New prototype of Saras expected to fly by February end: NAL chief

The 14-seater transport aircraft Saras-Prototype I New (PT1N), being developed by the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), is expected to fly by this month-end, a top NAL official said. “We expect that the Saras PT1N will fly by the end of February, 2013,” NAL Director Dr Shyam Chetty told PTI on the sidelines of the Aero India Seminar. He said Saras PT1 was being upgraded to PT1N standard which includes modified stub wing and rear fuselage, larger area rudder, new nacelle and an autopilot. It will be powered by 2 x 1200 SHP PT6A-67A engines; he said adding CEMILAC and DGAQA, which have joined the SARAS programme about a year ago, are providing very good regulatory support in this connection.


Source: Economic Times

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