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#IP 841 27 Oct - 2 Nov 2008

ANMC21 Working Level Conference on Asian Jet Passenger Plane 2008

Asian Network of Major Cities 21 (ANMC21) that came into existence in the year 2000 is an initiative of Tokyo Governor Mr. Shintaro Ishihara. (see There are in all eleven cities enrolled as members of ANMC21 representing 11 Asian countries. Delhi is one of them. One of the key objectives of ANMC21 is the promotion of development of small to medium sized jet passenger plane. The member cities have met on a number of occasions since 2002. During the 2007 meeting held at Tokyo, Dr. Upadhya, Director, NAL and Dr. Kota Harinarayana, Raja Ramanna Fellow, NAL were present in response to an invitation by Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG). A proposal was made by them to host the 2008 working level conference on jet passenger plane in Bangalore. This conference took place on 20 October 2008 at the Eagleton Golf Resort near Bidadi. The primary objective of this conference was to bring together participants from Asian aircraft manufacturers, research institutions, government organizations, parts manufacturers, IT industries, airlines, general trading organizations and so on. There were 27 participants from other Asian countries consisting of members from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MiGHT), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Marubeni Aerospace Corporation, Sojitz Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), All Nippon Airways, Sumitomo Corporation, Indonesian Aerospace, Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), Tohoku University, Mitsui and Company and Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation of Taiwan. About 40 participants came from different Indian organizations that included HAL, ADE, GTRE, ADA, CEMILAC, IISc, IIT Kanpur, DGCA, Infosys, Infotech, Confederation of Indian Industries, TCS, L & T, Honeywell, Satyam, Mahindra Aerospace, Tata Advanced Materials and SIATI.

Dr. Upadhya, Director, NAL, welcomed the gathering and Mr. Makoto Takahashi, Senior Director in charge of International Joint Projects, TMG, gave his address. The programme consisted of three technical sessions. The first session was chaired by Prof. R. Narasimha, JNCASR. Dr. Kazuhiro Nakahashi, Professor at Tohoku University spoke on the significance of Asian Collaboration for a Jet Passenger Plane while Dr. B. V. R. Mohan Reddy, Chairman of Southern Region of CII spoke on Aerospace Industries in Southern India with regard to history, benefits and future growth. Mr. Chidananda, Programme Director, Civil Aviation Programme of NAL spoke on NAL's Initiatives in Civil Aeronautics covering the Hansa and Saras programmes. Dr. Kota Harinarayana spoke on the new generation regional aircraft development initiative taken up by CSIR and NAL. Mr. Kiyotaka Ichimaru, General Manager of MHI made a presentation on "Flying into the Future." He essentially covered the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) programme in this connection. Mr. S. P. Ray, General Manager (Projects) of HAL covered the Aviation Programmes and capabilities of HAL. The second session was chaired by Mr. Tatsuro Sakai, Former Chairman of Steering Committee of Asian Community Airplane Programme (ACAP) of the Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies (SJAC). Dr. Jiro Nakamichi, Head of Aviation of Programme Group, JAXA, spoke on the Aeronautical Research at JAXA and Development of Japan's Domestically Produced Regional Jet. Mr. Yuichi Hirakami of KHI spoke on the commercialization of C-X/XP-1. The third session was chaired by Dr. Chin Hu, Former President, Aerospace Industrial Corporation, Taiwan. The first part of this session consisted of six short talks by the Engineering Services Industries in India. Infosys, Infotech, L & T, Mahindra Aerospace, Satyam and TCS made presentations on their aerospace related services. This was followed by the final talk on building partnerships as a major role of the Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies & Industries (SIATI). Dr. Upadhya and Mr. Takahashi summed the programme at the end.

A short cultural programme on Dances of India was conducted by the Shantala Arts Academy. Mahindra Group sponsored the cultural event and the reception dinner.

On 21st October, a site visit was arranged for the delegates from outside India. The delegation visited Infosys, HAL and NAL. The visitors expressed their extreme happiness over the meeting and said that they were very impressed by the capabilities available in India. Both the visitors and Indian participants said that future collaborations with Asian countries should be enhanced. KTMD played a major role in organizing the event.

Vidyadhar Y. Mudkavi
Programme Coordinator
ANMC21 Working Level Conference
on Asian Jet Passenger Plane 2008

#IP 840 20-26 Oct 2008

INDIA AVIATION : 2008 at Hyderabad -NAL displays four aircraft

NAL displayed its indigenous aircraft and the scaled models at INDIA AVIATION : 2008 held at Begumpet airport, Hyderabad between 15 -18 October 2008.

