Twin Otter News


267 - DHC-6-300 Vistaliner N140SA Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines, Boulder, NV [Diamond Bar LLC]

Registration cancelled 10-Apr-2019 on export to Canada. Sold to Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB 10-Apr-2019 and officially imported to Canada 11-Apr-2019. It appears the aircraft was delivered from Boulder to Airdrie on 07-Apr-2019.

Wiltshire Spotter Photo © Boulder, CO 26-Feb-2018

Wiltshire Spotter Photo © Boulder, CO 26-Feb-2018


517 - DHC-6-300 Vistaliner N227SA Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines, Boulder, NV [Diamond Bar LLC]

Registration cancelled 10-Apr-2019 on export to Canada. Sold to Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB 10-Apr-2019 and officially imported to Canada 11-Apr-2019. It appears the aircraft was delivered from Boulder to Airdrie on 07-Apr-2019.

John Dillon Photo © Grand Canyon, AZ 28-Feb-2015

John Dillon Photo © Grand Canyon, AZ 28-Feb-2015


EASA Approves IKHANA's DHC-6-300HG Twin Otter 14,000 lbs MTOW


IKHANA Aircraft Services (IKHANA) announces that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has awarded STC (reference No. 10069614) approval for their RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ Standard Commuter Category Increased MTOW to 6,350 Kg (14,000 lbs). “With EASA’s certification of our RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ upgrade, we are able to increase the market for operators following EASA regulations with expanded mission capabilities providing increased payload and/or range, additional value and new revenue opportunities.” states Mr. John A. Zublin, President and CEO of IKHANA. “EASA’s STC validation helps operators with aircraft capabilities well beyond the DHC-6-300’s original capability. The Standard Commuter Category STC provides a highly desired payload increase for the DHC-6-300 series Twin Otter to take 19 passengers with 2 crew and fly 450-500 Nautical miles. EASA governed operators will now have more options for increased utility with a rapid return on their investment. IKHANA is pleased that we are able to continue growing our list of regulatory approvals to broaden availability of this option for operators around the world.”

The RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ STC increases the payload capabilities of the basic DHC-6-300 Twin Otter Series aircraft from 12,500 lbs. MTOW (5670 Kg) to 14,000 lbs. (6350 Kg), providing an increase of 1500 lbs (680 Kg) or 12% overall and represents a 31% increase in payload based on an average empty weight of 7700 lbs. Operations are allowed to the full 750 shaft horsepower of the PT6A-34 engines along with the improved efficiency and noise reduction of the Raisbeck/Hartzell four blade “Scimitar” propellers. Additional aerodynamic and structural enhancements complete the modifications. As a Standard Commuter Category STC, DHC-6-300 operators will be able to operate in revenue service without special purpose restrictions.

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.     


Fourth CARRIER joins ranks of Maldivian Twin Otter Operators


Flyme (Villa Air) has announced that it too will join Trans Maldivian, Maldivian Seaplane and Manta Air as a Twin Otter operator later this year.

The company is acquiring four DHC-6-300’s for delivery beginning in October of this year. The aircraft will operate from Male’s new seaplane terminal, scheduled to open in August. Currently Flyme operates ATR-42 and ATR-72 aircraft.


Team JAS announces Cayman Airways Express as their DHC-6 Nose Strut Quick Turn Time (QTT) Program launch customer


JACKSONVILLE, FL – Team JAS, the Solutions Company, announces the launch of its new DHC-6 Twin Otter Nose Strut – Quick Turn Time Program.  This industry unique program allows for customer DHC-6 Twin Otter Nose Struts to be evaluated and overhauled for the most economical price possible – featuring industry leading Team JAS Proprietary FAA-PMA parts.

“The unique part about this new program is the use of our own proprietary, highly engineered parts that offer customers zero lead times, superior quality, latest technology and outstanding reliability. An example of this would be our FEx3 plated piston tube in comparison to the standard chrome, which was developed in the 60’s.  FEx3 piston tubes have a proven track record of in-service reliability for the past 8 years”, said Andy Sanfilippo, CEO of Team JAS.  

“We are discounting all of our FAA-PMA parts by 25% for this program and have also implemented a not-to-exceed maximum price of $70,000 for units needing the 4 major parts which are the Cylinder Housing, Piston Tube, Fork and Steering Collar as well as substantial number of new parts.  There is no risk to the customer and never a BER (beyond economical repair) threat.  We have all the needed FAA-PMA parts for Nose Struts in stock, so our turn time is 2 weeks or less.  Having parts on hand along with this 25% new parts discount and not-to-exceed maximum price ensures customers quickly receive the most economical overhaul possible” added Mr. Sanfilippo.

“Team JAS has been a long-time supplier to Cayman Airways Express and this program helped us a lot as our recent Nose Strut required several new parts which if not available, would have resulted in the Nose Gear being scrapped” commented representatives of the Cayman Airways Express Maintenance Team.  “The Team JAS savings were substantial in comparison to using older design parts which would have led to a BER.