Sunday, 22 August 2010

Try again: History of aviation: what aircraft is that?

Many of our expert visitors will be able to identify this iconic little aircraft... Gold Stars and Brownie Points only for history and performance details


K- LT said...

Ajai sahib, you have removed the name!! :)

It still is a NAL Hansa. Made for rookie flight instruction in the country.

About 200 kmph speed and about 700 kg weight.

Engine about 100 HP, looking for better engines with more HP.

Brownies and stars please?

Shivi Krishna said...

It's even written over it.. HANSA

flanker said...

NAL Hansa at HAL museum bnagalore

Anonymous said...

This is NAL Hansa.
As per Wikipedia:
The production variant made its first flight on May 14, 1999.

General characteristics
Crew: two, pilot and instructor
Length: 7.68 m (25 ft 2 in)
Wingspan: 10.47 m (34 ft 4 in)
Height: 2.61 m (8 ft 7 in)
Wing area: 12.5 m² (134 ft²)
Empty weight: 545 kg (1,200 lb)
Gross weight: 750 kg (1,650 lb)
Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 914 F3, 86 kW (115 hp)
Cruising speed: 215 km/h (134 mph)
Endurance: 4 hours

Cane-an said...

HPT-32 Deepak

Sanket Gokhale said...


Anonymous said...

NAL Hansa training aircraft.

Anonymous said...

NAL Hansa

Vinz said...

Nal Hansa?

Santosh Kumar Sharma said...

hansa 3

Anonymous said...

Isn't that our very own Hansa sitting pretty at the HAL museum??

Binay said...

Ajai Sir,

If I am not wrong, then It must be
the first prototype of NAL/HAL "HANSA-II" (Reg.No: VT-XIW).

It made its first flight on 23rd Nov 1993. Test Pilot was Wg Cdr P Ashoka.

It completed its 128Hr of test flight before being donated to HAL Museum.

It was designed by the National Aerospace Laboratories and produced by HAL.

Crew: 2
Length: 25ft
Height: 8.7ft
Empty weight: 550kg
All-up weight: 750kg
Wingspan: 34.35ft
Endurance: 4Hr
Fuel Capacity: 85L
Stall Speed: 47KIAS (Knots Indicated Air Speed)
Cruising Speed: 96KIAS (Knots Indicated Air Speed)
Rate Of Climb: 650ft/min
Landing Distance: 1770ft
Take-Off Distance: 1355ft
Propeller: 2 bladed Hoffmann propeller of diameter of 1730mm
Power plant: Rotax914F3(Turbo Charged)
100bhp@5500rpm / 115bhp@5800rpm

Anonymous said...

hindustan turbo trainer, HAL design based on modified HPT-32 fuselage with an allison engine, dropped after no interest shown from IAF.

Anonymous said...

Grob G 115 manufactured in germany, used for training rookie fighter pilots. Extremely light weight due to carbon composites and quite cheap with each unit costing less than 5 million usd. Additionally it has a good safety record.

Anonymous said...

NAL Hansa
First flight on May 14 1999


rational being said...

Its the HANSA trainer aircraft from HAL. Twin seater turboprop. Limited numbers manufactured.

sukhoiman said...

This is the Grob 120. It is a notable development by Grob Aerospace of Germany in that it has a carbon composite airframe. This has supposedly resulted in fewer maintenance requirements.

First flight was 1999.

It has more recently been offered to the IAF as a basic trainer, including a possible deal involving HAL in the manufacture and supply chain should Grob be chosen:

I am guessing this is related to the location of the picture.

The engine of the standard A model is a 260 hp, 6 cylinder lycoming and it has a MTOW of about 1500 kg. The new TP version (being offered to India) has a more powerful engine rated at 380 horses (continuous) and 456 hp peak (for 5 minutes). All this and more can be found on the official website:

Anonymous said...

HAL HPT-32 Deepak


Airfan said...

Its the NAL developed Hansa.

Airfan said...

NAL Hansa an all composite plane devleloped by NAL. I think first flight was in 99. Made by Tarneja aerospace.

Ravi said...

Hansa, developed by NAL and being manufactured by Taneja Aerospace.

Armourmight said...

Trying your Quiz for the first time. Good one.
The aircraft is
Reg Call Sign:VT-XIW
Aircraft Type:HANSA-2
No of Flying Hours:128:00
Location at Present:HAL, Museum, Bangalore.


Tijo said...

NAL Hansa 2 - A all-composite two-seater general aviation airplane

Anonymous said...

its a Hansa bt o the few triners manufactured by India--Aditya....

Binay said...

Ajai Sir,

You have not declared the result as well as the answer of the the WEEKEND QUIZ i.e. Quiz no-4 yet. So can you please???????????

Broadsword said...



Anonymous said...

Hey shukla these types of quizs are addictions - keep it up!

Thaariq said...

Its Hansa 2. THey had a Continental O-240 engine. This is the only aircraft of this type. They also tried to re-engine this type as Hansa 2RE.

Thaariq said...

Also this aircraft was not produced by HAL. It was built by NAL & TAAL.