- From: February 8, 2017
- To: February 8, 2017
- Starting at: 12:00 AM
- Finishing at: 11:45 PM
- Flysouthern Hanger
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Fly Sothern (Pvt) Ltd lifted off the ground in grand style in the morning hours of 06 February 2017 with two veteran flight inspectors of the Civil Aviation Authority, Captain Amin and Captain Shehan Wattewewa on board. Fly Sothern is vying for its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) with the intention of expanding its services to the nation by introducing cargo and passenger operation in its Piper Seneca, twin engine six seater aircraft.
Captain Naresh De Silva and Mr. Samith Abegunawardana Chairman/ Pilot were at the controls of the flight which took off at Ratmalana in good weather conditions with Koggala airfield, as the destination. The aircraft moved out of its Bocks (Chocks) amidst a cheering crowd, mostly consisting employees of Fly Southern. The aircraft did a smooth landing at Koggala with a strong crosswind of 18 knots.
The party was greeted at Koggala by the current SLAF Commander, Air Chief Marshall Kapila Jayampathy, who was present at Koggala at the time. He assured all support to Fly Southern at all airfields in the island controlled by the SLAF when Fly Southern commences its commercial operations.
The streamlined Piper Seneca with a service ceiling of 21000 feet and a cruising speed of close to 140 knots could easily fly to any airport in Srilanka direct with the full load, either passengers, cargo or both without re-fueling stops. The Seneca could be hired for business trips or family leisure at any time or date convenient to the customer. As the fuel consumption of the aircraft is comparatively low the plane could be offered at comparatively low prices too to satisfy customer requirements.
Piper Seneca which is flown mostly in USA has an excellent safety record which is second to none. Fly Southern has already thought of and taken steps to add a couple of Amphibian airplanes (Sea and land) to its fleet mainly to promote tourism in the country.