The Dornier Do 328 is a high-winged, twin-turboprop regional airliner serving (or having served) a modest collection of global customers today (2022). Some 217 of the type have been built for service after a first-flight in December of 1991 and series introduction had in 1993. The aircraft has been built under the brand labels of Dornier, Fairchild-Dornier, and the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) from 1991 until 2000.
The general design arrangement of the aircraft is rather conventional: the flight deck features side-by-side seating for two and an elegantly-shaped nose section for excellent views out-of-the-cockpit for the pilots. The aircraft is given high-mounted mainplanes for excellent short-field performance, aiding in the low-and-slow flight envelope. The mainplanes are seated over the fuselage just ahead of midships, providing good ground clearance to the propeller units as well. The turboprop-based engines are positioned under the wings and extended out from the leading edges, each driving six-bladed propeller systems. At the rear is a single vertical fin with a crossing horizontal plane in the Multhopp "T-style" arrangement - the plane clearing the wash from the propellers. The undercarriage legs are deliberately short to ease loading and unloading of the aircraft. The wheeled units are all retractable into the design to preserve aerodynamic efficiency. Rectangular, hinged access doors along the side of the fuselage provide the needed entry-exit of the aircraft.
The initial market form of the series was the Do 328-100 and this was followed y the improved Do 328-110 which increased operational ranges as well as operating weights. The Do 328-120 saw its Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) capabilities enhanced even further while the Do 328-130 was given a higher speed progressive rudder authority reduction. The Do 328JET, formerly known as the Do 328-300, carries turbofans in place of the turboprops.
The specialized D328eco by Deutsche Aircraft of 2019 is an environmentally-friendly mark utilizing a power-to-liquid SAF engine scheme relying on green hydrogen pulled form CO2.
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Botswana; Canada; Germany; Iceland; Indonesia; Malta; Nigeria; Philippines; South Africa; United States
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
General transport functionality to move supplies/cargo or personnel (including wounded and VIP) over range.
Used in roles serving the commercial aviation market, ferrying both passengers and goods over range.
Used in the Very-Important-Person (VIP) passenger transport role, typically with above-average amenities and luxuries as standard.
69.3 ft (21.11 m)
68.8 ft (20.98 m)
23.8 ft (7.25 m)
19,665 lb (8,920 kg)
30,115 lb (13,660 kg)
+10,450 lb (+4,740 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Dornier Do 328-110 production variant)
monoplane / high-mounted / straight
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Mainplanes are mounted at the upper-most position allowable along the dorsal line of the fuselage.
The planform involves use of basic, straight mainplane members.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the Dornier Do 328-110 production variant)
2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PW119B turboprop engines developing 2,179 horsepower each driving six-bladed propeller units.
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the Dornier Do 328-110 production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
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Do 328 - Base Series Designation
Do 328-100 - Initial production model of 1993.
Do 328-110 - Increased operating range and operating weights.
Do 328-120 - Enhanced Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) capabilities.
Do 328-130 - Revised high-speed rudder functionality.
Do 328JET - Turbofan engines replacing the original turboprop arrangement.
Do 328eco - Power-to-Liquid SAF green hydrogen engine-capable.
C-146A "Wolfhound" - US AFSOC variant.
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