Twin Otter Update / by Erik Johannesson

Viking Opens 30th Country with Sale of Twin Otter Series 400 to United Energy Pakistan

 

United Energy Pakistan Paint Scheme.jpg

Singapore, February 7 th , 2018: Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and United Energy Pakistan, of Karachi, Pakistan have signed an agreement for a Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft to be delivered in the second quarter of 2018, marking the first Viking Series 400 Twin Otter to enter operation in Pakistan.

The Viking Series 400 Twin Otter will be optimized for industrial support operations, and will be used by United Energy Pakistan (UEP) on an unpaved airstrip for personnel and materials transport from Karachi to the company’s base camps in Badin and Mirpurkhas Khipro Concession areas.

As a legacy Twin Otter operator for many years, UEP’s familiarity with the Twin Otter’s flight capabilities, technical aspects, and ease of maintenance made selection of the Viking Series 400 a natural choice for supporting their oil & gas operations.

United Energy Pakistan’s Head of Management Services, Sadruddin Hasan Ali, commented, “The Twin Otter has been previously owned and operated by UEP for decades and it has been a part of our Company’s history.” Sadruddin Hasan Ali continued, “We’re excited to now be bringing the new Series 400 to Pakistan. The level of support extended by Viking, from selection of aircraft and its additional options, to finalization of the purchase agreement, delivery terms and additional maintenance support, has been truly noteworthy.”

Robert Mauracher, Viking’s executive vice president, Sales & Marketing, said “Viking is very proud that UEP has returned to the Twin Otter family, demonstrating their confidence in the aircraft and the quality of our product. As the first operator of the Series 400 in Pakistan, the 30th country of operation for the aircraft to date, UEP’s requirement for a seamless Entry-Into-Service process and an established global customer support network was a significant factor in their decision to buy from Viking.”

NASH Aerotradings (PVT) Ltd. of Karachi, Viking’s authorized sales representative for Pakistan, was instrumental in bringing UEP and Viking together for this deal. NASH is utilizing its expertise to obtain necessary licensing to develop an operational airstrip and help coordinate airworthiness certification necessary to complete the sale.


? - DHC-6-300 C-FZDS Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Updating previous entries; flew Dalhart, TX - Denver-Centennial, CO - Sheridan, WY - Glasgow, MT - Calgary-Int'l, AB 03/05-Feb-2018 completing its delivery flight from Mexico.

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

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


426 - DHC-6-300 C-GXXB Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Roatan - Dallas-Addison, TX - Gillette, WY - Calgary-Int'l, AB 06/07-Feb-2018 returning from Antarctica.


748 - DHC-6-300 VP-FAZ British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge

Arrived Springbank, AB 07-Feb-2018 returning from Antarctica.

 Kenneth I. Swartz/Aeromedia Communications Photo

Kenneth I. Swartz/Aeromedia Communications Photo


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

Registration cancelled 06-Feb-2018 on restoration to Taiwan.


951 - DHC-6-400 C-GFVT Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Transferred to Longview Aviation Asset Management Inc., North Saanich, BC and registered 07-Feb-2018.

 Dave Subelack Photo 

Dave Subelack Photo 


959 - DHC-6-400 C-FZVM Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Updating previous entries; flew Honolulu-Inouye, HI - Majuro - Nadi 05/06-Feb-2017 completing its delivery flight to Fiji Link.

 Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Photo: Waisea Nasokia

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

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


970 - DHC-6-400 C-FBVG Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registered 06-Feb-2018.


 

Nature Air to Resume Operations 09-Feb-2018

Costa Rican carrier Nature Air has received approval from the DGAC to resume operations following a suspension of 20 days. Flight are expected to be operating again from 09-Feb-2018 from San Jose's Tobias Bolanos airport. Two Twin Otter aircraft are expected to join the fleet by mid-February.


Viking Recognizes Malaysia’s MASwings for Twin Otter Series 400 Utilization

Singapore, February 8 th , 2018: Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is pleased to recognize MASwings of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for the exceptional utilization of its Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft. The utilization award recognizes MASwings’ fleet of Series 400 Twin Otters achieving 40,000 hours in service.

MASwings, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, have been operating legacy Twin Otters for over thirty years, and are currently the largest commercial operator of Viking Series 400 Twin Otters.

MASwings’ fleet of six Viking Series 400 aircraft have been in commercial service in Malaysia since 2013, operating as regional commuters in the interior of Sabah and Sarawak, the two Malaysian states in Borneo. 

“It seems like yesterday that MASwings took delivery of our 50th production Series 400 aircraft,” commented David Curtis, President & CEO of Viking Air Limited, "and to now see them reaching this notable milestone is a testament to their operation and to the reliability of the Series 400 Twin Otter.”

MASwings Series 400 Twin Otters are configured with a full IFR Honeywell Primus Apex digital avionics suite, complete with two primary and one secondary GPS backed navigation system, Flight Management System, TAWS, TCAS I, and EGPWS. MASwings was also the launch airline for Latitude Technologies SkyNode and IONode, an Iridium satellite communication package with WIFI enabled flight data acquisition, recording and reporting aircraft trend monitoring system.

 Project Whee Photo 

Project Whee Photo 


The Sad Saga of C-FZZM

The photographic sequence below documents the recovery (and "unrecovery") of DHC-6-200 C-FZZM at Reliance, NWT in 1986. The details of the incident can be found at the following link. 

DHC-6-200 C-FZZM

 Initial recovery of the sunken aircraft

Initial recovery of the sunken aircraft

 Breaking the surface and letting the water drain out 

Breaking the surface and letting the water drain out 

 Placement of aircraft on shoreline in preparation to be moved to Yellowknife by sling load

Placement of aircraft on shoreline in preparation to be moved to Yellowknife by sling load

 Back into the water again after having been dropped, about 200 yards from where it had originally sunk.

Back into the water again after having been dropped, about 200 yards from where it had originally sunk.