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Monday, 23 January 2017

Twin Otter Update for 23-Jan-2017



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

Noted at Altenrhein/Saint Gallen 18-Jan-2017.


466 - DHC-6-300 T-741 Swiss Air Force

Noted at Altenrhein/Saint Gallen 18-Jan-2017.


557 - DHC-6-300 9A-TOA European Coastal Airlines, Split (RUAG Schweiz AG)

Noted at Bern 20-Jan-2017 in storage, still on amphibious floats.

MSN 557  DHC-6-300 9A-TOA
European Coastal Airlines
Bern 20-Jan-2017
James Paveley Photo


577 - DHC-6-300 OY-NSA Nordic Seaplanes, Aarhus

Noted in winter storage at Altenrhein/Saint Gallen 18-Jan-2017.


634 - DHC-6-300 P2-KSS Heviflit PNG, Waigani (Greystoke Leasing Inc.)

Aircraft is offered for sale or lease, with owner financing available. It has a TT of 29,513 hours, and full details can be found on the following specification sheet:


658 - DHC-6-300 HB-LOK Zimex Aviation Ltd., Glattbrugg

Noted at Altenrhein/Saint Gallen 18-Jan-2017.


696 - DHC-6-300 9A-TOE European Coastal Airlines, Split (RUAG Schweiz AG)

Noted at Bern 20-Jan-2017 in storage, on wheels.

MSN 696 - DHC-6-300 9A-TOE
European Coastal Airlines
Bern 20-Jan-2017
James Paveley Photo


900 - DHC-6-400 N915VK Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC (Wells Fargo Bank NW Trustee)

Registered to TVPX ARS Inc. Trustee, Salt Lake City, UT 20-Jan-2017. Aircraft has been present at Murrieta, CA since arriving there from Victoria, BC on 05-Nov-2014.


908 - DHC-6-400 RA-67285 Aurora Air Company, Vladivostok

Departed Altenrhein/Saint Gallen 12-Jan-2017, and arrived in Vladivostok 19-Jan-2017 on delivery to Aurora. This is the 3rd Twin Otter for Aurora, and had been parked in Switzerland since 14-Mar-2016 pending an improvement in the Russian economic climate.


925 - DHC-6-400 C-GNVA Planes & Parts Ltd., Turner Valley, AB

Noted still stored at Altenrhein/Saint Gallen 18-Jan-2017.


Thursday, 19 January 2017

Twin Otter Update for 19-Jan-2017



Regent Aircraft Services is nearing completion of overhaul and refurbishment of DHC-6-300 MSN 368 C-GGIR which can be seen in the photo below. The scope of work included:

  • CPCP Corrosion Program (5 year) and rectification of findings
  • Brand new Regent STC Commuter "High Back" seats
  • Overhauled Engines
  • Overhauled Props
  • Overhauled Landing Gear
  • Overhauled Hydraulic System
  • Installation of Aerocorp STC Garmin G950 Integrated Flight Deck System
  • Brand New Fuel System
  • Application of corrosion protection, sealant and new paint


MSN 368 - DHC-6-300 C-GGIR
Guyana Goldfields Inc.
Calgary-Int'l, AB 18-Jan-2017
Regent Aircraft Services Photo


Editor's Note:  MSN 368 was imported to Canada in Nov-2015 by Vancouver-based Gravitas Aviation, having previously flown with the Mexican Attorney General's service. It was sold to Toronto's Guyana Goldfields Inc. in early 2016.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Twin Otter Update for 18-Jan-2017


502 - DHC-6-300 7T-VND Star Aviation, Hassi Massaoud

Flew Altenrhein/Saint Gallen - Mahon - Hassi Massaoud 18-Jan-2017 returning to Algeria following maintenance. The aircraft had arrived in Switzerland on 07-Oct-2016.



I'm not going to make a habit of doing this going forward, as it is difficult to keep it up to date, but the following pre-owned 400 Series aircraft are currently advertised as available.

