SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
After living Eight years in the oblivion, India is all set to revive its 14-seater Saras civil passenger aeroplane project. development of the twin-turboprop Saras plane suffered a setback in 2009 when a test flight ended in a fiery crash, killing all three crew on board.
NAL is currently preparing to carry out flight testing and evaluation of SARAS PT1N aircraft. PT1 has been converted into PT1N incorporating design improvements along with new state of the art Arnic-429 compatible intergrated digital avionics systems and new landing, brakes and lightweight materials to get its weight back to its planned reduction.
PT1N is all set to commence Low-Speed Taxi trials from April onwards to ensure it is back in the air by mid of this year. NAL now describes Saras as Multi-role Light Transport Aircraft with Air taxi and Services as its primary roles.
Saras with a maximum speed of 520 km/hr has endurance of 4.45 hh/min is ideal for Executive Transport, Light Package carrier, Remote sensing, Aerial Search/Survey, Coast Guard ,Border Patrol,Air ambulance and other community services.