The flight which CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), designed and developed, made its maiden flight on Friday.
The release from the Ministry of Science and Technology said that the Hansa New Generation (Hansa-NG) aircraft took off from the airport of HAL at 2.09 p.m, and flew at an altitude of 4,000 feet. It gained a speed of 80 knots before making it's successful landing after about 20 minutes.
The most unique features of the flight are it's glass cockpit with cabin comfort, efficient and digitally controlled engine, electrically-operated flaps. It also has long endurance, low acquisition, and low operating cost.
The organization CSIR-NAL has received a total of 72 letters of intent from various flying clubs. This aircraft will be certified in the next four months before it is officially inducted into service.
The test pilot of the 'textbook mission' flight was Capt Amit Dahiya. He expressed his happiness, and confirmed that all the flight parameters were found normal.