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The main Twin Otter World site, which contains the individual histories for all DHC-6 aircraft is currently down. At the moment I don’t expect an immediate resolution. The “News” section here is held on a different site. Currently, the number of outstanding advertising invoices amounts to almost $7000.00, and until they are resolved, or new advertising comes forward, I cannot fix the issue.

 

Aircraft News

 

MSN: 167

TYPE: DHC-6-200

REG’N T-82

OWNER: Fuerza Aerea Argentina

UPDATE: Crashed after striking a snow berm on landing, 54km from the Mariambo Base on Ross Island, Antarctica. The aircraft was on a local training sortie at the time, and there were no injuries to the nine onboard.

 
Aeropuerto Comodoro Rivadavia Photo ©

Aeropuerto Comodoro Rivadavia Photo ©

 

 

MSN: 320

TYPE: DHC-6-300

REG’N N322AV

OWNER: Berry Aviation Inc., San Marcos, TX [Avmax Aircraft Leasing]

UPDATE: Details are not yet available, however the aircraft was involved in a serious accident at San Marcos, TX yesterday, 15-Aug-2019. There were no reported injuries to the 3 onboard, however the aircraft appears to have suffered fairly significant damage.

 
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MSN: 963

TYPE: DHC-6-400

REG’N C-FVGY

OWNER: Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

UPDATE: Flew Victoria-Int’l, BC - Calgary-Int’l, AB - Churchill, MB - Iqaluit, NU - Keflavík 13/16-Aug-2019 on its delivery flight to Qatar. The aircraft is seen below carrying its previous ident, N963VK.

 
Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 31-May-2019

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 31-May-2019

 

 

Twin Otter Photos of the Day

 
EC-ISV DHC-6-200 Skydive Empuriabrava  Kilrah757 Photo ©

EC-ISV DHC-6-200 Skydive Empuriabrava

Kilrah757 Photo ©


 
DHC-6-300 T3-AKJ Air Kiribati  OceanNomada Photo ©

DHC-6-300 T3-AKJ Air Kiribati

OceanNomada Photo ©


 
DHC-6-300 5Y-BIO Airkenya  CarmenF76 Photo ©

DHC-6-300 5Y-BIO Airkenya

CarmenF76 Photo ©

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MSN: 857

TYPE: DHC-6-400

REG’N: PK-BAR

OWNER: Montrose Global Aircraft Leasing Ltd.

UPDATE: Lease to PT Air Born Indonesia concluded by Jun-2019; leased to PT Rimbun Air, Jakarta as PK-CDW. Aircraft had previously been on amphibious floats with Air Born, but has returned to wheels again upon transfer to Rimbun.

 
Rimbun Air Photo ©

Rimbun Air Photo ©

 

 

Today’s Twin Otter Photos

 
Thatotterdude Photo ©

Thatotterdude Photo ©

 

 
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MSN: 231

TYPE: DHC-6-300

REG’N: N564E

OWNER: AMS Aircraft Leasing Inc., Port St. Lucie, FL

UPDATE: Registered to DHC6-231 Equity LLC, West Palm Beach, FL 13-Aug-2019. As covered in the 23-Jul-2019 report, this aircraft is currently awaiting rebuild by Regent Aircraft Services in Calgary.


 
MSN 866 PK-OCF Adriel Neyva Prasetya Photo ©

MSN 866 PK-OCF Adriel Neyva Prasetya Photo ©


 
MSN 880 9M-SSA Gabriel Guyut Photo ©

MSN 880 9M-SSA Gabriel Guyut Photo ©


 
MSN 898 S7-LDI Mark Sman Photo ©

MSN 898 S7-LDI Mark Sman Photo ©


 
MSN 916 JA202D Rila Plane 8 Photo ©

MSN 916 JA202D Rila Plane 8 Photo ©


 
MSN 937 B-55575 Smrizu Photo ©

MSN 937 B-55575 Smrizu Photo ©


 
MSN 959 DQ-FJQ Michiyo Ysubota Photo ©

MSN 959 DQ-FJQ Michiyo Ysubota Photo ©


 
MSN 956 -DQ-FJS RT Aviation Photo ©

MSN 956 -DQ-FJS RT Aviation Photo ©

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792 - DHC-6-300 J8-UNI SVG Air, Saint Vincent [Unity Group Ltd.]

