FAAM BAe 146 in Malaysia experiment


The BAe 146 Atmospheric Research Aircraft (ARA) participated in a research study aimed at better understanding global climate change during July. The Oxidant and Particle Photochemical Processes (OP3) mission studied how equatorial rain forests influence climate change. FAAM’s BAe 146ARA G-LUXE (msn E3001) was based at Kota Kinabalu, in the state of Sabah, Malaysia, for this mission, which included flights at heights ranging from tree-top level up to 8km high to measure the photochemical composition of reactive trace gases and particles. She departed Cranfield on 28 June, ferrying through Brindisi, Sharm El Sheikh, Sharjah, and Ahmadabad. At Ahmadabad she developed a technical problem that kept her on the ground for several days while parts were brought in and then fitted. She was finally able to depart on 8 July, and ferried through Chennai, Phuket, and Kota, arriving at Kota Kinabalu on the 10. During her stay in Malaysia, she flew 17 flights, totalling 64 hours and 31 minutes. She departed on 25 July, routing through Bangkok, Calcutta, Ahmadabad, Sharjah, Sharm El Sheikh, and Brindisi, arriving back at Cranfield on the 28.

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