EASA Approves Payload Increase For BAe146

UK-based BAE Systems has gained EASA approval for an increase in take-off weight and an extended range for BAe146-100/200 regional jets operating from an unpaved runway in Australia.

UK-based BAE Systems has gained EASA approval for an increase in take-off weight and an extended range for BAe146-100/200 regional jets operating from an unpaved runway in Australia.

The approval, which sees take-off weight increased by up to four tonnes or the range extended by 700 nautical miles, comes after a two-year project with Australian operator Cobham Aviation Services to increase the number of passengers that can be carried on its flights to an unpaved runway in Kambalda, Western Australia.

Stephen Morrison head of flight operations support at BAE Systems Regional Aircraft said that until now unpaved runway operations for the aircraft had been payload and range restricted due to a reduction in maximum take-off weight.

BAE said most variants of its BAe146 and its newer Avro RJ85 aircraft have been certified for use on unpaved runways.

This approval is now to be sought for variants of the BAe146 and Avro RJ aircraft operating to other unpaved runways in Australia.

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