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N219 Nurtanio: making tests for 2019 Certification

Dal Kikin
April 1, 2019

Indonesia’s principal aircraft manufacturer, PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), continues to edge closer to Indonesian certification of its multifunctional turboprop N219 Nurtanio which will be the most suitable mode of transport to open isolated areas, improve people economy growth, and to maintain defense and security. The second prototype completed its fourth test flight on March 28. The company hopes to gain Indonesian certification for the turboprop by the end of the year.

N219 Nurtanio is a new generation multi-purpose aircraft, which is designed to carry 19 passengers with the largest cabin cross section of its class, the proven and efficient engine widely used, advanced avionics suite, fixed tricycle landing gear, as well as wide cargo door for multi-role capability and quick change configuration. Thus, N219 Nurtanio is designed to provide advantages to the operators from technical and economic aspects.

Designed for a cruise speed of 190 knots and a stall speed of 59 knots, the N219 features a Garmin G1000 avionics suite and two 850-shp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42 engines driving Hartzell four-blade propellers. In addition to passenger transport configuration, N219 Nurtanio can also be fitted with appropriate equipment to fulfill various mission requirements such as Troop Transport, Medical Evacuation configuration, Cargo Transport, Surveillance and Search and Rescue.

As PTDI edges toward Indonesian certification, plans call for production to increase modestly from six aircraft in 2019 to 16 in 2020 and 36 units each year thereafter. Once the aircraft achieves certification, PTDI plans to build a new facility to increase the company’s production capacity. The new plant, estimated to cost $119 million, will produce an N219 military aircraft and possibly an amphibian version. Priced at between $5.8 million and $6 million, the N219 sells for a slightly lower price than its main competitor, the Viking DHC-6 Twin Otter.