach a height of 13,000 feet. It travels at 1,500 feet per hour. It can cover a distance of 2,000 kms at a top speed of 185 nautical miles per hour. It can carry a weight of 1,450 kilograms and can accommodate five people.
It taught him to never give up. In 1998 he built a two-seater plane which he could not test fly. Then again he built an aircraft in 2003 which could not fly due to strict regulations. Then he got in touch with a couple of IIT professors and launched his own production company Thrust Aircraft Company. Air Chief Marshal Murali Sundaram advised him. The team then worked hard which finally fetched them success.
When the plane was ready, Amol faced a problem of taking the plane to the Make-in-India exhibition site. The problem could not be solved with traditional cranes. He assembled parts to make a crane.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was impressed by Amol's efforts. He held a meeting with him on the project. As a result of the meeting, the Maharashtra government proposed to provide 157 acres of land at Palghar to Amol to his company for manufacturing 5-seater and 19-seater planes.
According to The Better India, Amol would save money from his salary and also asked his friends and family to contribute and help him in the project.
He bought an engine from the US and assembled the remaining parts from India. Amol says India can manufacture its plane and spare parts if the government would pay attention to this sector.
He said, "One can accomplish what s/he wants in life with firm resolve and conviction." Amol lives in a joint family which has 19 members at a 3 BHK flat in Mumbai. The roof of the house is 1,600 square feet only.
The aircraft has been approved by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.