Aircraft News by Erik Johannesson

938 - DHC-6-400 C-GVZQ Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Noted at Victoria-Int'l, BC 05-Apr-2018 now in full Aurora c/s. This aircraft had originally arrived in Victoria in Mar-2016 with an all white scheme.

 Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 05-Apr-2018

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 05-Apr-2018


964 - DHC-6-400 C-FMVQ Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Victoria-Int'l, BC - Calgary-Int'l, AB 06-Apr-2018 as VKN964.

Aircraft & Operator News by Erik Johannesson

Fogo Island via EVAS Air Beginning April 23, 2018

The inaugural commercial air service from Gander to Fogo Island is expected to launch on 23-Apr-2018, operated by Gander based EVAS Air.

Former Air Labrador DHC-6-300 C-GNQY (MSN 450) is seen below, now carrying full EVAS colours in preparation for the flights. 

 EVAS Air Photo

EVAS Air Photo

Aircraft News by Erik Johannesson

46 - DHC-6-100 N460TA Texas Air Services Inc., Dickinson, TX

Registered 04-Mar-2018, ex HI644.


208 - DHC-6-200 N901ST Airborne Support Group LLC, Marion, MT

Re-registered N82LH 03-Apr-2018.


787 - DHC-6-300 VP-FBC British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge

Flew Grand Cayman - Houston-Sugarland - Garden City, KS - Casper, WY - Calgary-Int'l, AB - Springbank, AB 01/02-Apr-2018 returning from Antarctica.

Operator News by Erik Johannesson

Nepal Airlines in Negotiations to Acquire New Twin Otters

As part of the Nepal Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation 100-day action plan, Nepal Airlines is expected to acquire DHC-6-400 aircraft. The number of units is variously reported as 4, 6 or 8. The airline is also hoping to trade their current three DHC-6-300's against the purchase.

 

Operator News by Erik Johannesson

Aurora Airlines to add Five DHC-6-400's for New Kuril Islands Operations

Courtesy of Russian Aviation Insider

Aurora Airlines, Aeroflot Group’s subsidiary active in the Far Eastern region of Russia, will receive five  DHC-6 Twin Otter 400 turboprops. They will use to launch service to Kuril Islands. Administration of Sakhalin Region, which shares the ownership of the airline (51%) with Aeroflot, reports that the shareholders have reached the decision to top up Aurora’s capital to finance the purchase of the aircraft.

The governor of the region Oleg Kozhemyako announced plans to launch direct service between Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Shikotan Island, unprecedented in history. Construction of a runway on the island is scheduled to begin before the end of this year. Construction of a new runway is also underway on Paramushir Island, in advance of the re-launch of regular connection with Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

Aurora Airlines currently operates three 19-seat DHC-6s produced by Canadian manufacturer Viking Air. The aircraft can be operated off short runways, from 360 m. The Russian airlines has recently achieved a 10,000 flight hours on the type.

Currently Aurora uses Bombardier Q400 turboprops for flights across Sakhalin Region, including service to Iturup and Shikotan islands. In 2016 the airline also resumed service between Kunashir and Shikotan islands on Mil Mi-8MTV-1 helicopter.

According to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency’s records, Aurora Airlines’ fleet includes 10 Airbus А319s, 11 Bombardier DHC-8 and three DHC-6s.

The Far Eastern region has been under special attention of the Russian government in the last years. In late 2017 prime minister Dmitriy Medvedev ordered the lifting of VAT off flights to the region. He also instructed appropriate agencies to elaborate measures aimed at fleet renewal and reconstruction of several airports in the region.

Supplier/MRO News by Erik Johannesson

Team JAS to exhibit at the MRO Americas Exhibition in Orlando, Florida

April 5, 2018 JACKSONVILLE, FL – Team JAS will be exhibiting at the MRO Americas Exhibition, the premier MRO Trade Show and Industry Event to be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from April 10th through April 12th.

"We are very excited to be exhibiting at MRO Americas this year” said Paul Theofan, president of Team JAS. "Our FAA and EASA Certified Repair Station has continued to grow over the past few years with significant investments in both equipment and personnel which has dramatically increased our capabilities. We look forward to speaking with customers looking for cost effective ways to reduce their MRO costs”. Team JAS, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida has continued to expand to meet higher global demand. “This is the first time Team JAS will be exhibiting at MRO Americas, and we are pleased to be doing so along with our parent company, Regional One” added Mr. Theofan. “Team JAS has always focused on providing operators with cost-effective MRO Solutions, such as DER Repairs and Part Fabrications as well as the extensive use of our own proprietary FAA-PMA approved replacement parts. We look forward to expanding on these past successes with additional offerings, and this show will afford us a prime opportunity to meet with customers to discuss new solutions.”

