Friday, March 27, 2015

Another attempt

After being abandoned for quite some time, I will try to revive this blog. Finger crossed.


Merpati Nusantara Airlines' Xian MA-60 at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport. Taken on June 10, 2011.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pesawat kitiran aka baling-baling

Banyak orang di Indonesia yang tidak mau naik pesawat kitiran atau baling-baling dengan alasan "pesawatnya kecil", "guncangannya terasa sekali" dan beribu satu alasan lainnya.

Yang paling kacau adalah alasan teknologi pesawat baling2 sudah kuno dan ketinggalan zaman.

Kalau alasannya karena takut goncangan sih masih bisa dimaklumi karena pesawat kitiran rata2 kecil sehingga lebih rentan terkena guncangan atau turbulensi seperti misalnya kelas Cessna 172 atau NC-212. Tapi toh ada juga pesawat baling-baling yang sebesar "Gaban" seperti C-130 Hercules dan A-400M Atlas.

Kalau dipikir2 lagi, sebagian orang yang "menolak" naik pesawat kitiran adalah orang2 yang sombong karena hanya mau naik pesawat jet. Kenapa sombong? Karena mereka hanya tahu kota besar yang memiliki bandara besar yang dapat didarati oleh pesawat jet.

Mereka tidak tahu bahwa tidak semua bandara di Indonesia dapat didarati oleh pesawat jet dan bagaimana peaswat baling2 yang kecil itu telah menghubungkan berbagai kota dan daerah terpencil di Indonesia dengan pusat2 keramaian.

Semua jenis pesawat sudah ada peruntukannya, mulai dari yang kecil mungil sampai yang raksasa.

Friday, April 27, 2012


RBA on flight training


C295 or NC295 or CN295 at HLP



Aft starboard view

Ready to fly again

Requesting permission to take off.


Merpati Nusantara Airline's MA-60 at HLP.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bloomberg reported that Brazil seeks Embraer order from fighter jet supplier

Indonesia harus bisa meniru Brazil dalam soal penanganan akuisisi sistem persenjataan sehingga tidak merugikan industri dalam negeri. Brazil mensyaratkan pembelian 12 pesawat angkut jet Embraer KC-390 untuk pembelian 36 pesawat tempur yang sedang dalam proses tender. Ini baru offset tingkat tinggi.

Berikut laporannya dari Bloomberg:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aA31lkXXe2oY

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Dirgantara, GMF renew maintenance deal

JAKARTA: State-owned aircraft producer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) and PT GMF AeroAsia, renewed their agreement for aircraft maintenance recently.

The new agreement was signed Thursday by Dirgantara president director Budi Santoso and GMF president director and CEO Richard Budihadianto, in Bandung.

Both companies announced the new agreement in a joint media statement sent Thursday.

Replacing a 2003 agreement, the new agreement will be valid for three years and covers general maintenance, parts and components, tools and equipment, testing and laboratory services and engineering services.

The new agreement also deals with marketing, repairs, modifications, aircraft, components and systems overhaul, spare parts procurement, manufacturing services, IT, training and the utilization of facilities and other capabilities.

Richard said local repairs and overhaul firms only absorbed around 30 percent of the total domestic aircraft maintenance spending - worth US$750 million in 2009. He expected this market to expand to around $2 billion by 2014.

Budi said Dirgantara had plenty of facilities that could be used by GMF, including a surface treatment facility certified by the National Aerospace and Defense Contractor Program, which could reduce GMF's dependence on foreign parties. - JP

First published on The Jakarta Post on Saturday, April 3, 2010

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

GMF receives EASA rating for Airbus A320

JAKARTA: State-owned aircraft producer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) and PT GMF AeroAsia, renewed their agreement for aircraft maintenance recently.

The new agreement was signed Thursday by Dirgantara president director Budi Santoso and GMF president director and CEO Richard Budihadianto, in Bandung.

Both companies announced the new agreement in a joint media statement sent Thursday.

Replacing a 2003 agreement, the new agreement will be valid for three years and covers general maintenance, parts and components, tools and equipment, testing and laboratory services and engineering services.

The new agreement also deals with marketing, repairs, modifications, aircraft, components and systems overhaul, spare parts procurement, manufacturing services, IT, training and the utilization of facilities and other capabilities.

Richard said local repairs and overhaul firms only absorbed around 30 percent of the total domestic aircraft maintenance spending - worth US$750 million in 2009. He expected this market to expand to around $2 billion by 2014.

Budi said Dirgantara had plenty of facilities that could be used by GMF, including a surface treatment facility certified by the National Aerospace and Defense Contractor Program, which could reduce GMF's dependence on foreign parties. JP



First published on The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Emirates to fly twice daily from Jakarta

Nani Afrida and Novan Iman Santosa

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta


The Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based airline Emirates is set to launch twice daily flights from Jakarta to Dubai starting March 1.

