Series production of the Dornier 228 is to be resumed at Oberpfaffenhofen in Bavaria. General Atomics AeroTec Systems (formerly Ruag) is launching a modernized variant as the Dornier 228NXT.
The Do228 has been in successful service worldwide for several decades for maritime patrol (pollution control, search and rescue, border control, fisheries patrol), research flights, surveillance and reconnaissance, and light transport operations (cargo, parachutists, passengers, medical operations). One of the distinguishing features of the aircraft from Oberpfaffenhofen is its ability to take off and land over short distances (STOL). In addition, it can operate on less paved runways. In addition to manufacturing, General Atomics AeroTec Systems also offers upgrades, modernizations, maintenance and repairs for the Do228. The combination of a robust aircraft, Bavarian precision work and versatility makes the Do228 one of the most popular aircraft in its class.
Harald Robl, CEO of the General Atomics Europe group of companies, said: “We are proud to launch the next generation of the Do228 and to continue the aircraft's success story. The Dornier 228 NXT is an important step in the evolution of the aviation industry and will help GA-ATS remain at the forefront of the aviation industry into the future.”