PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) is preparing to undertake the first flight of its N219 multi-purpose utility transport in June, having rolled out the first prototype at its Bandung factory last November. Certification of the twin-engine aircraft is slated for August 2017.
To some extent, the N219 is based on the NC212 Aviocar that PTDI has built in partnership with Airbus Defence & Space. The N219, however, is a much more modern design, retaining the older type’s sturdiness and rough/short-field capability, but with improved performance and modern systems such as an advanced Garmin G1000 glass cockpit. At the same time, PTDI has kept the aircraft’s pricing very attractive, with an unpressurized cabin and fixed landing gear.
Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42 turboprops of 850 shp each and driving Hartzell four-blade propellers, the N219 has a maximum takeoff weight of 15,500 lb (7,030 kg). The aircraft’s stall speed is just 59 knots, making it extremely suitable for both civilian and military use throughout Indonesia’s remote islands and mountainous regions. Take-off run is estimated to be 1,290 ft and landing run 1,617 ft.
As a true utility transport, the N219 is aimed at a variety of roles, its unobstructed 5.6 x 5.9-ft cabin offering class-leading width. In passenger transport form, the N219 can carry 19 in a 2+1 arrangement, while it can also be fitted with paratroop-style seats for 21 soldiers. As a cargo transport it can accommodate three D2 containers or pallets through the large aft door. Other roles envisioned for the type include medical evacuation (with room for eight stretchers), and special mission duties.