Updating yesterday’s entry; continued Gillette - Cut Bank - Calgary-Int’l - Airdrie 12-Aug-2019.

 

Nice lighting conditions as South Nahanni’s C-GGLE departs Yellowknife on 03-Aug-2019 at 9:21pm.

 
MSN 71 - DHC-6-100 C-GGLE South Nahanni Airways  Patrick Jacobson Photo © Yellowknife 03-Aug-2019

MSN 71 - DHC-6-100 C-GGLE South Nahanni Airways

Patrick Jacobson Photo © Yellowknife 03-Aug-2019

 

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MSN 291 DHC-6-300 N291AL Alberta Aircraft Leasing Inc.   Vernon Harvey Photo © Springbank, AB 07-Jul-2019

MSN 291 DHC-6-300 N291AL Alberta Aircraft Leasing Inc.

Vernon Harvey Photo © Springbank, AB 07-Jul-2019

 
MSN 604 - DHC-6-300 J8-VBQ Mustique Airways   MustiquebyszcZesny Photo © Mustique

MSN 604 - DHC-6-300 J8-VBQ Mustique Airways

MustiquebyszcZesny Photo © Mustique

 
MSN 682 - DHC-6-300 PJ-WII Winair   Timothy Vaseur Photo © Beef Island

MSN 682 - DHC-6-300 PJ-WII Winair

Timothy Vaseur Photo © Beef Island

 
MSN 623 - DHC-6-300 J8-CRU Mustique Airways   Sarah Corrigan Photo © Barbados

MSN 623 - DHC-6-300 J8-CRU Mustique Airways

Sarah Corrigan Photo © Barbados

 
MSN 702 - DHC-6-300 PK-BRQ Aviastar Mandiri   Nur Alim Raja Haji Photo ©

MSN 702 - DHC-6-300 PK-BRQ Aviastar Mandiri

Nur Alim Raja Haji Photo ©

 
MSN 721 - DHC-6-300 ZS-PNT UNHAS/WFP

MSN 721 - DHC-6-300 ZS-PNT UNHAS/WFP

 
MSN 792 - DHC-6-300 J8-UNI SVG Air   SVGATC Photo © Union Island

MSN 792 - DHC-6-300 J8-UNI SVG Air

SVGATC Photo © Union Island

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792 - DHC-6-300 J8-UNI SVG Air, Saint Vincent [Unity Group Ltd.]

Flew Saint Vincent - Beef Island - Providenciales - Nassau - Fort Lauderdale-Executive - Albany - Birmingham - Walnut Ridge - Topeka - Gillette 09/11-Aug-2019 on return to Unity Group in Airdrie, AB.

 
Rommël De Freitas Photo

Rommël De Freitas Photo

 
Rommël De Freitas Photo Fort Lauderdale-Executive, FL 10-Aug-2019

Rommël De Freitas Photo Fort Lauderdale-Executive, FL 10-Aug-2019

 

939 - DHC-6-400 C-GUVA Longview Aviation Asset Management, Saanich, BC

Now known to have become OB-2184P with Servicios Aéreos de los Andes S.A. This aircraft was delivered to Peru back in Jan-2019, as seen in the first photo below, and then more recently at Cusco in full Andes livery.

 
Sky Hunter Group Photo ©

Sky Hunter Group Photo ©

 
Diego Jara - Peru Spotter Photo © Cusco

Diego Jara - Peru Spotter Photo © Cusco

 

967 - DHC-6-400 VP-CHO Odyssey Operations Ltd., Georgetown

Officially registered Jul-2019, ex C-GVLE. Note that this 3rd VP- Twin Otter is not registered to Sea Aviation 2 as expected. At the same time, two AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters were registered to Odyssey at the same time.

