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  1. Indx TechStyle

    Indx TechStyle Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    NAL Saras is better off with Indian jet turbine engines rather than imported costly turbo props, This is however a proposition ..


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    The engine is advertised for use in business jets, If they fail to use this engine on an Indian platform which is depended on imported expensive design, It would be unfortunate ..
     
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    Up Close & Personal With India’s Reborn Saras Light Aircraft
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    SARAS PT1N ready for April Low-Speed Taxi Trials

    Eight years ago, on 6 March 2009, the second prototype of India’s Saras light civil aircraft crashed near Bengaluru, killing its three-man Indian Air Force test crew. Already beset with technical challenges not uncommon to aviation development, the accident very nearly ended the project. The programme went into an inevitable downward spiral until it veritably departed consciousness, even that of its principal intended customer, the Indian Air Force. The eight year struggle to keep the aircraft project alive has largely remained unknown, with few details emerging from a project that was all but written off. Livefist has now had a chance to interview the new chief of the agency that is fighting to meet a June-July target to get a modified first prototype (See photo) back in the air. In a very candid and wide-ranging interview to Livefist, his first since taking over as director of the National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL), Jitendra J. Jadhav provides the first detailed inside view of the Saras’ enormously difficult journey from death, back to life. Our interaction in full:

    Why has it taken eight years for the SARAS programme to be in a position to return to flight test?

    After the unfortunate accident on 6th March, 2009, all the activities related to SARAS aircraft had to be stopped till completion of accident investigation by DGCA and subsequent implementation of recommendations thereon. The investigation absolved CSIR-NAL of any design deficiencies, but attributed the cause to procedural deficiencies. Other major factors for this delay in resumption of programme were: Change of Regulatory body from DGCA to CEMILAC to meet certification requirements of IAF as the possible launch customer; re-orientation time for CSIR-NAL to the procedures of military certification agency and the time for the regulatory body to get a grasp on the project, as the entry was lateral and at an advanced stage of project. By the time the first prototype was modified and ready for Taxi trials at the end of year 2013, the project had reached its date of completion and CSIR-NAL had to wait for a formal approval from Govt to continue further. This was crucial as the project had important stake holders like HAL, IAF, CEMILAC and DGAQA towards further flight testing and certification of SARAS.

    What challenges have been faced by the programme in the last eight years, including the lessons learned from the 2009 accident?

    The main challenges faced were / are heavy attrition of trained human resources, obsolescence of critical aircraft systems and LRU’s, vendor reluctance to respond to CSIR-NAL minimal requirements (which is specific to prototype development wherein only one or two systems are built), availability of experienced Test pilots for twin-turboprop configurations for full project duration, availability of dedicated staff from regulatory body due to their preoccupation in several projects of national importance and fund availability for prototype development activity with inbuilt risk of failures.

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    SARAS PT1 being modified into SARAS PT1N

    What specific changes have been made to the first prototype compared to its earlier configuration?

    Major changes made to the first prototype, termed PT1N, are upgrading the propulsive system including efficient nacelle, larger metallic rudder for improved controllability, new landing-gear actuators, new brake system to cater to the needs of higher AUW, improved FCS, flame resistant design for nacelle etc.

    What are the flight test/IOC/FOC delivery timelines for the SARAS? Can you share figures of total expenditure on the project so far, plus intended expenditure until delivery to customer.

    Shortly, CSIR-NAL will carry out flight-testing and evaluation of PT1N aircraft which will provide essential information towards arriving at aircraft configuration for the subsequent weight optimized build for Limited Series Production. Also the developmental flights of Saras PT1N will lead to evaluation of performance and handling characteristics of the aircraft to fine tune the design modifications. This would further pave the way forward towards arriving at an aircraft which will be suitable to meet the IAF requirements through LSP phase.

    Total approved budget for the 10thplan proposal project “Spearheading small civil aircraft design, development and manufacture” is INR 297 crores. It is prudent to mention here that the Human resources created in all aspects of civil aircraft design, prototype manufacturing, development of machining centers across the country which can produce airworthy components, the assets like excellent aircraft hangar, state-of-the-art telemetry centre etc., far outweigh the money spent on the project.

    What is the productionisation/manufacturing plan for SARAS — what is the sales/export forecast?

