UK-based Britten-Norman, which is set to resume manufacturing its piston-powered Trislander regional/utility airplane, production of which was suspended in 1980, also disclosed that it is offering new customers of its Islander piston twins the option of choosing diesel engines. The airframer is evaluating the new 300-hp SR305 diesel under development by France’s SMA and believes the powerplant could be available by year-end.
UK aircraft maker Britten-Norman has reached a pay settlement with members of the Amicus trade union. In a deal struck on October 9, the Isle of Wight-based manufacturer reached an agreement with its workforce on pay and other issues, ending a strike that had begun three days earlier. Company and union officials had started to negotiate new terms in January. Britten-Norman makes the Islander line of piston- and turbine-powered aircraft.
Forty years after its June 1965 first flight, the Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander remains in production, and more than 800 of the 1,250-plus airplanes delivered remain operational. The rugged, maid-of-all-work design is employed in myriad applications, including air taxi, charter and scheduled services; crop-spraying; water-bombing; VIP/executive operations; photo-reconnaissance/surveillance; air ambulance; para-dropping; and law enforcement.