Czbbflier From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 1022 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 7937 times:
The best 19 passenger bush plane is about to fly anew! I can hardly wait to see this plane in the air! I wonder if any of the local airlines, West Coast Air or Harbour Air are looking to make an order....
So far, no production delays because of wiring or fasteners. (OK- it's not a wide body, all composite plane, with IFE systems.)
(Victoria, BC, September 25, 2008): The new DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 Technology Demonstrator achieved “power on” status in advance of an official rollout and first flight, set to take place at the end of next month.
With major structural components installed, electronics wired, control systems rigged and modernization upgrades incorporated, the Technology Demonstrator is the prototype Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft produced by Viking Air Limited, of Victoria, BC, and brings the Twin Otter into the 21st century.
Outfitted with a Honeywell Primus Apex avionics suite, the flight deck has two primary flight displays (PFDs) and two multifunction displays (MFDs) that feature clear, high resolution Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Displays (AMLCDs) and wide viewing capability, allowing for cross-cockpit scanning. The Apex platform offers integrated aircraft systems, safety sensors and navigation information, decreases pilot workload and improves safety through enhanced situational awareness.
“While switching on the power may seem like a minor detail in the grand scheme of things,” commented David Curtis, Viking president & CEO, “it is actually a significant step in the design certification process, and literally infuses life into the 400 Series Program.”
The “Tech Demo” will under go flight testing under a flight permit to complete the Series 400 certification program. All subsequent aircraft will conform to the revised Viking DHC-6 Twin Otter Type Certificate.
Powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 or optional PT6A-35 Hot & High Performance engines, and available on standard landing gear, straight floats, amphibious floats, skis, wheel skis, or intermediate flotation (Tundra) landing gear, the Series 400 Twin Otter can be customized for private, commercial, or military use in diverse and extreme operating environments.
The best selling 19 passenger aircraft of all time, with more than 600 heritage Twin Otters still in active service and an increasing demand, the Series 400 will continue to maintain its popularity for generations to come.
Viking launched the Series 400 aircraft program in 2007 with customer deliveries commencing summer 2009. Viking provides OEM support for the worldwide fleet of de Havilland heritage aircraft (DHC-1 through DHC-7), and is part of Westerkirk Capital Inc., a Canadian private investment firm with substantial holdings in the hospitality, aviation and real estate sectors.
HapppyLandings From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6926 times:
Quoting Pnwtraveler (Reply 8): The good old Buffalo was also a work horse that landed so slow it felt like you could walk along side it. Stopped on a dime. Backed up on the runway and took off in a crazy short distance.
I watched a CF Buffalo land at CZBA (Burlington Park) one day just after landing my C-152. It had to use the grass runway because it was WAYYY to wide for the paved one. It stopped and took off in a shorter distance than a cessna 152! It was surreal to see in such a small airpark. If I was not previosly aware of that AC performance I would have been sure it was going to crash. It also came in at something like a 30-45 degree nose down angle during final.....
My pleasure. I was a bit surprised that nobody had posted the news sooner.
I was even more surprised to read that first flight was one week after power on since it was anticipated about 5 weeks after power on. Bit of a contrast with the performance of the larger manufacturers whose projects - while being much more demanding - all seem to miss their targets, then their revised targets, then their revised revised targets etc
2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5798 times:
Quoting Art (Reply 21): Quoting 2175301 (Reply 19):
This plane fills a niche that nothing else out there does (or does as well).
Quoting GDB (Reply 20):
Some things are just too good, versatile, well conceived and sensible to just fade away.
I do not doubt what you say but am curious... why did it go out of production in the first place?
It seems that about 800 of these were produced in about a 20 year period - and the niche market for them was saturated at the time.
It is a niche market, and the market does need serving. Decads ago thoughts of some "future" replacement in 20 years that would be much better never materiazed (we were going to have flying cars by now...).
Now, 20 years later less than 600 of the original 800 (or so) planes are still in service, and many others are getting up there in the years. People and companies still need a plane that can do what this plane did. People are quite happy with its base capabilities.
Since the base tooling and original fixtures still exist; it is relatively cheap and easy to re-introduce the plane (with some modern upgrades in controls and engines). It would cost a lot more for someone to re-engineer a plane from scratch for this "rugged STOL duty" small plane niche.
I doubt you will see production of 40 per year though as was the original production rate. More likely 15 per year (give or take a few), with 20 per year on the high side, and I'd guess that the plane might be able to stay in production at about that rate for decades. Perhaps there will always be about 600 or so of these planes in service worldwide. Not a bad niche at all as long as they don't oversaturate it again.