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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Indonesian Aerospace Launched 2013 & N219 Aircraft

Currently, the aviation pioneer in several areas of the archipelago such as Papua is still done by the old production aircraft like the Twin Otter. Some existing units have improper wear necessitating a more modern aircraft.
Therefore, since 2006 Indonesian Aerospace Industry to develop aircraft with a capacity of 19 persons N219 to replace the existing pioneer aircraft. Currently, the aircraft aerodynamic tests have been completed.

"Development of the aircraft of this type usually takes 3 years. However, we will probably finish 2 to 2.5 years," said Andi Alisjahbana, Aerostructure Director of Indonesian Aerospace Industry, on Tuesday (28/12/2010) in Jakarta. So, in 2013, the aircraft may already be launched.
In order to prevent failures such as N 250, Indonesian Aerospace Industry will produce a plane based on orders. "We will create 25 units used to be. We will pursue all sold before," said Andi.

To make a number of units, the required funding of about USD 1 trillion, the amount was minimal, according to Andi for making airplanes. Andi target, a number of aircraft would be purchased by local governments.

Andi said the aircraft specifications N219 is designed with the geographical condition of Indonesia, making it very appropriate. The aircraft is capable of landing on short runway so that it can be applied in remote areas of limited land.

"The aircraft is also designed so that it can carry extra fuel. We realize that not every area has a refueling,"said Andi reveals excess N219 aircraft.

Budi Santoso, President Director of Indonesian Aerospace Industry said that the development of this aircraft is based on the geographical characteristics of Indonesia. "Our geographical conditions are different from other countries. We must have its own solution," he said.

Development of small aircraft that can reach remote areas assessed Budi very fit. "Many parts of Indonesia that is not easily accessible by land transportation. The plane pilot could be a solution," he explained.

N219 plane itself has a great potential to be marketed to areas such as Sumatra and Papua. The aircraft is also expected to be marketed to other countries that still require, for example countries in Africa.

Source: Kompas.

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