It's been a long time coming - but, the wait will be worth it (at this point it is about 1 year behind the initial schedule announced several years ago; which makes a person wonder why multiple companies seems to have timeline problems bringing a new plane to market).
With a new glass cockpit and many other updates.
I suspect that Viking will be able to maintain 15+ production for many many years - and perhaps for many decades.
The Twotter fills its own niche - and there is nothing else that can do what it does.
2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1022 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 6086 times:
Quoting NASBWI (Reply 1): I could have sworn that Viking already had its first flight of the -400 series Twotter in 2008 sometime; it was posted on Youtube
It is my current understanding that the previous flight was an original Twotter that had been modified with many of the changes for the new production run. It was a demonstration plane for the modifications.
I know that Viking was having difficulties with instruments on the new planes (how you made older analog items that they wanted to still use work with all the new digital controls - which was reported by Viking last fall). This should be the first flight of an all newly constructed plane.
Have a great day,
Edited for clarification and most recent reasons for the delay - and I changed both paragraphs.
rsg85 From Australia, joined Aug 2006, 257 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 6024 times:
Gippsland Aeronautics in Australia will begin reproducing GAF Nomad N24 next year, original production ceased 21 years ago. The 2 aircraft have similar specs only the nomad seats 4 less. It will be done in a similar way as the Twotter, new engines and glass cockpit.
Its amazing with all the technology that has come about since the design of these aircraft that so few current aircraft can compete. I guess for the roles in which these aircraft operate that simplicity of airframe is what works best and no amount of computer aided design is going to improve on that.
I would love to see some of the other DHC aircraft brought back to life, a re-engined caribou would be great
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23169 posts, RR: 23 Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months ago) and read 3874 times:
Quoting rsg85 (Reply 3): Its amazing with all the technology that has come about since the design of these aircraft that so few current aircraft can compete. I guess for the roles in which these aircraft operate that simplicity of airframe is what works best and no amount of computer aided design is going to improve on that.
The Twin Otter has many things in common, including the wing and fuselage profiles, with the single piston-engined DHC-3 Otter that first flew in 1951.
Gemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5456 posts, RR: 6 Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3185 times:
WAY TO GO Viking!!!
Great to see a brand new Twotter fly.
Now, what about a modinised DHC-4/5. There are quite a few army and air forces types who have just retired their last DHC-4 and are very, very sad about that. They would be very interested in a modern aircraft that could do its job; they have spent nearly 10 years looking and can't seem to find one. A letter would find them at Russell Offices, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 2600.