Hyderabad India Aviation 2008, the country’s first ever four-day civil aviation exhibition and conference was flagged off by Hon’ble Minister of Civil Aviation Mr Praful Patel. The event jointly organized by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) had more than 200 exhibitors representing leading aviation and allied industries from around the world including Airbus, Boeing, EADS, HAL, Rolls Royce, Cessna aircraft co., Bell Helicopter, ATR and Bombardier.

The composition of static display included 37 international and domestic aircraft from A-380 - the largest to Pushpak- the smallest airplane. Also on display were Boeing 777, Airbus A-330, Learjet, Global express, Gulfstream, Beachcrafts, Cessnas and Helicopters including HANSA.

HANSA flew gracefully as always, on each of the four days. Wg. Cdr. Sunit Krishna of ASTE and AVM (retd.) A S Lamba flew the pretty trainer well and managed a pleasing impression before the well gathered audience. SARAS’s exhibition generated a lot of interest.

The mock up models of Regional Transport Aircraft (RTA 70) and size to size mock up model of NM5 aircraft were also displayed at the exhibition in HALL B number 14 of the NAL stall. The 5 seat NM5 aircraft (general aviation aircraft) developed as a private-public partnership venture between NAL and Mahindra Aerospace Technologies attracted a lot of interest in business visitors and the general public.  RTA-70 is to be developed jointly by NAL and HAL.

Besides aircraft, NAL’s Radomes and Composites parts were also displayed at the NAL stall. The multimedia presentation about  NAL displayed on the plasma screen got a fair amount of attention. Top dignitaries like Ashok Baweja, Chairman, HAL, Pradeep Kumar, Defence Secretary, Production, C G Krishnadas Nair, Former Chairman, HAL and Krishna Mikkilineni - CEO, Honeywell International India Pvt Ltd visited NAL stall and showed keen interest in our projects.

NAL received  a  good media coverage in VAYU aerospace Review, Aeromag Asia, Indian Aviation and the official daily -international aerospace magazine.

An exclusive open-house interactive session between the Hon’ble Minister and a congregation of more than 35 CEOs representing major aviation companies was scheduled on 15 October 2008 to discuss the future plans and policy issues before the Minister and senior officials of the Ministry. Director, NAL attended this meet and gave valuable inputs.

NAL’s preparation for the air show was planned months in advance and the final result was sufficiently pleasing. The NAL stall attracted a large number of serious visitors, and most of them enjoyed getting into the pretty mock-up of NM5 aircraft. The NAL stall was the best we had so far.

It s always a relief when an air show is over because all is well that ends well after all the hard work! One may question whether   such a  participation yields profitable returns? Well, you never know!   As  it is difficult to quantify the gains in such situations.

C V Giriraj with NAL and Mahindra Aerospace Team

INDIA AVIATION : 2008 at Hyderabad - NAL displays four aircraft
India Aviation 2012
CSIR-NAL at India Aviation 2014

Dr A R Upadhya, Director, NAL  congratulatory message to Prof Peter Hodgson and Team, Deakin University
---'Congratulations to Prof Peter Hodgson and Team, Deakin University's concept car T2 being chosen by ford Motor Company from response to its global challenge. We wish the venture a bright future.'

#IP 839 13 - 19 Oct 2008

Report on OPEN DAYS

As a part of the Golden Jubilee Programme NAL Open Days were organised on 26 and 27 September 2008 (Friday & Saturday).

On Friday 26-Sep-08 family members of employees were invited. Around 900 family members visited NAL between 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm.  The exhibits from various Divisions from Kodihalli were displayed at ACD bay. The video shows on SARAS, HANSA and NAL facilities were shown at S R Valluri Auditorium. Museum was kept open for the visitors.

At Belur, the exhibits from various Divisions were displayed at SARAS & HANSA Hangar. The Micro Air Vehicle display was displayed at cricket ground and the mini helicopter at Belur Hangar and visit to Wind Energy Division.  There was also an exhibition by Agasthya Foundation at ACD bay. All these programmes were scheduled for both the days.

On 27-Sep-08 (Saturday) about 1100 students from 9 rural schools, 14 urban schools and 2 colleges participated in the Open Day programme.  The programme started at 9.30 am and concluded at 5.30 pm.  These students were taken around both Kodihalli and Belur campuses.

An aerial display of HANSA by AVM (Retd.) A S Lamba  was arranged on 27-09-08 at
1 pm and 3 pm at Belur. A science model exhibition had been arranged for school children. School children exhibited their models in ACD.

The prizes for the following students were distributed for the best models and the participating schools in the evening. A five member committee was setup to view the models Chaired by Prof. Sarala Upadhya, Dept of Mechanical Engg, UVCE, Bangalore.

Sl No.


