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The four-seat aircraft was constructed by Ashok Aliseril Thamarakshan, an Alappuzha, Kerala, local, over the course of over 18 months.

Ashok Aliseril Thamarakshan, a Keralan, is traveling through Europe with his family in a home-built aircraft at a time when the aviation sector is recovering from the negative effects of the Covid-19 outbreak.
During the Covid-19 shutdown, the aircraft was constructed by Ashok Aliseril Thamarakshan, who is currently living in London.

The four-seater plane was built by Mr. Thamarakshan, a native of Alappuzha in Kerala, in just under 18 months.

According to The Times Of India, the four-seater “Sling TSI” aircraft has been given the moniker “G-Diya,” with Diya being the name of his younger daughter. Mr. Thamarakshan, who is currently employed by Ford Motor Company, traveled to the UK in 2006 to complete his master’s degree.

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The son of former state legislator A V Thamarakshan is Ashok Aliseril Thamarakshan.

The four-seater has already taken Mr. Thamarakshan and his family on trips to Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. He is a licensed pilot.

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When asked how he came up with the concept to build an aircraft, Mr. Thamarakshan responded, “At first, after getting my pilot’s license in 2018, I used to charter modest two-seater aircraft for vacations. However, since my family consists of my wife and two daughters, a four-seater aircraft was necessary. However, they are uncommon, and even if I could find one, it would be very old.

During the lockdown, he did some study on the topic and learned about home-built aircraft due to his difficulty locating a suitable four-seater aircraft.

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The 38-year-old went to the Sling Aircraft plant in Johannesburg to build his own aircraft after learning that they will be releasing a new model, the Sling TSI, in 2018. Mr. Thamarakshan placed an order for a kit to construct his own plane following the factory tour.

He had the chance to work on the big project because of the pandemic-induced lockdown, which gave him lots of time and allowed him to save money. The airplane is expected to cost a total of 1.8 crores to produce.

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