Friday, September 03, 2021

Hansa-NG makes first flight

Bengaluru: The National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) said that the new generation HANSA (Hansa-NG), a two-seater aircraft designed and developed by it, successfully made its maiden flight of 20 minutes on Friday.

“The aircraft took off from HAL airport at 2.09pm and flew at an altitude of 4,000ft and gained a speed of 80 knots before landing,” NAL said. Test pilot Captain Amit Dahiya, who piloted the aircraft, described the first flight as a “textbook mission” where all parameters were normal.

“The unique features of HANSA-NG are the glass cockpit with cabin comfort, high efficient digitally-controlled engine, electrically operated flaps, long endurance, low acquisition and operating cost,” NAL said.

NAL has already received 72 letters of intent (LoIs) from various flying clubs and the aircraft, NAL said, will be certified in the next four months after which the process of induction would begin.

Friday’s flight was monitored in telemetry by senior officers and scientists from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (Cemilac).

Shekhar C Mande, secretary, DSIR (dept of scientific and industrial research), under which NAL operates, said a private player has already been identified for series production of the aircraft.

03/09/21 Chethan Kumar/Times of India

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