FAAM BAe 146 to operate in the arctic


The Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM)’s BAe 146-301ARA G-LUXE (msn E3001) left Cranfield for the Arctic on 18 March for a new scientific campaign, dubbed ACCACIA (Aerosol Cloud-Coupling and Climate Interactions in the Arctic). She will operate from three weeks from Kiruna in northern Sweden. From there, she will fly 2.5 hours to Longyearbyen Airport on the Norway’s Svalbard Island, refuel, then fly its mission, before returning to Longyearbyen and then to Kiruna. The campaign is likely to involve about 70 hours of flying over three weeks. BAE Systems Regional Aircraft at Prestwick designed several modifications for the ARA, including designing a new wing pylon canister instrument for the detection of cloud droplets ranging from 2-75 micron by laser-initiated light scattering principles and modifying an existing wing-pylon canister instrument to better operate in Arctic conditions. The 146ARA is operated by Directflight.

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