Twin Otter Update by Erik Johannesson

Costa Rica's Nature Air Grounded by local Regulators

The Dirección General de Aviación Civil (DGAC) suspended the carrier's certificate on 11-Jan-2018, stating  “Nature Air S.A. does not currently have a solvent and effective management structure to guarantee the execution of air operations safely”

Nature Air operates both Cessna Grand Caravans, and Twin Otters from their base in San Jose. On 31-Dec-2017 twelve people were killed in a crash of a company Caravan.


347 - DHC-6-300 XA-UTK Transportes Aéreos Terrestres S.A., Toyoltita

Officially imported to Canada 11-Jan-2018.

S. Aguirre Photo

S. Aguirre Photo


617 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBR Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Updating previous entry; flew Nassau - Fort Pierce, FL - Albany, GA - Decatur, AL - Columbia, MO - Sioux Falls, SD 12/13-Jan-2018 as it returns to Canada following Seaborne Airlines lease.

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721 - DHC-6-300 C-GALU Gravitas Aviation Ltd., West Vancouver, BC

Has recently been flown to a facility in Barr River, ON for maintenance work prior to delivery to a private customer.

Gravitas Aviation Photo - Jan-2018

Gravitas Aviation Photo - Jan-2018


874 - DHC-6-400 C-GVVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC [CAVU Aviation Finance]

Updating previous entry; flew Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Maria, CA 09-Jan-2018 for ferry tank installation prior to crossing the Pacific on delivery to Taiwan.


957 - DHC-6-400 C-FBLZ Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registration cancelled 09-Jan-2018 to Panama. Aircraft was delivered Victoria, BC - Bellingham, WA - Pendleton, OR Ogden, UT - Farmington, NM - Midland/Odessa, TX - Brownsville, TX - Veracruz - Guatemala City - Liberia - Panama City-Pacifico 01/05-Jan-2018 as AN262 for Servicio Nacional Aeronaval.

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Jorge Miranda Corona Photo

Jorge Miranda Corona Photo

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617 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBR Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Providenciales - Nassau - Fort Pierce, FL 09-Jan-2018 returning back to Canada. It had earlier flown to the Turks and Caicos from Saint Croix on 28-Dec-2017. C-GKBR had been operating for Seaborne Airlines since Jun of 2015; the Puerto Rico based carrier filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday.

C-GKBR had been operating for Seaborne Airlines since Jun-2015.

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

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


875 - DHC-6-400 C-GVVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC [CAVU Aviation Finance]

Flew Victoria-Int'l, BC - Portland-Hillsboro, OR - Santa Rosa, CA 09-Jan-2018 as it begins the re-delivery flight back to Taiwan for Daily Air Corporation. The aircraft had sustained considerable damage in an accident at Orchid Island in Apr-2017, and was subsequently shipped back to Canada for repair by Viking Air.

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

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


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

Flew Spokane-Int'l, WA - Victoria-Int'l, BC 06-Jan-2018 after painting.


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

Flew Calgary-Int'l, AB - Spokane-Int'l, WA 04-Jan-2018 for painting.

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208 - DHC-6-200 N901ST Sky Team Aviation, Wilmington, DE

To Airborne Support Group LLC, Marion, MT 28-Dec-2017, and registered 02-Jan-2018. Airborne Support Group is under common ownership with Skydive Arizona, and the aircraft had been delivered from Chicago to Arizona 28/30-Oct-2017.

Nigel Prevett Photo © DeLand, FL 22-Feb-2014

Nigel Prevett Photo © DeLand, FL 22-Feb-2014

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164 - DHC-6-200 F-GOCL Bouloc Skydive, Bouloc-en-Quercy

Noted outside at Calgary-Int'l, AB (as seen below) on 01-Jan-2018 in full c/s, ex N164BA. 

Dave Subelack Photo © Calgary-Int'l, AB 01-Jan-2018

Dave Subelack Photo © Calgary-Int'l, AB 01-Jan-2018

339 - DHC-6-300 C-GOKB Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Al Ain - Male 01/02-Jan-2018 completing its delivery flight to Maldivian, and is seen below upon arrival.

