Indian charter operator Maritime Energy Heli Air Services (Mehair) is launching a new seaplane operation to connect the center of the country’s commercial capital Mumbai with the affluent Aamby Valley area. The charter flights, operated with four-seat Cessna 206 amphibians, started last month and early advance bookings have convinced the company to add a nine-seat Cessna 208 aircraft by the end of May.
Viking Aircraft’s modern upgrade of the Twin Otter has entered the final phase of testing and is slated for certification shortly. The program did suffer minor delays in the certification schedule and first deliveries have been moved from late this year to early next year. Initial certification will be by Transport Canada and the EASA.
Hartzell Propeller’s new Top Prop three-blade propeller upgrade kit for the Cessna 206 is now available. The STC covers most normally aspirated piston floatplanes and landplanes manufactured from 1964 through 1977, as well as most Turbo 206 floatplanes delivered from 1964 through 1973. The STC adds 82-, 84- and 86-inch diameter options to conversion kits already available from Hartzell (Booth No.
Development of innovative offshore islands has made the United Arab Emirates ideal territory for seaplane services–at least that is the view of a team led by Sheikh Saeed Mohammed Hasher Al Maktoum who has formed Seawings to operate aerial sightseeing services.