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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Air Seychelles Adds Viking Series 400 Twin Otters to Expanding Fleet



Viking Twin Otter Series 400 Selected Aircraft-of-Choice for Air Seychelles, Etihad Airways Equity Partner


Mahe, Seychelles, October 30th, 2013: Viking Air Limited of Victoria, BC, Canada and Air Seychelles, the national airline of Seychelles, have this week signed an agreement for three additional Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft to expand the regional carrier’s fleet.

After the successful entry into service of their first Series 400, Air Seychelles returns to Viking to triple their initial aircraft order and bring their fleet total to four Series 400 Twin Otters. The new aircraft, scheduled for delivery starting in 2015, will be configured as standard 19-passenger commercial landplanes and put into operation as domestic carriers throughout the Seychelles archipelago.

David Curtis, Viking president & CEO, remarked “Air Seychelles has been a long time and loyal operator of the Twin Otter, and was one of the first customers to commit to the new Viking Series 400 Twin Otter during development. They put a great deal of faith in Viking and our ability to deliver, and their return to Viking for additional aircraft speaks to Air Seychelles’ ongoing commitment and confidence in the Twin Otter Series 400.” He continued, “We value the relationship we have developed with Air Seychelles, and its shareholder, Etihad Airways, and are honoured that Air Seychelles has made the Twin Otter Series 400 their aircraft of choice in the 19-passenger category.”

”These aircraft are designed for Short Take-offs and Landings, and are robust in extreme conditions
something we have a lot of experience with in the Seychelles since the Twin Otters were first introduced here in the early 1980s.” commented Cramer Ball, Air Seychelles Chief Executive Officer. He added, “The new aircraft are the right tools at the right time for Air Seychelles.”

Air Seychelles was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983. The airline currently offers international flights to Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, and Mauritius. Air Seychelles also offers more than 200 domestic scheduled flights a week throughout the archipelago, as well as domestic charter services. As the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, Air Seychelles is a pillar of tourism, the island nation’s strongest and growing economic sector. The airline maintains a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and 40 per cent stakeholder.


With Viking aircraft in operation in 18 countries worldwide and a backlog exceeding $400M, the Series 400 Twin Otter is now confirmed as the best-selling next generation turbo-prop aircraft in its class. Viking provides OEM support for the worldwide fleet of de Havilland legacy aircraft (DHC-1 through DHC-7) and forms part of Westerkirk Capital Inc, a Canadian private investment firm with substantial holdings in the hospitality, aviation, and real estate sectors.




Monday, 28 October 2013

Photo Update



MSN 280 - DHC-6-300 H4-FNT
Solomon Airlines
Cairns, QLD 1997
Paul Howard Photo

MSN 381 - DHC-6-300 F-OIAQ
Air Caledonie
Cairns, QLD Mar-2008
Paul Howard Photo

MSN 381 - DHC-6-300 VH-RPZ
Sarika Air
Phnom Penh, Cambodia May-2007
Paul Howard Photo

MSN 442 - DHC-6-300 H4-SID
Solomon Airlines
Cairns, QLD 1996
Paul Howard Photo

MSN 491 - DHC-6-300 YJ-RV1
Vanair
Port Vila, Vanuatu Sep-1991
Paul Howard Photo

MSN 578 - DHC-6-300 PK-FUF
Nyaman Air
Balikpapan, Indonesia Mar-2012
Tony Skelton Photo

MSN 659 - DHC-6-300 PK-LTW
PT Germania Trisila Air
Cairns, QLD 2005
Paul Howard Photo

MSN 685 - DHC-6-300 VH-VHP
Royal Tongan Airlines
Cairns, QLD 2007
Paul Howard Photo
MSN 689 - DHC-6-300 PK-OCL
PT Airfast Indonesia
Balikpapan, Indonesia Mar-2012
Tony Skelton Photo

Aircraft Movements

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

28-Oct-2013


  • Scottsdale, AZ (KSDL/SDL) - Murrieta-French Valley, CA (F70)

N562CP has filed for Murrieta as a destination today, likely indicating a visit to the Ikhana facility there. Today's flight shows Scottsdale as the point of departure, although the last flight plan from yesterday had only been as far as Amarillo, TX. 

Aircraft Movements

139 - DHC-6-200 N719AS Eagle Air Transport Inc., Ottawa, IL

Reserved as N70EA 22-Oct-2013

Aircraft Movements & Photo Update

642 - DHC-6-300 C-GSGF Sanders Geophysics, Ottawa, ON

28-Oct-2013


  • Indianapolis, IN (KIND/IND) - Kansas City, MO (KMCI/MCI)

This is purely a guess, however I am wondering whether C-GSGF is also bound for Greeley, CO to join the Rampart Aviation surveyor N162DE which arrived there yesterday via Kansas City as well.