Maldivian Seaplane Photo © Male 02-Jan-2018

Maldivian Seaplane Photo © Male 02-Jan-2018

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

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

 

355 - DHC-6-300 C-FCSW Rocky Mountain Aircraft. Calgary, AB [Ashe Aircraft Enterprises]

Registered to 8199400 Canada Inc. (Summit Air) 02-Jan-2018. This aircraft had been returned from Air Labrador lease in Jul-2017.

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339 - DHC-6-300 C-GOKB Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Updating previous entry; continued Iqaluit, NU - Keflavík - Belgrade - Hurghada - Al Ain 29-Dec-2017/01-Jan-2018.

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

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


521 - DHC-6-300 N418AV Berry Aviation Inc., San Marcos, TX [Avmax/WFBNW]

Flew San Marcos, TX - Bangor, ME - St. John's, NL - Ponta Delgada - Sal 28/31-Dec-2017 en route to sub-Saharan Africa on U.S. military duties.

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

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


957 - DHC-6-400 AN262 Servicio Nacional Aeronaval, Panama City

Flew Victoria-Int'l, BC - Bellingham, WA - Pendleton, OR - Ogden, UT 31-Dec-2017/01-Jan-2018 on delivery.

Tim Martin Photo - Victoria, BC 30-Dec-2017

Tim Martin Photo - Victoria, BC 30-Dec-2017

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339 - DHC-6-300 C-GOKB Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Calgary-Int'l, AB - Iqaluit, NU 28-Dec-2017 as it embarks on its delivery flight to Maldivian Seaplane. Unusually for Maldivian, this aircraft has not been fully painted prior to delivery, it is all white with Maldivian titles only.

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617 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBR Seaborne Airlines, San Juan, PR [Kenn Borek Air Ltd.]

Flew Saint Croix - Providenciales - Grant Turk 28-Dec-2017, diverting from Providenciales.

874 - DHC-6-400 C-GVVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC [CAVU Aviation Finance]

Repairs completed and test flown from Victoria-Int'l, BC 22-Dec-2017. It is expected to be re-delivered to Daily Air Corporation in Taiwan early in the new year. The aircraft is seen below on 22-Dec-2017 with thanks to Tim Martin.

Tim Martin Photo 22-Dec-2017

Tim Martin Photo 22-Dec-2017

617 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBR Seaborne Airlines, San Juan, PR [Kenn Borek Air Ltd.]

Flew Saint Croix - Providenciales - Grant Turk 28-Dec-2017, diverting from Providenciales.

 

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369 - DHC-6-300 C-FGON Planes & Parts Ltd., Strathmore, AB

Registration cancelled 18-Dec-2017 on export to Netherland Antilles as PJ-DVE.

450 - DHC-6-300 C-GNQY Air Labrador Ltd., Goose Bay, NL

Registered to Exploits Valley Air Services Ltd., Gander, NL 19-Dec-2017.

557 - DHC-6-300 HB-LON  RUAG Schweiz AG, Emmen

Registered 17-Dec-2017, ex 9A-TOA.

623 - DHC-6-300 C-GADH Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB

Registration cancelled 18-Dec-2017 on export to Saint Vincent as J8-CRU.

696 - DHC-6-300 HB-LRQ RUAG Schweiz AG, Emmen

Registered 17-Dec-2017, ex 9A-TOE

939 - DHC-6-400 C-GUVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Transferred to Longview Aviation Asset Management Inc., North Saanich, BC 21-Dec-2017.

949 - DHC-6-400 C-GVFP  Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Calgary-Int'l, AB - Victoria-Int'l, BC 18-Dec-2017 as VKN949, transferred to Longview Aviation Asset Management Inc., North Saanich, BC 20-Dec-2017.

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

Flew Victoria-Int'l, BC - Spokane-Int'l, WA 20-Dec-2017.

 

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Not much to report on this Sunday, however I did want to run this excellent shot of C-FUGT by Johan Kellerman. It was taken at Malmö as the aircraft passed through heading initially for Serbia, and bound for the Maldives. Thanks to Johan for the contribution.