 

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Laurent Martel Photo ©

Laurent Martel Photo ©

 
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Laurent Martel Photo ©

 
Yogiyudha28 Photo © Sentani

Yogiyudha28 Photo © Sentani

 
Yogiyudha28 Photo © Sentani

Yogiyudha28 Photo © Sentani

 
Yogiyudha28 Photo © Sentani

Yogiyudha28 Photo © Sentani

 
Yogiyudha28 Photo © Sentani

Yogiyudha28 Photo © Sentani

 
Antonio Rodriguez Photo © Las Palmas Mar-2018

Antonio Rodriguez Photo © Las Palmas Mar-2018

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Ikhana Aircraft Services Photo © Murrieta, CA 11-Jul-2019

Ikhana Aircraft Services Photo © Murrieta, CA 11-Jul-2019

IKHANA delivers first Commuter Category RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ Payload Increase/ Increased MTOW STC

IKHANA Aircraft Services, (IKHANA) announces that Rampart Aviation, LLC (“Rampart”) has taken on-time delivery of the first Commuter Category RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ STC, which supports operations at 14,000 lbs. MTOW. The payload increase gives Rampart a competitive advantage over other airplanes and allows it to compete on routes that used to be serviced by other aircraft. According to Rampart Chief Pilot Scott Tripp:

“The airplane performs very well with the payload increase. Our specific mission parameters require an aircraft that can provide maximum payload with the capability to operate safely out of a variety of airfields and during all weather conditions. The IKHANA DHC-6-300HG™ fits that bill perfectly. IKHANA delivered the aircraft ahead of schedule and it has performed flawlessly during the very aggressive testing and training phase of its employment. The aircraft was just used as the vehicle to receive an FAA Check Airman designation for myself and the first approval for full passenger transportation services in the 19- seat configuration. I can’t say enough about the capabilities of the 300HG™. I look forward to adding more of these workhorses to our fleet in the very near future.”

President and CEO of IKHANA, Mr. John A. Zublin stated: An initial group of four (4) pilots have successfully completed type training and have received their FAA approved type rating to operate aircraft equipped with IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ Commuter Category STC at 14,000 lbs. MTOW. This payload increase provides a capability that is unmatched by any other aircraft in its class. As we started taking orders for the upgrade, we established our DHC-6- 300HG™ type rating class program to efficiently and quickly bring customers online. The training program integrates classroom instruction with hands-on use of a DHC-6-300HG™ aircraft to implement group type ratings in a short time period.”

The RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ STC increases the payload capabilities of the basic DHC-6-300 and, potentially, DHC-6-400 Twin Otter Series aircraft from 12,500 lbs. (5670 Kg) to 14,000 lbs. (6350 Kg) MTOW. As a Standard and Passenger Commuter Category STC with both FAA and EASA approvals, the DHC-6 Series 300 aircraft can be approved to operate in revenue service without special purpose restrictions. By contrast IKHANA’s other RWMI DHC-6-300RG™/- 400RG™ STC is limited to special missions operations, constraining operators from carrying passengers for revenue service.

IKHANA has been a key provider of enhancements for the worldwide DHC-6 Twin Otter fleet with products including the RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Wing Box™, RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Fuselage™, RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Flight Controls™, RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Nacelles™, RWMI DHC-6-200HG™ (allowing DHC-6- 100 and 200 series to operate at 12,500 lbs.), enhanced air conditioning, upgraded avionics, VIP amenities, cargo handling, camera hatches, and integration of surveillance/patrol systems. IKHANA’s modifications support a variety of customers in executive transport, regional/commuter airlines, and special missions operations.

IKHANA Aircraft Services, a DBA of IKHANA Group Inc., provides DESIGN - BUILD - FLY solutions to the aerospace industry through integration of new technologies, aircraft modifications, heavy maintenance, major repair, and critical parts manufacturing. Headquartered at the French Valley Airport (F70) in Murrieta, California, IKHANA holds FAA, EASA, Transport Canada, and Fiji repair station approvals, FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA), and is a Viking Air Factory Endorsed Service Center. IKHANA has a proven reputation for developing unique engineered solutions across a wide variety of aircraft platforms and diverse customer base including extensive experience in the DHC-6 Twin Otter, King Air, and Gulfstream airframes.