Regional One is a purchaser, lessor and seller of aircraft, aircraft parts, engines and engine parts and other related support items applicable to the Regional / Commuter aircraft worldwide. For more information please visit www.regionalone.com

Team JAS is a customer driven solutions company that has supported the Twin Otter fleet as well as various other Regional Turboprops worldwide for over 30 years. Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, the 33,000 square foot facility includes sales and logistical support, a maintenance repair and overhaul facility: JAS ServicesSM FAA/EASA 145 and Viking Air Ltd. FECC (Factory Endorsed Component Center) approved, an engineering and manufacturing division: JAS Engineered SolutionsSM, and a large climate-controlled warehouse. For more information please contact our team at 904.292.2328 or via email at sales@teamjas.com

Twin Otter Update by Erik Johannesson

414 - DHC-6-300 DQ-PSD Fiji Link, Nadi

Updating entry for 26-Mar-2018; continued on delivery 27-Mar-2018 flying Honolulu-Inouye, HI - Santa Maria, CA.


432 - DHC-6-300 N63AR Twin Otter International Inc., Las Vegas, NV

Test flown from Springbank, AB 27-Mar-2018.


788 - DHC-6-300 N56RF U.S. Department of Commerce/NOAA, MacDill AFB, FL

Flew Springbank, AB - Minot, ND - Sioux City, IA 27-Mar-2018. The aircraft had arrived at Springbank on 17-Mar-2018.

MRO & Supplier News by Erik Johannesson

Team JAS to exhibit at the FIDAE International Air & Space Fair in Santiago, Chile

March 27, 2018 JACKSONVILLE, FL – Team JAS will be exhibiting at the FIDAE International Air & Space Fair in Santiago, Chile from April 3rd, 2018 – April 8th, 2018.

"We are very pleased to be exhibiting at the FIDAE Show this year in Santiago, Chile along with our sister companies PAL Aviation and CaerteNav” said Andy Sanfilippo, CEO of Team JAS. "We have a long-standing history as a prime supplier to both commercial and military customers in South America and this show will enable us to meet with many of them all in one terrific location”. Team JAS, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida has continued to grow to meet higher demand in the Americas as well globally. “This is the first time Team JAS will be exhibiting at FIDAE” added Mr. Sanfilippo. “We are looking forward to meeting with many of our key customers in the region, especially the Chilean Air Force who we have directly supported over the last few years and are the organizers of this remarkable aviation trade show that is now in its 20th edition”.

CarteNav is an ISO 9001:2015-certified company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. From its founding in August 2002, CarteNav has become a recognized leader in mission system software that enhances situational awareness and improves mission effectiveness on airborne, land-based, and maritime platforms.

PAL Aerospace is a Canadian aerospace and defense company with a focus on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) solutions. Recognized by governments and militaries for on time/on budget delivery, and high reliability rates, the company has grown globally. This track record of success has led to on-going operations around the world.

Team JAS is a customer driven solutions company that has supported the Twin Otter fleet as well as various other Regional Turboprops worldwide for over 30 years. Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, the 33,000 square foot facility includes sales and logistical support, a maintenance repair and overhaul facility: JAS ServicesSM FAA/EASA 145 and Viking Air Ltd. FECC (Factory Endorsed Component Center) approved, an engineering and manufacturing division: JAS Engineered SolutionsSM, and a large climate-controlled warehouse. For more information please contact our team at 904.292.2328 or via email at sales@teamjas.com

Twin Otter Update by Erik Johannesson

414 - DHC-6-300 DQ-PSD Fiji Link, Nadi

Is currently en route from Fiji on return to the aircraft lessor. Flew Nadi - Majuro - Honolulu-Inouye, HI 23/24-Mar-2018 with a final planned destination of Thomaston, GA.

 Vic Riley Photo © Matei 25-Sep-2015

Vic Riley Photo © Matei 25-Sep-2015

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The United Energy Pakistan Series 400 is seen below taxiing at Victoria on the 21-Mar-2018. The eventual ident AP-UEP can be seen on the tail.

 Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 21-Mar-2018

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 21-Mar-2018


Noted outside for a switch of hangars on 21-Mar-2018 is C-FVGY below, which arrived back in Jan-2018.

 Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 21-Mar-2018

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 21-Mar-2018


Twin Otter MSN 5 XA-TUQ is seen in the state of Durango. The aircraft was leased from Intermountain Aviation in 1969, and it crashed after returning to the U.S.A. as N7705.

 Photo via Douglas W. Smith 

Photo via Douglas W. Smith 

MSN 18 XA-HIL was badly damaged in an overrun at Toyoltita in 1968, as can be seen below. It was subsequently rebuilt before eventually succumbing in another accident in 1978.

 Photo via Douglas W. Smith Sep-1968

Photo via Douglas W. Smith Sep-1968


Information / Opinions Requested:

MSN 65 N8083N is seen below in Feb-1971; during the period of 1968 to 1974 it was owned by National Equipment Rental, having come off lease to Hawaii Jet Aire in Jan-1970. Current available records indicate it was with Air Indies from Feb-1970 to Jan-1974.

A reader has provided the photo, and has posed a question, which of course I would like to dig into as well. The tail appears to have a French flag? Or is it a logo which also includes the square just above, which looks like it was probably black. All three seem to be perhaps either very faded, or are in the process of being removed/over painted. Air Indies colours were generally red/black/white or red/purple - so who is the yellow (orange) scheme from?

The question is - who had it been operating for?

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By Mar-1974 it had received a red & white Air Indies scheme as seen in the photo below. 

 George Fascher Photo © Opa-locka, FL Mar-1974

George Fascher Photo © Opa-locka, FL Mar-1974

It had joined Walker's Aviation by 1975, and was eventually reduced to parts at Valle, AZ by Twin Otter International.

Twin Otter Update by Erik Johannesson

151 - DHC-6-200 N203SF Direct Action Aviation LLC, Reno, NV (Skydive Midwest)

Has been reserved as N692DA as of 16-Mar-2018. Looks like N203SF is going to get a new ident to go along with the new paint job.


168 - DHC-6-200 N923MA Speedstar Express LLC, Las Vegas, NV (Skydive Lake Elsinore)

Registration cancelled 16-Mar-2018. This aircraft had been for sale for a considerable time.


492 - DHC-6-300 C-GIGK West Wind Aviation LP, Saskatoon, SK

Registration transferred to affiliate Transwest Air LP, Prince Albert, SK 16-Mar-2018.


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Twin Otter Update by Erik Johannesson

960 - DHC-6-400 C-GVAQ Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registration cancelled 15-Mar-2018 on export to the Cayman Islands as VP-C...  As with MSN 952 the Cayman registration is a flag of convenience, and it will not actually be operated from there.


A selection of Twin Otter repainting photos below

 66 - DHC-6-100 N166DH SDP LLC  USA Aero Refinishing Photo © Lawrenceville, IL

66 - DHC-6-100 N166DH SDP LLC  USA Aero Refinishing Photo © Lawrenceville, IL


 66 - DHC-6-100 N166DH SDP LLC  USA Aero Refinishing Photo © Lawrenceville, IL

66 - DHC-6-100 N166DH SDP LLC  USA Aero Refinishing Photo © Lawrenceville, IL


 66 - DHC-6-100 N166DH SDP LLC  USA Aero Refinishing Photo © Lawrenceville, IL

66 - DHC-6-100 N166DH SDP LLC  USA Aero Refinishing Photo © Lawrenceville, IL


 27 - DHC-6-100 N227CS Win Win Aviation  USA Aero Refinishing Photo © Lawrenceville, IL

27 - DHC-6-100 N227CS Win Win Aviation  USA Aero Refinishing Photo © Lawrenceville, IL


 223 - DHC-6-200 N223AL Win Win Aviation  USA Aero Refinishing Photo © Lawrenceville, IL

223 - DHC-6-200 N223AL Win Win Aviation  USA Aero Refinishing Photo © Lawrenceville, IL


 242 - DHC-6-200 N92FE Berry Aviation  USA Aero Refinishing Photo © Lawrenceville, IL

242 - DHC-6-200 N92FE Berry Aviation  USA Aero Refinishing Photo © Lawrenceville, IL

Twin Otter News by Erik Johannesson

82 - DHC-6-200HG C-GCWV 1431128 Alberta Ltd., Fort McMurray, AB

Acquired by Gravitas Aviation Ltd., West Vancouver, BC 11-Mar-2018. The aircraft is currently undergoing wing box replacement, 5 yr CPCP and main landing gear inspection by Regent Aircraft Services in Calgary.

