IKHANA’s ZERO-TIME DHC-6 Twin Otter X2™ takes flight.
IKHANA Aircraft Services (IKHANA) announced that the first Twin Otter X2™, a Re-Life™ version of the legendary DHC-6 series Twin Otter, successfully completed check flights from their facility at the French Valley Airport (F70) in Murrieta, California on February 10th.
The IKHANA Twin Otter X2™ is not a simple refurbishment or life extension, but a true RE-LIFE for an airplane. The program is centered on a package of proprietary modifications and enhancements coupled with full maintenance, current inspections, factory new engines, and a new Avionics package featuring dual Garmin G600 panels. IKHANA’s Twin Otter X2™ primarily combines IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Wing Box™ and RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Fuselage™ Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) as the key features behind its FAA approved engineering basis. The IKHANA Twin Otter X2™ package authorizes the “Re-Life” of time-expired DHC-6 airplanes to new “Zero Time” structural life limits of 66,000 flight hours or 132,000 flight cycles.
339 - DHC-6-300 C-GOKB Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB
- Cape Girardeau, MO (KCGI/CGI) - Gainesville, FL (KGNV/GNV)
- Gainesville, FL (KGNV/GNV) - Nassau, Bahamas (MYNN/NAS)
C-GOKB departed Cape Girardeau this morning, bound for Gainesville and Nassau. Although I have no sort of confirmation, I might guess that the aircraft is bound for Saint Maarten. If so, it could signal the pending return of MSN 533 or 588, which have been with Winair since Oct-2012 & Aug-2013 respectively.
Then again, it's always possible that it isn't going to Saint Maarten.......