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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Twin Otter Update for 25-Apr-2017



  • DHC-6 Operators Page for Indian Ocean is updated
  • DHC-6 Operators Page for Europe is updated



164 - DHC-6-200 N164BA Gravitas Aviation Ltd., West Vancouver, BC (Bank of Utah)


Noted at Calgary-Int'l, AB 24-Apr-2017 following overhaul with Regent Aircraft Services. Aircraft had returned to Canada from Australia on 22-Apr-2016.

420 - DHC-6-300 HB-LUM Zimex Aviation, Glattbrugg

Test flown from Altenrhein/Saint Gallen 10/20-Apr-2017 following overhaul; flew Altenrhein/Saint Gallen - Heraklion - ? - Muscat - Male 21/24-Apr-2017 on delivery to Island Aviation Services. The aircraft is seen below on arrival in the Maldives, and it is expected to become 8Q-ISH.

MSN 420 - DHC-6-300 HB-LUM
Zimex Aviation (Island Aviation Services)
Male 24-Apr-2017
Maldivian Seaplane Photo via Maldivian Plane Spotters

Monday, 24 April 2017

Twin Otter Update for 24-Apr-2017


** All DHC-6 Operator Tables have been updated **


782 - DHC-6-300 C-FTMU Ashe Aircraft Enterprises, Calgary, AB

Registered to PAL Airlines Ltd., St. John's, NL 21-Apr-2017.


MSN 325 - DHC-6-300 C-FTJJ
Air Inuit
Montréal-Trudeau, QC 23-Apr-2017
CYUL Plane Spotter Photo

MSN 925 - DHC-6-400 C-GNVA
Viking Air
Altenhrein/Saint Gallen 04-Apr-2017
John Tomlinson Photo


Friday, 21 April 2017

Twin Otter Update for 21-Apr-2017


369 - DHC-6-300 C-FGON Air Labrador Ltd., Goose Bay, NL

Registered to Planes & Parts Ltd., Turner Valley, AB 19-Apr-2017.


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

Registered 20-Apr-2017. Aircraft had previously been cancelled ON 29-Feb-2016.


687 - DHC-6-300 8Q-TMA Trans Maldivian Airways, Male

Registered 12-Apr-2017, ex C-FMQX. The aircraft is seen below on arrival, and then after entering service with TMA.

Stephen Kennedy Photo

Maldivian Plane Spotters Photo


782 - DHC-6-300 C-FTMU Alberta Central Airways, Lac la Biche, AB

Registered to Beau Del Leasing Inc., Calgary, AB 19-Apr-2017. Aircraft had been returned to Springbank, AB on 22-Feb-2017 after lease to ACA.


830 - DHC-6-300 9N-ABX Nepal Airlines Corp., Kathmandu

Will undergo the upgrade program that was tendered back in 2015 for installation of TAWS and TCAS, as well as wing repair (replacement?). 9N-ABX has been grounded at Kathmandu for about five years. The company had also acquired a needed replacement engine for 9N-ABX in late 2016, but it was instead installed on 9N-ABT, the only serviceable Twin Otter at the time.



Thursday, 20 April 2017

Twin Otter Update for 20-Apr-2017






IKHANA Aircraft Services announces Trans Maldivian Airways to Re-Life™ one of their DHC-6-300 Twin Otters and receives PMA on the Fuselage 

IKHANA Aircraft Services (IKHANA) is pleased to announce that Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) has chosen to Re-Life™ a DHC-6-300 Twin Otter as approved in accordance with IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Fuselage™ Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). “TMA operates the largest twin-otter fleet in the world, flying more than 120,000 flights annually, transferring close to a million passengers to their island destinations. Recently, TMA added two more aircraft to its fleet thereby further strengthening its position as the world’s largest seaplane operator” said Stanley Ranjitkumar, TMA’s Chief Commercial Officer and Deputy Company Secretary. “TMA sees the many benefits of this Re-Life™ program as it adds tremendous value to the already legendary Twin Otter”. 

In addition, IKHANA is also pleased to announce that the RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Fuselage™ has just been issued FAA-PMA. As an FAA-PMA product, IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Fuselage™ may now be provided with an FAA Form 8130-3 (equivalent to EASA/TCCA Form One) for component manufacture. “Our goal has always been to add value to whatever we do,” states John Zublin President/CEO of IKHANA. ”Receiving PMA on the structural fuselage is another very important tool in our effort to bring value and flexibility to Twin Otter operators worldwide.” Combined with IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Wing Boxes™, RWMI DHC-6 ReLife Flight Controls™, and RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Nacelles™ all of the Twin Otter life limited structural components are now eligible for Re-Life™ re-manufacture providing regulatory approved “NEW” components. 

