Raj Hamsa Ultralights

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Raj Hamsa Ultralights
Type Limited Company
Industry Aerospace
Founded 1980
Headquarters Bangalore, India
Key people Joel Koechlin, Managing Director[1]
Products Ultralight aircraft
Employees 30-35
Website www.x-air.in

Raj Hamsa Ultralights is an Indian private limited company and ultralight aircraft manufacturer, founded in 1980 at Pondicherry, India by Joel Koechlin of France. The company is one of India's largest aircraft manufacturers and its only producer of commercial microlight aircraft. It started in 1980 producing hang gliders, introduced powered hang gliders in 1983 and the X-Air line of microlights in 1993. By 2007 the company had produced over 1000 aircraft.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

The company's headquarters and sole manufacturing facility is located at Bengaluru (Bangalore), India.[1][7] The company employs 30-35 people and produces about 100 aircraft kits annually.

The company's X-Air 'S' and 'F' models have been successful in the market and are exported widely.[8] The new Hawk model, known as Hanuman in India, is currently awaiting Indian and UK certification.[9] The ultralights manufactured by Raj Hamsa are some of the least expensive available in India and many parts of the world.[10]

The company is a factory agent for Jabiru Aircraft engines.[11]

Aircraft[edit]

X-Air 602T
X-Air
The X-Air was the first aircraft produced by the company. A total of 1300 X-Air F and S have been exported by the company.[1] Standard equipment is a Rotax 582UL and basic instruments. The XAir is certified to UK BCAR Section "S".[8][12][13]
X-Air Hanuman
A new design currently awaiting certification in India and UK. The cheapest model is available with a Jabiru 2200 engine and basic engine instruments. A Rotax 582UL engine is an option. This aircraft is designed for leisure flying and flight training. The aircraft is known in North America as the X-AIR "H"[9][14][15]
Voyager
A two-seat cross-country capable ultralight trike powered by a Rotax 503 or Jabiru 2200.[16]
Clipper
A two-seat ultralight trike powered by a Rotax 503 engine designed for training and recreational flying.[9][17]

Certification[edit]

The X-Air and Hanuman are both accepted by Transport Canada as Advanced Ultra-light Aeroplanes in Canada.[18]

The Hanuman is an approved US Federal Aviation Administration Light sport aircraft as the model X-Air XA85.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Raj Hamsa Ultralights (undated). "Raj Hamsa Company Profile". Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  2. ^ Jackson, Paul (ed): Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2002-2003, pages 183-184. Jane's Publishing Company, 2002. ISBN 0-7106-2423-9
  3. ^ Jackson, Paul (ed): Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003-2004, pages 190-191. Jane's Publishing Company, 2003. ISBN 0-7106-2537-5
  4. ^ Jackson, Paul (ed): Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2005-2006, pages 205-206. Jane's Publishing Company, 2005. ISBN 0-7106-2684-3
  5. ^ Jackson, Paul (ed): Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2006-2007, pages 239-240. Jane's Publishing Company, 2006. ISBN 0-7106-2745-9
  6. ^ Jackson, Paul (ed): Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2007-2008, pages 254-255. Jane's Publishing Company, 2007. ISBN 0-7106-2792-0
  7. ^ Aircraft World Directory (undated). "Raj Hamsa X'Air". Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  8. ^ a b Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page B-112. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
  9. ^ a b c Aircraft World Directory (undated). "Raj Hamsa Hanuman". Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  10. ^ Decker, Jeffrey (January 2008). "SEBRING - X-Air debuts special light sport aircraft". Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  11. ^ Jabiru Aircraft (November 2008). "Jabiru Agents". Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  12. ^ Raj Hamsa Ultralights (undated). "The XAir". Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  13. ^ Giacosa, F. (undated). "The X-Air!". Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  14. ^ Raj Hamsa Ultralights (undated). "The Hanuman". Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  15. ^ Raj Hamsa Ultralights Pvt Ltd (May 2008). "X-AIR News". Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  16. ^ Raj Hamsa Ultralights (undated). "TWO SEATER POWERED HANG GLIDER, TYPE "VOYAGER"". Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  17. ^ Raj Hamsa Ultralights (undated). "TWO-SEATER POWERED HANG GLIDER, TYPE "CLIPPER"". Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  18. ^ Transport Canada (November 2008). "Listing of Models Eligible to be Registered as Advanced Ultra-Light Aeroplanes (AULA)". Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  19. ^ Experimental Aircraft Association (undated). "Special Light-Sport Aircraft X-Air XA85". Retrieved 2008-11-21. 

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