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Dornier new star for the Channel Islands

Aurigny Air Services – the regional carrier of the British Channel Islands Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney – will have a new star in the fleet. Starting operations by the end of the year is a Dornier 228 NG, with another NG and a classic Do-228 to follow.

The aircraft are provided by Swiss based RUAG Aviation – that markets and manufactures the aircraft from the Claude Dornier legacy in Europe. The new order is a first new success, ahead of the low-rate production restart announced in June.

The bulk of Aurigny’s fleet comprises Embraer E-195, ATR-72-200/500 and 15-seater Brittan Norman Trilanders, which, after 40 years in operation, are reaching the end of their service life. The customer decided last year to replace the ageing aircraft with three Dornier 228, two of which will be New Generation models and one Dornier 228 classic. Aurigny opted for the Dornier 228 solution based on the aircraft’s flexibility and the nice cruise speed of 234 knots. As an interim solution, Aurigny is using two refurbished Dornier 228, but will be one of the first customers to benefit from RUAG’s serial production of the Dornier 228.

Aurigny will fly the new Dornier 228s in a 19-seater passenger configuration, and is also looking into the aircraft’s cargo capabilities as well as its potential for medical services. The airliner started operations in 1968 and employs 290 personnel services the 9th million passenger in the beginning in 2015. Aurigny flies between the airports of the three British English Channel Islands to and from locations in France and England.

Source: RUAG Aviation with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: The Dornier 228 New Generation in flight (Image © RUAG)

RUAG puts new life in Dornier 228

Emmen, Switzerland, based RUAG Aviation is putting new life into the Dornier 228. The company confirmed it will restart a low-rate serial production of the capable commuter and surveillance plane in mid-2016.

Starting with four aircraft per year, RUAG hopes to increase that number when demand grows with it. “Assembly of the fuselage has already begun, and the wing panels are currently in the forming process. The final assembly line has also been set up in Munich-Oberpfaffenhofen as part of the ongoing preparations to get the facility ready for the start of serial production,” the company writes in a statement.

An Indian Air Force Do-228 produced by HAL (Image © Hindustan Aeronautics Limited)
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Building on the heritage of the company founded by Claude Dornier which lasted from 1914 to 1998, RUAG first restarted the production of the Dornier 228 in 2009 together with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The Indian company has been producing the Do-228 under license since 1983 and manufactures the major parts of the aircraft. RUAG puts it all together at the old Dornier company location in Oberpfaffenhofen and adds additional equipment the customer wishes.

The RUAG New Generation version of the Do-228 has a new five-blade propeller, a so-called glass cockpit and improved performance such as a longer range. It has a large cargo door, making handling of cargo up to 4,410 lb (2,000 kg) easier. It’s normal take-off distance is only 2,600 feet (793 metres), but used with Short Take-Off and Landing procedures 1,690 feet (515 metres) will do. The landing strip needs to be at least 1,480 feet (450 metres) long. The Dornier 228 NG has a maximum cruise speed of 234 knots (433 kmh) and a typical range (74% load or 14 passengers) of 690 nautical miles (1118 km). Although it can climb about 1,800 feet per minute, with one engine only the Do-228 NG is still able to do a nice 440 feet/min climb.

The Do-228NG, seen during last week's Paris Air Show. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
The Do-228 NG, seen during last week’s Paris Air Show. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Airheadsfly.com got the full briefing on the Do-228 NG's cockpit. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Airheadsfly.com got the full briefing on the Do-228 NG’s cockpit. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

RUAG Aviation co-operates with Tata Advanced Systems of India for the air frame manufacturing. Apart from being a good airplane to reach remote locations with cargo or up to 19 passengers, the Dornier 228 could be an excellent platform for surveillance duties. Able to stay up for eight hours in a row such mission has already been adopted by the Coast Guard of the Netherlands.

