Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) wants to see small-aircraft commercial operators equip their fleets with lightweight data recorders, and the agency is pressing Transport Canada to work with industry to make it happen. The new TSB recommendation was part of a recently released accident report that was unable to pin down the reason a de Havilland Canada Twin Otter broke up in flight over the Yukon in March 2011.
Ikhana is offering a program for the Twin Otter that includes a package of proprietary modifications and enhancements coupled with full maintenance and current inspections. The Twin Otter X2 program uses Ikhana’s RW Martin (RWMI) DHC-6 re-life wing box and re-life fuselage supplemental type certificates as the FAA-approved engineering design basis. Installation of the package authorizes the re-life of time-expired Twin Otters to the new zero-time structural life limits of 66,000 flight hours or 132,000 flight cycles, whichever occurs first.
Canadian company Viking Air and Moscow-based Vityaz Avia Corp. have signed a memorandum of understanding for the potential development of a final assembly facility in eastern Russia for the new Twin Otter 400.
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.
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.
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.
Viking Air’s relaunch of the fabled Twin Otter is progressing on schedule, and the first modified airplane incorporating all the planned new features of the production airplane should fly in the fourth quarter. Delivery of the first newly manufactured and recertified Twin Otter to Swiss customer Zimex Aviation is planned for next year’s first quarter.
Some two months after announcing the relaunch of Twin Otter production, Canada’s Viking Aerospace began cutting metal on the first airplane at its final assembly plant in Calgary last month. Scheduled for delivery to Zurich’s Zimex Aviation in the first quarter of 2009, the first Twin Otter 400 will look virtually identical to the operator’s “legacy” Twin Otter 300s and offer the same 19 seats.
Some two months after announcing the relaunch of 19-seat Twin Otter production, Canada’s Viking Aerospace has begun cutting metal on the first unit at its final assembly plant in Calgary. Scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2009 to Zurich’s Zimex Aviation, the first Twin Otter 400 will look virtually identical to the operator’s “legacy” Twin Otter 300s.