PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI, Indonesian Aerospace) expects to fly its N219 twin-turboprop transport next year. The aircraft has been under development for some time to answer a need for a rugged STOL airliner able to operate in and out of remote, semi-prepared airstrips. At the same time, the N219 is intended to provide cost-efficient and reliable operations through the use of modern avionics and engines.
CASA C-212 Aviocar
Casa C-212 Aviocar, Republic of Congo, June 19, 2010–The unpressurized turboprop twin was carrying Australian mining magnate Ken Talbot when it crashed into the jungle approximately 25 minutes after takeoff on a flight from Yaounde, Cameroon, to a remote Congolese mining site. The two crew and nine passengers on board were killed.
Robust and versatile, the series of small-medium tactical transports designed by CASA in Spain are still enjoying steady sales after more than 40 years. Now owned by EADS and marketed by Airbus Military, the C-212, CN-235 and C-295 have logged 817 sales to 127 operators in 58 countries. “These aircraft are little jewels. They are our bread-and-butter, and deserve more headlines,” said Airbus Military CEO Domingo Urena.