Minden Air Corporation of Nevada has bought a BAe 146-200 from BAE Systems Regional Aircraft to resume its 146 airtanker program. The company had earlier intended to convert former Air Wisconsin BAe 146-200 N606AW (msn E2033), but was unable to arrive at a satisfactory agreement with her owner, lessor Tronos. Minden will now use its newly acquired BAe 146, former Jazz series 200 N446MA (msn E2111 ex C-FBAO) for the program. The company will obtain a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the conversion. It hopes that the aircraft will be operational in time for the 2010 fire season.
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