The Jetstream 31 has served us well for nearly 15 years but it is no longer operated in the UK (except at Cranfield and by a handful of small European airlines) and support for it has become challenging. The time has come for a new aircraft that will enable us to continue to deliver world-class aerospace education and research.
Being larger than the Jetstream 31, the Saab 340B will allow us to conduct teaching and research with minimum reconfiguration. Students will be able to undertake flight test engineer roles and experience a range of in-flight sensations. Modifying the SAAB 340B aircraft will also grant us new and innovative research capabilities.
The National Flying Laboratory Centre historically received government funding, but this has been withdrawn over the past few years. Through this campaign our alumni and friends now have the opportunity to help fund the necessary equipment and surrounding infrastructure that will enhance the student NFLC experience, so that future generations of students and researchers can benefit.