BAE Systems offers BAe 146 life extension and other upgrades


BAE Systems Regional Aircraft introduced a Life Extension Programme for the BAe 146 to allow it to continue operations for at least another 20 years. The Programme includes two new manuals, the Corrosion Protection and Control Programme (CPCP), and the Supplementary Structural Inspections Document (SSID). The CPCP covers corrosion; it is applied when airframes reach 20 years and introduces an indefinite calendar life. The SSID covers fatigue; it is applied once an airframe reaches 40,000-50,000 cycles (depending on the variant), and extends life to 60,000 cycles. BAE Systems is working to further increase this to 80,000 cycles. BAE Systems Regional Aircraft also introduced a flightdeck upgrade for early-build, pre-EFIS BAe 146s. The modification package replaces some electromechanical indicators with LCD Flat Panel electronic displays. The installation provides most of the advantages of EFIS at a fraction of the cost. About 138 aircraft are potential candidates for the upgrade. Eurowings and Air Dolomiti are the first customers for the upgrade, with contracts for six and three aircraft, respectively. BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has won a wide variety of modification contracts in the past year, from National Jet Systems, TNT Airways, Swiss, Ansett Engineering Services, SN Brussels Airlines, Malmö Aviation, British Airways CitiExpress, CityLine, and the Bahrain Defence Force.

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