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First Test Flight Of Twin Otter 400 Scheduled Soon  
User currently online2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1081 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7069 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, 1320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 6912 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 online2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1081 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6748 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 10 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6686 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, 1684 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6471 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, 8956 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6024 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, 6926 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6024 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, 25989 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4536 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, 2548 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 4284 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 online2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1081 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3988 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, 3156 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3934 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, 5950 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3878 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, 5807 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3847 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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