Source: RUAG Aviation with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image:A Do-228 of a civilian operator connecting remote areas in Venezuela (Image © RUAG)

A Netherlands Coast Guard Dornier Do-228 performing a fly-by (Image © Marcel Burger)
A Netherlands Coast Guard Dornier Do-228 performing a fly-by (Image © Marcel Burger)

Malaysian Air Force Falcon 900 major upgrade

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF or Tentera Udara DiRaja Malaysia (TUDM)) sole Falcon 900B VIP jet is a cool lady again. RUAG Aviation in Geneva, Switzerland, finished an an extensive upgrade, done under contract with Malaysia’s Airod Sdn Bhd.

First the RUAG experts put the Falcon 900B through a very thorough inspection of the aircraft and systems (C-check). But the Swiss company was also contracted to update and overhaul the aircraft’s avionics as well as fully renovate the cabin. And all in a relatively short time frame of a few months to rotate the jet back into service with the RMAF.

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RUAG Aviation installed a new Honeywell Ovation cabin management system, their first undertaking of Ovation Select on a Falcon 900. In addition the upgrade also included fitment of innovative electronic dimming window shades from Vision Systems. This was the first such installation on any aircraft worldwide. Further the aircraft upgrade included installation of Airshow 4000 and Satcom 7000 systems as well as a fully renovated cabin interior including new seating and LED lighting.

Although the project was completed in November 2014, RUAG apparently kept things quiet a bit until this week – probably to give the RMAF first a change to put the upgraded Falcon 900B through a proper test phase of its own.

The Falcon 900 is one of the few business jets with three engines in production. It is known for its strong wings. The B-version is a revision of the original jet introduced in 1991. It has better engines and an improved range, compared to its older sister.

Support partner
RUAG Aviation is mostly known as the principal life cycle support partner for the aircraft of the Swiss Air Force. The facility in Geneva is an authorized Service Center for Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault Falcon, Embraer, Piaggio and Pilatus as well as Major Service Center for Dornier, Hawker Beechcraft and the DHC-6 Twinotter. RUAG Aviation is also the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of the legendary Dornier 228 aircraft.

RMAF VIP fleet
Apart from the Falcon 900B the Royal Malaysian Air Force VIP fleet consists of a Boeing Business Jet 737-700 (prime minister’s flight), an Airbus A319CJ, a Bombardier Global Express 700, a Fokker F.28-1000 Fellowship, two Agusta (Sikorsky) AS-61N VIP helicopters and a pair of Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk choppers. The VIP fleet is primarily located at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah / Subang Air Base in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, based on source information provided by RUAG
Featured image: The Royal Malaysian Air Force Falcon 900B undergoing a major upgrade and overhaul in Geneva (Image © RUAG)

The RMAF Falcon 900B cockpit before the modification (Image © RUAG)
The RMAF Falcon 900B cockpit before the modification (Image © RUAG)

The RMAF Falcon 900B with the upgraded cockpit (Image © RUAG)
The RMAF Falcon 900B with the upgraded cockpit (Image © RUAG)
That's is some fancy interior, we at Airheadsfly.com wish we were Malaysian hotshots (Image © RUAG)
That’s is some fancy interior, we at Airheadsfly.com wish we were Malaysian hotshots (Image © RUAG)

Bizz: European Falcon 2000s can look sexier

The flight decks of European Dassault Falcon 2000 business jets can look a lot sexier these days. The latest is the result of a cooperation between Swiss-based RUAG Aviation and American Rockwell Collins. RUAG – also known as a heir of the reliable Dornier Do-288 – recently installed the first European Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 to 21 avionics upgrade on the Falcon 2000. The FAA and EASA approved “pimping” is also available for the 2000EX.

One of the European private jet companies that flies the Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX is NetJets Europe, an enterprise backed by Warren Buffet (Image (CC) Aero Icarus)
One of the European private jet companies that flies the Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX is NetJets Europe, an enterprise backed by Warren Buffet (Image (CC) Aero Icarus)
The upgrade was done at the RUAG Aviation facility in Lugano. It replaces the existing CRT displays with so-called Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Displays (AMLCD).

