KC-100 Naraon

The KC-100 Naraon will be the first South Korean small passenger plane built in compliance with international standards. The aircraft is manufactured by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and can be used for leisure, sports, tour, training and transportation.

A maiden flight was completed in July 2011 and concluded flight tests in March 2013. The South Korean Government granted type certification to in August 2013 and the aircraft is expected to enter into service by 2014.

The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) signed an memorandum of understanding (MOU) to purchase 23 KC-100 Naraon light aircraft in May 2014. It will be used by the ROKAF to replace the existing Ilyushin Il-103 training aircraft, with deliveries expected to be completed by 2016.

Development of the KC-100 began in 2008 and was completed in a span of three years at an estimated cost of approximately KRW 77.4bn.

KC-100 Naraon design and features

"The KC-100 aircraft incorporates a composite airframe integrating carbon fibre body parts and gull-wing doors."

The KC-100 aircraft incorporates a composite airframe integrating carbon fibre body parts and gull-wing doors. Its airframe is attached with a fixed tricycle landing gear and the wing is fitted with a laminar flow airfoil and winglets.

A TKS anti-icing system is included, as are air conditioning and oxygen systems as standard equipment. It also has an optional full-plane parachute system.

The aircraft has a length of 8.03m, height of 2.71m and a wingspan of 11.29m.

Flight deck and avionics of the KC-100

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The contract for developing the flight deck and avionics system for the KC-100 Naraon was awarded to Avidyne Corporation in June 2010.

It features the Entegra Release 9 flight deck, while cockpit is fitted with conventional mechanical flight controls. The avionics suite consists of high-resolution IFD5000 displays, dual air data and attitude heading reference systems (ADAHRS). It also includes dual-redundant FMS900w systems with a QWERTY keypad, dual SBAS/LPV-capable GPS receivers, and fully-digital 16-watt VHF NAV / COM radios.

KC-100 aircraft cabin

The aircraft accommodates three passengers and a pilot, and its cabin is a little more spacious than that of similar aircraft in the class such as the Cessna 400 and Cirrus SR-22.

KC-100 aircraft engine and performance

"The KC-100 Naraon aircraft is powered by a single IO-550-K engine."

The KC-100 Naraon aircraft is powered by a single IO-550-K engine, manufactured by Teledyne Continental Motors. The engine develops a power output of 315hp at 2,500rpm and is equipped with full authority digital engine controls.

The aircraft can attain a top speed of approximately 242mph (389km/h) and a maximum range of 1,000nmi (1,852km). It has a maximum take-off weight of 1,634kg and can carry a maximum payload of around 500kg. The empty weight of the aircraft is 1,089kg (2,400lb).

Suppliers for the KC-100

Hartzell Propeller was awarded a contract to supply ASC-II propellers technology for the aircraft in May 2010.

In July 2010, Donaldson Aerospace & Defense was then awarded a contract to supply synthetic engine air intake filters.

LORD Corporation received a contract from KAI to provide elastomeric pads for the nose landing gear (NLG) and engine mounts of the aircraft in late 2008, and the company delivered the first batch of critical components in February 2012.

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