BAE SYSTEMS2003-06-19 19:49:38


A unique-looking BAe 146 is set to join the more traditional passenger- and freight-carrying family.

The ARA - Atmospheric Research Aircraft - (E3001 -the first BAe 146 manufactured) -is close to completion after a major conversion programme by Regional Aircraft. The aircraft is to be used under a 10-year contract on behalf of the customer, the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurement (FAAM).

FAAM has been established as a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Centre for Atmospheric Science, and is a partnership between the Joint Infrastructure Fund (JIF) Aircraft Consortium (representing aircraft users), NERC and the UK's Meteorological Office.

ARA is going to be an important element in the UK's atmospheric research community's ability to assess information on global warming, pollution levels, atmospheric radiation and environmental risks and hazards. The majority of flying will be in UK airspace, although a significant amount of global research will be conducted.

ARA further extends the role that the proven BAe 146 family has performed, a testament to its versatility and fundamentally sound design. It also demonstrates the total large aircraft engineering capability that exists within Regional Aircraft.

Aircraft equipping includes:

- additional fuel tanks (range enhancement)
- external radiometer blisters on the front port fuselage and the rear fuselage;
- two LIDAR laser apertures in the upper and lower rear fuselage;
- two wing pylons each supporting up to four scientific equipment canisters;
- air sampling and sensing equipment in the upper forward fuselage;
- various avionic upgrade programmes;
- capability for operations up to 35,000 feet

The customised configuration is continued inside the aircraft, which has been completely modified to house up to 18 scientific crew and a Mission Scientist. Normal crew complement is likely to be around 10 personnel. These operating personnel will monitor and observe the rack-mounted instruments.

For more information contact:
Warwick House
Po Box 87
Farnborough Aerospace Centre
GU14 6YU
United Kingdom
Tel:     + 44 1252 373232
Fax:     + 44 1252 383000



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