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HB-AEV Dornier 328-110 c/n 3056 - SkyWork Airlines - Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Holland - 22 November 2012 Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

The Dornier 328 is 30-34 seat turboprop powered commuter airliner designed and engineered by Dornier in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. Development of the 328 started in 1985, after Dornier decided to redesign the fuselage of the Dornier 228. After Dornier's market research had indicated a substantial market for regional airliners in the 30-seat class it was decided to develop the Dornier 328. Work began in December 1988, culminating in the first development aircraft's rollout on 13 October 1991 and the first flight on 6 December 1991. The 328 was awarded EJAA certification on 15 October 1993. First customer deliveries occurred on 21 October 1993, when the Dornier 328-110 s/n 3005 HB-AEE was handed over to the Swiss scheduled carrier Air Engiadina. The initial 328-100 was followed by the production standard 328-110 with redesigned aerodynamics and increased performance. Other models are the 328-120 with improved short field performance and the 328-130 with progressive rudder authority reduction with increasing airspeed. In June 1996 Fairchild Aerospace acquired 80% of Dornier to form Fairchild-Dornier GmbH, but production of the 328 had stopped already before the Fairchild Dornier name became effective on 8 August 2000. In 2002, Fairchild Dornier filed bankruptcy and the court appointed administrator determined that the company had to be sold in pieces. The US company AvCraft Aviation acquired the Fairchild-Dornier’s 328 program, including the 328 production line at Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. Early 2005 AvCraft Aerospace GmbH, the German subsidiary of AvCraft Aviation was declared insolvent at a German court at Weilsheim. In December 2005, UK’s Corporate Jet Services Ltd purchased the former AvCraft Aerospace GmbH. On 2 January 2006, Corporate Jet Services Ltd created the German subsidiary '328 Support Services GmbH', headquartered at Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich. It holds the type certificate of the Dornier 328 Jet and Turboprop aircraft plus the Dornier 428, and is carrying on the worldwide support of the aircraft. Part of the company’s strategy was to work towards returning to service the Dornier 328 aircraft which were parked in Europa and US.In February 2015, 328 Support Services GmbH itself was acquired by the US engineering company Sierra Nevada Corporation. Shortly thereafter, Seirra Nevada's owner, Turkish-American Engineer Fatih Ozmen, established a private corporation named Özjet Havacilik Teknolojileri A.S. at Technopark of Bilkent University, Ankara and signed a Memorandum of understanding with the Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs & Communications in order to manufacture the 328 at Ankara.

The 1995-built Dornier 328-110 s/n 3056 was testflown as D-CDXX and delivered as N438JS to Jetstream International Airlines on 14 September 1995. Jetstream International Airlines was a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways Group, and the aircraft was operated for US Air. On 1 November 1995, USAir renamed Jetstream International Airlines to PSA Airlines. In July 2000, Dornier N438JS was transferred to Air Wisconsin which leased the aircraft from Wells Fargo Bank Northwest NA Trustee and operated the Dornier for United Express. On 27 September 2007, registration N438JS was cancelled as exported to the Netherlands and on 2 October 2007 the aircraft was registered PH-EEV with Elas Professional Services Network BV, Valkenswaard. Registration PH-EEV was cancelled on 12 February 2008 and the aircraft was given as registered I-IRTI with Rotor Jet Group. Registration I-IRTI was cancelled on 25 October 2011 and the aircraft was registered HB-AEV in Switzerland with Centaurium Aviation AG as owner and SkyWork Airlines AG, Belp, as holder. Dornier DO 328-110 HB-AEV was seen in service with SkyWork Airlines at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the Netherlands, on 22 November 2012.

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