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289 - DHC-6-300 P2-MFB Mission Aviation Fellowship PNG, Mount Hagen

Test flown following maintenance 19-Dec-2018, and flew Cairns, QLD - Horn Island, QLD - Mount Hagen 20-Dec-2018.

 

601 - DHC-6-300 PJ-DVF Divi Divi Air, Curacao

Flew Calgary-Int’l, AB - Great Falls, MT - Denver-Front Range, CO - Neosho, MO - Marianna, FL - St. Augustine, FL - Fort Lauderdale-Executive, FL - Providenciales - Curacao 16/22-Dec-2018 on delivery. ex C-FZDS.

 
Robbie Cijntje Photo © Curacao 22-Dec-2018

Robbie Cijntje Photo © Curacao 22-Dec-2018

 

966 - DHC-6-400 N966VK Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC [Bank of Utah Trustee]

Flew Victoria-Int’l, BC - Bellingham, WA - Portland-Hillsboro, OR - Sacramento-Executive, CA - Murrieta, CA 10/11-Dec-2018 for completion work with Ikhana.

 

975 - DHC-6-400 C-GUVT(8) Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Spokane-Int’l, WA - Victoria-Int’l, BC 19-Dec-2018 after painting.

 

With Winair’s return to the legacy paint scheme, the three latest Twin Otters have also received names, as seen below.

“Freddy Johnson”   Frederick K. Larkin Photo © Saint Barthelemy 13-Dec-2018

“Freddy Johnson”

Frederick K. Larkin Photo © Saint Barthelemy 13-Dec-2018

 
“Gerrit Draai”   Frederick K. Larkin Photo © Saint Barthelemy 13-Dec-2018

“Gerrit Draai”

Frederick K. Larkin Photo © Saint Barthelemy 13-Dec-2018

 
“Chester Watley”   Saint Maarten Nov-2018

“Chester Watley”

Saint Maarten Nov-2018

 

Noted at Altenrhein recently for operation on behalf of the Four Seasons Resorts in the Maldives.

 
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Questions for the day….

Often the answers to some of my “mystery items” can be answered by one of the readers, so here goes:

  1. Why was the Summit Air DHC-6-300 C-FTFX ferried to (or via) Panama City 30-Nov-2018?

  2. What is the MSN for the Solomon Airlines DHC-6-300 H4-MAX which was delivered 05-Dec-2018?

 

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Interestingly, I noticed that the Aeromaster aircraft in the first two images is actually the same machine as the Air Borealis one.

 
MSN 371 - DHC-6-300 HC-CES Aeromaster Airways

MSN 371 - DHC-6-300 HC-CES Aeromaster Airways

 
MSN 371 - DHC-6-300 HC-CES Aeromaster Airways

MSN 371 - DHC-6-300 HC-CES Aeromaster Airways

 
MSN 371 - DHC-6-300 C-FCPV Air Borealis (PAL Airlines)

MSN 371 - DHC-6-300 C-FCPV Air Borealis (PAL Airlines)

 

601 - DHC-6-300 C-FZDS Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Registration cancelled 13-Dec-2018 on export to Saint Maarten. The aircraft had been doing a series of air tests from Calgary in early December, after having been there for most of 2018. I’m guessing the delivery flight to Winair is either underway or expected shortly under the new PJ- ident.

 

938 - DHC-6-300 C-GVZQ Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Spokane-Int’l, WA - Redding, CA - Murrieta, CA 13-Dec-2018. This aircraft had originally from from the paintshop on 14-Mar-2016 in an all white c/s, then was painted for Aurora by Apr-2018.

 

966 - DHC-6-400 C-FEGV Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registration cancelled 13-Dec-2018 to U.S.A. and reserved by Viking Air Ltd. [Bank of Utah Trustee] as N966VK. This is the 2nd aircraft for Qatar, joining N963VK which was registered 06-Dec-2018.

 

980 - DHC-6-400 C-GVOT(6) Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registered 12-Dec-2018.

 

Twin Otter News / December 13, 2018

Editorial Update

Twin Otter World will be updated later today - however, possibly not before the 2:00pm cut off time for the subscription issue.