Rampart Aviation LLC is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), FAA Part 135 and DoD Commercial Airlift Review Board (CARB) certified company that conducts operational, maintenance, and aviation training support across the U.S. and internationally, 24/7, 365 days per year. Rampart provides specialized, comprehensive and diverse experience that allows the entire Rampart team to quickly and efficiently meet customer-unique aviation support requirements worldwide. Operations are based in Colorado Springs, CO and a private airport facility in North Raleigh, NC. Rampart aircraft are operated and maintained to the highest Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and/or Department of Defense (DoD) standards with highly experienced flight crews supporting special capabilities that include Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) flight operations. Rampart’s staff is comprised of industry experts with certified formal training as well as numerous years of first-hand experience across the aviation services and business spectrums.

 

334 - DHC-6-300 N344CS Rampart Aviation, Colorado Springs, CO [Transport Company LLC]

Upgraded to DHC-6-300HG™ standard by Ikhana Aircraft Services. (as discussed above). Flew Carlsbad, CA - Albuquerque, NM - Colorado Springs, CO 23-Jul-2019 back to Rampart after conversion. In service 30/31-Jul-2019 Colorado Springs, CO - Lake Havasu City, AZ - San Diego-Halsey - San Clemente, CA.

 

368 - DHC-6-300 N368SS Rampart Aviation, Colorado Springs, CO [Sierra Aviation Holdings]

Updating previous entries; continued Scottsbluff, NE - Colorado Springs, CO - Gallup, NM - San Diego-Halsey - San Clemente, CA 25/30-Jul-2019.

 

403 - DHC-6-300 HP-747APP Aeroperlas, Panama City

Updating previous entries (when aircraft was delivered to the U.S.A.); registered to DHC6-403 Equity LLC, Palm Beach FL 30-Jul-2019.

The aircraft is currently available for lease in the U.S.A. via Regent Aircraft Services


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368 - DHC-6-300 C-GGIR Gravitas Aviation Ltd., West Vancouver, BC

Updating previous entries; registered to Sierra Aviation Holdings LLC, Colorado Springs, CO 24-Jul-2019 as N368SS. The aircraft is seen below at Calgary prior to delivery. Regent Aircraft Services have completed maintenance updates on the aircraft.

Flew Calgary-Int’l, AB - Great Falls, MT - Scottsbluff, NE 25-Jul-2019 on delivery.

 
Regent Aircraft Services Photo © Calgary, AB 25-Jul-2019

Regent Aircraft Services Photo © Calgary, AB 25-Jul-2019


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202 - DHC-6-200 N711AS TAC Air Ops LLC, Coronado, CA

Registered to TAC Air Ops LLC, Jamul, CA 12-Jul-2019

 

272 - DHC-6-300 C-GBEB Province of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

Flew Winnipeg, MB - Prince Albert, SK - La Ronge, SK 09-May-2019 on delivery, and registered 16-Jul-2019 to Transwest Air LP, Prince Albert, SK.

 

368 - DHC-6-300 C-GGIR Guyana Goldfields Inc., Toronto, ON

Updating previous entries; flew Toronto-Buttonville, ON - Sault Ste Marie, ON - Thunder Bay, ON - Winnipeg, MB - Regina, SK - Calgary, AB 12/13-Jul-2019.

 

644 - DHC-6-300 N300DZ TAC Air Ops LLC, Coronado, CA

Registered to TAC Air Ops LLC, Jamul, CA 12-Jul-2019

 

767 - DHC-6-300 N3PY TAC Air Ops LLC, Coronado, CA

Registered to TAC Air Ops LLC, Jamul, CA 12-Jul-2019


 

Malaysian startup SKS Airways is preparing to launch services using de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otters in the next few weeks.

Credit: www.smartaviation-apac.com

SKS Airways spokesman, Nidzam Norwani, says the airline, which is a subsidiary of property developer SKS Group, is weeks away from obtaining its air operator’s certificate (AOC), which will allow it to start selling tickets. It is also in the process of certifying its initial fleet of four 19-seat Series 300 Twin Otters, he adds.

The airline’s strategy is to fly to several underserved tourist destinations in the country, Nidzam says. Nidzam declines to say which routes it plans to serve arguing that it is unable to disclose this publicly while the AOC process is still underway.

But on the airline’s website it lists Taman Negara, Langkawi, Pangkor, Redang and Tioman as potential destinations.