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

28-Oct-2013


  • McAllen-Miller Int'l., TX (KMFE/MFE) - Liberia, Costa Rica (MRLB/LIR)

MSN 725 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBO
Kenn Borek Air
Denver-Centennial, CO - 27-Oct-2013
Braden Hicks Photo


732 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBH Kenn Borek Air, Calgary, AB

28-Oct-2013


  •  McAllen-Miller Int'l., TX (KMFE/MFE) - - Liberia, Costa Rica (MRLB/LIR)

MSN 725 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBO
Kenn Borek Air
Denver-Centennial, CO - 27-Oct-2013
Braden Hicks Photo


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

28-Oct-2013 local date

  • Cheju, South Korea (RKPC/CJU) - Taipei, Taiwan (RCTP/TPE)


Sunday, 27 October 2013

Aircraft Movements

A busy start for a Sunday morning with no less than seven Twin Otters moving around.


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

27-Oct-2013


  • Louisburg-Triangle North, NC (KLHZ/LHZ) - Mount Vernon, IL (KMVN/MVN)
  • Mount Vernon, IL (KMVN/MVN) - Kansas City, MO (KMCI/MCI)
  • Kansas City, MO (KMCI/MCI) - Greeley, CO (KGXY/GXY)


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

27-Oct-2013


  • Norman, OK (KOUN/OUN) - Amarillo, TX (KAMA/AMA)

642 - DHC-6-300 C-GSGF Sanders Geophysics, Ottawa, ON

25-Oct-2013

  • Ottawa, ON (CYOW/YOW) - Watertown, NY (KART/ART)

27-Oct-2013

  • Watertown, NY (KART/ART) - Pittsburgh-Int'l., PA (KPIT/PIT)
  • Pittsburgh-Int'l., PA (KPIT/PIT) - Indianapolis, IN (KIND/IND)


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

27-Oct-2013


  • Calgary, AB (CYYC/YYC) - Denver-Centennial, CO (KAPA/APA)
  • Denver-Centennial, CO (KAPA/APA) - McAllen-Miller Int'l., TX (KMFE/MFE)



732 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBH Kenn Borek Air, Calgary, AB

27-Oct-2013


  • Calgary, AB (CYYC/YYC) - Denver-Centennial, CO (KAPA/APA)
  • Denver-Centennial, CO (KAPA/APA) - McAllen-Miller Int'l., TX (KMFE/MFE)



823 - DHC-6-300 N823X Transport Services LLC, Birmingham, AL

27-Oct-2013


  • Fort Lauderdale, FL (KFLL/FLL) - Montego Bay-Sangster Int'l, Jamaica (MKJS/MBJ)

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

27-Oct-2013

  • Sapporo-Chitose, Japan (RJCC/CTS) - Cheju, South Korea (RKPC/CJU)

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Aircraft Movements

823 - DHC-6-300 N823X Transport Services LLC, Birmingham, AL

26-Oct-2013


  • West Georgia Regional, GA (KCTJ/CTJ) - Fort Lauderdale, FL (KFLL/FLL)


N823X has filed for departure from the ASI facility following maintenance work, with a destination of Fort Lauderdale. The aircraft had arrived at ASI on 15-Oct-2013 from its base in Colombia.

Aircraft Movements

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

26-Oct-2013 local date

  • Petropavlovsk, Russia (UHPP/PKC) - Sapporo-Chitose (RJCC/CTS)

C-GVAQ is currently on the ground in Sapporo, after arriving from Petropavlovsk. If the routing from previous ferries via Sapporo are an indication, the next stop should be the island of Jeju, South Korea
departing today (27-Oct-2013) local.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Photo Update

Continuing on with the contributions of Paul Howard in Australia:

MSN 164 DHC-6-200 P2-RDG
Flight West Airlines
Cairns, QLD 1992
Paul Howard Photo

MSN 244 - DHC-6-300 P2-IAA
Islands Helicopters
Cairns, QLD 1992
Paul Howard Photo

MSN 255 - DHC-6-300 VH-TNS
Islands Helicopters
Cairns, QLD 1992
Paul Howard Photo


MSN 256 - DHC-6-300 H4-SIB
Solomon Airlines
Cairns, QLD 1993
Paul Howard Photo

MSN 330 - DHC-6-300 P2-MCZ
Airlines PNG
Cairns, QLD 09-Nov-2011
Paul Howard Photo

MSN 507 - DHC-6-300 F-OIAY
Air Loyaute
Cairns, QLD 2005
Paul Howard Photo

MSN 507 - DHC-6-300 F-OIAY
Air Loyaute/S.A.M.U
Cairns, QLD 2005
Paul Howard Photo

MSN 673 - DHC-6-300 P2-MCE
MBA Milne Bay Air
Port Moresby, PNG 1997
Paul Howard Photo

