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Indonesian president inaugurates indigenous plane

World2017-11-10

By APD Writer Maverick JAKARTA, Nov. 10 (APD) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo inaugurated on Friday an indigenously-designed multipurpose plane N 219, aimed at securing transportation in the archipelago country, remote areas in the regions and for exports. Speaking in the inaugural ceremony held in an East Jakarta airport, President Widodo codenamed the plane with Nurtanio. It was named after after an Indonesian aviation pioneer Nurtanio Pringgoadisuryo who killed in a tragic crash of plane that he designed himself in 1966. Nurtanio, who was an admiral in Indonesian air forces, designed the plane to comply with his dream of flying across the world with an Indonesian-made aircraft. Nurtanio was also the one who initially founded national aviation industry, PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), that co-designed the N 219 with national aerospace agency of LAPAN. “Rear Admiral Nurtanio Pringgoadisuryo was a national hero who wholeheartedly dedicated all of his life for the glory of national aviation industry,” the president said in his remarks during the event. N 219 made its maiden flight in Bandung, West Java airport on August 16 prior to the the celebration of Indonesia’s 72nd national independence anniversary this year. The inauguration of the indigenous plane was conducted as part of the nation’s observance on National Hero Day that falls on Friday. In the initial production PTDI and LAPAN produced four units of N 219 planes of which two of them would be extensively used to undergo further flight tests to get airworthiness certification from the authorized agencies. Among the tests was a compulsory 300 hours of flight. The N 219 is powered by PT6A-42 Pratt & Whitney twin turbo propeller engines, capable to transport 19 passengers in a single flight. The plane is designed of capable to take off and landing in short rugged airstrips that commonly found in isles across the country. N 219 has a particular character with its low speed capability at 59 knots, enabling it capable to serve flights in areas surrounded by mountains or gorges which often found in the nation’s territory. The plane has a maximum speed of 210 knots with economic speed set at 190 knots. N 219 is incorporated with advanced aviation technologies including autopilot, terrain awareness and warning and global positioning systems. Besides, transporting passengers, the plane can be easily converted to various purposes including logistic transport for military and civilian uses, medical evacuation as well as delivering relief aids to areas affected by disasters. A PTDI official Andi Alisjahbana said that commercial sale of the plane was expected to commence in 2019 after the plane obtained flight certifications. The plane is also highly expected to fill the world’s small plane market segment, adding national value-added exports. In the market N 219 would take on its apparent competitor DHC-6 Twin Otter produced by de Havilland Canada. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

By APD Writer Maverick

JAKARTA, Nov. 10 (APD) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo inaugurated on Friday an indigenously-designed multipurpose plane N 219, aimed at securing transportation in the archipelago country, remote areas in the regions and for exports.

Speaking in the inaugural ceremony held in an East Jakarta airport, President Widodo codenamed the plane with Nurtanio.

It was named after after an Indonesian aviation pioneer Nurtanio Pringgoadisuryo who killed in a tragic crash of plane that he designed himself in 1966.

Nurtanio, who was an admiral in Indonesian air forces, designed the plane to comply with his dream of flying across the world with an Indonesian-made aircraft.

Nurtanio was also the one who initially founded national aviation industry, PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), that co-designed the N 219 with national aerospace agency of LAPAN.

“Rear Admiral Nurtanio Pringgoadisuryo was a national hero who wholeheartedly dedicated all of his life for the glory of national aviation industry,” the president said in his remarks during the event.

N 219 made its maiden flight in Bandung, West Java airport on August 16 prior to the the celebration of Indonesia’s 72nd national independence anniversary this year.

The inauguration of the indigenous plane was conducted as part of the nation’s observance on National Hero Day that falls on Friday.

In the initial production PTDI and LAPAN produced four units of N 219 planes of which two of them would be extensively used to undergo further flight tests to get airworthiness certification from the authorized agencies. Among the tests was a compulsory 300 hours of flight.

The N 219 is powered by PT6A-42 Pratt & Whitney twin turbo propeller engines, capable to transport 19 passengers in a single flight.

The plane is designed of capable to take off and landing in short rugged airstrips that commonly found in isles across the country.

N 219 has a particular character with its low speed capability at 59 knots, enabling it capable to serve flights in areas surrounded by mountains or gorges which often found in the nation’s territory.

The plane has a maximum speed of 210 knots with economic speed set at 190 knots.

N 219 is incorporated with advanced aviation technologies including autopilot, terrain awareness and warning and global positioning systems.

Besides, transporting passengers, the plane can be easily converted to various purposes including logistic transport for military and civilian uses, medical evacuation as well as delivering relief aids to areas affected by disasters.

A PTDI official Andi Alisjahbana said that commercial sale of the plane was expected to commence in 2019 after the plane obtained flight certifications. The plane is also highly expected to fill the world’s small plane market segment, adding national value-added exports.

In the market N 219 would take on its apparent competitor DHC-6 Twin Otter produced by de Havilland Canada.

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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