EASA certifies Jetstream life extension scheme

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European safety regulators have approved a BAE Systems life extension programme for the British Aerospace Jetstream 32 turboprop.

The aftermarket support division for the manufacturer's legacy commercial types, BAE Systems Regional Aircraft, revealed earlier this year that it was developing a maintenance scheme to extend the airframe life of the 19-seat turboprop from 45,000 to 67,000 cycles.

The manufacturer says that "many" of the in-service 135 Jetstreams are approaching the original life limit.

The extension was developed in partnership with Colombian carrier Aerolinea de Antioquia, whose seven Jetstreams have the longest service life of the active fleet.

EASA approved the programme in early October. It comprises a revised structural maintenance programme, which can be acquired from the manufactured via a modification service bulletin.