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KAI KC-100 (Naraon)

Light Utility Aircraft

South Korea | 2015

"The KAI Naraon was developed from the outset as a civilian airspace product but has also interested the South Korean Air Force as a flight trainer."

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Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) of South Korea has designed, developed, and produced the "Naraon" for the light-class aircraft category (comparable in most respects to the Cirrus SR-22). The aircraft undertook its first-flight on July 15th, 2011 and saw series introduction in 2015. Two distinct forms have since emerged, the "KC-100" four-seat light utility aircraft and a military-minded flight trainer in the "KT-100".

The KC-100 is KAI's first civilian airspace offering and a departure from its military-exclusive designs. Design work began in 2008 and the aforementioned first-flight was recorded in 2011. Type certification then followed in March of 2013. The series netted its first major contract when the Republic of Korea Air Force Air Force (ROKAF) adopted the KT-100 to succeed a stock of Russian-originated Ilyushin IL-103 series trainer aircraft used in cadet training. The KT-100 is now in the service's active aircraft inventory (twenty-three units as of July 2019).

The Naraon utilizes a highly-conventional layout with the engine buried in the nose section, the passenger section just aft, and a tapering section of fuselage terminating at the tail unit. The tail makes use of a single rudder with low-set horizontal planes. The wing mainplanes are low-mounted along the sides of the fuselage and are straight in their general design complete with clipped tips. The tricycle undercarriage is fixed in place/flight and each wheel is afforded an aerodynamic housing.

Internally, there is seating for four. Structurally, dimensions include a running length of 27.10 feet, a wingspan of 37.3 feet, and a height of 9.4 feet. Empty weight is 2,400lb against an MTOW of 3,600lb. Power is from a single Continental TSIOF-550-K (FADEC) engine of 315 horsepower driving a Hartzell three-bladed composite propeller unit at the nose. Performance specifications include a maximum speed of 242 miles-per-hour and a range out to 1,380 miles.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the KAI KC-100 Light Utility Aircraft.
1 x Continental TSIOF-550-K engine developing 315 horsepower driving a three-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
242 mph
390 kph | 211 kts
Max Speed
17,388 ft
5,300 m | 3 miles
Service Ceiling
1,383 miles
2,225 km | 1,201 nm
Operational Range
1,250 ft/min
381 m/min
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the KAI KC-100 Light Utility Aircraft.
27.9 ft
8.50 m
O/A Length
37.2 ft
(11.35 m)
O/A Width
9.4 ft
(2.87 m)
O/A Height
2,403 lb
(1,090 kg)
Empty Weight
3,605 lb
(1,635 kg)
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
Notable series variants as part of the KAI KC-100 (Naraon) family line.
"Naraon" - Base Series Name.
KC-100 - Civilian marketplace passenger / utility aircraft; seating four total persons.
KT-100 - Military flight trainer derivative.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the KAI KC-100 (Naraon). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 25 Units

Contractor(s): Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI - South Korea
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Image of the KAI KC-100 (Naraon)
Image from official KAI press release / marketing material.

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