    Once the aircraft is mid-way to certification and the final SOP is frozen, an industrial partner will be identified towards productionisation /manufacturing. Initially IAF has shown interest in acquiring 15 aircraft and it is hoped that this could further go up to at least 50.

    What new roles are envisaged from the SARAS other than light commute and logistics?

    SARAS can also be useful for Air ambulance, Maritime Patrolling, Border surveillance, Commutation for regional connectivity and Special Missions. Apart from these applications, SARAS can be used as an excellent flying test bed for new LRU development and qualification. This is so because of the simple reason that the build of SARAS is totally indigenous and can be updated or modified for LRU testing and qualification.

    What is the current status of the National Civil Aircraft (NCA) programme of which NAL is an integral part?

    At CSIR-NAL, studies have been carried out regarding developing a Regional Transport Aircraft (RTA). The feasibility study indicated: about 250-300 aircraft for India (20 year demand forecast), international market demand for over 7000 RTA class of aircraft and military transport of this class in India : ~150 aircraft (replacement for An-32 and HS748). The suggested model by the High Power Committee is technology development funding by government and equipping/manufacturing in a JV/SPV mode. Presently, CSIR-NAL is contemplating on Phase 1 of the development (ie.) preliminary design phase (PDP). It is envisaged that, CSIR-NAL along with public/private partnership can come together to take this initiative forward with the government.

    What is the export scenario of NAL aircraft and systems at this time?

    CSIR-NAL is planning for 2 seat ab-initio aircraft Hansa – Next Generation with advanced features aimed at low acquisition cost, low operating cost and minimum maintenance. The project once approved and implemented, we envisage the private partner to take up production and marketing not only catering to Indian market but also to other developing countries.

    Further, we are in partnership and collaborative mode with M/s Mahindra Aerospace for the development and certification of CNM-5 aircraft both in India and Australia. While the certification of CASA in Australia will be the responsibility M/s Mahindra acquired Gibbs Aerospace, discussion are in progress with Mahindra Aerospace for manufacturing Five Seat General Aviation Aircraft (CNM5) Prototype Leading to FAR 23 Certifications by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India. With Indian and Australian certificate in place it would be easy for us to market the CNM5 aircraft abroad.

    https://www.livefistdefence.com/201...-with-indias-reborn-saras-light-aircraft.html
     
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    Imported content in various projects by HAL

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  5. Indx TechStyle

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    Buddy what you did?

    That threas wasn't strictly in for civilian aviation but entire aerospace sector.
    Means included strategic airlifters of future too.
     
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    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    Maybe changing the threat title would do?

    @Hellfire @Agent_47 @PARIKRAMA please look what can be done.

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    Press Information Bureau
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    21-March-2017 17:33 IST

    Construction of Bhogapuram International Airport
    Government of India has granted 'in principle' approval to Bhogapuram International Airport Corporation Limited (BIACL) for setting up of Bhogapuram International Greenfield Airport for public use in Vizianagaram District, near Visakhapatnam in October, 2016.

    The construction of airport projects depends upon many factors such as land acquisition, availability of mandatory clearances, financial closure, etc. by the individual operator and the land acquisition is the subject matter of State Government.

    The estimated expenditure for the construction of Bhogapuram Airport is approx. Rs. 2260 crores. The land acquisition and pre-development activities are intended to be done through HUDCO loan and State Budget by BIACL and the total cost of construction of Airport and airport operations are intended to be done by the developer.

    The proposal for setting up of Greenfield Airport at Bhogapuram is approved with the condition that scheduled commercial operations at the civil enclave at the existing Vizag Naval Airfield are stopped once the operation of Greenfield airports at Bhogapuram starts, for a period of 30 years.

    This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri Jayant Sinha in written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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    21-March-2017 17:34 IST

    Development of New Airports
    Government of India has granted "in principle" approval for setting up of the 18 Greenfield airports in the country. The list of these airport is as under: Mopa in Goa, Navi Mumbai, Shirdi and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Hasan and Shimoga in Karnataka, Kannur in Kerala, Durgapur in West Bengal, Dabra in Madhya Pradesh, Pakyong in Sikkim, Karaikal in Puducherry, Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, Dholera in Gujarat and Dagadarthi Mendal, Nellore Dist., Bhogapuram in Vizianagaram District near Visakhapatnam and Oravakallu in Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh. Government of India has granted "site clearance" approval for setting up of the 5 Greenfield airports in the country. The list of these airports is as under: Machiwara, Ludhiana Airport, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, Alwar in Rajasthan and Kothagudem in Telangana.

