Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mahindra-NAL C-NM5 conducts first flight

Utility vehicles major Mahindra Group's maiden aircraft, the C-NM5, has completed a successful test flight, the company announced here Wednesday.

The 45-minute flight of the C-NM5, conducted Sep 1, tested the basic handling of the 5-seater all-metal aircraft.

Subsequent flights evaluated the aircraft stability and control under different flying conditions and further tests are continuing to comply with international regulatory standards before putting it up for global sales.

The aircraft has been developed in a public-private partnership between National Aerospace Laboratories and Mahindra Group's Mahindra Aerospace, with GippsAero, Australia (a subsidiary of Mahindra Aerospace), said Anand Mahindra, vice chairman and managing director of the $12.5 billion Mahindra Group.

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