  • The Service/Product directory has been removed temporarily to give me an opportunity to make some updates.

  • The series 400 Production has been updated as of yesterday

  • Updates to Twin Otter Archive will commence later today as well.

 

Twin Otter News / December 10, 2018

Airfast Indonesia has introduced a revised livery, as seen in the two pictures below of PK-OCF.

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45 - DHC-6-200HG™ N94MG Bunny Holdings BVI/Soneva Holdings Pte Ltd. (Soneva Fushi Resort)

Updating previous entry for 19-Nov-2018; flew Iqaluit, NU - Keflavík - Glasgow - Nis - Hurghada - Al Ain - Male 20/26-Nov-2018 on delivery. U.S. registration cancelled 26-Nov-2018 to the Maldives.

 

231 - DHC-6-300 N564E Aviation Management Sales Inc., Fort Pierce, FL

Wreckage noted at Calgary-Int’l, AB 04-Dec-2018; the aircraft is still painted as RDPL-34180 and had been stored at Fort Pierce, FL since 06-Oct-2014. It had crashed at Nathong, Laos on 17-Apr-2013

 

324 - DHC-6-300 N495NS Safeway Asset Management Inc., Indiatlantic, FL

Updating previous entry for 19-Nov-2018; flew Marshall, MO - Griffin-Spalding, GA 19-Nov-2018.

 

340 - DHC-6-300 C-FTFX Summit Air, Yellowknife, NT [8199400 Canada Inc.]

Flew Bar River, ON - Oshawa, ON 25-Nov-2018; and then Oshawa, ON - Wilmington, NC - Nassau - Panama City 28/30-Nov-2018.

 

689 - DHC-6-300 PK-OCL PT Airfast Indonesia, Jakarta

Starboard main gear failed while on taxi for departure from Juanda, Indonesia on 28-Nov-2018. The aircraft is seen below.

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823 - DHC-6-300 N823X Transport Services LLC, Birmingham, AL

Test-flown from Fort Pierce, FL 04-Dec-2018 following maintenance with Aviation Management Repairs; flew Fort Pierce, FL - Fort Lauderdale-Int’l, FL - Montego Bay same day returning to its base in Cartagena, Colombia.

 

? - DHC-6-300 H4-MAX Solomon Airlines, Honiara

Test-flown from Cairns, QLD 04-Dec-2018, and then flew Cairns, QLD - Gurney, PNG 05-Dec-2018 on delivery to Solomon Airlines.

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961 - DHC-6-400 C-GVSW Planes & Parts Ltd., Strathmore, AB

Following pre-delivery work, ferry tank installation and painting at Regent Aircraft Services, the aircraft departed Calgary on delivery. Flew Calgary-Int’l, AB - Iqaluit, NU - Keflavík - Wick - Altenrhein/Saint Gallen 24/27-Nov-2018 on delivery to Zimex/Star Aviation. On 30-Nov-2018 in continued on Altenrhein/Saint Gallen - Alghero - Hassi Messaoud.

The aircraft is seen below following painting, carrying the end-user Algerian registration, and then below that on departure with the Canadian registration sticker applied once again.

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

Registration cancelled 05-Dec-2018 and registered to Viking Air Ltd. [Bank of Utah Trustee] 06-Dec-2018 as N963VK.

 

975 - DHC-6-400 C-GUVT Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Calgary-Int’l, AB - Spokane-Int’l, WA 26-Nov-2018 for painting.

 


Twin Otter News / December 8, 2018

 

IKHANA Obtains Certification of the RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ Twin Otter Standard Commuter Category 14,000 lbs. MTOW Upgrade

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IKHANA Aircraft Services (IKHANA) announces award of the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) STC for their RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ Standard Commuter Category Increased MTOW to 14,000lbs. “The FAA’s certification of our RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ upgrade adds significant capabilities for operators to expand their mission role, optimize payload and range, add value to their aircraft, and increase revenues.” states Mr. John A. Zublin, President and CEO of IKHANA. He adds, “this takes the aircraft well beyond its original capability. The Standard Commuter Category STC addresses a typical Twin Otter operator’s need for as much payload as possible. A Twin Otter can now take 19 passengers with 2 crew and fly 450-500 Nautical miles. Big picture, it offers increased utility with a rapid return on investment. This has been a long term and intensive engineering effort for IKHANA and we are pleased that this long-awaited enhancement is now approved and available on the market.”