    Mopa Airport in Goa, Navi Mumbai and Shirdi Airport in Maharashtra, Kannur Airport in Kerala, Kushinagar Airport in Uttar Pradesh, Dholera Airport in Gujarat, Bhogapuram Airport in Andhra Pradesh, Machiwara Airport in Ludhiana and Alwar Airport in Rajasthan are International Greenfield Airports.

    As regards construction of new Greenfield airports, execution of project including finalization of project cost and financing arrangement is the sole responsibility of the respective airport promoters. However, as per the information provided by the respective airport developer, the total estimated cost for setting up of above mentioned 18 Greenfield Airports in the country comes out to Rs. 30,000 crore (approx.).

    This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri Jayant Sinha in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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    21-March-2017 17:35 IST

    Development of Airports in Chhattisgarh
    For development of Bilaspur airport and Raigarh airport in Chhattisgarh, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has projected the requirement of 387.3 acres of land at Bilaspur and permanent transfer of the existing airport land of 23 acres along with an additional 569 acres of land at Raigarh. Acquisition and handing over of land free of cost and free from all encumbrances by the State Government is the pre-requisite for development of these airport projects.

    Two airports in Chhattisgarh, viz. Bilaspur and Raipur belong to AAI. Raipur Airport has already been upgraded to international standards with Integrated Terminal Building. Although, Indian carriers are free to mount services from any point in India to foreign destinations as per the respective bilateral air service agreements, actual operations are always guided by traffic demand and commercial judgement of airlines.

    This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri Jayant Sinha in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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    30-March, 2017 17:23 IST
    National Civil Aircraft Development Programme

    A Feasibility Study has been carried out by CSIR- National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL), Bengaluru for National Civil Aircraft Development (NCAD) programme. The programme for development of a 90 seater aircraft will have two phases namely, design & development phase and manufacturing phase. The total estimated budgetary requirements of the NCAD programme is Rs. 7555 crore, out of which Rs. 4355 crore is for design & development phase and Rs. 3200 crore for series production phase. The private sector industry will be involved in both the phases. CSIR had also constituted a Joint Venture Committee whose terms of reference (TOR) was to: (i) identify industry partner (s) through a transparent exercise and work out the modalities for the JV formulation, (ii) suggest equity structure of the identified industry partner(s), and (iii) give necessary inputs to CSIR for developing a cabinet note for obtaining in-principle approval for the implementation of the programme as recommended by the erstwhile Planning Commission. The JV Committee interacted with a number of Indian business houses to develop an EOI and a draft Cabinet note. The JV interim report has been completed. However, the nodal Ministry for undertaking the NCAD programme is yet to be identified. Because of this, a clear picture on the design & development parameters, production aspects etc. along with role of the designated departments/ministries and industrial partners are yet to be worked out. Also, the mode of funding support is yet to be defined.

    CSIR-NAL under the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) is implementing a project on setting up a “Transport Aircraft Design Bureau (TADB)” The principal objective of the proposal is to develop a high technology aircraft design bureau required to meet the challenges of next generation aircraft and futuristic programmes of the country.

    This information was given by Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Shri Y.S.Chowdary in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


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    Rolls-Royce keen to make small aircraft with Indian companies

    "We have offerings in that space — 50 to 60-seater aircraft — but you need a structural manufacturer, and orders from the market. Yes, we can supply engines made in India. Various Indian companies, including the Tata and Mahindra groups, want to bring an aircraft. We are open to partnerships with any of them in order to bring the right thing," Kishore Jayaraman, President of Rolls-Royce India and South Asia, told ET.

    "The JV with HAL stands within its own realms. We just have to inform it, like any partner, whenever we plan to enter into an agreement to make small aircraft," he further said. Alocally made small aircraft would provide a boost to the government's regional connectivity plan, called Ude Desh ke Aam Nagrik (UDAN) that aims to take flying to smaller airports at a subsidised fare of `2,500 for an hour of flight. The first flight under the scheme will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister in Shimla o ..

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    As a patriot Indian it breaks my heart to read this but WHEN WILL WE EVER MAKE SOMETHING OURSELVES?
     

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