Bengaluru: Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL flew the indigenous Basic Trainer Aircraft, HTT 40 at the on-going Aero India 2017. “It is a wonderful machine and my flying is intended to enthuse youngsters to look for flying as a career in defence or in aerospace as engineers and take-up challenging assignments”, says Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, CMD. The aircraft was co-piloted by Group Capt C. Subramaniam (Retd),
HAL is making rapid progress on the indigenous design, development and manufacture of a Basic Trainer Aircraft ‘Hindustan Turbo-prop Trainer (HTT) – 40’. It would be used for basic flight training, aerobatics, instrument flying and close-formation flights whereas its secondary roles would include navigation and night flying.
HAL has allocated its own funds for the project. Two prototypes are being manufactured to speed up the flight trials and development process. HAL aims to get the aircraft certified in 2018. The project includes many first time initiatives such as Digital Mock up (DMU), real time systems clash analyses, laser tracking of assembly jigs and six degree of freedom.