MSN 848 8Q-TMX with a TT of 4,127.2 hrs

MSN 849 8Q-TMY with a TT of 3,952.1 hrs

MSN 850 8Q-TMZ with a TT of 3,862.7 hrs

MSN 859 P2-IRN with a TT of 3,023.3 hrs

MSN 871 N48TR on amphibs with a TT of 23.7 hrs (and was built in 2013!)

Monday, 16 January 2017

Twin Otter Update for 16-Jan-2017



841 - DHC-6-300 A6-MAR H.E. Mohammed Abdul Rahim Al Ali, Dubai

Noted at Dubai-Marina Airport 06-Dec-2016 now operated by Skydive Dubai as DU-SD8. Aircraft is still in basic Transport Canada c/s and it is seen below at Athens in 2006.

MSN 841 - DHC-6-300 A6-MAR
H.E. Mohammed Abdul Rahim Al Ali
Athens 20-May-2006
Dim Pol Photo/M.J. Ody Collection

Friday, 13 January 2017

Twin Otter Update for 13-Jan-2017



946 - DHC-6-400 AN 261 Servicio Nacional Aeronaval, Panama City

Updating entry for 12-Jan-2017; flew Liberia - Panama City-Pacifico 12-Jan-2017 completing its delivery flight. Pacifico is the former Howard AFB.

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

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Twin Otter Update for 12-Jan-2017



623 - DHC-6-300 S7-AAF Air Seychelles, Mahe

Officially imported to Canada 12-Jan-2017. As noted in the entry for 02-Jan-2017 the aircraft has been acquired by Gravitas Aviation Ltd.

636 - DHC-6-300 HB-LRN Zimex Aviation Ltd., Glattbrugg

Updating entry for 11-Jan-2017; flew Port Moresby - Luganville-Santo Pekoa (Vanuatu) 12-Jan-2017. (which is of course 13-Jan-2017 locally)

946 - DHC-6-400 AN261 Servicio Nacional Aeronaval, Panama City

Updating entry for 11-Jan-2017; flew Brownsville, TX - Veracruz - Guatemala City-La Aurora 11-Jan-2017, and Guatemala City-La Aurora - Liberia 12-Jan-2017 en route to Panama.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Twin Otter Update for 11-Jan-2017



636 - DHC-6-300 HB-LRN Zimex Aviation Ltd., Glattbrugg

Updating entry for 09-Jan-2017; flew Singapore-Seletar - Ambon - Port Moresby 10/11-Jan-2017 as it continues on delivery to Air Tetiaroa in Tahiti. The aircraft left Altenrhein/Saint Gallen on 03-Jan-2017.

946 - DHC-6-400 AN261 Servicio Nacional Aeronaval, Panama City

Updating entry for 10-Jan-2017; flew Brownsville, TX - Veracruz 11-Jan-2017 as it continues on delivery to Panama.

952 - DHC-6-400 C-FVIK(6) Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Spokane, WA - Victoria, BC 11-Jan-2017 after painting.


953 - DHC-6-400 C-FGAL(6) Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Calgary-Int'l, AB - Spokane, WA 11-Jan-2017 for painting.


A few more memories from Northern Ontario with thanks to Keith Fox.

MSN 103 - DHC-6-100 C-FQBV
Calm Air International
Sioux Lookout, ON, Mar-1988
Keith Fox Photo
Where is it now?  Still in service as a jump aircraft in the U.S.A. as N169BA. 

MSN 243 - DHC-6-300 C-FOPI
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Sioux Lookout, ON Feb-1981
Keith Fox Photo
Where is it now?  Still with the MNR 

MSN 441 - DHC-6-300 C-GNHB
Bearskin Lake Air Service (NorOntair)
Pickle Lake, ON Mar-1988
Keith Fox Photo
Where is it now? To Papua New Guinea as P2-MCB and crashed 11-Aug-2009