These destinations currently have no scheduled air services, with the exception of Langkawi island.

Taman Negara is a national park in peninsular Malaysia that has a small airstrip. Pangkor is an island off peninsula Malaysia’s west coast and Tioman and Redang are airports off peninsula Malaysia’s east coast. All these islands have resorts and are popular with tourists.

SKS Airways is based in the city of Johor Bahru, bordering Singapore, but Nidzam says the airline will most likely link destinations to Kuala Lumpur’s Subang Airport and Singapore’s Seletar Airport.

“When we get our AOC, we will start with four secondhand Twin Otters, with the possibility of getting more. The 19-seat size is good for new routes and can easily access smaller airports which are difficult to get to,” Nidzam says.

SKS Airways is SKS Group’s first foray into aviation. The property developer owns malls, offices and hotels across Malaysia’s southern state of Johor and in Perth, Australia.


 

With thanks to Bill Shull for the contribution, MSN 680 79-23255 is seen below in it’s new U.S. Naval Research Laboratory livery.

Nice to see continuing use of a legacy Twin Otter with the U.S. military, albeit with a different branch. 79-23255 flew with the U.S. Army Alaska Air National Guard, and subsequently the Golden Knights for 38 years before joining the Naval Research Laboratory.

 
Bill Shull Photo © 10-Jul-2019

Bill Shull Photo © 10-Jul-2019

 
Bill Shull Photo © 10-Jul-2019

Bill Shull Photo © 10-Jul-2019

 
Bill Shull Photo © 10-Jul-2019

Bill Shull Photo © 10-Jul-2019


 

Maldives carrier Villa Air (Flyme) has unveiled the livery to be carried on their Twin Otter aircraft (see blog entry 16-Apr-2019). The scheme is based on the Yellow Fin Tuna.

 
Flyme Illustration ©

Flyme Illustration ©

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Just Listed - Available end of July

 
 

82 - DHC-6-200HG™ C-GCWV Titan Air, Nassau (Randolph Holdings Ltd. dba]

As noted in the last update, the aircraft has now been registered in the Bahamas, and is now known to have become C6-SAM. The aircraft is seen below as such.

 
Daniel P. Cash/MYNN Spotters Photo © Nassau

Daniel P. Cash/MYNN Spotters Photo © Nassau

 

355 - DHC-6-300 C-FCSW Rocky Mountain Aircraft, Calgary, AB [Ashe Aircraft Enterprises]

Repaint completed by Upper Valley Aviation, and flew Chilliwack, BC - Vernon, BC - Springbank, AB 03-Jul-2019. As seen in the photos below, the aircraft has received full Manta Air livery. It was positioned back to Springbank by World Wide Ferry, who is also expected to complete the delivery flight to the Maldives in due course.

 
Chilliwack, BC 03-Jul-2019

Chilliwack, BC 03-Jul-2019

 

Below, after arrival back at Springbank and in the company of C-GDSO (MSN 454) also pending delivery to Manta Air. Also fully painted and ready to go over in Calgary are C-GKBQ and C-FBBW.

 
Springbank, AB 03-Jul-2019

Springbank, AB 03-Jul-2019

 

368 - DHC-6-300 C-GGIR Guyana Goldfields Inc., Toronto, ON

Updating previous entries; continued Cockburn Town - Fort Pierce, FL - Greensboro, NC - Buffalo, NY - Toronto-Buttonville, ON 21/22-Jun-2019.

 
Guyana Goldfields Photo © Georgetown

Guyana Goldfields Photo © Georgetown

 

524 - DHC-6-300 Vistaliner TG-JCA ARM Aviación, S.A., Guatemala City

Last known to be flying for the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in 2017, TG-JCA has been returned to ARM Aviación, and more recently moved to Jamaica with upstart Jam Air Express. The aircraft is seen below on arrival in Montego Bay 23-Jun-2019 and again 04-Jul-2019 after receiving Jam Air titles.

 
RickPowJM Photo © Montego Bay

RickPowJM Photo © Montego Bay

RickPowJM Photo © Montego Bay

RickPowJM Photo © Montego Bay

 

With thanks to Ken Swartz, a great shot of C-FTFX which is hauling skydivers In Ontario this summer, having returned from its previous contract in Antarctica.

