Cordner Aviation Group (CAG) is offering a conversion of the BAe 146/Avro RJ tailored to the specialized needs of the worldwide mining, exploration, and energy market sectors. The conversion, dubbed MultiJet Surveyor, includes installation of a gravel kit allowing for operation from unpaved landing strips and modifications to the cabin that reduce operating empty weight by about 700kg (1,541lb), increasing performance and reducing fuel use. A quick-change (QC) cabin design would allow for rapid configuration changes, including, as needed, a VIP section or a Medevac cabin. Company President Stewart Cordner is enthusiastic about the Surveyor’s potential. “The 146s and Avros are not strangers to mining and energy exploration and in fact have earned high marks over the years in operations worldwide,” he said. “So what we are doing now is building on a proven basic platform and greatly enhancing it based on our extensive customer needs analyses and using new technologies now available to us. Considering their fuel efficiency, low acquisition and operating costs, and a 60,000-hour lifespan barely touched, they have to be the best bargains in the air.” Cordner hopes to place three or four such conversions every year.