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Dornier 328

Passenger Capacity: 30-33 Lavatory Style:
Airspeed (mph): 620 km/h Range (miles): 1,150
Cabin Width (ft): - Cabin Height (ft): 23.9
Cabin Length (ft): 69.7 Baggage Capacity: ft3

The 328 (or Do 328) program was initially begun while Dornier was still owned by Deutsche Aerospace. The basic 328 first flew on 6 December 1991, & entered commercial service in October 1993. The 328's new fuselage allowed for comfortable 3-abreast seating, with the potential for a 4-abreast configuration. Combined with the supercritical wing developed from Dornier's Do 228, this gave the 328 excellent cruise & climb capabilities. However, the 328 entered a market crowded with other competing turboprop aircraft at the time, as well as increasing competition from new regional jets in the early 1990s.

In 2005, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) awarded a contract to AeroRescue for long-range Search & Rescue (SAR) capability around Australia. Five 328-100s were progressively commissioned from April 2006 to February 2007 & stationed around the Australian coastline to provide a 24 hour, 30 minute response capability. The aircraft was equipped with a comprehensive electronic sensor suite by Aerodata AG in Germany including; Israel Aerospace Industries ELTA EL/M 2022A Radar, FSI Star SAFire III Forward Looking Infra Red (FLIR), Direction Finder & an ARGON ST Infra Red/Ultra Violet scanner. The aircraft is also fitted with an Aeronautical Engineers Australia despatch system, allowing rescue stores to be dropped from the aircraft through a chute through the underwing emergency exit. These are progressively being upgraded with an in-flight opening cargo door to allow despatch of larger items, up to 20 man life rafts & boat dewatering pumps for open water rescues.

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