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 reputationfor 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.

For further information, contact: Naras “Bo” Alksninis, Director, Special Missions Sales

Tel: 951.600.0009 x218; Mobile: 818.554.5906; Email: BAlksninis@IKHANAgroup.com

 

Twin Otter News / November 20, 2018

 

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

Flew Victoria-Int’l, BC - Bellingham, WA - Redding, CA 20-Nov-2018. The aircraft is seen below at Victoria earlier this year.

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Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines Vistaliner N241SA (MSN 556) is seen below exiting the AIE hangar at Murrieta, CA yesterday. AIE is performing avionics upgrades to their entire fleet of Twin Otters and Grand Caravans.

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Twin Otter News / November 19, 2018

 

45 - DHC-6-200HG N94MG Bunny Holdings BVI/Soneva Holdings Pte Ltd. (Soneva Fushi Resort)

Flew Calgary-Int’l, AB - Iqaluit, NU 19-Nov-2018 as it continues on delivery from Murrieta to Male. The aircraft is seen below (and on the cover/landing page) prior to departure from Calgary. The delivery flight is being undertaken by World Wide Ferry

 
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324 - DHC-6-300 N495NS Safeway Asset Management Inc., Indiatlantic, FL

Following completion of work at Regent Aircraft Services in Calgary, N495NS flew Calgary-Intl, AB - Great Falls, MT - Rapid City, SD - Lincoln, NE - Marshall, MO 18/19-Nov-2018.

 
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Twin Otter News / November 17, 2018

45 - DHC-6-200HG N94MG Bunny Holdings BVI/Soneva Holdings Pte Ltd. (Soneva Fushi Resort)

Flew Murrieta, CA - Calgary-Int’l, AB 16-Nov-2018 in preparation for delivery flight to the Maldives. The non-stop flight from southern California was completed in 7 hrs and 30 mins by World Wide Ferry. The aircraft is seen below.

 
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223 - DHC-6-200 N223AL Win Win Aviation Inc., Lake Forest, NC

Returned to U.S.A. following skydiving contract in Québec 12-Oct-2018 when it arrived at DeKalb, IL. Flew DeKalb, IL - Mena, AR - Brownsville, TX - Puebla (Mexico) 13/15-Nov-2018 for the winter.

 

518 - DHC-6-300 C-GSOZ Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB

Updating entry for 08-Nov-2018; flew Great Falls, MT - Roundup, MT - Clinton, OK - Evergreen, AL - La Belle, FL - Providenciales - Sint Maarten 08/10-Nov-2018 on lease to Winair. Canadian registration cancelled 15-Nov-2018 to PJ-WIQ.

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732 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBH Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Calgary-Int’l, AB - Denver-Centennial, CO - McAllen-Miller, TX - Liberia 12/14-Nov-2018 en route to Antarctica.

 

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

Registered 13-Nov-2018.

 

955 - DHC-6-400 C-FVAT Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Transferred to Longview Aviation Asset Management Ltd., North Saanich, BC and registered 15-Nov-2018.

 

979 - DHC-6-400 C-FVAM Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registered 13-Nov-2018.


The former J8-GAA (MSN 239) is seen at Calgary-Int’l, AB where it is undergoing maintenance and repaint at Regent Aircraft Services.

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The first production Series 400 (MSN 845) is seen below getting a wash. As can be seen in the picture, it also carries “Operated for NASJet” titles.

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Twin Otter News / November 8, 2018

518 - DHC-6-300 C-GSOZ Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB

Overhaul and refurbishing completed at Airdrie, and flew Airdrie, AB - Great Falls, MT 08-Nov-2018 on delivery to Winair. The aircraft can be seen in the photo below.

Winair previously operated this aircraft from 2008 to 2012 as PJ-WIN.

