The BAe 146 atmospheric research aircraft (ARA) made her first flight from Woodford on 1 October, following modification to its new role. The aircraft is a modification of the very first BAe 146 built, which had later been modified to serve as the series 300 prototype. She was rolled out on 18 August and entered a ground test phase. The 146ARA will be operated by Norwich-based Directflight on behalf of the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurement (FAAM). Directflight is establishing a base at Cranfield Airport to support the FAAM.
Recent news items on FAAM:
- FAAM BAe 146ARA test-flies optical ice detection probe (2017-07-04)
- FAAM BAe 146ARA flies in formation … with a ship (2016-09-15)
- FAAM BAe 146ARA operator Directflight changes name (2016-05-29)
- NERC buys FAAM BAe 146 (2014-04-02)
- FAAM BAe 146 to operate in the arctic (2013-03-19)