"The launch of the double daily flight between Jakarta and Dubai is Emirates' response to increasing demand from both business and leisure travelers," Emirates' Indonesia country manager Mohamed Al Nahari said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Al Nahari said in 2009 the airlines flew the route 11 times a week.

He said the additional flights would increase capacity by more than 2,600 seats per week, to bring weekly capacity up to 12,000 seats.

Using Boeing the 777 jetliner, Emirates has 42 business-class seats and 385 to 400 economy-class seats depending on aircraft type.

Emirates flights EK 356 and EK 358 depart Dubai at 4:40 a.m. and 10:25 a.m. respectively. Flights EK 357 and EK 359 leave Jakarta at 5:45 p.m. and 12:15 a.m. respectively.

Emirates sales manager Ilonka Leiwakabessy said the airline was aiming to serve a new corporate travel market in addition to haj and umrah (minor haj) pilgrims.

"Corporate travelers are independent of events like pilgrimages. They can depart at any time," she said.

She said there was sales growth in 2009 without giving any figures.

Al Nahari said Emirates' double daily flight would support government plans to increase arrivals from Middle Eastern countries by up to 100,000 in 2010.

"We are delighted to be able to provide our passengers with a greater choice of flight options," he said.

Emirates will start four new routes including to Tokyo on March 28, Amsterdam on May 1, Prague on July 1 and Madrid on Aug. 1.

In the financial year ending Sept. 30, 2009, Emirates booked US$205 million in net profits.

Emirates announced Tuesday the appointment of PT VFS Services Indonesia, to set up a Dubai visa application and processing Center (DVPC), effective since January 2010.

"The partnership will offer benefits to our passengers who require a visa to enter Dubai. The passengers will get Dubai visas within a short time period of three to four working days," Al Nahari said.

"Passengers who use this service are not required to have local sponsors while staying in Dubai."

VFS head of operations Southeast Asia Bernard Vijaykumar said that the firm would be able to handle about 800 applicants a day.

"Visa applicants only need to submit copies of their passports with their documents and not the original ones," he said.

"This will allow applicants to apply for visas to other countries requiring original passports."

First published on The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wings Air to expand network in western Indonesia

Novan Iman Santosa

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta


Regional airline Wings Air aims to expand its network in western Indonesia after opening new routes in the central and eastern part of the country recently.


“We will open new short routes in western Indonesia to lead the market in the next two year,” Wings Air director of general affairs Edward Sirait said Friday as reported by Antara news agency.

He said this would be made possible with the delivery by 2011 of 15 Franco-Italian ATR 72-500 twin turboprops out of a total order of 30 new aircraft.

Currently Wings Air operates one ATR 72-500 in western Indonesia with two others being
operated in the eastern and central parts of the country.

Wings Air also operates 2 Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft and 5 Boeing MD-80 aircraft.

The airline, a fully owned subsidiary of privately run Lion Air, started to serve the route linking Bandung in West Java with Yogyakarta on Friday, it said in a press statement issued Saturday.

During the opening ceremony at the Husein Sastranegara Airport in Bandung, Wings Air also launched another route linking Yogyakarta with Surabaya in East Java.

Two other routes, linking Surabaya with Semarang in Central Java and Denpasar in Bali, were
also launched although these two routes started operation on Thursday.

Wings Air flight IW 1811 leaves Adisutjipto Airport in Yogyakarta at 12:05 P.M. and arrives in Husein Sastranegara Airport at 1:05 P.M. The aircraft returns to Yogyakarta as flight IW 1812 departing at 1:30 P.M. and arriving at 2:30 P.M.

The Bandung-Yogyakarta route has a one-way airfare of Rp 290,000 (US$31.16), said Wings Air director of general affairs Edward Sirait.

He said starting Saturday the aircraft with a capacity of 72 passengers would have a daily route of Semarang-Surabaya-Denpasar-Surabaya-Yogyakarta-Bandung-Yogyakarta-Surabaya- Denpasar-Surabaya-Semarang.

Edward was confident that the use of the Bandung-Yogyakarta sector would grow significantly.

“Both cities are known not only as business cities but also student cities and destinations for culinary tourism,” Edward told Antara news agency.

As for new routes, Edward said the airlines planned to link Bali with Labuan Bajo and Maumere in East Nusa Tenggara and Bima in West Nusa Tenggara.

Wings Air also plans to link the North Sumatra provincial capital of Medan with Sibolga, in North Sumatra, and Lhokseumawe in Aceh.

Other new routes would include linking Medan with the secondary town of Gunungsitoli and Nias as well as Meulaboh in Aceh, and the Padang-Bengkulu route.

First published on The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010