Canada’s Viking Air today at the Farnborough airshow handed over its first new Twin Otter 400 to launch customer Zimex Aviation. The Swiss operator plans to send the turboprop twin to North Africa to work in support of contracts for the oil and gas industry. The updated version of the classic workhorse made its first flight in February and completed the Canadian and European certification process last month. U.S.
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
Canada’s Viking Air celebrates a major milestone here this afternoon when it hands over its first new Twin Otter 400 to launch customer Zimex Aviation. The Swiss operator plans to send the aircraft to North Africa to work in support of contracts for the oil and gas industry.
Work on Gulfstream’s midsize jets played a major role in keeping 2009 income levels up for Switzerland’s Altenrhein Aviation. The Pilatus Aircraft-owned company also supports the PC-12 and Porter turboprop singles as well as the TBM 700/850 series, Citations and Caravans, the DHC-6 Twin Otter and the Beech 1900. Altenrhein’s 50,000-sq-ft facility can accommodate five Gulfstreams.
Team JAS of Jacksonville, Fla., and Universal Avionique of Miami are the first two factory-endorsed component centers (FECC) appointed by Viking Air of Victoria, BC, in the Twin Otter 400 and legacy de Havilland Canada support network.
Bombardier and Honeywell have received a supplemental type certificate (STC) to install Primus Elite LCD cockpit upgrades on Global series business jets. The cockpit upgrade for the Global 5000, Global Express and Global Express XRS is available as a retrofit or, on new aircraft, as an option.
Viking Air is close to achieving European and Canadian certification of its new Twin Otter 400, having made a first flight with the revamped, 21-century version of the classic twin turboprop design in February. U.S. certification is due to follow by the end of this year.
For the first time since 1988, a new-manufacture production Twin Otter took to the Canadian skies as Viking Air flight tested the first conforming series-400 aircraft at its final assembly facility in Calgary in February. The Victoria, B.C.-based manufacturer acquired the type certificates for the former de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk through DHC-7 Dash 7 from Bombardier in 2006.
Victoria, British Columbia-based Viking Air’s MRO division has been granted EASA Part 145 approval. The company holds similar certification from Transport Canada and the FAA. Viking offers aircraft maintenance, repair, modifications, inspection services, airframe overhaul, avionics and custom or standard interiors.
Viking Air (Stand Q93) has added a new 84,000-sq-ft facility at its Victoria, British Columbia location to support expanding operations for the Series 400 Twin Otter production and ongoing de Havilland legacy aircraft operators’ customer support. The new building was officially opened in December and will serve as Viking’s corporate headquarters and main manufacturing facility.
Viking Air expected Transport Canada and EASA certification for its new version of the venerable de Havilland Canada Twin Otter by the end of last month. Final certification work was under way last October, including final checkout configurations for functionality as a standard landplane and with tundra tires, skis, floats and amphibious floats.