Aurora Gold Mine Sells Guyanese-based Twin Otter in favor of Trans Guyana Airways.


Aurora Gold Mine announced yesterday that DHC-6-300 C-GGIR has been sold, and it is expected to depart Guyana in mid-June. Work previously undertaken with the Twin Otter will now be flown by Trans Guyana Airways. Since the arrival of C-GGIR in Oct-2017 Aurora Gold Mine had been under intense criticism for bringing in a foreign registered aircraft.

MSN 368 - DHC-6-300 C-GGIR  Aurora Gold Mine Photo © Georgetown

MSN 368 - DHC-6-300 C-GGIR

Aurora Gold Mine Photo © Georgetown


New Malaysian Carrier to Operate Two Twin Otters


Kota Kinabalu, 15-May-2019 Sabah’s own Sipadan Air will debut in the domestic market this September when it begins flying the Kota Kinabalu - Semporna route using two Twin Otters. The company is also expected to offer charter flights from Kota Kinabalu to Ranau and Kudat.

Sipadan Air is managed by Equus Air Sdn Bhd.


NRL Introduces Newly Acquired Aircraft for Airborne Research

MSN 680 - DHC-6-300 (UV-18) 79-23295  U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

MSN 680 - DHC-6-300 (UV-18) 79-23295

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Navy's premier science and technology research squadron, Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1), unveiled the UV-18 “Twin Otter” as the newest addition to the squadron’s unique fleet of aircraft research platforms, May 11 .

The Twin Otter is a safe, highly maneuverable and extremely versatile aircraft,” said Cmdr. Erik Thomas, commanding officer for VXS-1. “The fact that it is unpressurized simplifies modifications and will accelerate our ability to get projects airborne for the Naval Research Enterprise.”

The aircraft compliments the VXS-1 “Warlocks” fleet by providing an affordable and stable research platform with slow flight capabilities and an operational payload of up to 3,000 pounds.

The performance capabilities of the UV-18 aircraft offer customers a slow flight speed of 85 mph, a maximum cruise speed of 190 mph, a nominal service ceiling of 13,000 feet (higher with supplemental oxygen), and a six-hour flight duration dependent on payload and flight configuration.

In addition to the UV-18, VXS-1 operates a varying range of aircraft that include three NP-3C and P-3C Orions, an RC-12 King Air, and 12 TigerShark Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

The fleet of unique squadron aircraft are operated and maintained by the men and women of VXS-1 and contain an S&T framework to provide power, Ethernet, and GPS feeds as required for temporary project installations and to quickly conduct airborne research. The squadron has a self-contained configuration and project shop to assist prospective customers with rack designs, gear installations and flight clearances.

“Using our squadron’s aircraft, scientists and engineers can install and test the latest technology they are developing in an operational environment anywhere in the world. We truly turn their ideas into reality,” Thomas said.

Providing proof of concept for the latest technology, VXS-1 enables operational fleet commands to receive time pertinent technological advances to better execute their missions and fill critical capability gaps in their theatre.

Historically the squadron has supported a broad spectrum of research projects, which include magnetic variation mapping, hydro-acoustic research, bathymetry, electronic countermeasures, gravity mapping, electro-optical and radar research, and remote measuring of water contained in snow for NASA.

Editorial Note: The aircraft above is MSN 680, previously flown by the U.S. Army Golden Knights, having last been noted with Rocky Mountain Aircraft in Springbank, AB in Nov-2017, and seen below as such.

MSN 680 DHC-6-300 (UV-18) 79-23255  Mike MacKinnon Photo © Springbank, AB 11-Nov-2017

MSN 680 DHC-6-300 (UV-18) 79-23255

Mike MacKinnon Photo © Springbank, AB 11-Nov-2017