QinetiQ Avro to Train Test Pilots

In the latest in the ongoing series "101 Useful Things to do With a 146", UK technology company QinetiQ has received a modified Avro RJ100 to be used initially by the Empire Test Pilots' School at MoD Boscome Down to train test pilots and flight-test engineers.

Photo: QinetiQ

Built in 2000, the ex-airline RJ100 will be joined in 2014 by an extensively modified 1994-built RJ70 as part of an investment program to replace two Hawker Siddeley Andovers and two BAC One-Elevens deemed too noisy, expensive to maintain and unrepresentative of modern aircraft.

QinetiQ operates Boscombe Down under a 25-year long-term partnering agreement (LTPA - hence the lettering on the fuselage) signed in 2001 when the former UK Defence Evaluation and Research Agency was privatized.


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