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50th ATR 72-600 for Indonesia’s Lion Group

Indonesia’s Lion Group, ATR’s largest customer, on 5 June celebrated the delivery of its 50th ATR 72-600 of the 100 aircraft ordered to date. The festively marked ATR 72-600 will enter service this month with Lion Group’s regional subsidiary company, Wings Air, which already operates a fleet of 40 ATR aircraft in Indonesia. The remaining 50 ATR 72-600s will be delivered between 2015 and 2019.

In November 2014, the Lion Group signed a Purchase Agreement with a value of US$ 1 Billion for an additional 40 ATR turboprops aircraft, bringing its firm order total to 100 ATRs. The aircraft will be used to meet the growing demand forecast over the next five years, both within the Group’s existing operators’ networks and to develop other opportunities for ATR operations throughout Asia.

The Asia-Pacific region is core market for ATR, accounting for 30 per cent of all orders recorded to date. There are some 350 ATR aircraft in service with over 50 operators across the region. Another 112 ATRs on order are with customers for future delivery. This represents nearly 45 per cent of the company’s total backlog, reflecting the importance of the region as the fastest growing market for new turboprop aircraft.

Source: ATR
Featured image (top) : The festively marked ATR 72-600. (Image © ATR)

Four more F-16s for Indonesia

Indonesia received four more former US Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16s on Thursday 21 May. The aircraft were flown by US pilots and arrived at Iswahjudi Air Force Base at the end of a ferry flight that started at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, with stop overs in Alaska and Guam. The pilots were welcomed with a traditional ceremony.

With this arrival, the Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara (TNI-AU, or Indonesian Air Force) now sees nine former US Air Force F-16s delivered. The first three arrived in July 2014.  Indonesia has a total of 24 on order under the 750 million USD Peace Bima-Sena II program.

The aircraft are designated F-16C/D block 52ID and are operated by 3 squadron at at Iswahjudi airbase. The program suffered a setback on when on 16 april one of the F-16Cs caught fire and was badly burned.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top) An Indonesian F-16C seen after refurbishment at Hill Air Force Base.
(Image © TNI-AU)

Indonesian Navy goes Bonanza

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.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
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)

More F-16s to protect Indonesia’s north

The Indonesian Air Force is only a month away from inducting the next five Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcon jets at Roesmin Nurjadin Airbase in Pekanbaru on the island of Sumatra. With the planned arrival in May, Air Squadron 12 (Skadron Udara 12) of the Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara (TNI-AU, or Indonesian Air Force) will be able to offer what it was planned to do: to protect and control the more northern Indonesian airspace and the straight between Sumatra and neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore.

A pair of Indonesian F-16Bs over Pesawat (Image © TNI-AU)
Related post: Indonesia bolsters northern defences

Pekanbaru is already home to five F-16s, the first arrived in July 2014, and sixteen Hawk Mk109 / Hawk Mk209 of Air Squadron 12 (Skadron Udara 12).

Named the Peace Bima-Sena II deal Indonesia has bought 24 ex-USAF F-16s, updated to Block 52ID and the addition of a drag chute to break quicker on shorter runways.

According to Indonesian sources Pekanbaru will get 16 F-16s, but it isn’t clear to us at Airheadsfly.com yet if that’ll mean 16 of the new 24 or that some of the older F-16A/Bs will head to central Sumatra as well. Other new F-16s are planned to go to Iswahjudi Airbase’s Air Squadron 3 (Skadron Udara 3), which already flies the older A and B models.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: The arrival of the first three F-16C/D Block 52IDs at Pekanbaru in July 2014 (Image © TNI-AU)

Selling SAR in Indonesia

AgustaWestland announced on Tuesday 17 March it has signed a contract with Badan SAR Nasional (Basarnas), the national search and rescue agency of the Republic of Indonesia, for an AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter equipped for SAR operations. The contract also includes training for aircrew and technicians as well as an initial support package. The aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2015 and will be equipped with rescue hoist, radar, cabin console and other SAR equipment.

The AW139 provides Search and Rescue (SAR) operators with great performance, high cruise speed (165 knots / 306 kph), long range of (up to 675 nm / 1250 km) and endurance up to 6 hours for extended search patrols. With its high power reserve, thanks to its powerful PT6-67C turboshaft engines, the AW139 has excellent hover performance, including One Engine Inoperative (OEI) condition, even in extreme hot-and-high environments.

The versatile cabin can be configured in a variety of layouts, with accommodation for FLIR station operation, medical treatment and casualty evacuation requirements. A large sliding door on each side of the cabin provides clear access to the cabin for survivors and stretchers. Uniquely the AW139 has an additional 3.4 m3 (120 ft3) baggage compartment, accessible from inside or outside the helicopter.

State-of-the-art avionics and large cockpit displays, together with the 4-axis digital autopilot (with hover mode) and full digital electronic engine control (FADEC) minimise pilot workload and optimise operational efficiency. The AW139’s ergonomic design, excellent handling characteristics and low vibration levels minimise pilot fatigue and enhance passenger comfort. A state-of-the-art Health Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) and diagnostic tools are available to maximise aircraft safety and minimise time on the ground.

Over 900 AW139 helicopters have been sold to more than 220 customers in over 70 countries worldwide to date. The AW139 has been selected by and is now performing search and rescue missions with a large number of operators in Asia and elsewhere around the globe. The AW139 is also widely used for offshore transport, passenger transport, law enforcement, emergency medical transport, passenger transport and firefighting services.

AgustaWestland has recently achieved significant sales success in Indonesia with the AW119 single engine, GrandNew light twin engine and AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters for a variety of roles. According to AgustaWestland, this latest sale is an important milestone in the Indonesian public sector helicopter market. It enables the helicopter manufacturer’s to increase its cooperation with the local industry.

Source: AgustaWestland
Featured image: The AW139 in SAR configuration (Image © AgustaWestland)