HANSA-NG: New-Gen two-seater flying trainer aircraft

‘HANSA-NG’, the new generation two-seater flying trainer aircraft completed the in-flight engine relight test.

Where was the aircraft tested?

The test was conducted at the aeronautical test range (ATR) facility of the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) at Challakere, Chitradurga district (Karnataka), and all the parameters of the aircraft were found to be normal. The test was carried out at an altitude of 7,000-8,000 feet with a speed range of 60 to 70 knots.

This in-flight engine relight test is crucial to getting certification by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Earlier this year, the aircraft completed the sea level trials in Puducherry.

What is ‘HANSA-NG’?

HANSA-NG is an aircraft developed by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL). It is an upgraded version of HANSA aircraft. HANSA was also developed by NAL and was certified in 2000.

HANSA-NG is equipped with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR)-compliant avionics. Its manufacturing was started in September 2020. MESCO Aerospace Ltd is one of the production partners for the HANSA-NG.

‘HANSA-NG’ is a suitable aircraft for commercial pilot licensing due to its low cost and less consumption of fuel. Till now NAL received more than 80 letters of intent (LoI) from various flying clubs to purchase HANSA-NG.

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