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Dornier Do228

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The Dornier 228 is a twin turboprop STOL aircraft that can carry up to 19 passengers and is capable of operating from rough runways and in hot climates. It is powered by a pair of Garrett TPE331 turboprop engines and has a supercritical wing that generates large amounts of lift at slow speeds.

In the 1970s, Dornier developed an aerofoil wing and tested it on a modified Do 28D-2 Skyservant, powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-110 turboprop engines. The aircraft was then re-engined with two Garrett AiResearch TPE-331-5S and named Dornier 128.

The company developed a new fuselage in 15 and 19 passenger variants; the Dornier 228-100 and Dornier 228-200, and these went on show at the ILA Berlin Air Show in 1980. The prototypes were first flown on 28 March, 1981 and 9 May, 1981 respectively. German certification was granted on 18 December, 1981 and the first Dornier 228-100 entered service in July 1982. FAA certification followed on 17 April 1984 and that of EASA one month later.

In 1983, Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) bought a production licence and two years later commenced aircraft manufacture in India.

Dornier offered the 228 in upgraded variants and fitted with optional equipment for performing various special missions. In 1996, it was announced that all manufacturing operations would be transferred to India.

RUAG acquired the Dornier 228 type certificate in 2003, and in 2009 started building a Dornier 228 New Generation: the fuselage, wings and tail unit manufactured by HAL and transported to Oberpfaffenhofen in Germany for final assembly. The Dornier 228NG has the same airframe with a new five blade composite propeller, an advanced glass cockpit and more powerful Garrett TPE331-10 engines. EASA granted the airworthiness certificate on 18 August, 2010 and the first delivery was made in September 2010.

Towards the end of 2020, RUAG sold the Dornier 228 programme to General Atomics.

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News from Business Air News
GA-ATS starts wing production for Do228 NXT
May 2, 2024
Production of the first series panel has started, while critical raw materials and system components for final assembly have already been acquired.
ZeroAvia completes initial Dornier 228 flight testing
July 25, 2023
Its hydrogen-electric engine has matched the power of the conventional, fossil fuel engine on the opposite wing, with the pilots able to fly with thrust only from the experimental clean propulsion system in certain tests.
Genesys achieves certification of Hindustan-228 cockpit upgrade
March 12, 2023
The package includes an EFIS upgrade, FMS, synthetic vision, highway-in-the-sky flight symbology, TAWS, ECAS and autopilot and radio upgrades, with all the necessary sensors and interfaces.
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November 1, 2021ZeroAvia plans hydrogen flights between London and Rotterdam
August 27, 2021HAL celebrates Indian independence with Hindustan-228 trials
August 16, 2021Electric powertrain starts high-power ground tests
July 11, 2021General Atomics chooses Euramec's Dornier FTD
July 4, 2021ZeroAvia ramps up programme in the UK and US
March 6, 2021GA-Europe takes ownership of RUAG Aerospace Services
November 29, 2020RUAG turns screw to finish Do228 inspection in six weeks
June 26, 2020Arcus' logistics and courier divisions added by Freeborn
December 16, 2019Genesys glass cockpit cleared for HAL Do228
October 22, 2019Kenya’s KASAS enhances training with Euramec FTD
May 14, 2019Dornier 228 arrives in Japan for demanding ops
October 9, 2018Scheduled Do228 will also fly ad hoc for Aurigny
February 7, 2018JetSupport continues MRO services for Dutch Coastguard Dorniers
May 3, 2016Demonstrator Do228 called on to assist in rescue at Cape Verde
August 13, 2015Aurigny to take delivery of Do228 NG as part of upgrade
June 17, 2015RUAG to commence serial Do228 production
March 4, 2015Oman tour demonstrates 228's prowess
June 11, 2013Me and My Aircraft–Twin turboprops: The turboprop faithful sing the praises of rugged workhorses everywhere
August 2, 2012Cobham's pollution role is confirmed
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