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As the government of India divests its stake in Pawan Hans, the operator has been struggling to get a tourism initiative up and running. According to Deccan Chronicle, Pawan Hans has completed a trial run about a week behind schedule.
Based in Vizag city, the tourism project has reportedly faced several setbacks. But a helicopter landed at a helipad located in VUDA Park Thursday after a 20-minute flight and flew back to base. According to the report, representatives from the Eastern Naval Command observed the test alongside representatives from the operator. Pawan Hans is reportedly set to get permission from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the Indian Navy in two weeks. If successful, the project can become operational in December, which is reportedly the peak tourist season every year.
The trial was originally planned for Oct. 16 and Oct. 19, but was reportedly canceled due to unfavorable weather conditions.
In June, reports said that Pawan Hans and the state of Uttar Pradesh were negotiating terms to launch a helicopter service between New Delhi and Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, and between Agra and the neighboring "City of Victory."