An Avro Business Jet Fit for Adventurous Types

 - May 5, 2010, 8:15 AM

BAE Systems has contracted with Design Q to develop five concepts for the Avro Business Jet (ABJ) and revealed the first of the new designs–the ABJ Explorer–yesterday at EBACE. A unique design element of the Explorer is the “Air Deck” viewing platform adapted from the cargo side-door modification. The ABJ Explorer is available in two versions–the Explorer One and Four–both of which include the Air Deck, which is electro-hydraulically controlled and can be opened or closed in small increments to adjust the amount of cover provided by the top-hinged door. The deck itself is a concealed platform that slides outward from the fuselage and provides “an elevated outdoor viewing deck combined with a luxurious indoor space incorporating a state-of-the-art entertainment system and vast open-plan galley,” according to BAE. The new unit is suitable for a relaxing post-flight cocktail hour or meal while parked in an interesting remote location accessible by the ABJ, which can land on unimproved airstrips. Air Deck takes about five minutes to set up, according to Stewart Cordner, vice president Avro Business Jets for BAE Systems. So far, there have been 28 ABJ conversions of the BAe 146 or Avro RJ airframe of the nearly 400 produced from 1981 to 2004.