A technical focus group has been set up to help with extending the operational life of the BAe 146 family.

Organised by BAE Systems Regional Aircraft and 146 operators, the group first met last month in Prestwick, Scotland.

Co-chaired by John Stevens, BAE Regional Aircraft's head of customer technical support and Flybe Aviation Services' head of technical services, Stefan Kontorravdis, the group will meet twice a year and discuss best practice, ownership cost reduction and technical issues.

The four-engined jet has been in service for 21 years and a life-extension programme has recently been implemented to extend the design life from 55,000 cycles to 80,000 cycles. The first modified aircraft is back in service with Air Wisconsin.

Source: Flight International