Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Made in Indonesia: New plane N-219 Ready To Roll

Currently, the aviation pioneer in several parts of the archipelago such as Papua is still using the old production aircraft, like the Twin Otter. Some existing units have improper wear necessitating a more modern aircraft. Therefore, since 2006, PT Dirgantara Indonesia develop a capacity of 19 persons N219 aircraft to replace the existing pioneer aircraft. Currently, the aircraft aerodynamic tests have been completed.N-219 new generation aircraft produced by PT Dirgantara Indonesia
N-219 Generasi terbaru pesawat produksi PT Dirgantara Indonesia

"Development of the aircraft of this type usually takes 3 years. However, we will probably finish 2 to 2.5 years, "said Andi Alisjahbana, Director Aerostruktur PT Dirgantara Indonesia, on Tuesday (28/12/2010) in Jakarta. So, in 2013, the aircraft may already be launched.
In order to prevent failures such as CN 250, the PT DI will produce a plane based on orders. "We will create 25 units used to be. Attempts will be made entirely sold out first, "said Andi. Making a number of units requiring fund about Rp 1 trillion. This amount was minimal, according to Andi for making airplanes. He target, a number of aircraft will be purchased by local governments.
Andi also said the N219 aircraft specifications designed in accordance with the geographical condition of Indonesia. The aircraft is capable of landing on short runway so that it can be applied in remote areas with limited land. "The aircraft is also designed to carry extra fuel. We realize that not every area has a refueling, "said Andi reveals excess N219 aircraft.
Meanwhile, Budi Santoso, President Director of PT Dirgantara Indonesia 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. For Budi, the development of small aircraft capable of reaching remote areas is very fitting. "Many parts of Indonesia that is not easily accessible by land transportation. Airplane pilot can be a solution, "he explained.
Aircraft N219 has 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.

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