HANSA-NG successfully completes sea level trials at Puducherry
- First of its kind, indigenously developed aircraft trainer, HANSA-NG, developed by the CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL) has completed sea level trials.
About HANSA-NG(HANSA-New Generation) aircraft
- Hansa New Generation(NG) aircraft is an upgraded version of the two-seater Hansa trainer aircraft.
- Designed by: National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bangalore
- Features: The unique features of Hansa-NG are-
- Glass cockpit with cabin comfort
- Highly efficient digitally controlled engine
- Electrically operated flaps
- Long endurance
- Low acquisition and low operating cost.
National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL)
- India's first and largest aerospace company.
- The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) established it in Delhi in 1959, and its headquarters were later relocated to Bangalore in 1960.
- It is the country's only government-run aeronautical research and development facility.
- The company co-operates with HAL, DRDO, and ISRO, and is in charge of building commercial aircraft in India.
- The mission of the CSIR-NAL is to create science-based aerospace technology, design and build small and medium-sized civil aircraft, and support all national aerospace programmes.
Purpose of developing HANSA-NG
- To evaluate handling qualities, climb / cruise performance, balked landing, structural performance including positive & negative G, power plant and other systems performance.
- It is designed to meet the Indian flying club needs.
- It is an ideal aircraft for Commercial Pilot Licensing (CPL) due to its low cost and low fuel consumption.
- Export competitive compared to other exporting countries because of features like:
- One of the most advanced flying trainers powered by Rotax Digital Control Engine.
- Unique features: Just-In-Time Prepreg (JIPREG) Composite lightweight Airframe, Glass Cockpit, Bubble Canopy with wide panoramic view, electrically operated flaps etc.
- The manufacturing will be initiated with Public / Private Industry which will enhance the aerospace ecosystem under Atmanirbhar Bharat.
- The total 37 flights and 50 hours of flying completed and few more flights will be conducted before getting Type Certification by DGCA.