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N219 Official Name: Nurtanio
News Writter : Humas/Zk-And • Photographers : Humas/And • 10 Nov 2017 • Read : 647 x ,

"This is the result of Indonesian youth creation!" he explained when giving an official statement about the starting of the Nurtanio Aircraft. Jokowi showed a warm atmosphere by mingling with elementary school students and singing the song ‘Pesawatku’ with Memes, the singer of the song, accompanied by Addie MS playing the piano. Jokowi also flew paper planes with the children. This lightweight event package is symbolically included in a series of events to rekindle the spirit of the young generation to love the aeronautics world.

Nurtanio is a 19-passenger plane designed and built by LAPAN and then produced by PTDI. The Chairman of LAPAN, Prof. Dr. Thomas Djamaluddin said, the plane was first designed in 2012, then its premiere flight was on August 16, 2017. "Currently Nurtanio has entered the flight test phase to get certification of flying as a condition for production," he said.

The plan is in the early of 2019 the aircraft can be produced, with a production target of six planes each year. He also explained that the overall cost of the development activities of this plane reached 1.1 Trillion Rupiahs.

This aircraft has many advantages. It is expected that this product can fulfil the community needs, especially in the remote areas, as this plane is more flexible to be operated in remote areas. The price is cheap with low operating and maintenance costs. The aircraft uses a more modern avionics technology. The design of the airframe is versatile for various needs such as freight carriers, medical evacuations, passenger carriers, even for troops’ dropper.

After officially bearing the name of Nurtanio, the plane was flown to Bandung by Captain Esther Gayatri Saleh, as Pilot In Command (PIC), along with First Officer (FO) Captain Adi Budi Atmoko, Andri Kaunang as Flight Test Engineer (FTE), Justin (FTE) and Yustinus K (FTE).

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