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Light Utility Aircraft (2015)


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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.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 07/29/2019 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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.

Specifications



Service Year
2015

Origin
South Korea national flag graphic
South Korea

Status
ACTIVE
In Active Service.
Crew
1

Production
25
UNITS


Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI - South Korea
National flag of South Korea South Korea
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Commercial Aviation
Used in roles serving the commercial aviation market, ferrying both passengers and goods over range.


Length
27.9 ft
(8.50 m)
Width/Span
37.2 ft
(11.35 m)
Height
9.4 ft
(2.87 m)
Empty Wgt
2,403 lb
(1,090 kg)
MTOW
3,605 lb
(1,635 kg)
Wgt Diff
+1,202 lb
(+545 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the KAI KC-100 production variant)
Installed: 1 x Continental TSIOF-550-K engine developing 315 horsepower driving a three-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
Max Speed
242 mph
(390 kph | 211 kts)
Ceiling
17,388 ft
(5,300 m | 3 mi)
Range
1,383 mi
(2,225 km | 4,121 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
1,250 ft/min
(381 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the KAI KC-100 production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
None.


"Naraon" - Base Series Name.
KC-100 - Civilian marketplace passenger / utility aircraft; seating four total persons.
KT-100 - Military flight trainer derivative.


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