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The Dornier 328 is turbo-prop powered commuter airliner. Originally built by the Dornier Luftfahr GmbH, the company was bought by Fairchild in 1996.
The Doriner 328 is designed for shorthaul passenger operators; Deutsche Aerospace often promoted the type as being a “third-generation airliner”. he fuselage of the 328 employs an unusual steamlined shape, having been optimised for high cruising speeds; the aircraft is capable of higher cruise and approach speeds than most turboprop-powered aircraft, this allows it to be more readily slotted around jetliners during landing approaches. According to Deutsche Aerospace, the 328 offered the “lowest noise level, widest cabin, highest standing room, widest cabin floor, and widest seats in the three-abreast class.”
It is equipped with a pair of Pratt and Whitney PW119C turboprop engines, which drive fully reversible HartzellHD-E6C-3B propeller. he propeller blades generate notably less noise in comparison to their contemporary counterparts due to features such as their lower RPM. The Propeller synchrophasing, and the use of a six-blade configuration.
In 2005, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) awarded a contract to AeroRescue to provide long-range Search and Rescue (SAR) capability around Australia. Accordingly, five 328-100s were progressively commissioned from April 2006.
The Dornier 328 is jet powered commuter airliner, based off of the turbo prop. Due to public perception of noise and reliability issues with turboprops, Fairchild-Dornier developed the Turbofan-based 328-300 or 328JET, of which 83 were sold. The 328JET prototype rolled out on 6 December 1997 at Oberpfaffenhofen Germany.
In August 2010, a total of 54 Dornier 328JET aircraft remained in airline service. The only operators with a fleet of more than five are Ultimate Air Shuttle with 8, Tianjin Airlines with 11, and Sun Air of Scandinavia with 15. In the pass, operators in the US including Skyway Airlines, a feeder for Midwest Airways, flew 12. Atlantic Coast flew 30 as Delta Connection, until 2006. Keyline Airways in the Untied States still operates the DO328JET
Doriner 328 Turbo-prop Variants
- 328-100 – Initial 328.
- 328-110 – Standard 328 with greater range and weights
328-120 – 328 with improved STOL performance
C-146A Wolfhound – Designation assigned to seventeen Dornier 328s operated by the US Air Force’s Special Operation Command
Dornier 328 Specifications
- Crew: Three (two Pilots, one Flight Attendant)
- Capacity: 30 to 33 (14 in First Class Config)
- Length: 69 ft 8 in
- **Wingspan 68 ft 10 in
- Height: 23 ft 2 in
- Empty weigh: 20,062 lb (9,100 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 30,843 lb (13,990 kg)
- Cruise speed: 335 knts
- Range: 1,000 nmi
- Service ceiling: 31,140 ft
- ** Honeywell Primus 2000
Dornier 328JET Variants
- 328JET -Turbofan-powered variant, formerly the 328-300
Lockheed Martin X-55 Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA)
a Dornier 328J with its mid/aft fuselage and empennage replaced with advanced composite materials. The ACCA is a Lockheed Martin demonstrator to advance composite usage on next-generation tactical air mobility transports for the US Air Force Research Laboratory.
Doriner 328JET Specifications
- Crew: three (two pilots + flight attendant)
- Capacity: 30 to 33 passengers, Max payload 7,200 lb (3,266 kg)
- Length: 69 ft 3 in
- Wingspan: 68 ft 10 in
- Height: 23 ft 9 in
- Empty weight: 20,768 lb (9,420 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 34,524 lb (15,660 kg)
- Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306B 6,000 lbf thrust each
- Maximum speed: 405 kn
- Range: 2,001 nmi (with optional long range fuel tank)
- Service ceiling: 35,000 ft
I believe FDS needs add more turbo props, and with this being both a turbo and a jet powered aircraft it’s the perfect combination of both worlds. It has the ability to be used by everyone, from small commercial VA’s to VO’s. It can also be used for those who want more business jets since a lot of the 328s are now private props/jets!