REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, BANDUNG -- PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) or PTDI exported one NC212i aircraft for the Thai Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation (DRRAA) from the PTDI Hangar Delivery Center in Bandung, West Java, to Nakhon Sawan Air Base , Muang, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, scheduled to arrive on August 3, 2022.
PTDI's Director of Finance, Risk Management & HR, Wildan Arief, in a press release on Monday (1/8/2022) said the NC212i aircraft with tail number AX-2129 took off from Husein Sastranegara Airport, Bandung to Sultan Syarif Qasim Airport, Pekanbaru, Riau. Then it was flown back to Hat Yai International Airport, Thailand, the southern part, near the Malaysian border and continued to Nakhon Sawan Air Base, Muang, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, as the final destination.
The plane was flown by PTDI Test Pilot, Captain Esther Gayatri Saleh as Pilot In Command Ferry and Acceptance Mission and PTDI Test Pilot, Captain Adi Budi as Copilot.
Wildan Arief, added that the NC212i has very diverse capabilities in terms of specifications. "What we sent today is the troop transport configuration which can then be modified for rain making," said Wildan Arief.
This capability of the NC212i is ideal for Thailand's geographical conditions. It is possible that in the future there will be another type of aircraft that is also suitable for Thailand's geographical conditions, namely the N219, which is expected to become the next contract with Thailand.
"We also not only provide and sell aircraft, but also deliver to after-sales service, along with support for spare parts. That is why many countries are comfortable with us. Because PTDI can be a one stop service for them," he said.
The NC212i aircraft is planned to carry out Final Acceptance by the Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation (DRRAA) of Thailand, on August 4, 2022 which will be witnessed directly by the Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, Rachmat Budiman.