Re: What happened to the BA146?

From: (Darren Rhodes)
Organization: Loughborough University
Date:         25 May 96 14:40:20 
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The Avro RJ was a relaunch of the 146 program back in 1992. They changed to
Avco Lycoming LF507 engines from the LF502-R. These include FADEC control and
improve the maintenance and econmics of the four engines considerably, such
that Avro's advertising campaign boasted twin engined operating costs for the
aircraft. Whether this can be justified is quesionable, but sales have
improved recently compared to it's main competitor the Fokker 70/100, such
that Fokker went bankrupt in May this year.

As to why they chose that engine in the first place. Back in 1978-1983 when
the program started, there were no modern engines in the class required. The
Tay did not enter service until 1988 and the JT8D was older technology and on
the large size (thrust wise). The second major reason was that they got the
engine cheap. The LF502 was a new engine needing sales to get it established.

Recently Avro has joined forces with ATR (Aerospatiale and Alena) to create a
new marketing company called AIR. It is anticipated that this is the first
step towards integrating European regional aircraft manufacturing into the
Airbus Consortium. AIR are currently looking into a twin engined derivative of
the RJ series for a 120 seat model.

| Mr. Darren P. Rhodes, B.Eng (Hons) | Department of Aeronautical & Automotive |
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