16 Facts About Dornier 328


Dornier 328 program was initially started while Dornier was still owned by Deutsche Aerospace.

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On 14 December 1992, one of the Dornier 328 prototypes suffered a near-catastrophic in-flight propeller failure when all six propeller blades on one engine detached before puncturing the fuselage; the subsequent temporary loss of control caused the aircraft to roll 280° and descend 5,000 feet before control was recovered.

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The Dornier 328 was launched into the market during a period of large numbers of competing turboprop aircraft, as well as increasing competition from newly launched regional jets, which were becoming increasingly popular during the early 1990s.

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The Dornier 328 had the advantages of being both quieter and faster than many of its rivals, but this did not ensure its commercial success.

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The latter half of the Dornier 328 program took place during a recession, which curtailed demand for new aircraft from operators.

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The newly combined Fairchild Dornier company emerged as the third-largest regional aircraft manufacturer in the world, and viewed the 328 as being both a key product in its lineup and the basis for a future family of aircraft.

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Fairchild Dornier 328 sought to develop a stretched version, designated as the Dornier 328 428JET, and a dedicated freighter model.

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Additionally, Farchild Dornier 328 developed a larger aircraft, the Fairchild Dornier 328 728 family.

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Dornier 328 signed a MoU with the federal authorities of Germany, and State of Saxony ministries.

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Dornier 328 is a twin-turboprop engined, regional aircraft, principally designed for short-haul passenger operators; Deutsche Aerospace often promoted the type as being a "third-generation airliner".

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The fuselage of the Dornier 328 employs an unusual streamlined shape, having been optimised for high cruising speeds; the aircraft is capable of higher cruise and approach speeds than most turboprop-powered aircraft, which allows it to be more readily slotted around jetliners during landing approaches.

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The Dornier 328 is capable of operations from semiprepared airstrips and rough runways, incorporating features such as its retractable landing gear being equipped with high-floatation tyres and steerable nose gear and a gravel guard.

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Fuselage of Dornier 328 allows for a comfortable three-abreast, airline-style seating arrangement to be used, as well as a dense, four-abreast configuration to accommodate greater passenger numbers, of which it is able to carry a maximum of 27.

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The 328 is pressurized, a first for Dornier-built aircraft, which was implemented to achieve a higher level of passenger comfort; the passenger cabin is designed to be more akin to those of much larger passenger aircraft.

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The straightforward construction techniques of the Dornier 228 were reused for the 328, despite making increased use of composite materials in areas such as the rear fuselage and empennage.

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Twin-crew glass cockpit of the Dornier 328 is equipped with a Honeywell Primus 2000 avionics suite, and the cockpit has an electronic flight instrument system comprising five 20 x 17.

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