NameOmitted wrote:Aside from the type certificates, what all did Longview buy from BBD?
What is DHC without the Q? Parts and services?
Longview also owns Viking Air. Viking acquired the type certificates for the DHC-1 ==> DHC-7 many years ago; and has been very profitable doing parts and service as an awful lot of those aircraft are still in service - and the Beaver (DHC-2) is extremely in demand as an bush pilot float plane and other services that use crude short runways. A used junker frame will be rebuilt to a like new aircraft with (or without) a tubo conversion for between 1-2 $Million (and I understand that they always have at least one active rebuild or conversion to turbo in the shop). There is also at least one other company doing similar rebuilds (and gets a lot of parts from Viking). Then Viking decided to restart production in 2007 with an upgraded DHC-6 Twin Otter and have delivered over 150 Twin Otter-400's in the last decade.
In 2016 Longview/Viking acquired the type certificates from Canadair for the CL-215, CL-215T and CL-415 which are boat planes (can land on water without floats); and were designed up front so they could be used as a firefighting water bomber (or not if you had another use for a boat plane). These can land and fill up on a river or lake, and take off, and then drop the water, and return to refill at the nearest river or lake. Viking is currently in the middle of a huge upgrade/modernization program for some of those older firefighting aircraft (building on their success with rebuilding and upgrading other DHC aircraft).
Viking then designed an upgraded CL-515 modern water bomber (just like the Twin Otter 400 is an upgraded aircraft with modern avionics, controls, engines, and accessories over the classic models long out of production); and are currently in production and certification of the CL-515 (initial order was for 6 aircraft from Indonesia with 1st delivery in 2024).
So, I believe that Longview saw parts and service once all orders were produced - as they have made a lot of $$$ selling parts and service on the DHC 1-7, even if only 1 has had production restarted (they seriously looked at restarting the Buffalo DHC-5 some years ago as its a favorite with smaller 3rd world military use - they did not see enough hard interest).
My understanding is that they are currently discussing the restart of the Beaver (DHC-2) as the world is running out of old frames to be rebuilt/converted to turbo and the demand is high. They already often strip an old plane down to its base frame and only reuse the frame (and my understanding is that there is always a used Beaver in their shops being rebuilt at any time). Everything else is new (including wings, skin, controls, etc) - so building the base frame is the only item missing for a new aircraft. This may only be a few new Beavers a year... likely for decades. But, why not if the long term demand is there.
Have a great day,