 
Kenneth I. Swartz/Aeromedia Communications Photo © Baldwin, ON Jun-2019

Kenneth I. Swartz/Aeromedia Communications Photo © Baldwin, ON Jun-2019

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82 - DHC-6-200HG™ C-GCWV Gravitas Aviation Ltd., West Vancouver, BC

Registration cancelled 20-Jun-2019 on export to the Bahamas. C-GCWV was delivered to the Bahamas on 28-Apr-2019, and is being operated by Titan Air.

 

291 - DHC-6-300 N291AL ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., Anchorage, AK

As I noted yesterday, the aircraft has returned to Rocky Mountain Aircraft after lease. It flew Whitehorse, YT - Fort St. John, BC - Springbank, AB 19-Jun-2019.

 

368 - DHC-6-300 C-GGIR Guyana Goldfields Ltd., Georgetown

As covered previously in the blog, C-GGIR was expected to leave Guyana during Jun-2019. Yesterday, the aircraft flew Georgetown - Bridgetown - Antigua - Punta Cana. It had been based in Guyana since 15-Oct-2017.

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291 - DHC-6-300 N291AL ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., Anchorage, AK

Flew Fairbanks, AK - Whitehorse, YT 19-Jun-2019, presumably now on its return trip back to Rocky Mountain Aircraft (Alberta Aircraft Leasing) in Springbank. It had been on lease to ConocoPhillips since 02-Feb-2019.

 

With thanks to reader Frank Jaeger a couple of excellent portraits from the beach at Barra, in the Outer Hebrides. G-BVVK carries full Loganair livery, while G-HIAL features the Highlands & Islands Airports corporate scheme.

 
Frank Jaeger Photo © Barra 07-Jun-2019

Frank Jaeger Photo © Barra 07-Jun-2019

 
Frank Jaeger Photo © Barra 07-Jun-2019

Frank Jaeger Photo © Barra 07-Jun-2019

 

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Nicofzr Photo © Poste Montagnais, QC

Nicofzr Photo © Poste Montagnais, QC

Nicofzr Photo © Poste Montagnais, QC

Nicofzr Photo © Poste Montagnais, QC

Mark Collins Photo ©

Mark Collins Photo ©

Matthias Hayd Photo © Altenrhein/Saint Gallen

Matthias Hayd Photo © Altenrhein/Saint Gallen

Kudadoo Maldives Resort Photo ©

Kudadoo Maldives Resort Photo ©

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291 - DHC-6-300 N291AL ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., Anchorage, AK [Alberta Aircraft Leasing]

Flew Anchorage, AK - Deadhorse-Alpine, AK 17-Jun-2019 as CON291, returning to service after having most recently been parked in Anchorage.

 

963 - DHC-6-400 C-FVGY Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registered 17-Jun-2019, ex N963VK. This is one of the Qatar airplanes, which had been registered in the U.S. while undergoing work at Ikhana.

 
Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 31-May-2019

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 31-May-2019

 

Viking Launches World Demonstration Tour for Guardian 400 Special Mission Aircraft at Paris International Airshow

 

Paris, France, June 17th, 2019: Today at the 2019 Paris International Airshow, Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia has revealed its Guardian 400 special mission variant of the Series 400 Twin Otter at its first public event. This also marks the launch of the global demonstration tour announced by Viking in late May.

Featuring a pixelated camouflage paint scheme, the Guardian 400 demonstrator aircraft flew from Viking’s corporate headquarters in Western-Canada at the beginning of June to Airborne Technologies’ facilities in Wiener Neustadt, Austria for further modifications prior to the Paris Air Show.

Airborne Technologies, Viking’s principal partner for the tour, is missionizing the Guardian 400 demonstrator aircraft. It has designed and manufactured the wing-mounted SCAR pods that house the aircraft’s sensor equipment and its Airborne LINX® flexible surveillance architecture solution that integrates all sensors and communications systems on board the aircraft with an intuitive user interface.

