PT Dirgantara Indonesia expects to fly the first prototype of its N219 19-seat airliner/utility transport around the end of the year. The aircraft was rolled out at PTDI’s Bandung facility in November 2015. A second flying prototype is due to fly early next year. PTDI has also constructed an airframe for static tests and one for fatigue tests. Certification by Indonesia’s civil aviation authority is due at the end of 2017.
Equipped with a Garmin G1000 avionics suite and powered by two 634kW (850shp) Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42 turboprops driving Hartzell four-bladed propellers, the N219 has a maximum take-off weight of 7,030kg (15,500 lb). The aircraft’s stall speed is just 59kt. Combined with the sturdy fixed undercarriage, this makes it highly suitable for both civilian and military use throughout Indonesia’s remote islands and mountainous regions, notably in Papua. Take-off run is estimated to be 393m (1,290ft) and landing run 492m (1,617ft).As a true utility transport, the N219 is aimed at a variety of roles, its unobstructed 1.7 x 1.8m (5.6 x 5.9ft) 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 loaded through the large aft door.Other roles envisioned for the type include medical evacuation (with room for eight stretchers), and special mission duties.