fbpx

UK Indian family builds $260K plane in their backyard

Reading Time: 2 minutes

 

The world has been isolating and retreating indoors during waves of COVID infections for the last two years. While many used this time to discover a new hobby or passion, a UK-based Indian family spent their lockdowns on a challenging project of building a four-seater plane from scratch, The Sun UK reported

Essex-based Engineer Ashok Aliseril, 38, along with his family fulfilled their lockdown dream after finally finishing building a small plane in their backyard garden. Wife Abhilasha Dubey, 35, and children Tara, 6, and Diya, 3, couldn’t wait to get in the air after completing the 1,500-hour, £140,000 ($264,101.60 AUD) project.

The couple funded the project by saving money on school breakfast clubs, commuting, and socialising. The family spent over two years on the project with just an instruction manual and YouTube videos for guidance, The Telegraph reported

“It’s like having a new toy, except much more exciting,” Ashok Aliseril said, according to The Free Press Journal.

“Ashok has been working hard for the last two years and now our dream has finally come true,” said Ashok’s wife.

Source: The Free Press Journal

The decision to build came after the family wanted their own plane to fly around in. But as there were no appealing options available for sale, Ashok decided to take matters into his own hands, literally.

“We started saving money during the first lockdown, we always knew we wanted to own a plane, we saved a lot of money in the first few months, so we thought we could do it, ”Ashok said. “It will be amazing, every hour late at night, and once we get to the sky it will be worth it,” said Abhilasha.

Ashok ordered the parts for the plane in March 2020, just as the UK-based Indian family found themselves in-home quarantine due to COVID-19.

“It was worth it in the end, when we were together in the sky,” Ashok said.

With a pilot’s license under his belt, Ashok Aliseril plans to take the Abhilasha, Tara, and Diya on their first flight in the family plane.

READ ALSO: ‘Polar Preet’: first woman of colour to ski solo across Antartica

 

- Advertisement -

Related Articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Podcasts

Let’s Talk Boosters: Indian Link podcast

0
  In LET'S TALK BOOSTERS, a new podcast series by Indian Link, host Ekta Sharma quizzes Dr Kritman Dhamoon of Blacktown Hospital Sydney about booster...
Frontline worker Parita Patel (inset). Image supplied

‘Serving the community’: COVID testing in remote NSW

0
  The past two years have been a rollercoaster of COVID-19 related turmoil; from isolating lockdowns, closed borders, to trying to help Indians in the...

Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

0
  Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...
- Advertisement -

Latest News

Review: Dhaakad

0
  Director Razneesh Ghai's Dhaakad is an action-packed, stylishly mounted but twisted thriller that has the feel of a graphic novel. Designed as an espionage thriller,...
scott morrison playing cricket

Seeing the 2022 Federal Elections through the eyes of a cricket...

0
  On ABC Sydney radio this week (Journos’ Forum with Richard Glover on the Drive show), Indian Link’s Pawan Luthra looked at the 2022 Federal...
gaganyaan discovery +

Review: Gaganyaan – Bharat Ki Antariksh Udaan (Discovery+)

0
  Gaganyaan, a 47-minute documentary streaming on discovery+, showcases India's ambitious odyssey of sending Indian astronauts into space in an Indian spacecraft by 2023. The film...
heavy metal

Ask Auntyji: Heavy metal vs. my boys arguing

0
  Dear Auntyji I am an Australian, married to a lady of Indian descent. I occasionally read your columns and need an online dictionary to understand...

Feel in awe at Vivid Sydney

0
  There are plenty of awesome activities in Sydney all year around. Nearly every month sees a fiesta, embracing themes ranging from art, culture, theatre,...