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Do228 NXT enters series production in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

Image of Do228 NXT © General Atomics AeroTec Systems
Image of Do228 NXT © General Atomics AeroTec Systems

The 40-year success story of the continues in Oberpfaffenhofen, , with the development of the new Do228 NXT by General Atomics AeroTec Systems (GA-ATS). This aircraft is set to become the most versatile in its class, thanks to its diverse equipment options and special flight characteristics, making it ideally suited for special missions and transport flights. Crucial production steps are conducted in-house during the Do228 NXT's manufacturing process.

The core production steps and final assembly of the Do228 NXT are carried out by in Oberpfaffenhofen, where important components such as control surfaces and wings are manufactured on-site. The prototype phase of wing production was successfully completed a few weeks ago and series production of the Do228 NXT wings is now underway. GA-ATS is thus making significant progress towards series production of the aircraft.

For the Do228 NXT's production, General Atomics is building strong and sustainable partnerships with suppliers to ensure the highest quality standards through a stable and reliable supply chain. The company focuses on suppliers from Europe with the corresponding European certification, ensuring the Do228 NXT exceeds current aviation industry quality requirements and establishes a long-term presence in the heart of Europe.

Fuselages for the Do228 NXT will be manufactured by Potez Aéronautique in France and delivered to Oberpfaffenhofen, where GA-ATS will complete the subsequent production steps. An initial batch of 25 fuselages, based on the proven design of the Do228 series with its rectangular fuselage cross-section, has already been ordered. This space-optimised design allows the cabin to be configured in various ways to suit individual customer requirements, enabling the aircraft to be used for a wide range of applications, from special mission flights to passenger and transportation.

The Do228 NXT is the most versatile aircraft in its class. Its optimised design, special flight characteristics (such as STOL capability), and various equipment options allow it to be used for a wide range of applications. With the launch of series production, General Atomics AeroTec Systems is meeting the needs of customers worldwide by offering an aircraft suited for demanding special and transport missions.

The Do228 NXT can be used for environmental monitoring, coast guard and border protection, passenger transportation for up to 19 passengers, medical evacuation flights, research missions and cargo transport.

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