National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) has successfully conducted the test flight of indigenous light transport aircraft (LTA) Saras. NAL has completed the second of the proposed 20 test flights. The first successful test flight of the aircraft designed and developed by the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) was carried out on January 24. According to NAL, the production model design is expected to be ready by June-July this year. The cost of the development and certification of Saras-Mk2 will be around Rs 600 crore with a time period of about two to three years. NAL proposes to get the Saras-Mk 2 certified initially for military and subsequently for civil version.
Defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has been identified as the production agency for the militar
HAL has successfully completed the trials of 19-seater Dornier aircraft. Now, the company is in the process of receiving the requisite certification from aviation regulator DGCA. The 19-seater Dornier 228 aircraft is manufactured by the HAL under licence from Swiss technology company RUAG for the defence forces and European markets. The company has carried out the trial flights of Dornier in order to press them into commercial use at Kanpur. The process for the aircraft type certification has been "completed" . According to sources, the regulator has already given the certificate of airworthiness to the aircraft, following trial flights that were monitored by a DGCA team.
Pre-Wed shoots have happened across weird and popular places. Now, you have the option of having a pre wedding shoot in air - inside the aircraft is a reality now. While in Europe, UAE etc pre wedding shoots in airport hanger have been done. Now, Supreme Airlines which has been operating intra state flights in the state has brought this new offer of getting a pre wedding shoot inside the aircraft. The price of this service will be offered by the airlines only on Sundays and it will be charged at Rs 1,49,000. Shooting can be done by taking the flight to places like Sawaimadhopur or Sikar.
Bombardier's Global 7000 has launched the largest private jet in the world. The jet stretches for 39 m and costs USD 72 million. With four living rooms and an ensuite master bedroom and has a capacity to carry 19 passengers. The aircraft can attain Mach 0.925 speed aircraft. It is furbished with big screen televisions, WiFi connectivity, double bed, a cushy 8-seater sofa, plush seats and an entirely different area for the crew. There is also a private bathroom with a shower, wardrobe and a vanity set etc., The price of the aircraft is around USD 72 million.
India is trying to establish a bustling aerospace sector for long, considering the huge potential in aviation. It is also one of the fastest growing market in the world. Many forecast suggest a rapid increase of demand of aircrafts and local production of the same will lead to higher savings. There were several ambitious programme to build passenger aircraft, fighter jets and helicopter and none so far achieved a greater success. But with 'Make in India' initiative, major aerospace companies operating in India like Mahindra are looking to expand production. Another initiative is to produce advanced high tech fighter jets like Rafale in India which could work as a catalyst. Compared to space industry, ISRO, the aerospace is yet to see more success.
Airbus estimates a demand for 1,600 new passenger and freighter planes over a period of 20 years. The combined value is estimated at list price of $224 billion. Forecast for aircrafts have gone up by 300 airplanes over the last two years of economic growth, increasing urbanization, easing of tourism visa and trade. As a result, traffic serving the Indian market is set to grow at 8.4% per year over the next 20 years, well above the world average 4.6%. Domestic Indian traffic will grow more quickly at 9.3%-making India the world's leading emerging aviation market. The estimates are that India will need 1,230 new single aisle planes and 380 wide-bodied planes.