Rugged STOL versatility [CANSEC17D2]

01 June 2017

Having purchased the manufacturing and design rights to the Bombardier CL-415, CL-215 and CL-215T amphibious aircraft programme in 2016, Sidney, British Columbia-based Viking Air (Booth 1031) now has a large manufacturing portfolio, which also includes the entire Canadian-built former de Havilland series of utility aircraft, from the DHC-1 Chipmunk to the DHC-7 Dash 7. Viking provides OEM support for the global fleet of de Havilland legacy aircraft.

Its flagship is the substantially updated Series 400 Twin Otter, which is the best-selling utility twin turboprop aircraft, with more than 100 sold and delivered to 29 countries worldwide since the start of production in 2010. The Series 400 Twin Otter picks up where the original de Havilland Series 300 Twin Otter left off, introducing upgraded Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34 engines, a fully integrated Honeywell Primus Apex digital avionics suite, internal and external LED lighting, and approximately 800 other modi cations incorporated to improve upon the original production model. However, like its predecessor, the Series 400 Twin Otter retains the ability to operate economically, safely and reliably from remote and unimproved airfields due to its robust design, equalised maintenance programme and the dependability of the Pratt &Whitney engines. Available on standard land gear, optional straight or amphibious oats, skis, wheel skis, or intermediate flotation gear (IFG), with multiple quick-change interior configurations available, the Series 400 Twin Otter is a versatile aircraft that can be utilised for multiple roles, such as regional commuter, environmental monitoring, parachute operations, cargo and infrastructure support, corporate shuttle, and personal use.

A Special Missions variant, the Twin Otter Guardian 400, has also been developed for ISR operations.

Viking Air forms part of Westerkirk Capital Inc, a Canadian private investment firm with substantial holdings in the hospitality, aviation, and real estate sectors.

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