Former President of Indonesia BJ Habibie has just recently died at the age of 83. Habibie died at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) in Central Jakarta.
Habibie was the third president of Indonesia, succeeding Soeharto. Besides his contribution as a president, he also contributed in a myriad of things such as founding the very first aviation company in Indonesia, recovering the country’s economy after the crisis, and so forth.
Recently, he founded a new aviation company named Regio Aviasi Industri and planned to mass-produce a plane named R80. On March, various customers have ordered the product and the number reached 155 units.
Habibie and Regio Aviasi Industri
Founded in 2012 by Habibie himself, the company is considerably his recent or arguably his latest contribution to the country. With his ambition to reestablish Indonesia’s aviation industry, he brings a meaningful hope to Indonesians.
Accordingly, he aims to make Indonesia an internationally acknowledged aircraft manufacturer as well as to provide better employment for Indonesians. Also, he intends to answer market needs of the new generation of turboprop aircraft.
Habibie himself was an expert in the industry. He also contributed to the Federal Republic of Germany for years. Accordingly, he received titles of ‘Das Grosse Verdenstkreuz Mit Stern und Schulterband‘ and ‘Das Grosse Verdienstkreuz’ for his contribution.
With his notable expertise, Habibie really wanted to contribute much to its own country. His dedication is clearly expressed in the excerpt on the company’s website.
Currently, the company is in the process of developing a aircraft model named R80. The plane itself is a breakthrough in the aviation industry as the technology is advanced, yet the production cost is considerably low.
In developing the product, the company, which is located in Batam, Indonesia, is in partnership with neighboring countries such as Singapore and Malaysia. However, the company is also willing to accept any parties who want to join the development.
As for the people of Indonesia, they positively support the development by participating in the crowdfunding on Kitabisa. According the disclosed schedule, people will be able to board the plane on the upcoming years with a competitive price as the plane would have been commercially used.
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