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Old 13th April 2017, 00:54   #61
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Not an Indian registered aircraft, but belonging to an Indian industrialist

Gulfstream G550 (A6-YMA) of Lulu group chairman M.A.Yusuffali. The aircraft is stationed in Abudhabi and is UAE registered

Registration code is his initials
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That's probably one of the best liveries on a Gulfstream I've ever seen in my opinion. . And I thought Mamooty was the king of big boy toys when it came to Mallus with big toys.
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Tamil billionaire Kalainithi Maran - first owner of a Global Express 6000 made by Bombardier lost 150 crores in one go as the Chennai floods damaged his plane beyond repair.

Probably the costliest personal luxury transport asset in India - ever - to be damaged in one go so quickly.
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...lost 150 crores in one go as the Chennai floods damaged his plane beyond repair.


What extent is the damage?

And was the water level so high that it would go above the wheels/struts?

Has the plane been jacked up to this position in the picture you posted?
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What extent is the damage?

And was the water level so high that it would go above the wheels/struts?

Has the plane been jacked up to this position in the picture you posted?

Extent of the damage is 100%. It has been written of by his company.

And yes - the water level was so high the plane floated and it was carried away. When the water level decreased the plane tilted as the back part is heavier than the front . Nothing was lifted here the same has happened to other planes in Chennai.
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Extent of the damage is 100%. It has been written of by his company.

And yes - the water level was so high the plane floated and it was carried away. When the water level decreased the plane tilted as the back part is heavier than the front . Nothing was lifted here the same has happened to other planes in Chennai.
Noob question: Do these planes have comprehensive insurance coverages? And do those cover "acts of god"?
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Noob question: Do these planes have comprehensive insurance coverages? And do those cover "acts of god"?
No clue. There are people in the aviation business on this forum. Only they can shed light.
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I'm very surprised that more reasonable aircraft such as the Jet A Diamonds, Archer DX, 172 diesel conversions or experimental RV's / Zeniths etc. aren't gaining more traction in the country. One could build or buy one for the price of a luxury car and they make reasonably good cross country machines. If you build it, you could maintain it yourself and get it checked out by a good A&P mechanic every year/100 hours flight time. Many industrialists don't really need Jets. They could bet door to door civil aviation in reasonably quick cross country machines.

Hopefully Indian skies will open up and give a boost to GA. Flying "low and slow" can be much more enjoyable than cantering around at FL250 or higher.

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I'm very surprised that more reasonable aircraft such as the Jet A Diamonds, Archer DX, 172 diesel conversions or experimental RV's / Zeniths etc. aren't gaining more traction in the country. One could build or buy one for the price of a luxury car and they make reasonably good cross country machines. If you build it, you could maintain it yourself and get it checked out by a good A&P mechanic every year/100 hours flight time. Many industrialists don't really need Jets. They could bet door to door civil aviation in reasonably quick cross country machines.

Hopefully Indian skies will open up and give a boost to GA. Flying "low and slow" can be much more enjoyable than cantering around at FL250 or higher.

When I came to India I looked into continuing flying as I had been doing for the previous years in the USA. I (Tried to) call around, went to visit the flying club in Delhi, searched the net etc. In all I found it hugely complicated to even begin to understand how to get into the air as a PPL. In the end I just gave up, bought a restored a Royal Enfield Bullet and continued flying in the USA and Europe during my international travels.

As to your point, some of these smaller single engine planes are very capable cross country machines. My personal preference would be the Cirrus 22 and I have seen one or two parked out on the ramp on Mumbai airport.

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When I came to India I looked into continuing flying as I had been doing for the previous years in the USA. I (Tried to) call around, went to visit the flying club in Delhi, searched the net etc. In all I found it hugely complicated to even begin to understand how to get into the air as a PPL. In the end I just gave up, bought a restored a Royal Enfield Bullet and continued flying in the USA and Europe during my international travels.
That is extremely unfortunate. Since it has been a few years since you were here, do you think you'd try again? From my understanding, pilots hate flying into and out of India due to the red tape involved, but, as I gather, our civil servants have been trying (maybe failing) to reduce the red tape involved in recent years. If I had the opportunity to figure out GA in India, I'd take it. It would be very rewarding flying in and out of our regional airports. The lack of GA is probably the only thing I regret about moving back to India from the US. Especially before my career enabled me to get a PPL and a plane share.

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As to your point, some of these smaller single engine planes are very capable cross country machines. My personal preference would be the Cirrus 22 and I have seen one or two parked out on the ramp on Mumbai airport.
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The SR 22 is a very admirable and fast XC machine. Unfortunately it has been maligned as this generations "Doctor Killer"; I'd love to get a PPL someday and hopefully get some time on these machines. In India, 100LL is difficult to find and expensive to boot. I feel diesel engines would be a better bet. I know of one of the SR22 owners who bought it because of the parachute and mainly uses it for luxury lunch runs on the weekends. Such a capable and safe ship when flown within its envelope.
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The SR 22 is a very admirable and fast XC machine. Unfortunately it has been maligned as this generations "Doctor Killer"; I'd love to get a PPL someday and hopefully get some time on these machines. In India, 100LL is difficult to find and expensive to boot. I feel diesel engines would be a better bet. I know of one of the SR22 owners who bought it because of the parachute and mainly uses it for luxury lunch runs on the weekends. Such a capable and safe ship when flown within its envelope.
It's an unfortunate label the Cirrus got stuck with very early on. If you check the GA accidents over the last five years, you will find Cirrus aircraft are amongst the most, if not safest, single engine propellor plane.

Cirrus has invested heavilly in developping training and familiarisation courses. It is a very capable plane, but then again, no plane is more capable then it's pilot.

There are still those that believe a Cirrus Pilot is not a real pilot as they rely on a parachute rather then proper stick and rudder skills. Those people dont know what they are talking about.

I had a few friends in the USA who had Cirrus and they used them to run their business all over the USA as well as some private use.

To be honest, I loved the flying in the USA. Relatively affordable and an excellent infrastructure that supports GA big time. In Europe it is hugely expensive and it's cumbersome. So I have done some flying in Europe, just for fun, but in all honesty it just isnt the same as in the USA

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