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Dornier 328

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Dornier 328
An Air Alps Dornier 328-110 landing at Fiumicino Airport, Rome
Role Airliner
Manufacturer Dornier,

Fairchild-Dornier

First flight 6 December 1991
Introduced 1993
Primary users Cirrus Airlines
Air Alps
Sun Air of Scandinavia
SATENA
ScotAirways
Variants Fairchild Dornier 328JET

The Dornier 328 is a turboprop-powered commuter airliner. Initially produced by Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH, the firm was acquired in 1996 by Fairchild Aircraft. The resulting firm, named Fairchild-Dornier, manufactured the 328 family in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, conducted sales from San Antonio, Texas, United States, and supported the product line from both locations.

Design and development

The 328 (or Do 328) program was initially begun while Dornier was still owned by Deutsche Aerospace. The basic 328 first flew on 6 December 1991, and entered commercial service in October 1993. The 328's new fuselage allowed for comfortable 3-abreast seating, with the potential for a 4-abreast configuration. Combined with the supercritical wing developed from Dornier's Do 228, this gave the 328 excellent cruise and climb capabilities. However, the 328 entered a market crowded with other competing turboprop aircraft at the time, as well as increasing competition from new regional jets in the early 1990's.

In 2005, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) awarded a contract to AeroRescue for long-range Search and Rescue (SAR) capability around Australia. Five 328-100s were progressively commissioned from April 2006to February 2007 and stationed around the Australian coastline to provide a 24 hour, 30 minute response capability. The aircraft were equipped with a comprehensive electronic sensor suite by Aerodata AG in Germany including; Israel Aerospace Industries ELTA EL/M 2022A Radar, FSI Star SAFire III Forward Looking Infra Red (FLIR), Direction Finder and an ARGON ST Infra Red/Ultra Violet scanner. The aircraft are also fitted with an Aeronautical Engineers Australia despatch system, allowing rescue stores to be dropped from the aircraft through a chute through the underwing emergency exit. These are progressively being upgraded with an in-flight opening cargo door to allow despatch of larger items, up to 20 man life rafts and boat dewatering pumps for open water rescues.


An AeroRescue Dornier 328-100 operated for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority
An AeroRescue Dornier 328-100 operated for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Variants


A turboprop 328-100
A turboprop 328-100
  • 328-100 - Initial 328.
  • 328-110 - Standard 328 with greater range and weights
  • 328-120 - 328 with improved STOL performance.
  • 328-130 - 328 with progressive rudder authority reduction at higher airspeeds.
  • 328JET - Turbofan-powered variant, formerly the 328-300.

Operators

In January 2008 a total of 80 Dornier 328-100 aircraft remain in airline service. Major operators include: Hainan Airlines (29), Cirrus Airlines (10), Air Alps (7), Sun Air of Scandinavia (7),SATENA-FAC (6), ScotAirways (7), and South East Asian Airlines (4), Central Mountain Air (2). 24 other airlines operate smaller numbers of the type.

 Australia

Specifications (Dornier 328-110)


A ScotAirways Dornier 328-110 at Dundee Airport, Scotland
A ScotAirways Dornier 328-110 at Dundee Airport, Scotland

A Central Mountain Air Dornier 328-100 on approach to Vancouver International Airport
A Central Mountain Air Dornier 328-100 on approach to Vancouver International Airport

General characteristics

  • Crew: Three (2 Pilots, 1 Flight Attendant)
  • Capacity: 30 to 33 (14 in First Class Config)passengers
  • Length: 21.11 m (69 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 20.98 m (68 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 7.24 m (23 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 40 m² (431 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 8,920 kg (19,670 lb)
  • Useful load: 3,450 kg (7,606 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 13,990 kg (30,840 lb)

Performance

Avionics
Honeywell PRIMUS 2000

See also

Related development

Comparable aircraft

External links




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Published - July 2009














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