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New Twin Otter Achieves 'Power On' At Viking Air  
User currently offlineCzbbflier From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 976 posts, RR: 2
Posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6999 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.  Wink (OK- it's not a wide body, all composite plane, with IFE systems.)

Viking Air Source

Quote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Viking Twin Otter Series 400 Achieves Power On

(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.


New Twin Otter Specs

New Instrument Panel:
http://www.vikingair.com/uploadedImages/News/News_Item/Power_On_Press_Release_Photo_1_resize.jpg

25 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineSkymiler From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 533 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 6769 times:

Love it!
Still the same "steam age" yoke -- built of iron to last forever like the rest of the "Twotter"!
 Smile



I love to fly, and it shows!
User currently offlineTravaz From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 6749 times:

I love that plane having spent many hours over the Grand Canyon in one. I like the
' if it aint broke dont fix it" outlook of Viking. Same yoke !!!


User currently offlineFCKC From France, joined Nov 2004, 2348 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6627 times:

How is it painted ?
Is it C/N 1 , or C/N 845 ?


User currently offlineCzbbflier From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 976 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6485 times:



Quoting Skymiler (Reply 1):
Still the same "steam age" yoke -- built of iron to last forever like the rest of the "Twotter"!

Good ol' Canadian practicality built right into the bush plane. Build it to last.

Quoting FCKC (Reply 3):
How is it painted ?
Is it C/N 1 , or C/N 845 ?

Dunno- I'll have to do some research on it!

Cheers,
Brian


User currently offlineBravoGolf From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 539 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6267 times:

Now they have to bring back the Beaver!

User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7078 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6250 times:

Finally a "new and modern real" aircraft....  Smile
Interesting that the Twin Otter and Do 228 will be build again, but I guess the market for a new aircraft in that size is not there,

Too bad the original Otter is not build anymore the best looking single engine prop  Smile



It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
User currently offlineSkymiler From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 533 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6223 times:

Best quote ever regarding the legendary reliability and ruggedness of the Twotter.

After a jungle landing -- "Fill her with gas and pat her on the ass!" Then she's ready to go again.

Good to see new manufacture of this incredible machine.



I love to fly, and it shows!
User currently offlinePnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2250 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6081 times:

With the prices that Beavers and Otters are still demanding these days I would not all be surprized to see the rights they have for those taken advantage of and production to be announced.

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.

As an asside does anyone know where Max Ward's Twin Otter is these days?


User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1986 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6063 times:



Quoting BravoGolf (Reply 5):
Now they have to bring back the Beaver!

They were talking about building the turbine Beaver again, but I do not know if that either fell through or just put on the back burner waiting for the twotter to be done.



Keep the shinny side up!
User currently offlineHapppyLandings From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5988 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.....


User currently offlineVisityyj From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5963 times:



Quoting FCKC (Reply 3):
How is it painted ?
Is it C/N 1 , or C/N 845 ?

Large "Viking" script on the fuselage, no airline logos that I could see.

It's actually msn 434 (C-FDHT) and is the Technology Demonstrator, not the first new-build Twotter: http://www.vikingair.com/content.aspx?id=1742


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25653 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5923 times:



Quoting Pnwtraveler (Reply 8):
As an aside does anyone know where Max Ward's Twin Otter is these days?

Assume you are referring to C-FWAH. It was sold to the Manitoba government in 2005.


User currently offlineFCKC From France, joined Nov 2004, 2348 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5881 times:

Many thanks Visityyj.Good infos !

User currently offlineArt From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 3382 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (6 years 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5643 times:

First flight was October 1 - 1 week after power on.

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/gener...20New%20Twin%20Otter&channel=busav


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8683 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5630 times:

She does look very beautiful.

Quoting Art (Reply 14):

Thank you very much for the link.

Hunter



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
User currently offlineArt From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 3382 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5611 times:



Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 15):
Thank you very much for the link.

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


User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5476 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5431 times:

Fantastic...! I love that plane. It'll fly with anything you can close the doors on. Way to go Viking.


What the...?
User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3184 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (6 years 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5240 times:

Wow!!!! I saw it today at Orlando Executive Airport for the NBAA convention. I got a picture of it landing - blue plane on floats said Viking Air on it.

It will be on display for those of you in Orlando at the NBAA Static displays.


User currently offline2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1074 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5110 times:

Viking Air says it has orders and options for more than 40 aircraft. Announced customers include Zimex Aviation, Trans Maldivian Airways, Loch Ard Otters and the U.S. Army.

Ref: http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/gener...20New%20Twin%20Otter&channel=busav


And many more orders to come once it is in production.

It is wonderful to see one of the great planes of the past being brought back into production. This plane fills a niche that nothing else out there does (or does as well).

Hats off to the folks in Canada who persued this...


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13229 posts, RR: 77
Reply 20, posted (6 years 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4998 times:

Some things are just too good, versatile, well conceived and sensible to just fade away.
The Twin Otter is one such machine.


User currently offlineArt From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 3382 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (6 years 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 4992 times:



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?


User currently offlineAmtrakGuy From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 500 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4947 times:

Pardon my igorance -- do you think one of major airlines would buy these planes and ask one of the regional partners to fly them? Sort of a replacement for 1900B.

And do you think they'll build a bigger plane holding more than current 19 pax seats?


User currently offline2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1074 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4860 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.


User currently offlineBeechNut From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 726 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (6 years 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4792 times:

So, like the DC-3, the best replacement for a Twin Otter is another Twin Otter.

Great to see this! I have flown on the Twotter many times, wheels and floats. Terrific aircraft.

Beech


User currently offlineXtoler From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 953 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (6 years 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4741 times:

Oh, Beaver, I'm not on the Hustler web site. Just kidding, glad to see an old workhorse get upgraded avionics, so maybe an idiot like me can fly it!

Quoting 2175301 (Reply 19):
U.S. Army

Hooah, the US Army does need a new light manned fixed wing aircraft. What else is a warrant officer to do? What happened to the EMBRAER contract the US Army had?



EMB145 F/A, F/E, J41 F/A, F/E, because my wife clipped my wings, armchair captain
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