Indonesian Aerospace (IAe) has laid out the specifications of its proposed N219 commuter aircraft.
In a new product brochure, the state-owned airframer says the N219 will be capable of operating in a number of commercial, military, and parapublic roles. Missions include scheduled and chartered airline operatons, troop transport, search and rescue (SAR), cargo, and maritime surveillance.
Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42 engines, it can operate up to 480nm (889km) with 19 passengers, while its maximum ferry range stands at 840nm. At its maximum take-off weight, the aircraft can take-off from a runway with a minimum of 393m (1,289ft), and land with a minimum of 197m. It can reach speeds of 210kts (389km/h)
The flight deck will be a digital-based, glass cockpit. An autopilot will be an option provided to operators.
IAe noted that the N219 has certain advantages over competitors. These include low direct operating cost, quick change configuration, wide cargo doors, and the ability to operate at high speeds.
In an interview with Flightglobal in February 2014, IAe’s vice-president for marketing and integrated aircraft solutions, Arie Wibowo, said it intends to roll out the first of four N219 prototypes in 2016. Two will be used for static and structural tests, and the other two for flight testing.
IAe will consider itself successful if it reaches its target of selling 200 N219s over a five to 10 year timeframe, adds Wibowo. Once it reaches that target, the firm will begin working on other projects.
To date, only Indonesian regional operator Nusantara Buana Air has signed a deal to buy up to 20 N219s, valued at €120 million ($130 million). The parent company of Lion Air, Lion Group, has also expressed interest in acquiring at least 50 N219s, although it has not placed any formal orders.