The HANSA-NG 2 seater flying trainer aircraft, designed and developed by CSIR-NAL, passed an in-flight engine relight test at DRDO‘s Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) facility in Challakere. Wg Cdr K V Prakash and Wg Cdr NDS Reddy, Test Pilots from the Indian Air Force’s Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE), conducted a flight test at an altitude of 7000-8000 feet with a speed range of 60 to 70 knots (IAF).
- The aircraft’s in-flight engine relight capability was proven using a wind milling propeller and a starter aided start. During these test flights, the aircraft handling characteristics and flight parameters were found to be normal.
- The in-flight engine relight test, according to CSIR-NAL, is the most significant and important milestone toward DGCA certification of the aircraft. After gaining the requisite clearances from the DGCA, the aircraft was transferred to ATR, Challakere.
- The flight tests were overseen by Mr Abbani Rinku, HANSA’s Project Director, as well as members of the CSIR-NAL design team and ASTE’s flight test crew: Wg Cdr Senthil Kumar, Flight Test Director, Sq Ldr Sahil Sarin, Safety Pilot, and Gp Capt M Rangachari, Chief Test Pilot.
- Mr Jitendra J Jadhav, Director, CSIR-NAL, commended the CSIR-NAL, DGCA, ASTE-IAF, and ADE-DRDO teams, stating that the integrated team’s combined and coordinated efforts resulted in flawless test flight execution.