VISIT TO HINDUSTAN AERONAUTICS LIMITED, BANGALORE
- HAL, BANGALORE
Bangalore tour became the dream of all the cadets of class VIII. With the effort of our Principal Wg Cdr V S Dangwal, finally the Bangalore tour comes in to reality. Finally on 21st of August 2016 we board the two APSRTC hired buses for Bangalore. All of us were very happy and enthusiastic. We reached Bangalore at around 12.00 pm on the same day. Our final destination is HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited). The Heritage Centre & Aerospace Museum at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore, is located on Airport Road, 8 km. from M.G.Road and only 1.5 km. from Airport.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum, the first of its kind in India was established in the year 2001.The Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum is spread over 4 acres of lush green land. The Museum is a repertoire of knowledge for the academically minded as it houses a library on Aerospace and traces the development of the industry’s exciting phases since 1940.The Museum has got the prized possession of various types of Aircraft models on static display H.A.L Museum was very green. There were two buildings. We entered in the first building. There we saw a fountain. There were many flowers around it. In that building, we saw many models and pictures of various planes and helicopters made by H.A.L.
In the 2nd building there was a big hall. In that hall I saw a parachute. With that parachute a man was hanging wearing an oxygen mask. On the first floor of that building there was a flight simulator. There we played on computer and learned how to fly and land an aircraft. We came out of the second building. Outside there were four big planes. We walked to the top of a plane and saw the area where pilot sits. We also saw an aircraft that looked like a missile. This aircraft was a pilot-less plane. On the back side of these buildings there were old helicopters. We also saw two radars. The radars help in controlling the air traffic. There was one plane in that there were only two seats. This plane was made by N.A.L. Its name was Hansa. It is used for hobby and sport flying. We also saw a heat shield. Heat shields are used to house satellites, which is to be launched into space orbit. A visit to the Heritage Centre takes you into a new world of Aerospace and speaks volumes about the technological growth of our nation. We saw the pictures and small models of aircrafts, helicopters, etc. An exciting experience of flying can be had in the modern flight simulators at the centre. A panoramic view of the landing and takeoff of various aircraft at HAL old Bangalore Airport can be had from the ATC Tower mock up located at the roof top. Over it was a thrilling experience.
We visited the campus of HAL and saw the huge models of aero planes, helicopters, etc. Main Entrance of HAL. Aircraft LAKSHYA, which is used in the war of 1971. Payload of the Aircraft. Aircraft KIRAN. We gathered information about the evolution and history of aeronautics. It was a quite pleasant experience. Finally our tour in Bangalore ended in a happy not. I truly believe that the purpose for which the tour was organised is fulfilled. All in all this has been the most memorable time for all of us. Memories that we won’t be forgetting soon.
I, on the behalf of my batch thank our Principal Sir and all the teachers for organising such an informative and delighted trip for all of us.
Cdt Paul Vasu Srikar
School Cadet Captain