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First Test Flight Of Twin Otter 400 Scheduled Soon  
User currently offline2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1026 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 5 months 20 hours ago) and read 6862 times:

First Twin Otter built in 22 years ready for first official test flight... scheduled for next week

http://www.timescolonist.com/busines...t/2554359/story.html#ixzz0fMaSk3rH

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.

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User currently offlineNASBWI From Bahamas, joined Feb 2005, 1301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 19 hours ago) and read 6705 times:

I could have sworn that Viking already had its first flight of the -400 series Twotter in 2008 sometime; it was posted on Youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAOKDqB82c4

[Edited 2010-02-12 15:42:26]


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User currently offline2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1026 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 6541 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

Not exactly...

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,

Perry

Edited for clarification and most recent reasons for the delay - and I changed both paragraphs.

[Edited 2010-02-12 18:08:22]

User currently offlinersg85 From Australia, joined Aug 2006, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 6479 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.

http://www.gippsaero.com/article.asp-articleID=517.htm

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


User currently offlinerikkus67 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 1619 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 10 hours ago) and read 6264 times:

Quoting rsg85 (Reply 3):
I would love to see some of the other DHC aircraft brought back to life, a re-engined caribou would be great

Well almost. I do believe that Viking is looking at a modern version of the Buffalo (DHC-5). The Buffalo was a "modernized" version of the Caribou...much more angular, though...



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months ago) and read 5817 times:
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Quoting rikkus67 (Reply 4):
I do believe that Viking is looking at a modern version of the Buffalo (DHC-5).

I would imagine such an aircraft would be very marketable to militaries around the world....particularly with advanced powerplants and propellers like the E-2D Hawkeye:


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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6471 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months ago) and read 5817 times:

I'm sure you could somewhat streamline the design, at least. But designing a new plane is costly, that's why so few do it.


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24643 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4329 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.


User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2435 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4077 times:

I know the 300 demonstrator was registered C-FDHT. I saw this at YXX yesterday doing touch & goes and got some shots of it. Is this registration still the 300 (as according to the TC website) or is it the new 400? http://www.tc.gc.ca/aviation/activep...s/ccarcs/aspscripts/en/current.asp

Im just wondering if I saw the first 400 flight or not... but I guess its crew training for the big day.



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User currently offline2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1026 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3781 times:

First flight of the first all new Twotter 400 occured Tuesday Feb 16.

http://www.vikingair.com/content.aspx?id=2083

It appears that first delivery should occur within a month or so.

Long live the Twotter...

Here is the flightglobal article as well:

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...s-400-completes-maiden-sortie.html

I suspect that a revised Buffalo is on its way, and then perhaps a new Beaver (since they seem to have a stable market for overhauls and conversions of the Beaver).


User currently offlineRampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3103 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3727 times:

Quoting rikkus67 (Reply 4):
Quoting rsg85 (Reply 3):
I would love to see some of the other DHC aircraft brought back to life, a re-engined caribou would be great

Well almost. I do believe that Viking is looking at a modern version of the Buffalo (DHC-5). The Buffalo was a "modernized" version of the Caribou...much more angular, though...

Their website says they own type design and certificates to DHC-1 through DHC-7.  Wow! Love to see the Chipmunk and Dash-7 in useful production!

-Rampart


User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5888 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3671 times:
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I hope a Canadian or US airline buys the new Twotter 400.

User currently offlineGemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5601 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3640 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.  

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