As an archipelago nation, Indonesian commerce and tourism lives and dies by the aircraft. As such, measures have been taken by the government and local industry to invest in equally-local solutions to growing demand and this has revealed a viable indigenous aircraft design, development and manufacturing market. One of the rising products is the N-219, a light utility transport with both civilian and military market potential. The aircraft is based on the CASA C-212 "Aviocar" and first-flown in March of 1971 and produced by Spain (and already operated by Indonesia). Indonesia Aerospace (IAe) is the local concern heading up development of the N-219 which seeks a market target price of under $5 million per unit.
A single prototype has been completed (2017) and entered into flight testing with a first-flight scheduled for some time in 2017.
Like the C-212 before it, the N-219 relies a high-wing monoplane arrangement for exceptional lift and short-runaway performance. The flight deck is aft of the short nosecone with good views out-of-the-cockpit. The fuselage is slab-sided and tapered towards the empennage. The tail unit is made up of a single vertical fin and mid-mounted horizontal stabilizers. The undercarriage is wheeled at all of the legs and fixed in flight. Internally, there is seating for up to nineteen passengers while the cockpit sits two side-by-side.
Dimensions include a length of 54 feet, a wingspan of 64 feet and a height of 20.2 feet. Empty weight is 9,500lb with a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) nearing 15,500lb.
Power to the aircraft is through 2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42 engines outputting 850 horsepower each, these mounted under each wing mainplane and driving four-bladed Hartzell propellers (the early alternative was 2 x Honeywell TPE331 series engines but regional availability and cost ultimately won out). Performance includes a cruising speed of 245 miles per hour, a range out to 970 miles and a service ceiling of 10,000 feet. The aircraft will sport a rate-of-climb of 2,000 feet-per-minute and hold strong "hot-and-high" performance capabilities, able to operate from paved and unprepared runways.
As of this writing, the N-219 has secured only local certification with plans to apply for certification abroad - namely in the United States and Europe - in the near future. At least four carriers (all local) have committed to orders of the type to date (2017).
Planned configurations include the standard passenger transport form, a military troop transport, a cargo/logistics hauler, MEDEVAC, surveillance & patrolling and Search and Rescue (SAR).
December 2019 - A first-flight has been recorded of a second prototype related to the development of the N-219. This occurred on December 21st, 2018. Deliveries of a first-batch order are expected during 2019.
August 2021 - IA plans for a floatplane variant of its up-and-coming N219 series twin-turboprop. The addition will be designated "N219A".
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
✓Special-Mission: MEDical EVACuation (MEDEVAC)
Extraction of wounded combat or civilian elements by way of specialized onboard equipment and available internal volume or external carrying capability.
✓Special-Mission: Search & Rescue (SAR)
Ability to locate and extract personnel from areas of potential harm or peril (i.e. downed airmen in the sea).
General transport functionality to move supplies/cargo or personnel (including wounded and VIP) over range.
Used in roles serving the commercial aviation market, ferrying both passengers and goods over range.
Used in the Very-Important-Person (VIP) passenger transport role, typically with above-average amenities and luxuries as standard.
✓Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
Serving Special Forces / Special Operations elements and missions.
Incorporates two or more engines, enhancing survivability and / or performance.
Inherent ability of airframe to take considerable damage.
EXTENDED RANGE PERFORMANCE
Capability to travel considerable distances through onboard fuel stores.
Ability to operate over ocean in addition to surviving the special rigors of the maritime environment.
Beyond a pilot, the aircraft takes advantage of additional crew specialized in specific functions aboard the aircraft.
Features partially- or wholly-enclosed crew workspaces.
Design incorporates feature(s) that facilitates loading / unloading of cargo / personnel from the aircraft.
54.1 ft (16.50 m)
64.0 ft (19.50 m)
20.3 ft (6.18 m)
9,502 lb (4,310 kg)
15,498 lb (7,030 kg)
+5,997 lb (+2,720 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Indonesian Aerospace N-219 production variant)
monoplane / shoulder-mounted / straight
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Mainplanes are mounted at the upper section of the fuselage, generally at the imaginary line intersecting the pilot's shoulders.
The planform involves use of basic, straight mainplane members.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the base Indonesian Aerospace N-219 production variant)
2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42 turboprop engines developing 850 horsepower and driving four-bladed propeller units.
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