The original DHC-6-100, -200, and -300 Series Twin Otters, produced from 1965 to 1988, have a fuselage fatigue life limit of 66,000 hours/132,000 cycles. The RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Fuselage STC™, allowing NEW 66,000 hours/132,000 cycles of fatigue life, was awarded by the FAA in November of 2011 and is applicable to all of the DHC-6 Legacy Series Twin Otter airplanes. IKHANA has been a key provider of enhancements for the worldwide DHC-6 Twin Otter fleet with products including the RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Wing Box™, RWMI DHC-6 ReLife Fuselage™, RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Flight Controls™, and RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Nacelles™. 

 For further information, contact Naras “Bo” Alksninis, Director, Special Missions Sales Tel: 951-600-0009 x218; Mobile: 818.554.5906; Email: BAlksninis@IKHANAgroup.com About IKHANA Aircraft Services IKHANA Aircraft Services, a DBA of IKHANA Group Inc., provides DESIGN - BUILD - FLY 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Twin Otter Update for 19-Apr-2017



365 - DHC-6-300 N97AR Twin Otter International, Las Vegas, NV

Flew Colorado Springs, CO - Boise, ID 18-Apr-2017 for U.S. Forest Service contract.

955 - DHC-6-400 C-FVAT Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Victoria-Int'l, BC - Calgary-Int'l, AB 19-Apr-2017.

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

Flew Calgary-Int'l, AB - Spokane-Int'l, WA 19-Apr-2017 for painting.

MSN 424 - DHC-6-300 5Y-PJP
Airkenya
Samburu 20-Aug-2008
Julian Mason Photo

MSN 440 - DHC-6-300 N83AR
Twin Otter International
Grand Junction, CO 08-Oct-2012
Greg Goebel Photo



MSN 574 - DHC-6-300 5Y-BGH
Airkenya 20-Dec-2009
AmytheNurse Photo

MSN 602 - DHC-6-300 VP-CXA
Cayman Airways Express
Grand Cayman 02-Nov-2015
Jonathan Payne Photo

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Twin Otter Update for 13-Apr-2017



296 - DHC-6-300 C-GLAI Air Labrador Ltd., Goose Bay, NL

Registered to Planes & Parts Ltd., Turner Valley, AB 12-Apr-2017.

687 - DHC-6-300 C-FMQX Ashe Aircraft Enterprises Ltd., Calgary, AB

Registration cancelled 12-Apr-2017 to 8Q-

874 - DHC-6-400 B-55571 Daily Air Corporation, Taipei (CAVU Aviation Finance)


Left runway, and collided with a fence on landing at Orchid Island-Lanyu Airport 13-Apr-2017 (local date/time). There were strong crosswinds occurring at the time. The aircraft can be seen in the photo below - there were no serious injuries among the 19 onboard.

The photo below bears quite a resemblance to the accident with JA201D in Japan during Aug-2015.




Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Twin Otter Update for 11-Apr-2017



MSN 37 - DHC-6-100 N71EC
Emerald Coast Air
Atlanta-South Regional, GA 10-Apr-2017
Gordon Shepherd Photo

MSN 496 - DHC-6-300 76-22566
U.S. Navy Postgraduate School
Scottsdale, AZ 03-Jun-2012
Jarrod Wilkening Photo


MSN 951 - DHC-6-400 C-GFVT
Viking Air Ltd.
Calgary-Int'l, AB 03-Apr-2017
Dave Subelack Photo


181 - DHC-6-200 N181CS Rampart Aviation, Colorado Springs, CO (FHC Group LLC)

Registration cancelled 31-Mar-2017.

429 - DHC-6-300 N162DE Rampart Aviation, Colorado Springs, CO (Corvaire LLC)

Flew Colorado Springs, CO - Mena, AR 09-Mar-2017, and Mena, AR - Colorado Springs, CO 05-Apr-2017, presumably after painting.

961 - DHC-6-400 C-GVSW Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registered 04-Apr-2017.

962 - DHC-6-400 C-FAFI Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registered 04-Apr-2017.