iceberg210 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3450 times:
Great news for Viking! Especially encouraging to hear that they've got quite a bit of backlog and are having more issues finding delivery slots for customers, than customers for delivery slots. Wish Viking the best of luck and I'm so glad to have one of my favorite aircraft, the Twin Otter back in production.
tguman From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 435 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2814 times:
Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 3): I would like to see them build the Otter or Beaver again though.
They are able to produce these planes as well. But they have not gotten any orders, nor do they plan on doing it as regular production. But they can do it special order since they own the type certificates for DHC-1 through DHC-7.
railker From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2755 times:
Quoting tguman (Reply 6): But they can do it special order since they own the type certificates for DHC-1 through DHC-7.
They could and do make parts and assemblies, but putting together an entire aircraft is a different matter altogether, requires jigs and tooling to be made if it doesn't exist already, among other requirements. They've got their hands full enough with doing Turbo Beaver conversions and keeping up with the new Twin Otter and with supplying parts for existing aircraft around the world.
2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2654 times:
Quoting Aesma (Reply 5): What about FAA and EASA certifications ?
Europe has accepted the Canadian certification. The first customer is in Europe - and the first delivery "technically" occurred yesterday at Farnborough (where I believe the Twotter 400 has been flying daily).
Viking will do a separate FAA certification; which I understand is just a few more things above the Canadian certification. They have some time to do this as the first series of deliveries do not require FAA certification.
As for restarting production of other models: I understand Viking is looking very hard at the Beaver and the Buffalo - and both are candidates for restarting production. I do not believe that Viking has identified enough interest (or market) for the other models. The Buffalo's fate really depends on if certain governments want like for like replacements (with updated controls).
rikkus67 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 1791 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2407 times:
I hope during one of my planespotting outings to YYC, that Viking has its doors open...I'd love to see the "fleet" that's already stored in the final assembly hangar! Brings back fond memories of my first flight - Twin Otter...Time Air: YQL to YYC, December 1974.