The sensor equipment installed on the Guardian 400 demonstrator aircraft has been supplied by key tour sponsors, including Hensoldt, Leonardo, Sentient. Hensoldt has supplied the Argos EO/IR imaging turret with multi-spectral HDTV camera, mega-pixel HD Thermal imager, laser range finder, multi-mode auto tracker, and Remote Image Bus (RIB) video feed for display on the cockpit MFD and/or crew workstation.

An Osprey Radar system, supplied by Leonardo, is a low size weight and power (SWaP) active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar surveillance system that features 120-degree forward swath and true multi-mission capability for high performance maritime and land surveillance. The Osprey system also provides high-resolution ground mapping, small and low speed ground target indication, and air-to-air surveillance, tracking and intercept capability.

Sentient has supplied the Visual Detection and Ranging (ViDAR) Camera system complete with Kestrel moving target indication (MTI). The VidAR is a wide area optical search system consisting of high-resolution sensors coupled with onboard automation software capable of detecting small objects and dramatically extending aircraft coverage during Search & Rescue missions. The Kestrel MTI continuously detects moving objects while increasing the surveillance area by a factor of 20, thereby reducing operator fatigue and increasing reliable detection over long missions.


CarteNav Solutions, also a key contributor to the Guardian 400 demonstrator, is providing its AIMS mission system software that processes and manages imagery and data from the various sensors to enhance situational awareness and improve mission effectiveness with real time, geo-referenced local operating pictures.

The Guardian 400 prototype will also feature an Airborne Technologies’ tactical workstation with high- definition touchscreen monitors, data/voice/video recorder, Mission Management Unit (MMU), mission radio communications, intuitive hand controller for MCU & SLR camera targeting and IKHANA ergonomic operators mission seat for optimized crew comfort. The prototype will also be equipped with Viking conformal bubble windows, left and right NATO standard wing-mounted hard points by IKHANA, Thunder Bay Aviation stretcher racks, and an aft lavatory for crew comfort.

“We have been engaged in the special missions arena for many years, and have put together a team of partners, led by Airborne Technologies, with extensive experience integrating flexible architecture solutions that are customized to suit each customer’s specific mission requirements,” said Robert Mauracher, Viking executive vice president, Sales & Marketing.

AeroSimulators Group is providing simulation support for the Guardian 400 aircraft demonstration at the Paris International Airshow as well as providing additional simulation support during the world demonstration tour.

Immediately following the Paris International Airshow, the Guardian 400 demonstrator aircraft will return to Airborne’s facility in Austria and be made available for European prospects to view until mid-September when the aircraft embarks on the next leg of its world tour.


The Guardian 400 world demonstration tour encompasses detailed briefings and demonstration flights scheduled for Austria, Italy, Algeria, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Ghana, Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Russia, United States, and Canada. A tour extension to Central and South America is also under consideration to commence in the fall of 2020.

The Guardian 400 demonstrator aircraft will also be available for viewing in conjunction with the 2019 Dubai Airshow, 2020 Singapore Airshow, and the 2020 CANSEC Defence & Security Show in Ottawa, Canada.

 
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Air Antilles to Become First Caribbean Operator, First Certified Steep Approach Operator with Purchase of Viking Series 400 Twin Otters

 
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Paris, France, June 18th, 2019: Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and Air Antilles, of Guadeloupe, French West Indies, have signed an agreement for the purchase of two Viking Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft, making Air Antilles the first commercial operator of the Series 400 in the Caribbean. Also forming part of the purchase agreement, Air Antilles will become the first Series 400 Twin Otter operator to receive European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for steep approach operations.

The two Viking-built Series 400 Twin Otters are scheduled for delivery to Air Antilles in the last quarter of 2019 and will be configured as 19-passenger regional commuter landplanes to replace the two legacy de Havilland Series 300 aircraft currently in commercial service with the airline.

With delivery of the Series 400 aircraft, Air Antilles will become the first commercial operator to receive EASA certification for steep approach landings, providing the airline with procedures to operate at approach angles in excess of 4.5 degrees. This is essential for Air Antilles’ scheduled operations to Gustaf III airport in Saint Barthelemy in order to satisfy EASA’s requirements for all commercial aircraft that access the airport to have factory certification for steep approach landings due to the surrounding mountainous terrain.

