First Avro RJX-100 flies!

The first Avro RJX-100 took to the air for the first time on 23 September. RJX-100 msn G-IRJX (msn E3378) took off at 15:20 local time from Woodford, with Test Pilots Bill Ovel and Pete Lofts at the controls. The crew also included Flight Test Engineers Derek Ferguson and Paul […]

Avro RJX flight simulator ordered

BAE Systems Aircraft Services Group announced an order for an Avro RJX flight simulator for its Customer Training Centre at Woodford. The simulator is to be built by the NLX Corporation of Virginia. The visual system will be provided by Evans & Sutherland, using Panorama display optics from SEOS Displays […]

Avro RJX-85 heads to US for flight trials

As planned, the first development RJX, G-ORJX (msn E2376), is heading to the US for the second phase of its flight trials, which will focus on performance testing. At first, the RJX will be based at Phoenix Williams Gateway Airport, where high ambient temperatures are common. The airport is also […]

British European to adjust fleet

Exeter-based British European is planning several fleet changes after posting disappointing financial results. The biggest change will see the airline disposing of all four of its recently acquired Bombardier CRJs, replacing them with additional Dash 8Q-400 turboprops. The airline’s seventeen-strong BAe 146 fleet will also see changes. Under the growth […]

Avro RJX flies with first ‘Block 2’ AS577

The first production-standard ‘Block 2’ Honeywell AS977 has been fitted to the Avro RJX-85 development aircraft, msn G-ORJX (msn E2376), replacing one of the pre-production ‘Block 1’ engines previously fitted in the number 1 position. She made her first flight with the new engines on 6 July. The 50 minute […]

GE-Honeywell merger blocked

General Electric’s proposed purchase of Honeywell International has been blocked by European Union regulators. As a result, the 146’s ALF502, the RJ’s LF507, and the RJX’s AS977 engines will remain Honeywell products rather than taking on the GE brand. It would not have been the first brandname change for the […]

BAE Systems shows off Avro RJX at Duxford

BAE Systems and Honeywell presented the RJX-85 to airline and industry executives, financial managers, and reporters at a special event at Duxford Airfield on 21 May. The guests included Barry Perrott, Chief Executive of lead RJX customer British European, and Antonis Simigdalas, Chief Operating Officer of fast-growing RJ operator Aegean […]

Avro RJX test program detailed

The test program which began with Saturday’s maiden flight is expected to last until early 2002. In the first phase of the program, testing will focus mainly on confirming aircraft handling characteristics and the operation of the new systems. The second phase will focus on performance testing. During this phase, […]

Avro RJX-85 G-ORJX

Avro RJX flies!

The new Avro RJX took to the air for the first time on 28 April. RJX-85 msn G-ORJX (msn E2376) took off at 12:16 local time from Woodford, with Avro RJX Project Pilot Alan Foster at the controls. Blustery April weather had threatened to further delay the flight, but lightning, […]