328 SUPPORT SERVICES GMBH AND USA’S AMC AVIATION SIGN LETTER OF INTENT
328 Support Services GmbH (328 SSG), the type certificate holder of the Dornier 328, confirmed it has signed a Letter of Intent with AMC Aviation, the North Carolina, US based aircraft sales and leasing company to develop a multi-role/ multi-mission humanitarian version of the D328 turboprop. Working with its partners, Jetran International and Jetcor Aviation Services, the group has committed to an initial three aircraft in the conversion program.
The deal was ratified at last week’s Farnborough International Airshow between 328 SSG’s CEO Dave Jackson and Chris Stern, General Manager of AMC Aviation.
The first two D328s are ex Corning Inc aircraft and are planned to enter modification and maintenance this August at 328’s Oberpfaffenhofen Airport, near Munich base, to be ready for delivery in early 2019. A third aircraft, with the same modifications and additional systems plus Air Operable AFT cargo door and oversized windows on either side of the aircraft, will follow.
The initial program of work on the first two 328s will cover – C1 through to C4 maintenance checks; upgrades to the existing avionic systems; modifications such as ADS-B out, Dual Flight Management (FMS), plus SATCOM with Wi-Fi and satellite tracking capabilities. The installation of gravel kit for better unapproved runway operations and provisioning for systems including retractable turret for EO/IR camera installations and other systems will further enhance the aircraft’s operational advantages.