Johan Kellerman Photo, Malmö 15-Dec-2017

Johan Kellerman Photo, Malmö 15-Dec-2017

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382 - DHC-6-300 C-FUGT Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Updating entry for 12-Dec-2017; flew Keflavík - Malmö - Nis - Sofia 14/16-Dec-2017 as it continues toward the Maldives.

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

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

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287 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBV Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Registered 13-Dec-2017.


623 - DHC-6-300 C-GADH Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB

Arrived safely in Saint Vincent, and is seen below with thanks to Dominique Drozak. The aircraft is expected to become J8-CRU.

Dominique Drozac Photo

Dominique Drozac Photo

 

718 - DHC-6-300 N904RT Ikhana Group Inc., Murrieta, CA

Registered 13-Dec-2017, ex HK-2548. This aircraft had previously been in open storage at Medellin since 2014, along with MSN 749 and 760.

 

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Editorial Message

Since starting Twin Otter Spotter back in 2012, it has been great to have never lost a supporter - especially as it is the advertising that keeps this site functioning and updated regularly. Today, I'm disappointed to report the first loss, as Twin Otter manufacturer Viking Air has chosen to terminate their support of Twin Otter World at the end of 2017. Although the site will continue on as normal, it is unfortunate to lose the manufacturer's representation here within the Twin Otter community.

 

79 - DHC-6-100 N1022S Holiday Aircraft LLC, Wilmington, DE

To MEC International Trading LLC, Daytona Beach, FL 15-Nov-2017 and registered 11-Dec-2017. Flew Thomaston, GA - Baytown, TX - Brownsville, TX 15-Nov-2017 following Skydive Atlanta operations. Aircraft is seen below at Durango, Mexico on 25-Nov-2017.

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382 - DHC-6-300 C-FUGT Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Updating entry for 11-Dec-2017; flew Kangerlussuaq - Keflavík 12-Dec-2017 as it continues toward the Maldives.

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

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


623 - DHC-6-300 C-GADH Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB

Updating entry for 11-Dec-2017; flew Providenciales - Punta Cana 11-Dec-2017 and on to Antigua 12-Dec-2017.

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

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


952 - DHC-6-400 VP-CHR Sea Aviation 2 Ltd., Georgetown

Registered 06-Sep-2017, ex C-FVIK. 

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382 - DHC-6-300 C-FUGT Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Updating entry for 07-Dec-2017; flew Churchill, MB - Iqaluit, NU 10-Dec-2017, and Iqaluit, NU - Kangerlussuaq - Keflavík 11-Dec-2017.

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

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


623 - DHC-6-300 C-GADH Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB

Updating entry for 07-Dec-2017; flew Williston, ND - Lincoln, NE - Bowling Green, KY - Tallahassee, FL - Fort Lauderdale-Executive, FL - Providenciales 07/11-Dec-2017 as it continues toward Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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

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


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Archive Update

Added Photos and Data for MSN 111, 112, 113


382 - DHC-6-300 C-FUGT Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

As seen below, C-FUGT has been rolled out in full Maldivian livery, and its delivery flight is now underway. The aircraft flew Calgary-Int'l, AB - Olds/Didsbury, AB 07-Dec-2017, and is expected to continue on to La Ronge, SK and Iqaluit, NU.

MSN 382 DHC-6-300 C-FUGT Calgary-Int'l, AB 07-Dec-2017

MSN 382 DHC-6-300 C-FUGT Calgary-Int'l, AB 07-Dec-2017

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

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


623 - DHC-6-300 C-GADH Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB

Flew Airdrie, AB - Williston, ND 07-Dec-2017 on delivery. The is the former Air Seychelles S7-AAF which arrived in Canada in Mar-2017. The aircraft is seen below prior to deparure, and is bound for Saint Vincent/Grenadines.

MSN 623 - DHC-6-300 C-GADH Airdrie, AB Dec-2017

MSN 623 - DHC-6-300 C-GADH Airdrie, AB Dec-2017

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Archive Update:

Added Data and Photos for MSN 108, 109 and 110


382 - DHC-6-300 C-FUGT Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Noted test flying from Calgary-Int'l, AB 28-Nov/01-Dec-2017 and is expected to depart shortly for the Maldives.