 Gravitas Aviation Photo ©

Gravitas Aviation Photo ©

 

950 - DHC-6-400 C-FVAM Longview Aviation Asset Management, North Saanich, BC

Now that the registration has been applied, it has permitted the identification of which aircraft this is. The previous photos hadn't carried the registration.

Thanks as always, to Tim Martin for the photo featured below.

 Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 13-Mar-2018

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 13-Mar-2018

 

960 - DHC-6-400 C-GVAQ Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Updating previous entry; continued Keflavík - Wick - Altenrhein/Saint Gallen 12/13-Mar-2018 on delivery.

Twin Otter News by Erik Johannesson

373 - DHC-6-300 C-FKBX Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Guayaquil - Roatan - Dallas-Addison, TX - Gillette, WY - Calgary-Int'l, AB 08/11-Mar-2018 returning from Antarctica.


839 - DHC-6-300 VP-FBL British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge

Flew Guayaquil - Roatan - Brownsville, TX - Amarillo, TX - Casper, WY - Calgary-Int'l, AB - Springbank, AB 05/09-Mar-2018 returning from Antarctica.


958 - DHC-6-400 C-FOAD Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registration cancelled 07-Mar-2017 on export to Fiji as DQ-FJR.


960 - DHC-6-400 C-GVAQ Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Following work completed by Wipaire, C-GVAQ departed their South Saint Paul, MN facility on 11-Mar-2018 on delivery. The aircraft had been present in South Saint Paul since 18-Sep-2017.

Flew South Saint Paul, MN - Sault Ste Marie, ON - Amos, QC - Goose Bay, NL - Narsarsuaq - Keflavík 11/12-Mar-2018. The aircraft is expected to be registered in the Cayman Islands, joining MSN 952 VP-CHR which was delivered to Altenrhein/Saint Gallen earlier.

Many thanks to Pascal Perreault for the photos from Amos, QC yesterday.

 Pascal Perreault Photo © Amos, QC 11-Mar-2018

Pascal Perreault Photo © Amos, QC 11-Mar-2018

 Pascal Perreault Photo © Amos, QC 11-Mar-2018

Pascal Perreault Photo © Amos, QC 11-Mar-2018

Twin Otter News by Erik Johannesson

 

Fiji Link Takes Delivery of Third Series 400 Twin Otter

 

C-FOAD was handed over to Fiji Link on 06-Mar-2018 as seen in the photo below. The company maintains an option on an additional -400 series, with a decision expected to be made later this year.

 
 Fiji Airways Photo

Fiji Airways Photo

 

 

Kenn Borek's DHC-6-300 C-GXXB is seen on approach to Calgary yesterday.

 DJRXXS Photo © Calgary-Int'l, AB 07-Mar-2018

DJRXXS Photo © Calgary-Int'l, AB 07-Mar-2018

 

 

A nice portrait of Skydive City's DHC-6-100 N204EH, with thanks to JST Mgmt.

 JST Management Photo © Zephyrhills, FL

JST Management Photo © Zephyrhills, FL

Twin Otter Update by Erik Johannesson

46 - DHC-6-100 HI-644 SAPSA-Servicios Aéreos Profesionales S.A., Santo Domingo

Has recently been acquired by Vancouver-based Gravitas Aviation Ltd.

 Stefan Conzelmann Photo © Samana Aug-2014

Stefan Conzelmann Photo © Samana Aug-2014


312 - DHC-6-300 C-GCKB Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Roatan - Dallas-Addison, TX - Gillette, WY - Calgary-Int'l, AB 04/05-Mar-2018 returning from Antarctica.


503 - DHC-6-300 N504WJ Turbo Flite LLC, Missoula, MT

Flew Sedona, AZ - Roswell, NM - Dallas-Redbird, TX - New Orleans-Lakefront, LA - Crestview, FL 02/05-Mar-2018. As with MSN 562, noted on 28-Feb-2018 that flew a similar routing in reverse, N504WJ also operates normally under a military serial for the Special Operations Group.


