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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Twin Otter Update for 06-Jul-2017




IKHANA Aircraft Services Announces Twin Otter DHC-6-100, MSN 40, is Taking to the Skies Again in a New Role 






IKHANA Aircraft Services (IKHANA) is pleased to announce that DHC-6-100 manufacturer serial number (MSN) 40 has been brought back to life in a new role. MSN 40 has had a rich history since deHavilland-Canada originally delivered it in July of 1967. Exactly 50 years later, and after having served with 6 operators on 2 continents, MSN 40 is now poised to join the fight against Mosquito carried diseases. IKHANA purchased the aircraft in 2013, completely restored and upgraded it as a specialized Mosquito Abatement aircraft. “We integrated a custom designed aerial spraying system and have incorporated 2 new IKHANA STC’s.” States Mr. John Zublin, President and CEO of IKHANA. “The aircraft’s initial post modification flights will validate our new Enhanced Vision System (EVS) and our new RWMI DHC-6-100HP™ STC’s. These STC’s are yet another example of IKHANA applying our Design-Build-Fly philosophy to enhance the DHC-6 Twin Otter’s utility while customizing the aircraft to support a special purpose.” 

IKHANA’s EVS STC modification utilizes the Astronics Max-Viz EVS-2300 infrared sensor to display terrain in low light or low visibility conditions on the Primary Flight Display (PFD) or any supplemental video displays located in the cockpit or cabin. The system provides real time infrared or color video in all phases of operation as a means for increased situational awareness and increased safety. 

IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6-100HP™ is the latest performance enhancement developed as a supplement to IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6-200HG™ STC. The RWMI DHC-6-100HP™ installs PT6A-27’s engines with available torque authorized to 50 PSI (620 SHP) and improved performance under hot day high pressure altitude conditions. Maximum Take-Off Weight remains at 11,579 pounds (5252 Kg). 

In Addition to the modifications noted above, the aircraft is also equipped with IKHANA’s Enhanced Cockpit Cooling Air Conditioning System. This modification delivers cool air directly to the cockpit via dedicated air cooling ducts for added crew comfort in hot/humid conditions. 

TwinOtterSpotter Editorial Note:


For those of us who came from AirBC, it is fantastic to see our old CF-GQE returning to the air in a new role. This aircraft joined Airwest in 1973, and continued with AirBC through till 1995 before moving to West Coast Air.


296 - DHC-6-300 C-GLAI Planes & Parts Ltd., Turner Valley, AB

As the end user of this aircraft has now been made public by SkyQuest International, I can now report that the aircraft is bound for Divi Divi Air of Curaçao. The aircraft is currently at Regent Aircraft Services in Calgary.  

369 - DHC-6-300 C-FGON Planes & Parts Ltd., Turner Valley, AB

As the end user of this aircraft has now been made public by SkyQuest International, I can now report that the aircraft is bound for Divi Divi Air of Curaçao. The aircraft is currently at Regent Aircraft Services in Calgary.  

507 - DHC-6-300 F-OIAY Air Loyauté, Nouméa

After several test flights between 03/05-Jul-2017 F-OIAY flew Cairns, QLD - Mackay, QLD - Gold Coast, QLD 05-Jul-2017, and is flight planned to continue to Lord Howe Island - Norfolk Island - Nouméa 06/07-Jul-2017 to re-enter service with Air Loyauté.


MSN 952 is seen below on 30-Jun-2017 with thanks to Tim Martin. The aircraft had originally come from the paint shop all white, but has now received this corporate style white/blue/grey livery.


MSN 952 - DHC-6-400 C-FVIK
Viking Air Ltd.
Victoria, BC 30-Jun-2017
Tim Martin Photo