The new 8×10 inch displays present charts, maps, cameras and graphical weather, and are known to have a relatively good clarity and sharpness of image. Critical flight information includes graphical weather, Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), lightning detection, airport location and more are available at the touch of a button. The screens are fully ready for future developments, the so-called Synthetic Vision System (SVS).

And this for the techies among you who know their business: the Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 upgrade also involved the installation of dual Rockwell Flight Management System FMS-6000 along with GPS4000S sensors with WAAS for LP/LPV capability, relocation of the Auto Pilot control panel from the central pedestal to the instrument panel under the glare shield, installation of the Honeywell Mark V EGPWS, replacement of the analog Standby indicators with an integrated digital Secondary Flight Display (SFD) from Meggit, installation of a 3rd Rockwell AHRS, replacement of the CRT Radio Tuning Unit to AMLCD type, upgrade to TACAS II 7.1, installation of new Aircell Iridium SATCOM (FANS 1/A capable), installation of the Rockwell Ascend Management Information (AIM) system and new IFE. Additionally, the aircraft has been prepared for incoming FANS 1/A mandate and ADSB-Out with the provided installation of wiring.

Yes, it rocks our world too. Too bad we at Airheadsfly.com don’t own a Falcon 2000.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, based on source information provided by RUAG

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The Pro Line 21 Upgrade in the Falcon 2000 cockpit (Image © RUAG)
The Pro Line 21 Upgrade in the Falcon 2000 cockpit (Image © RUAG)

New Gen Do-228s are a Venezuelan promise

The Dornier 228 New Generation in flight through beautiful mountainous terrain (Image © RUAG)
The Dornier 228 New Generation in flight through beautiful mountainous terrain (Image © RUAG)

The Venezuelan Air Force (Aviación Militar Nacional Bolivariana de Venezuela) will operate ten new Dornier Do-228 liaison and utility aircraft before the end of 2014. The German-Swiss designed two-engine turboprop aircraft are an election promise by Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro.

The first of the ten aircraft, a second-hand Dornier 228-212 arrived at Maracay Airport in the Latin America country already at the end of January. The second machine is also a pre-owned aircraft. The remaining eight will be brand new Do-228 New Generation aircraft, produced by Swiss RUAG in Oberpfaffenhofen in Southern Germany.

Difficult
During his election campaign Venezuelan head-of-state Maduro promised to improve travelling between remote areas and regional capitals and to bring villagers medical care and support. With some areas hard-to-reach the Dornier 228s name to be able to cope with adverse weather conditions and less than perfect landing strips the ten Do-228s will be tasked to reach those who are difficult to get to.

The Dorniers will keep a civil registry, but flown by the Venezuelan Air Force on behalf of the government in Caracas.

Production
Building on the heritage of the company founded by Claus Dornier which lasted from 1914 to 1998, RUAG restarted the production of the Dornier 228 in 2009 together with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The Indian company has been producting the Do-228 under license since 1983 and manufactures the major parts of the aircraft. RUAG puts it all together at the old Dornier company location in Oberpfaffenhofen and adds additional equipment the customer wishes.

Performance
The RUAG New Generation version of the Do-228 has a new five-blade propeller, a so-called glass cockpit and improved performance such as a longer range. It has a large cargo door, making handling of cargo up to 4,410 lb (2,000 kg) easier. It’s normal take-off distance is only 2,600 feet (793 metres), but used with Short Take-Off and Landing procedures 1,690 feet (515 metres) will do.

Nice
The landing strip needs to be at least 1,480 feet (450 metres) long. The Dornier 228 NG has a maximum cruise speed of 234 knots (433 kmh) and a typical range (74% load or 14 passengers) of 690 nautical miles (1118 km). Although it can climb about 1,800 feet per minute, with one engine only the Do-228 NG is still able to do a nice 440 feet/min climb.

Source: RUAG with additional reporting by AIRheads’ editor Marcel Burger

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"Glass cockpit" of the Dornier 228 New Generation (Image © RUAG)
“Glass cockpit” of the Dornier 228 New Generation (Image © RUAG)