Dornier 328 to be modified for humanitarian missions

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328 Support Services CEO, Dave Jackson (left) with AMC Aviation general manager, Chris Stern

328 Support Services has signed a letter of intent with AMC Aviation to develop a multi-role/multi-mission humanitarian version of the Dornier 328 turboprop.

The first two 328s are expected to enter modification and maintenance this August at 328 SSG’s Oberpfaffenhofen Airport near Munich, to be ready for delivery in early 2019.

A third aircraft with the same modifications and additional systems plus an air operable AFT cargo door and oversized windows on either side of the aircraft will follow.

The initial programme of work on the first two 328s will cover C1 through to C4 maintenance checks, upgrades to the existing avionics systems, modifications such as ADS-B out, dual flight management, plus SATCOM with Wi-Fi and satellite tracking capabilities.

The installation of gravel kit for better unapproved runway operations and provisioning for systems including retractable turret for EO/IR camera installations and other systems will further enhance the aircraft’s operational advantages.

The 328 will be delivered with 12 different interior options in passenger/passenger cargo/medevac/casevac versions, with the toilet and galley system being relocated to the forward position of the aircraft for AFT loading and air dropping of cargo.

The deal was ratified at the Farnborough International Airshow between 328 SSG chief executive officer, Dave Jackson and AMC Aviation general manager, Chris Stern.

Jackson says: “We are delighted that AMC Aviation, along with its partners, share our vision about this aircraft and the multi roles it can serve.  Not just flying commercial passengers, but for humanitarian use as well.”

Stern says: “The Dornier 328 is the perfect rugged and versatile platform, extremely well suited for our novel approach to bring true multi-mission capability and operational safety to humanitarian operators in difficult environments.”