 
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966 - DHC-6-400 C-FEGV Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Noted at Victoria-Int’l, BC 07-Nov-2018 now in full Qatar Special Forces c/s, as seen in the photo below by Tim Martin. The aircraft had been originally come from the paint shop on 15-Mar-2018.

This is the second Twin Otter pending delivery to Qatar where they will be employed by the Special Forces branch supporting their Skydiving team.

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

Flew Calgary-Int’l, AB - Spokane-Int’l, WA 07-Nov-2018 for painting.


Twin Otter News / November 7, 2018

 

Team JAS and the Chilean Air Force reach agreement on Logistics Support Agreement Extension

October 31, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Team JAS and the Chilean Air Force have executed another annual extension to the comprehensive Logistics Support Agreement originally signed by both parties in October of 2015.

"We are very pleased that the Chilean Air Force continues to value the parts, services, equipment and logistics support that Team JAS has delivered to their Twin Otter fleet for the past 3 years” said Andy Sanfilippo, CEO of Team JAS.  "We have provided all levels of support to the Chilean Air Force fleet at bases including Santiago, Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas.  We have provided Parts, MRO Services and Aircraft Maintenance to support all missions, including their critical trips into the Antarctic and back”.  Team JAS, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida has continued to grow to meet higher demand in the Americas as well globally.  “We look forward to many more years supporting the Chilean Air Force’s fleet of Twin Otter Aircraft and in continuing to bring new solutions that translate into higher aircraft operational readiness” added Mr. Sanfilippo.

Team JAS is a customer driven solutions company that has supported Turboprop Operators Worldwide for well over 30 years.  With a focus on the Twin Otter and Dash-8 fleets, as well as various other Turboprop platforms, Team JAS has been a trusted resource to operators looking for timely support and true value.  Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, the 33,000 square foot facility includes sales and logistical support, a maintenance repair and overhaul facility: JAS ServicesSM FAA/EASA 145 and Viking Air Ltd. FECC (Factory Endorsed Component Center) approved, an engineering and manufacturing division: JAS Engineered SolutionsSM, and a large climate-controlled warehouse.  For more information please contact our team at 904.292.2328 or via email at sales@teamjas.com


287 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBV Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Calgary-Int’l, AB - Williston, ND - Sioux Falls, SD - Olathe, KS - Decatur, AL - Lake City, FL - Nassau - Providenciales - Saint Croix 01/04-Nov-2018 on lease to Seaborne Airlines once again. The aircraft had previously been leased to Seaborne from 2012 to 2015, and then to Winair during 2016 & 2017.

 

289 - DHC-6-300 P2-MFB Mission Aviation Fellowship PNG, Mount Hagen

Flew Mount Hagen - Horn Island, QLD - Cairns, QLD 28-Oct-2018, presumably for maintenance.

 
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373 - DHC-6-300 C-FKBX Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Calgary-Int’l, AB - Denver-Centennial, CO - McAllen-Miller, TX - Liberia - Guayaquil - Arica - Concepcion - Punta Arenas 30-Oct/04-Nov-2018.

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432 - DHC-6-300 N63AR Twin Otter Support Services, Las Vegas, NV

Updating entry for 24-Oct-2018; continued Paamiut - Keflavík - Shannon - Nantes - Gerona - Malta - Heraklion - Sharm el Sheikh - Amman 29-Oct/03-Nov-2018.

 

725 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBO Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Calgary-Int’l, AB - Denver-Centennial, CO - McAllen-Miller, TX - Liberia - Guayaquil - Arica - Concepcion 01/05-Nov-2018 en route to Antarctica.

 

733 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBG Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Calgary-Int’l, AB - Colorado Springs, CO - McAllen-Miller, TX - Liberia 03/04-Nov-2018 en route to Antarctica.

 

961 - DHC-6-400 C-GVSW Planes & Parts Ltd., Strathmore, AB

Flew Victoria-Int’l, BC - Calgary-Int’l, AB 03-Nov-2018 for attention with Regent Aircraft prior to delivery.


The Washington Group’s DHC-6-300 N167WC seems to have fled the Pacific Northwest for warmer climes, and is seen below at Murrieta, CA on 27-Oct-2018.

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