MSN 702 - DHC-6-300 N702PV
Corporate Air
Manila, Philippines 1997
Paul Howard Photo


Aircraft Movements

223 - DHC-6-200 N223AL Win Win Aviation, Wake Forest, NC

23-Oct-2013


  • DeKalb, IL (KDKB/DKB) - Hot Springs, AR (KHOT/HOT)


24-Oct-2013


  • Hot Springs, AR (KHOT/HOT) - West Houston, TX (KIWS/IWS)
  • West Houston, TX (KIWS/IWS) - Brownsville, TX (KBRO/BRO)


25-Oct-2013


  • Brownsville, TX (KBRO/BRO) - Cuernanava, Mexico (MMCB/CVJ)


N223AL left its summer contract in Quebec on 14-Oct-2013, and has now positioned down to Mexico where it will be operating for Skydive Cuautla.




Photo Update

As noted in yesterday's blog entry, N162DE passed through the Brandywine Airport in West Chester, PA while en route back to base in North Carolina. Thanks to Bill Shull for the photographs below, and I'd also like to thank Cary and Greg for the kind offer of using their shots as well.

MSN 429 - DHC-6-300 N162DE
Corvaire LLC
West Chester, PA 24-Oct-2013
Photograph by Bill Shull Photography

MSN 429 - DHC-6-300 N162DE
Corvaire LLC
West Chester, PA 24-Oct-2013
Photograph by Bill Shull Photography

Jumping back to 2000, some nice shots from Anchorage courtesy of Robbie Shaw.

MSN 467 - DHC-6-300 N887EA
ERA Aviation
Anchorage, AK 29-Apr-2000
Robbie Shaw Photo

MSN 576 - DHC-6-300 N54LM
Bald Mountain Air Service
Anchorage, AK 29-Apr-2000
Robbie Shaw Photo

MSN 756 - DHC-6-300 N886EA
ERA Aviation
Anchorage, AK 29-Apr-2000
Robbie Shaw Photo

We'll have some more photographs from down under later on today as we continue with the contributions from Paul Howard in Cairns.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Aircraft Movements

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

25-Oct-2013 local date


  • Anadyr-Ugolny, Russia (UHMA/DYR) - Petropavlovsk, Russia (UHPP/PKC)





Aircraft Movements & Photo Update

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

24-Oct-2013


  • Bangor, ME (KBGR/BGR) - West Chester, PA (KOQN/OQN)
  • West Chester, PA (KOQN/OQN) - Louisburg-Triangle North, NC (KLHZ/LHZ)


The above information supersedes yesterday's blog entry for the same aircraft.


C-GVAT arrived in Victoria late yesterday afternoon, and carries the serial 773 under the Canadian sticker.
As always, thanks to Tim Martin for the photograph.

MSN 887 - DHC-6-400 C-GVAT
Viking Air Ltd.
Victoria, BC 23-Oct-2013
Tim Martin Photo

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Photo Update

MSN 124 - DHC-6-200 P2-MBS
MBA Milne Bay Air
Port Moresby, PNG 1997
Paul Howard Photo

MSN 255 - DHC-6-300 PK-WAX
Regional Air
Cairns, QLD 2006
Paul Howard Photo

MSN 464 - DHC-6-300 P2-MBL
MBA Milne Bay Air
Port Moresby, PNG 1997
Paul Howard Photo

MSN 528 - DHC-6-300 P2-HCF
Hevilift
Cairns, QLD
Paul Howard Photo

MSN 578 - DHC-6-300 N578SA
K.S.S. Aviation
Cairns, QLD 1992
Paul Howard Photo

Aircraft Movements

887 - DHC-6-400 C-GVAT Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

23-Oct-2013


  • Spokane, WA (KGEG/GEG) - Victoria, BC (CYYJ/YYJ)


C-GVAT has filed for departure from the paint shop in Spokane with a destination of Victoria.


Aircraft Movements

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

23-Oct-2013


  • Anchorage, AK (PANC/ANC) - Anadyr-Ugolny, Russia (UHMA/DYR)


C-GVAQ has departed Anchorage for Anadyr, with a planned flight time of 5 hours and 31 minutes.


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

Canadian registration cancelled 23-Oct-2013 to Malaysia as 9M-SSB

Photo Update


MSN 164 - DHC-6-200 P2-POM
Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary
Maryborough, QLD 15-Aug-2008
Photo via T. Skelton

MSN 164 - DHC-6-200 VH-XFH
Flight West Airlines
Cairns, QLD 1992
Paul Howard Photo

MSN 261 - DHC-6-300 C-FIOJ
Aklak Air (for Island Helicopters)
Rabaul, PNG 1994
Photo via T. Skelton

MSN 528 - DHC-6-300 P2-HCF
Hevilift
Cairns, QLD 1992
Paul Howard Photo

Aircraft Movements

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

23-Oct-2013


  • Sept-Iles, QC (CYZV/YZV) - Bangor, ME (KBGR/BGR)
  • Bangor, ME (KBGR/BGR) - Louisburg-Triangle North, NC (KLHZ/LHZ)
N162DE has now filed for the home stretch on to North Carolina, ending a lengthy international mission. I'd expect that it will position into the Rampart base at North Raleigh, NC (00NC) which is located slightly northwest of the Triangle North field.



