Saturday, November 10, 2018

HAL conducts spin test of basic trainer aircraft

Bengaluru: State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited on Friday conducted the spin testing of its basic trainer aircraft HTT-40 with controls in the aerospace hub of Bengaluru.

"Our test pilots Group Captain (retired) K.K. Venugopal and Group Captain (retired) S. Chakki flew the aircraft for the maiden spin testing at the military airport," said the city-based defence behemoth in a statement.

The aircraft was tested to take two turn spins and subsequently recovering through controls.

A trainer aircraft is used to train the Indian Air Force pilots in flying at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal, about 35km from Hyderabad in Telangana.

The spin testing gives a boost to HAL and its ability in designing a spin-worthy aircraft, the defence firm's Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) R. Madhavan said in the statement.

Spin testing is a critical aspect of flight testing of any aircraft development programme.
09/11/18 Outlook