Indonesia's aircraft industry dates back to 1946 when the Indonesian airforce, despite a tight Dutch blockade, built several gliders.
GV INTERIOR Aircraft factory, Bandung, Indonesia, helicopter in workshop BO-105 light helicopter
SV Twin-engine utility helicopter in workshop
LV Mechanics working on helicopter
CU Men rivetting section of aircraft (3 shots)
LV Nurtanio C-212 Aviocar light transport aircraft in hangar and man working on engine (2 shots)
SV Engine shop, man working on engine (2 shots)
SV Electrician working (2 shots)
GV Aviocars lined up on tarmac
SV Gelatik aircraft (2 shots)
GV BO-105 helicopter taking off and in flight (4 shots)
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Background: Indonesia's aircraft industry dates back to 1946 when the Indonesian airforce, despite a tight Dutch blockade, built several gliders. Later, the airforce even tried to build an aircraft powered by a motorbike engine.
SYNOPSIS: From such inauspicious beginnings comes the Nurtanio BO-one-on-five helicopter, a twin engined light utility helicopter made under licence from a German aircraft manufacturer.
Maintenance of aircraft had actually begun after the proclamation of Indonesia's independence. Now the government has established an after sales service, and maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities for light aircraft.
Aviation is essential in Indonesia, which dominates a large archipelago. The Nurtanio C-two-one-two Aviocar is an ideal short and medium haul light aircraft. It has an outstanding short take off and landing performance as well as the ability to operate on unprepared fields. The Aviocar is built here at Bandung under licence from a Spanish company. There's wide variety of models to cater for passengers and cargo, paratroop transportation and medical, photographic and navigation training purposes. On the lighter side is the Gelatik, used widely in Indonesia for aerial crop spraying and cloud seeding work.
By building her own aircraft, Indonesia is reducing her aerial dependence on other countries.