In late October Air Seychelles announced its purchase of three 19-seat Viking Air DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400s as part of a plan to renew its domestic fleet for services between Mahé and Praslin, as well as other islands in the archipelago, including Bird, Denis and Frégate. The airline expects to take all three turboprops by mid-2015 but holds an option for earlier delivery if aircraft become available. It now operates one Viking Twin Otter Series 400 and three aging de Havilland Canada-built Series 300s, all of which it plans to replace with the newly ordered airplanes.
Ikhana Aircraft Services (Booth No. C7613) announced here at NBAA 2013 that it has received FAA STC and PMA approvals to remanufacture timed-out engine nacelles on Twin Otter turboprops made between 1965 and 1988.
The remanufactured nacelles have a new 45,000-hour/90,000-cycle-life limit for all DHC-6-100, 200, and 300 series aircraft. Twin Otters have a structural fatigue limit of 66,000 hours or 132,000 cycles.
Viking Air delivered the first Viking Twin Otter Series 400 equipped with a custom executive interior from Wipaire of South Saint Paul, Minn., to an undisclosed customer. Wipaire is an authorized Viking service center that offers maintenance, repair, VIP cabin completions and painting services. The Wipaire-outfitted aircraft features an executive club-four seating arrangement with an additional 12 standard seats. It is also equipped with Wipline 13000 amphibious floats and features an aquatic-themed custom airbrushed graphical paint scheme.
The many lives of the venerable, hardworking Twin Otter would make a cat envious, and here at NBAA (Booth No. C7613) Ikhana Aircraft Services is featuring the twin-turboprop in its latest “re-life” as the Twin Otter X2.
Ikhana Aircraft Services delivered a DHC-6-200HG Twin Otter with Ikhana’s RWMI DHC-6-200HG increased gross weight STC to G-Sky Aviation. The DHC-6-200HG is an FAA- and Transport Canada-approved STC that allows the aircraft to operate at 12,500 pounds. “We expect that our RWMI DHC-6-200HG will be a key asset for G-Sky,” said Ikhana president and CEO John Zublin.
An FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) and parts manufacturing approval (PMA) have been issued to Ikhana Aircraft Services for its RWMI DHC-6 re-life flight controls. This is the latest addition to an expanding catalog of value-adding Twin Otter modifications. All 11 DHC-6 flight controls are re-manufactured, providing another 66,000 hours/132,000 cycles of fatigue life with applicability to all DHC-6-100/200/300-series Twin Otters.
The NTSB is investigating what caused the fatal crash of a de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter floatplane shortly after takeoff on Sunday from Soldotna Airport in Alaska. Parts of the wreckage of the Rediske Air aircraft, including the engine and propeller, have been recovered, and sent to a laboratory for analysis. The accident, Alaska’s worst in more than a decade, killed all 10 people on board, including the pilot/air-taxi company co-owner.
At the Paris Air Show this week, Viking Air sold four Twin Otter Series 400s to Aerostar Leasing and an another seven to existing customer Vityaz Avia of Russia. The combined deals are worth approximately $70 million.
Not all the big order announcements at this year’s Paris Air Show came from the big OEMs, as Viking Air illustrated by announcing the two significant sales: Four Twin Otter Series 400s to Aerostar Leasing; and an additional seven to Russia’s Vityaz Avia.
A de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter crashed on takeoff from Sam Neua Airport (VLSN) in Laos on April 17. Five of 16 people aboard the aircraft sustained injuries and the aircraft was destroyed. The aircraft failed to clear trees at the end of the airport’s 3,700-foot runway and crashed in a nearby canal, shearing off the left wing.
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