FAAM’s BAe 146-301ARA G-LUXE (msn E3001) has finally received her new colors. The aircraft was undergoing a refit, which was to have included a repaint, when Iceland’s Eyjafjallajoekull volcano erupted in April, and had to be rushed back into service to assess the concentration of ash in the air. The data it provided helped demonstrate that the concentration of the ash plume was low, allowing flights to resume. It was then several months before she was once again able to take time out. After undergoing a C Check at Cranfield from 4 October to 24 G-LUXE flew to Dublin on 25 October. She emerged from EirTech Aviation’s paintshop wearing a new blue and white livery designed to make the aircraft more visible in the air, with patches of matte black to give low reflectivity around various laser instruments, and then returned to Cranfield on 9 November.
Recent news items on FAAM:
- FAAM BAe 146ARA test-flies optical ice detection probe (2017-07-04)
- FAAM BAe 146ARA flies in formation … with a ship (2016-09-15)
- FAAM BAe 146ARA operator Directflight changes name (2016-05-29)
- NERC buys FAAM BAe 146 (2014-04-02)
- FAAM BAe 146 to operate in the arctic (2013-03-19)