Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) said here on Friday that its Intermediate Jet Trainer, IJT-36, has successfully completed the first phase of the "hot weather trials" in Nagpur. Two prototypes of the aircraft, PT-1 and PT-2, logged eight hours of flight in one week.

The 13 combined sorties were carried out at high ambient temperatures meeting operational requirements. The two aircraft were in hot conditions for two to three hours before the flights and a mobile telemetry system monitored the flights online. During the trials, all systems worked satisfactorily and the aircraft performed as expected. The local temperatures of all critical systems and components were monitored with temperature sensors at various locations and were found to be within acceptable limits, HAL said. These trials gave inputs for aircraft performance prediction, reliability and performance of its systems under high temperature conditions. The trials also gave inputs for improving the comfort levels of the pilots under testing conditions. Congratulating Team IJT, HAL Chairman Ashok K. Bawja said, "One more milestone has been achieved towards certification and introduction of a world-class trainer by 2008."

HAL Chief Test Pilot Baldev Singh said the focus ahead was to get all the systems to a high degree of maturity and reliability so as to deliver a good flying machine to the customer at the earliest.