Canada’s Conair Group is partnering with Falko to develop an air tanker with a 3,000 US gallon capacity based on the Avro RJ85. Conair, based at Abbotsford, in British Columbia, has developed air tanker conversions of numerous aircraft types, and operates almost fifty of them. Rick Pedersen, Senior Vice President […]
An Avro RJ85 of South Africa’s Airlink had to turn back mid-flight after she was refused entry into Madagascar on 21 January. The RJ85 was operating flight SA8252 from Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo Airport to Antananarivo. Among the flight’s passengers was the former President of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanana, who was forced […]
After a long period of storage at Basel, former Italiatour Airlines Avro RJ85 I-CLBA (msn E2300) was ferried to Southend on January 20. She had been in outside storage at Basel since the Italian airline’s collapse in September 2009. She is currently receiving attention from Inflite.
The UK Ministry of Defence has published a contract notification for two BAe 146-200QCs. Citing an “urgent operational requirement”, the tender sets a deadline of midnight on 13 January for offers. The deal could be worth as much a UKP6 million (US$9.3 million) for the pair – a good price […]
Indonesia’s Aviastar Mandiri has taken delivery of a BAe 146-200 previously operated by Romania’s Romavia. Series 200 G-BVMS (msn E2227 ex YR-BEA) had been in storage at Bucharest Baneasa since November 2010. After post-storage maintenance, she was re-registered PK-BRI on 22 December, and then departed Baneasa on her delivery flight […]
A second BAe 146 air tanker is soon to take to the skies. Minden Air is expected to roll out its BAe 146 air tanker during January, and then begin testing it, first by running water through the system while on the ground, and then in flight. Minden Air acquired […]
Just before the new year, the US Forest Service (USFS) announced that it had awarded a one year contract to Neptune Aviation’s BAe 146-200 air tanker N146FF ‘Tanker 40′ (msn E2049). This fall, she operated under an interim contract, helping fight fires in Texas and California. N146FF is currently at […]