As testing of the new DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 proceeds, manufacturer Viking Air says it’s confident the floatplane will be ready for delivery this summer. The aircraft, which first flew in October, began water testing in November. An evaluation of the aircraft’s air data attitude and heading reference system proved flawless, according to Steve Stackhouse, Viking’s manager of flight operations.
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
The Dubai Creek was once much used by the flying boats of Imperial Airways in the 1930s. Now, by the application of new technology on a tried and trusted design, the prospect of a new era in personalized amphibious flying has opened up. Triple S Aviation of Texas (Stand No. 1032) has teamed with Antilles Seaplanes to offer the G-21 Super Goose.
Viking Air’s updated Series 400 Twin Otter made its first flight on October 1, and the program remains on schedule for first delivery in the middle of next year. The Twin Otter Series 400 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34s, flat-rated to the same takeoff power as the Series 300’s PT6A-27s. Avionics are Honeywell’s Primus Apex system.
L-3 Avionics Systems has found three more homes for its GH-3100 electronic standby instrument system (ESIS). The 3-ATI liquid-crystal electronic display provides altitude, attitude, airspeed and heading along with GPS, FMS and nav radio data as backup in the event of aircraft primary flight instrument failure.
Viking Air of Sidney, British Columbia, flew its DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 prototype for the first time on October 1 from Victoria International Airport.
Three popular unpressurized twin turboprops from the past have or will soon re-enter production.
British Columbia-based Viking Air Ltd. acquired the type certificate and production rights to the DHC-6 Twin Otter from Bombardier in 2006 and could start customer deliveries by next year. Viking already owns the type certificates for seven other deHavilland aircraft, including the DHC-3 Otter and the four-engine DHC-7 Dash 7.
Dan Sigl, president of Seagull Aviation in Clintonville, Wis., has invested a significant portion of his career in Walter 601-powered derivatives of existing airframes, specifically the Beech King Air series. The story of converting C90s to Walter power has its share of twists and turns, and the saga is far from over.
Bombardier DHC-6 Twin Otter 100, Hyannis, Mass., June 18, 2008–The Wiggins Airways Twin Otter was substantially damaged when it crashed during takeoff from Hyannis’s Barnstable Municipal Airport, killing the ATP-rated pilot. An IFR flight plan to Nantucket was filed for the cargo flight, but VMC prevailed at takeoff.
Last year’s announcement by Viking Air (Hall 4 Stand C14B) of its plans to launch its new DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 into production triggered an immediate response from operators of older models and potential new customers from around the world.
The de Havilland Canada Twin Otter was first introduced to the aviation market in 1966 and within nearly 20 years, some 844 models had been built. More than 600 remain in operation today.
Two more OEMs–Spectrum Aeronautical and Viking Air– have selected Honeywell’s Primus Apex avionics suite. Spectrum selected Apex for its S-40 Freedom midsize jet and Viking Air for the resurrected DHC-6-400 Twin Otter. This brings to four the number of airplanes that will feature the Primus Apex suite, the other two being Grob’s SPn and the new Pilatus PC-12 NG, which is the first Primus Apex-equipped airplane to enter service.