the "Whisper Jet"
Powered by four 30.0kN (6700lb) Textron Lycoming ALF 502R3s or four 31.0kN (6970lb) ALF 502R5 turbofans, this small aircraft has impressive performance.
Cruising speed 414knots, long range cruising speed 669km/h (361kt).
Range with standard fuel 3000km (1620nm), range with max payload 1630km (880nm).
This regional jet airliner made in the UK was designed to meet the demanding requirements of the regional air transport market where heavy utilization on short flight coupled with high reliability are the most important requirements.
Outstanding airfield performance (very short take-off and landing and high maneuverability) are other attributes of the aircraft, which made it a money making machine for many airlines all over the world. The aircraft has STOL capabilities and very quiet operation; it has been marketed under the name Whisperjet. It sees wide usage at small city-based airports.
146-200 - Cruising speed 767km/h (414kt), long range cruising speed 670km/h (361kt). Range with standard fuel 2910km (1570nm), range with max payload 2095km (1130nm).
Operating empty 23,882kg (52,651lb), max takeoff 42,185kg (93,000lb).
Wing span 26.21m (86ft 0in), Wing area 77.3m2 (832.0sq ft), length 28.60m (93ft 10in)..
Max seating in passenger cabin for 112 at six abreast and 74cm (29in) More typical seating configuration for 85 at five abreast and 84cm (33in) .
A Story about Victory Adventure Expeditions Ltd. written for Four Seasons magazine, the in-house magazine of Four Seasons Hotels across the world. This appeared in the Fall 07 issue.
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Unique Direct Flights to Antarctica
Our 100 passenger "Whisper Jet" plane with 4 Turboreactors
The very safe BAe 146-200 airplane is made specially for short runways.
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A hop to Antarctica from Patagonia/Punta Arenas, Chile
Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage
Victory Adventure Expeditions Ltd. invites you to a unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent - Antarctica.
In a only one and one half hours of flying from Punta Arenas to King George Island, the largest Island of the South Shetland Archipielago, you will be at the gates of the white continent.
This Antarctic Expedition Flight begins prior to your trip; through a specialized debriefing session; we indicate the characteristics of the flight, the places we will be visiting, the recommendations for the care of the environment, and the necessary steps to take in order to protect this ecosystem. Our mission is to enjoy nature without causing any damage to it.
We board our airplane early in the morning. First of all, we check the weather conditions and if they are favourable we will leave heading south towards our destination.
During our flight, we will be crossing the Strait of Magellan and continue over snow capped Tierra del Fuego Island, the Darwin Mountains and its glaciers. Islands will only compose the landscape we will be observing until we reach Cape Horn and the last rocks of the American continent. On the way to the airport of Frei Base, to which we get in three hours time, we will already be anticipating the Antarctic with excitement. After a four-hour trip, we finally arrive at the airbase, where we will be visiting the establishments of Villa Las Estrellas (Las Estrellas Village), the wild fauna reserves, the glaciers and other attractions offered by this place.
Baleen whales, Orcas or Killer Whales, Sea Lions, Weddel Seals, Antarctic Seals and Penguins compose the fauna, which feeds on the Antarctic's rich waters. The famous Adelie penguins are the main species, but you will also see the Papua Penguins, Antarctic Penguins and many other kinds. The harshness and variability of the weather makes an amazing contrast with the facilities of the scientific stations and most of all with Villa Las Estrellas, first site to be inhabited by civilians. Our destination is Frei Base, established in 1980 under the name of Teniente Rodolfo Marsh, which together with the Presidente Frei Meteorological center inaugurated in 1969, is one of the main meteorological and navigational stations in the Antarctic. President Frei inaugurated the last one and after that the air strip was extended to accommodate heavy aircraft.
The scenery, fauna and marine life are the main attractions for the tourist; this place is one of the few in the world that has remained untouched by men, this is why it constitutes one of mankind's most important biosphere reserves.To comply with the strict rules and regulations of environmental preservation, An application for an evaluation by the Comision Nacional del Medio Ambiente (National Environmental Commission) has been submitted for these expeditions, resulting in approval of the project. You are a part of that effort.
Once we have landed in the Antarctic, we will unpack and move to our new accommodations.
ANTARTICA and VICTORY ADVENTURE EXPEDITIONS invite you to become an Antarctic explorer.
Our Antarctic Expedition begins prior to our trip; through a specialized debriefing session we indicate the characteristics of the flight, the places we will be visiting, the recommendations for our safety, and the necessary steps to take in order to protect this ecosystem.
We board the airplane early in the morning. First of all, the pilot will check the weather conditions and if they are favorable we will leave heading south towards Antarctic, our destination.
Photos Mr. Emilio Valera
During the flight, we will be crossing the Strait of Magellan and continue over Tierra del Fuego Island, the Darwin Mountains and its glaciers. Only Islands will compose the landscape until we reach Cape Horn and the last rocks of the American continent.
The first explorer disembarking on King George Island in 1819 was the British sailor William Smith. Unlike Smith, Scott, Palmer, Shackelton and other expeditionaries who had to face the roughness of the Drake sea for several days, you will arrive at the Antarctic airport of Frei Base at King George Island, after a pleasant three and a half hours flight. After arrival, we will visit the establishments of Villa Las Estrellas, as well as the wild fauna, glaciers and other attractions offered by this place.
Baleen whales, Orcas or Killer Whales, Sea Lions, Weddel Seals, Antarctic Seals and Penguins compose the fauna, which feeds on the Antarctic's rich waters. The famous Adelie penguins are the main species, but you will also see the Papua Penguins, Antarctic Penguins and many other kinds. Of all these species the most feasible to see in our visit are the different varieties of Penguins, Sea Lions and the Weddell Seals.