13th May 2019
Britten-Norman has two new BN2B-26 Islanders on its production line for the Falkland Islands Government Aviation Service (FIGAS) – bringing the service’s fleet to a total of six Islanders by the time the second aircraft is delivered.
The investment, approved by the islands’ Government, will be used to meet the Falklands’ increasing popularity as a tourist destination. Passenger numbers have risen from 5,800 in 2011/12 to 8,800 in 2017/18 – a trend that FIGAS expects to continue in the future.
The first of the two new aircraft will be delivered in the summer, with the second scheduled for early 2020. Both Islanders are in the commuter role, equipped with the Gamin G600TXi avionics suite, System 55X Autopilot and Spidertracks. Britten-Norman’s team of expert avionics engineers will deliver Garmin Avionics Training in the Falklands upon the first aircraft’s arrival.
Grahame Stone, Britten-Norman Aircraft Commercial Head, says “Britten-Norman has long been a part of the Falkland Islands community, supporting both visitors and the local community who rely on the FIGAS service every day. We are delighted to support FIGAS’ increased operations through the delivery of two new Islanders. Our recent investment in additional hangar space has increased new build line capacity and we look forward to adding this very welcome order from FIGAS to our delivery schedule.”
FIGAS has operated Islanders since October 1979. The service has gradually evolved from air ambulance and mail service in 1948 to passengers, freight, fishery patrol and scenic flights, with tourists and local passengers making up most of the traffic. The Islander’s performance as a highfrequency and short-flight platform makes it the ideal aircraft for hopping to almost 30 different airfields located in the Falkland Islands’ East and West mainlands.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Britten-Norman, the UK’s only civil A2 approved aircraft manufacturer, has been designing and building aircraft for over 60 years. Models include the famous Islander and Trislander commuter variants and the latest Manned Airborne Surveillance/ISTAR platform, the Defender 4000.
The Company’s capabilities include subcomponent manufacturing, mission systems integration, test and trials, maintenance, repair and overhaul, aviation training and global customer support. Britten-Norman is backed by approvals from CAA (A8-21), EASA (21J/G, 145, 147, ATO & Part M), and the UK MoD (DAOS, MAOS & CFAOS).
About the Islander
The Islander is one of the world’s most successful and enduring aircraft designs. The aircraft’s international acclaim is attributed to its exemplary proven performance as a high capacity, multi-role, high frequency, rough terrain, short take off and landing workhorse.
The aircraft’s ability to operate in some of the world’s harshest environments has given the Islander an outstanding reputation for superior performance, twin engine safety and high operating reliability. All this is delivered with exceptionally low through-life and direct operating costs, making the Islander the aircraft of choice for operators and the backbone of communities across the world.
Executive, commuter, freight and special mission fit options (including air ambulance, parachuting, crop spraying and aerial survey) are all readily available as standard. This is possible from a single or dual pilot operation aircraft.
With its durable design, choice of dependable engines and advanced cockpit avionics, the Islander affords maximum proven versatility and ease of operation, even in the most remote and hostile locations.
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