British Aerospace 146 in PSA service

Fighting to Be Heard by Brian Wiklem is a love letter to the last commercial airliner built in the UK: the British Aerospace 146. Airliner World presents an extract from this new book

In the early 1980s, San Diego, California-based Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) was facing mounting losses as the result of increased competition. Additionally, airports in noise sensitive areas were limiting daily aircraft movements, and the situation was expected to get worse as neighbours increased their complaints. Byron Miller, Vice President of Market and Fleet Planning watched the British Aerospace (BAe) 146 during a flying display at the 1983 Paris Air Show, noting how quiet it was. He recalled: “We operate in noise sensitive environment and we needed the quietest airplane available.”

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