NAL Saras: History: Newspaper clippings

1. Date: 29 May 2004
Newspaper: Unknown from India
Language: Marathi
Translation: (Title) Successful flight of 'desi' Saras

(image caption) completely indigenous Saras took a successful flight on Saturday

(Highlights of report) 20 minutes of flight;
take off from HAL airport- Bengaluru;
crew:- Sq. Ldr. K. K. Venugopal & W. Cmdr. Makhan;
NAL director BR Pai termed this a successful flight but refused to give technical details;
two Canadian "pratt and whitney" engines;
total weight= 5118 Kg; extra 900 Kg than expected;
altitude reached= 8000 ft.; speed reached= 150 km/h
14 seats capacity, 5 seats during test;
1232 Kg weight carrying capacity;
500 flight hours necessary before approval from DGCA;
2007 is the year for expected approval.

It is a sad state of affairs that even after so many years, these projects are still in development phase. To see that how optimistic the news seemed that day, only break your heart what actually happened in years after that.


2. Date: 29 May 2004
Newspaper: Unknown from India
Language: Marathi
Translation: (Title) First successful flight of indigenous 'Saras'

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