Eric Kourry, chairman of Guyane Aero Invest, the holding company of Air Antilles, commented, “As an operator of legacy de Havilland Series 300 aircraft for more than a decade, our knowledge of the Twin Otter’s exceptional flight capabilities, ease of maintenance, high dispatch reliability and suitability for our operations made selection of the Viking Series 400 a natural choice for upgrading our fleet.

“As travel tourism in the Caribbean expands, improvements to safety are becoming increasingly important for airlines to retain a competitive advantage. The innumerous improvements made to the new Series 400 will help Air Antilles increase safety and bring added value to their flight operations,” said David Caporali, Viking regional sales director for the Americas. He added, “The Caribbean shows encouraging market opportunities for Series 400 Twin Otter due to its low operating costs, ability to access the many short runways throughout the region, and its ability to support growth of an inter-island commercial transportation network. We highly value Air Antilles' initiative to be the launch customer for the Series 400 in the region and are confident this relationship will yield many good results for both parties.”

 

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588 - DHC-6-300 C-FBBW Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Noted at Calgary-Int’l, AB 12-Jun-2019 in full Manta Air c/s, in preparation for lease.

 
Greg Mutch Photo © Calgary-Int’l, AB 12-Jun-2019

Greg Mutch Photo © Calgary-Int’l, AB 12-Jun-2019

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984 - DHC-6-400 C-GVVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registered 11-Jun-2019.

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967 - DHC-6-400 C-GVLE Planes & Parts Ltd., Strathmore AB

Registration cancelled 10-Jun-2019 to the Cayman Islands; this is a catch up on documentation, the aircraft having been delivered to Switzerland at the start of Apr-2019.

 

970 - DHC-6-400 N790CP ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., Anchorage, AK

Updating previous entry; continued Billings, MT - Pierre, SD - Lincoln, NE - Kansas City, MO - Little Rock, AR - Meridian, MS - Titusville, FL 07/10-Jun-2019.

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 05-Jun-2019

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 05-Jun-2019

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963 - DHC-6-400 N963VK Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC [Bank of Utah Trustee]

Officially re-imported to Canada again 06-Jun-2019. The aircraft returned Murrieta, CA - Redding, CA - Victoria-Int’l, BC 31-May-2018 following completion work with Ikhana, and is now pending delivery to Qatar.

 

970 - DHC-6-400 N790CP ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., Anchorage, AK

Flew Victoria, BC - Bellingham, WA - Spokane-Int’l, WA - Walla Walla, WA - Billings, MT 05/07-Jun-2019.

 

983 - DHC-6-400 C-GMVT Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registered 04-Jun-2019.

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239 - DHC-6-300 N239Z Aurora Flight Sciences, Manassas, VA

Registered 31-May-2019.

 

291 - DHC-6-300 N291AL ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., Anchorage, AK [Ashe Aircraft Leasing]

Flew Deadhorse, AK - Fairbanks, AK - Anchorage, AK 29-May-2019, presumably completing the lease which began on 02-Feb-2019.

 

970 - DHC-6-400 N790CP ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., Anchorage, AK

Registered 03-Jun-2019, ex C-FBVG.


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925 - DHC-6-400 C-GNVA Vityaz Avia, Moscow [Planes & Parts Ltd., Strathmore, AB]

Flew Altenrhein/Saint Gallen - Friedrichshafen 31-May-2019 for paperwork purposes, but is expected to return to Switzerland later this month. The aircraft had been parked at Altenrhein/Saint Gallen for the past 3 years, having arrived there on 22-May-2016.

 
Friedrichshafen 31-May-2019

Friedrichshafen 31-May-2019


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239 - DHC-6-300 N239Z Regent Aircraft Services South, Dickinson, TX

Flew Calgary-Int’l, AB - Minot, ND - South St. Paul, MN - Madison, WI - Burlington, WI - Manassas, VA 28/29-May-2019. The aircraft is seen below prior to departure from Calgary, and then on arrival at Manassas for operation by Aurora Flight Sciences.

 
Calgary-Int’l, AB 28-May-2019

Calgary-Int’l, AB 28-May-2019


Manassas, VA 29-May-2019

Manassas, VA 29-May-2019