The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut; TNI-AL) started operations with four newly commissioned Beechcraft Bonanza G36s this week. The aircraft flew in the skies over Surabaya for the first time on 20 April 2015.
The TNI-AL uses the single-engine Bonanzas as basic flight training aircraft, while the Navy continues to look for six two-engine trainers as well. The navy hopes to add another four additional single-engine trainers, to bring their total number to twelve. The navy has been seen flying the Socata TB-9 Tampico and TB-10 Sobago as well.
The Indonesian Navy has only one air base, Lanudal Juanda on Surabaya, but aircraft are sometimes used from other airfields as well. Mainstay of the naval fixed-wing aviation are six Indonesian assembled (CASA) NC-212 maritime patrol aircraft as well as five Airbus (CASA) CN-235 MPAs. Moreover about 20 to 22 GAF N.24 Nomads are said to be still somewhat operational, for utility and training purposes.
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Featured image: The Beechcraft Bonanza G36 is also a very popular plane for civilian aviators. Seen here the company aircraft in the 2012 Demo Livery (Image © Beechcraft)