411 - DHC-6-300 D-IVER Aerotrans Flugcharter, Kassel

Registered to Zimex Aviation Ltd., Glattbrugg 31-Oct-2017 as HB-LYB.  Flew Altenrhein/Saint Gallen - Chania - ? - Muscat - Male 01/06-Dec-2016 on delivery to Island Aviation Services where it is expected to become 8Q-ISI.

Maldivian Plane Spotters Photo ©

Maldivian Plane Spotters Photo ©


721 - DHC-6-300 XA-UOA Transportes Aéreos Terrestres S.A., Durango

Officially imported to Canada 01-Dec-2017.


 

 

Website Update by Erik Johannesson

I have been working exclusively over the past several days on the continuing transfer of data and photographs over from Twin Otter Archive. After initially preparing pages back in early November, and receiving some good suggestions I redesigned the history page to more closely mirror the original style. Of course that meant doing the completed ones over again. In any case I have now reached MSN 107 at the time of writing this. That includes both the historical data, and the photographs. You are welcome to check things out at:

https://www.twinotterworld.com/master-index

I will balance the time between the work required here, and the same type of project in the creation of Dash8World.

 

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Twin Otter 4X-AHP is seen below last week at Teyman Airport in Beer Sheva, Israel with thanks to Kenneth I. Swartz/Aeromedia Communications. This aircraft was originally with the Peruvian Air Force, and it came to Israel in 1995.

MSN 75 - DHC-6-100 4X-AHP Beer Sheva-Teyman Airport 23-Nov-2017

MSN 75 - DHC-6-100 4X-AHP Beer Sheva-Teyman Airport 23-Nov-2017

369 - DHC-6-300 C-FGON Planes & Parts Ltd., Turner Valley, AB

Flew Calgary-Int'l, AB - Great Falls, MT - Roundup, MT - Grain Valley, MO - Demopolis, AL - Fort Lauderdale-Executive, FL 28/29-Nov-2017 on delivery to Divi Divi Air. The aircraft is seen below prior to departure from Great Falls, MT.

MSN 369 DHC-6-300 C-FGON Great Falls, MT 29-Nov-2017

MSN 369 DHC-6-300 C-FGON Great Falls, MT 29-Nov-2017

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

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

954 - DHC-6-400 N729BM Bald Mountain Air Service, Homer, AK

Positioned to the Alaska North Slope by 29-Nov-2017 and flew Deadhorse, AK - Point Thomson Airstrip, AK same day. The aircraft joins company DHC-6-300 N716JP which has been Deadhorse based since earlier this year. Point Thomson is a facility operated by ExxonMobil.

Deadhorse is also home to ConocoPhillips DHC-6-300 N842AR which flies to their own facilities to the west.

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

Flew Calgary-Int'l, AB - Victoria-Int'l, BC 29-Nov-2017. 

 

 

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455 - DHC-6-300 9N-ABM Tara Air, Kathmandu

Left the runway and over an embankment following a tire failure on take-off from Simikot, Nepal on 28-Nov-2017. There were eleven minor injuries, and three more serious, and all were treated at the local hospital.

This is the second time 9N-ABM has come to grief at Simikot. In 2012 it collided with an electricity pole while in a climbing left turn after take-off.

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78 - DHC-6-200HG™ C-FASQ Summit Air, Yellowknife, NT

Flew Edmonton-Capital, AB - Springbank, AB 26-Nov-2017.


308 - DHC-6-300 C-FTXQ Summit Air, Yellowknife, NT

Flew Edmonton-Capital, AB - Springbank, AB 24-Nov-2017.

 

 

 

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480 - DHC-6-300 P2-SWE South West Air, Mendi

Noted at Cairns, QLD 19-Nov-2017 in full Tropic Air c/s, and now registered P2-TBM. The aircraft had ferried down from Port Moresby on 11-Oct-2017, as seen in the second photo below.

