Bangalore: Hansa-NG Trainer Aircraft Successfully Completes First Sea Trials
India’s Hansa New Generation (Hansa-NG) trainer aircraft, designed and developed by CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bengaluru, successfully completed sea level trials at Pondicherry between February 19 and March 5.
The aircraft was flown to Pondicherry, covering a distance of 140 nautical miles in an hour and a half at a cruising speed of 155 km/h, on February 19. The purpose of these tests was to assess handling qualities, climb and cruise performance, landing misfires, structural performance including positive and negative G-force, power plant performance and other systems at sea level.
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NAL in a statement said all sea level test targets had been met and the aircraft was returned to Bangalore on Saturday after flying 18 hours in Pondicherry. The aircraft was piloted by Wing Commander KV Prakash and Wing Commander Dilip Reddy of the Aircraft and Systems Training Establishment (ASTE). The flight was monitored by NAL designers and Wing Commander Reeju Chakraborty as flight test director from telemetry.
Hansa-NG is considered one of the most advanced flight trainers powered by the Rotax digital control engine with unique features such as the Just-In-Time Prepreg (JIPREG) composite lightweight airframe, glass cockpit, l bubble awning with a wide panoramic view, electrically operated shutters etc.
NAL officials further stated that Hansa-NG is designed to meet the needs of Indian flying clubs and is an ideal aircraft for the Commercial Pilot License (CPL) due to its low cost and its low fuel consumption. NAL has already received more than 80 LoI (Letter of Intents) from different flying clubs.
NAL Director Jitendra J Jadhav said a total of 37 flights and 50 flight hours have been flown and a few more flights will be flown before obtaining type certification by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Type certification is expected to be completed by April this year, and thereafter manufacturing will be outsourced to public or private industry.
Last year, on September 3, Hansa-NG successfully completed its maiden flight. The plane took off from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) airport and flew at an altitude of 4,000 feet and reached a speed of 80 knots before landing after 20 minutes.