Student Name, School


1st Prize

Mr. Jagadish & Mr. Balram
Govt. High School, Pandavapura


2nd Prize

Mr. Sriharsha


3rd Prize

Mr. Greeshma J M


Consolation Prize – 1

Mr. Rohit Dey,


Consolation Prize – 2

Mr. Ravali

The certificate was issued to the following Divisions for the best exhibits from NAL. Dr. M R Nayak, Adv (M & A) and Dr. Vidyadhar Y Mudkavi, Head, CTFD judged the exhibits at SARAS Hangar, Belur and at ACD bay in Kodihalli respectively.

Sl No.



Advanced Composites Division


Structural Technologies Division


Centre for Civil Aircraft Design and Development

Feedback from the students

Many of the students expressed their happiness that the programme went on very well. Students said that they could not find even an iota of mistake during their visit to NAL. Feedback have been received from KV, NAL students.

Many students expressed the view that the exhibits were very educative, informative and thought-provoking. Few students said that the programme was meticulously planned and well organised.

NAL, with a view to make this programme a grand success, arranged local hospitality, transportation and all other arrangements to these students.

The children enjoyed the experience, especially the HANSA flight and the micro air vehicle shows.

M K Sridhar, Gomathy Sankaran and Srividya

NAL Golden Jubilee Celebration(GJC) Website


#IP 838 6 - 12 Oct 2008

CSIR Foundation Day

CSIR celebrated its 66th Foundation Day in NAL on the 26 Sep 2008 at the S R Valluri auditorium. Dr A R Upadhya in his welcome address thanked his ‘good friend and long time associate’- Dr Subramanyam who agreed to deliver the CSIR Foundation Day lecture at a very short notice.  He spoke about CSIR’s mission which he said is To provide scientific industrial R&D that maximises the economic, environmental and societal benefits for the people of India. He further described CSIR   as a multi dimensional, multifaceted institution enabling to perform and deliver and constantly contributing to all the labs in their achievements. He said CSIR is a multi locational institution which covers the entire spectrum of Indian Science. CSIR is constantly working on diverse areas to bring close synergy. He concluded by saying today is special day for us to rejoice in the success of our mother institution. He also reminded Prime Minister’s aspirations “CSIR has to work for the 800 million people of India, for upliftment of the living conditions of the majority of Indian population”. He formally introduced the chief guest Dr P S Subramanyam, DS & Director, ADA as a distinguished scientist and a DRDO system specialist.

Dr P S Subramanyam released the Suvarana Sadhana, a booklet of NAL’s 50 achievements. Dr Subramanyam, the chief guest spoke on 50 years of DRDO and its partners and 25 years of ADA. He gave a broad outline of the major systems that were inducted and are in the pipeline, infrastructure and facilities, DRDO industry partnership and technology roadmap. He spoke at great length about 25 years of LCA. 'Don’t think that Rs 5000 crores were spent to build 15 birds, it is the money invested in the aeronautical technology and infrastructure upgradation in the country' was his observation.

Dr G K Suryanarayan delivered the eleventh CSIR Foundation Day Business Lecture on Augmentation of National Trisonic Aerodynamic Facilities. His lecture covered the benefits gained from the programmes completed thus far and future enhancements.

The chief guest distributed prizes to children of NAL’s employees for excellent achievements in the field of academics and sports.  NAL honoured scientists for their patents and copyrights by presenting them with   IPR certificates.

The function concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Dr M R Nayak, Adv  (M&A). Dr M N Sathyanaraya  compered the programme.

Ranjan and Shailaja

HAL, NAL plan 70-seater aircraft

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) are planning to jointly design and develop a 70-seater civil regional aircraft.

Its development cost could run to Rs.4,000 crore and will roll out for certification in six to seven years. The aircraft will cater to regional routes, having a range of around 600 km to 800 km.

A joint delegation from HAL and NAL will make a presentation soon on the issue to Defence Minister A.K. Antony.

HAL and the NAL are yet to decide on aspects such as work share, funding, and even whether the aircraft will have a turbo-prop or turbo jet engine.

The two organisations have estimated that over the next 20 years there will be a requirement for around 400 aircraft from both the defence services and civil airlines for regional aircraft of this size. While the Services are looking to replace Dornier, Avro and AN-32 fleets, the growing domestic aviation sector will need to acquire additional regional aircraft of this size.

HAL’s Director (Design and Development) N.C. Agarwal, who will lead the company’s team during the presentation, told The Hindu that partners from overseas and India would fund the project on a risk-share basis.

NAL initially mooted the idea of a 70-seater aircraft and had held discussions with Pratt and Whitney (Canada) and General Electric (U.S.) for an engine.

NAL Director A.R. Upadhya will head the laboratory’s delegation


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