This is the second Twin Otter for Tropic Air.

FNQ Skies Photo © Cairns, QLD 19-Nov-2017

FNQ Skies Photo © Cairns, QLD 19-Nov-2017

FNQ Skies Photo © Cairns, QLD 11-Oct-2017

FNQ Skies Photo © Cairns, QLD 11-Oct-2017

897 - DHC-6-400 C-GVKI Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Heraklion - Corfu - Ancona - Wick - Reykjavík - Churchill, MB - Calgary-Int'l, AB 19/29-Oct-2017 returning from contract operation in the middle east.

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 26-Jun-2015

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 26-Jun-2015


EVAS Air to Operate Gander - Fogo Island with DHC-6

Gander-based Exploits Valley Air Service (EVAS Air) is starting a scheduled air charter service to and from Fogo Island. 

EVAS Air president Patrick White said the service will start in the near future and its frequency will depend on demand. 

“We anticipate there will be a big demand for the service, which will use a newly refurbished Twin Otter that seats 16-18 passengers,” he said. 

“Once passengers arrive in Gander, they will be provided a hop on, hop off shuttle service to the main terminal building for connecting flights, to the James Paton Memorial Hospital, government service centres, and shopping areas.”  

EVAS Air will also make the aircraft available for medical transfer services and private charters on request. 

“This new air charter service opens up many new opportunities for residents in the region, both personal and business,” White said. 

Additional details on the services will be released in the future.   

 

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226 - DHC-6-200HG™ 8Q-IAG Island Aviation Services, Male (Maldivian Seaplane)

Collided with an object in the water on take-off from the Dhoores Retreat Resort 16-Nov-2017. There were no injuries, however the aircraft sustained considerable damage.

This particular aircraft had only been purchased off lease on 01-Nov-2017, although it had been flying for Maldivian since Feb-2015.

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954 - DHC-6-400 N729BM Bald Mountain Air Services, Homer, AK

Flew Victoria-Int'l, BC - Port Hardy, BC - Ketchikan, AK - Yakutat, AK - Anchorage, AK 15-Nov-2017 on delivery. 

This is the first Series 400 operated commercially in the U.S.A. Although there are several other U.S. registered examples, all are privately owned, or with the military.

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

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

 

 

 

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IKHANA Aircraft Services announces development of Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) Installation for the DHC-6 Twin Otter

IKHANA Aircraft Services (IKHANA) announces the development of an APU installation for the DHC-6 Twin Otter series. Developed for an undisclosed operator to provide supplemental electrical power generation capability in support of special missions payloads, IKHANA now offers the installation as a new enhancement product. “The electrical power now available is several magnitudes above that generated by the aircraft engines alone and is now a real option for operators needing power to support their missions,” states Mr. John Zublin President and CEO of IKHANA Aircraft Services. “The trend with special missions operators and new sensors has always pushed the limits of available electrical power; we see this APU modification as a means to help future ideas develop into real technologies.”

The modification supports installation of compact APU’s generating approximately sixty (60) SHP for electrical power generation or a supplemental bleed air source. Initially developed using a Hamilton-Sundstrand (Solar Turbines) T-62T-40C APU, the installation design is suited for other similar sized APU’s. Palletized and mounted within a fire containment box in the aft baggage compartment, the modification supports quick configuration changes allowing the APU to be easily removed within a few hours when not required for the mission. The full multimission capabilities of the Twin Otter are retained with the APU removed.

Ikhana Photo

Ikhana Photo

Ikhana Photo

Ikhana Photo


623 - DHC-6-300 C-GADH Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB

Registered 08-Nov-2017. This is the former S7-AAF which had arrived in Canada on 01-Mar-2017.


ARM Aviacion Vistaliner TG-JCA (MSN 524) is seen below at Antigua carrying full United Nations markings.

Dave Hedges Photo © Antigua 12-Nov-2017

Dave Hedges Photo © Antigua 12-Nov-2017


The Bald Mountain DHC-6-400 N729BM (MSN 954) is seen below at Victoria, prior to delivery to Alaska.

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 11-Nov-2017

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 11-Nov-2017