693 - DHC-6-300 C-GKCS Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Roatan - Dallas-Addison, TX - Gillette, WY - Calgary-Int'l, AB 04/05-Mar-2018 returning from Antarctica.


958 - DHC-6-400 C-FOAD Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Updating the report of 02-Mar-2018; continued Santa Maria, CA - Honolulu, HI - Majuro - Nadi 03/05-Mar-2018 on delivery to Fiji Link. 

 Calgary-Int'l, AB 28-Feb-2018

Calgary-Int'l, AB 28-Feb-2018

 Maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz

Maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz


Trigana Air Service DHC-6-300 PK-YPX "Gusty", which had previously received a new paint scheme has now had a shark's mouth added, as seen in the photo below.

 @thatplaneguy Photo

@thatplaneguy Photo

Twin Otter Update by Erik Johannesson

958 - DHC-6-400 C-FOAD Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flight planned for Calgary-Int'l, AB - Boise, ID 02-Mar-2018 as it begins its delivery flight to Fiji Link.

 Maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz

Maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz

Twin Otter Update by Erik Johannesson

562 - DHC-6-300 N562CP Turbo Flite LLC, Missoula, MT

Updating yesterday's entry, the aircraft continued Taos, NM - Page, AZ - Las Vegas-McCarran, NV 01-Mar-2018.


725 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBO Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Updating entry for yesterday; flew Gillette, WY - Calgary-Int'l, AB 28-Feb-2018 completing its return flight from Antarctica.


958 - DHC-6-400 C-FOAD Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Updating entry for 23-Feb-2018, upon arrival in Calgary on the 23rd the aircraft had ferry tanks installed, and is expected to be delivered shortly. It will be ferried across the Pacific via California and Hawaii to become DQ-FJR with Fiji Link.

Twin Otter Update by Erik Johannesson

562 - DHC-6-300 N562CP Turbo Flite Aviation LLC, Missoula, MT

Flew Crestview, FL - New Orleans-Lakefront, LA - Austin, TX - Taos, NM 26/28-Feb-2018. I've included this as it does not normally fly under a civilian registration (although that is how it is formally registered). 

 Maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz

Maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz


725 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBO Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Roatan - Dallas-Addison, TX - Gillette, WY 27/28-Feb-2018 returning from Antarctica.


881 - DHC-6-400 RA-67283 Aurora Air Company, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

As can be seen in the photo below, the aircraft is now known to be named "Vladimir Saibel"

 Dimitry Rudakoff Photo ©

Dimitry Rudakoff Photo ©


889 - DHC-6-400 RA-67284 Aurora Air Company, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

As can be seen in the photo below, the aircraft is now known to be named "Vladimir Arsenyev"

 Leukhin Fedor Photo ©

Leukhin Fedor Photo ©


908 - DHC-6-400 RA-67285 Aurora Air Company, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

As can be seen in the photo below, the aircraft is now known to be named "Ivan Nadarov".

 Vera Bykova Photo © Dalnegorsk Feb-2018

Vera Bykova Photo © Dalnegorsk Feb-2018

Twin Otter Update by Erik Johannesson

958 - DHC-6-400 C-FOAD Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Victoria-Int'l, BC - Calgary-Int'l, AB 23-Feb-2018.


965 - DHC-6-400 C-GFAP Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Spokane-Int'l, WA - Victoria-Int'l, BC 22-Feb-2018 after painting. The aircraft is seen below after arrival, with thanks as always, to Tim Martin.

 Tim Martin Photo ©

Tim Martin Photo ©


61 - DHC-6-100 N204EH JST Management LLC, Zephyrhills, FL

Noted at Zephyrhills 12-Feb-2018 as seen in the photo below with thanks to Nigel Howarth.

 Nigel Howarth Photo ©

Nigel Howarth Photo ©


88 - DHC-6-100 N669JW Pegasus Air Inc., Laurel, DE

Noted at Zephyrhills 12-Feb-2018 as seen in the photo below with thanks to Nigel Howarth.

 Nigel Howarth Photo ©

Nigel Howarth Photo ©


211 - DHC-6-200 N321CY Jump Run Aviation LLC, Rochester, NH

Noted at Zephyrhills 12-Feb-2018 as seen in the photo below with thanks to Nigel Howarth. The aircraft has recently been repainted.

 Nigel Howarth Photo ©

Nigel Howarth Photo ©