824 - DHC-6-300 N46RF U.S. Department of Commerce/N.O.A.A., MacDill AFB, FL

21-Oct-2013


  • MacDill AFB, FL (KMCF/MCF) - Millington, TN (KNQA/NQA) - Omaha-Eppley, NE (KOMA/OMA)


22-Oct-2013


  • Omaha-Eppley, NE (KOMA/OMA) - Rapid City, SD (KRAP/RAP) - Great Falls, MT (KGTF/GTF)


23-Oct-2013


  • Great Falls, MT (KTGF/GTF) - Calgary, AB (CYYC/YYC) - Springbank, AB (CYBW/YBW)


Normally I don't include the N.O.A.A. fleet, as it is in relatively constant movement around the country, however given this one is heading to Canada I have added it. N46RF was last in Canada during a mission up to Winnipeg, MB back in Feb-2013. By the final destination, it appears to be heading into Rocky Mountain Aircraft for maintenance.




Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Aircraft Movements & Photo Update

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

At least for now, C-GVAQ appears to remain on the ground in Anchorage. The extended stop did however allow for a few photographs to be taken earlier today.

MSN 877 - DHC-6-400 C-GVAQ
Viking Air Ltd. (Vietnam Navy)
Anchorage, AK - 22-Oct-2013
Ben Cogger Photo

MSN 877 - DHC-6-400 C-GVAQ
Viking Air Ltd. (Vietnam Navy)
Anchorage, AK - 22-Oct-2013
Ben Cogger Photo

MSN 877 - DHC-6-400 C-GVAQ
Viking Air Ltd. (Vietnam Navy)
Anchorage, AK - 22-Oct-2013
Ben Cogger Photo


884 - DHC-6-400 C-FVAM Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

22-Oct-2013


  • Reno, NV (KRNO/RNO) - Murrieta-French Valley, CA (F70)



Aircraft Movements

884 - DHC-6-400 C-FVAM Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

22-Oct-2013


  • Victoria, BC (CYYJ/YYJ) - Reno, NV (KRNO/RNO)


C-FVAM has filed for departure from Victoria this afternoon on the first sector of its positioning flight to the Ikhana Group facility in Murrieta, CA. This is the fourth aircraft for the Vietnam Navy.

Viking & Wipaire Deliver first VIP Interior for Series 400



Las Vegas, Nevada, October 22nd, 2013: Viking Air Limited of Victoria, BC, Canada and Factory Endorsed Service Center partner, Wipaire, Inc. of South Saint Paul, Minnesota, have now delivered the first Viking Twin Otter Series 400 equipped with a custom Wipaire executive interior.

The aircraft, belonging to an undisclosed customer, features an executive four-place club seating arrangement with an additional 12 standard seats. The executive interior also includes a custom headliner system as well as custom fabricated sidewall and PSU panels. Interior options include installation of wall mounted passenger radio jacks, data ports, auxiliary audio inputs for each passenger, custom hard wall materials and carpeting. The aircraft is also equipped with Wipline 13000 amphibious floats and a remarkable custom airbrushed graphic paint scheme, available for viewing on aircraft static display during the 2013 NBAA Annual Convention.

"Wipaire is pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this great project,” stated Lee Webb, Wipaire’s vice president of Aircraft Services. “This aircraft is a wonderful example of the interior and exterior finish capabilities we offer our valued customers."

Wipaire has been engineering and manufacturing floats for over fifty years, including the Wipline model 13000 floats certified for the Viking Series 400 Twin Otter, and has engineered several Supplemental Type Certified modifications for legacy Twin Otters to improve convenience and reliability. As a leading aircraft service provider, Wipaire offers maintenance, repair, VIP interior design and installation, and exterior painting all in one convenient location for Twin Otter operators, and is recognized worldwide for quality products and engineering expertise.

With Twin Otter Series 400 in operation in 16 countries and a backlog exceeding $400M, the Series 400 is now confirmed as the best-selling next generation turbo-prop in its class. Viking provided OEM support for the worldwide fleet of de Havilland legacy aircraft (DHC-1 through DHC-7) and forms part of Westerkirk Capital Inc, a Canadian private investment firm with substantial holdings in the hospitality, aviation and real estate sectors.


2013 VIP Interior Photo 1



2013 VIP Interior Photo 2


2013 VIP Interior Photo 3

2013 VIP Interior Photo 4