BAE Systems has won European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) approval for a significant increase in payload/range for its BAe 146-100/200 regional jet operating from an unpaved runway in Australia. This approval is now to be sought for other variants of the BAe 146/Avro RJ operating to other unpaved runways in Australia. The approval follows an innovative two-year project carried out by BAE Systems’ technical specialists working with leading Australian operator Cobham Aviation Services. The increase could be as much as four tonnes in payload (or up to 40 passengers or extra freight), an additional 700 nautical miles range, or a

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