KAI KC-100 Naraon

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KC-100 Naraon
KC-100 Naraon Demo Flight.jpg
Role Light aircraft
National origin South Korea
Manufacturer Korea Aerospace Industries
First flight 20 July 2011
Introduction 2011
Status under development
Unit cost
US$575,000 (forecast price as of 2011)

The KAI KC-100 Naraon is a South Korean four seat, low-wing, single engine light aircraft under development by Korea Aerospace Industries that first flew on 20 July 2011.[1][2][3][4]

The name Naraon was chosen based on public input.[2]

Design and development[edit]

The design goal of the Naraon is to produce an aircraft that is 10% more fuel efficient than other aircraft in its class, with a cabin that is 1 to 2 in (3 to 5 cm) wider that the Cirrus SR-22 or Cessna 400. Development began in June 2008 with a five-year development timeframe.[1][3]

The KC-100 is built from carbon fibre and features gull-winged doors. The wing employs a laminar flow airfoil and winglets. The engine is a Continental TSIOF-550-K turbocharged 315 hp (235 kW) powerplant controlled by FADEC. The avionics will be an Avidyne Entegra II glass cockpit. The aircraft will have a TKS anti-icing system, air conditioning and oxygen as standard equipment. A full-plane parachute system will be optional.[1][4][5][6]

Type certification in South Korea, Europe and the United States is planned. The company expects that deliveries will commence in mid-2013 at a forecast price of US$575,000.[1][3][4]

In May 2014, the South Korean Air Force academy entered a memorandum of understanding to obtain 23 KAI KC-100 Naraon light aircraft, the first mass production contract for the aircraft. The KC-100 will replace the 20 Ilyushin Il-103 aircraft at the academy to familiarize students with flying. A final contract is expected by the end of 2014, with all expected to be delivered by 2016.[7]

Specifications (KC-100 Naraon)[edit]

Data from AVweb and KAI[1][6]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: three passengers
  • Length: 27 ft 11 in (8.50 m)
  • Wingspan: 37 ft 4 in (11.37 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 5 in (2.87 m)
  • Airfoil: laminar flow
  • Empty weight: 2,400 lb (1,089 kg)
  • Gross weight: 3,600 lb (1,633 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental TSIOF-550-K , 315 hp (235 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 210 kn (242 mph; 389 km/h)
  • Range: 1,200 nmi (1,381 mi; 2,222 km)

Avionics

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Grady, Mary (August 2011). "First Flight For Korean GA Airplane". AVweb. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b The Chosunilbo (August 2011). "Korea Develops Small Passenger Plane". Chosun. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Korea Aerospace Industries (2009). "KC-100". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 166. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  5. ^ Korea Aerospace Industries (2009). "KC-100 Main Features". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Korea Aerospace Industries (2009). "KC-100 Specifications and Characteristics". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  7. ^ PICTURES: Korea air force academy to obtain 23 KAI KC-100s - Flightglobal.com, 15 May 2014

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