Monday, 26 September 2016

Aircraft Update for 26-Sep-2016




Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge again relied on a Twin Otter to get them to their destination yesterday. In 2011 they had flown from Yellowknife in an Air Tindi example.

Yesterday the couple were transported harbour-to-harbour from Victoria to Vancouver aboard Harbour Air's C-GQKN. This aircraft is an Ikhana 200HG™ model, which was originally delivered to Surinam in 1968 and arrived in Canada in 1979.


Harbour Air Photo

The aircraft is also seen below about ten days prior, with thanks to John Olafson.

MSN 94 - DHC-6-200HG™ C-GQKN
Harbour Air
Vancouver Harbour 16-Sep-2016
John Olafson Photo


556 - DHC-6-300 TI-BFO Nature Air, San Jose

Returned to Diamond Bar LLC, Kirkland, WA & registered 23-Sep-2016 as N241SA.



937 - DHC-6-400 C-GVAT Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC (CAVU Aviation Finance/Daily Air)

Catching up on its recent delivery flight; continued Anchorage, AK - Adak, AK - Petropavlovsk - Sapporo-Chitose - Kagoshima - Taitung 16/23-Sep-2016. Will be B-55575.

The delivery flight was undertaken by World Wide Ferry.

MSN 937 - DHC-6-400 C-GVAT
Viking Air (CAVU/Daily Air)
Anchorage, AK 16-Sep-2016
Kevin Fortney Photo

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



942 - DHC-6-400 C-FBLZ Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registration cancelled 21-Sep-2016 on export to Russian Federation

Friday, 16 September 2016

Aircraft Update for 16-Sep-2016



937 - DHC-6-400 C-GVAT Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC (CAVU Aviation Finance/Daily Air)

Has filed to continue on its delivery flight, departing Whitehorse, YT for Anchorage, AK shortly. (see blog entry for yesterday as well).

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

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Aircraft Update for 15-Sep-2016



937 - DHC-6-400 C-GVAT Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC (CAVU Aviation Finance/Daily Air)

Has filed for departure from Springbank, AB 15-Sep-2016 bound for Whitehorse, YT. If this sounds like a bit of deja vu, C-GVAT had earlier set out on 26-Aug-2016, but returned to Springbank the following day.

This is the 4th and final Series 400 for Daily Air Corporation, with all being leased from CAVU Aviation Finance of Florida.

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




946 - DHC-6-400 C-GVVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Spokane, WA - Victoria, BC 14-Sep-2016 following painting. The aircraft is for Servicio Nacional Aeronaval of Panama, and is seen below on arrival, with thanks to Tim Martin.


MSN 946 - DHC-6-400 C-GVVA
Viking Air
Victoria, BC 14-Sep-2016
Tim Martin Photo



Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Aircraft Update for 14-Sep-2016



831 - DHC-6-300 C-GKVN Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB

Registered 14-Sep-2016, ex N831WJ.  Acquired from CAAMS Leasing via Gravitas Aviation, and was expected to be delivered via road transport from North Carolina to Airdrie.



Below is an aircraft that had remained in the gray "unknown" category over at Twin Otter Archive, so it is great to finally be able to actually tie it up, with some pictures.


XC-BOS was delivered to the Procuraduría General de la República in Dec-1976. It remained in service with the PGR through 2005, and was noted stored at their Mexico City facility by Mar-2006.

In Nov-2012 the aircraft was transported via road to Academia Aeronáutica CECyT-7 Cuauhtémoc as seen in the first photo below. The facility is located in the Iztapalapa district of Mexico City.


MSN 519 - DHC-6-300 XC-BOS
Procuraduría General de la República
Mexico City 04-Nov-2012

The aircraft was then partially reassembled, and placed outside at the same campus. It is seen in the following three photos after reassembly.

MSN 519 - DHC-6-300 XC-BOS
Procuraduría General de la República
Mexico City DF

MSN 519 - DHC-6-300 XC-BOS
Procuraduría General de la República
Mexico City DF


MSN 519 - DHC-6-300 XC-BOS
Procuraduría General de la República
Mexico City DF

The final photo below depicts the aircraft in its current state, at the same location.

MSN 519 - DHC-6-300 XC-BOS
Procuraduría General de la República
Mexico City DF
Rafael Bautista Photo

Monday, 12 September 2016

Aircraft Update for 12-Sep-2016





CAAMS Leasing is seeking four Pilots (2 Capt/2 FO) and two Engineers for DHC-6 operation in Middle East. Please contact:

Michael Clyne
CAAMS Leasing
622 Airport Road, Hangar 5C
Rutherford Country Airport – KFQD
Rutherfordton, NC 28139 / USA





182 - DHC-6-200 P2-MFU Mission Aviation Fellowship PNG, Mount Hagen

Flew Mareeba, QLD - Horn Island, QLD - Mount Hagen 11-Sep-2016 returning to PNG following maintenance work in Australia.


947 - DHC-6-400 C-FVGY Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Calgary-Int'l, AB - Spokane, WA 09-Sep-2016 for painting.



MSN 943 - DHC-6-400 C-GVSW
Viking Air Ltd. (Rossneft)
Victoria, BC 09-Sep-2016
Rod Hall Photo

MSN 560 - DHC-6-300 FAE 452
Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana


MSN 437 - DHC-6-300 N143Z
U.S. Forest Service
McCall, ID
Stuart Palley Photo

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Aircraft Update for 08-Sep-2016



Twin Otter world continues to be pretty quiet, but thankfully a few items came to light in the past couple of days.

The readers/subscribers continue to be dominated by those involved in the Twin Otter business, which is great. When it is really quiet like this, to keep the news flowing, give some consideration to sending a quick message if you have any news that is worthy of sharing. For the MRO's - any updates on what may be in the hangar, or projects underway, and for the selling/leasing side, I'm always happy to promote any recently completed transactions.

On to the update....


524 - DHC-6-300 N251SA Twin Otter Holdings LLC, Wilmington, DE

Updating blog entry for 04-Jul-2016; following cancellation from the U.S. register on 29-Jun-2016 the aircraft became TG-JCA with Aero Ruta Maya S.A. of Guatemala. The aircraft is seen below, with thanks to CAAMS Leasing.

MSN 524 - DHC-6-300 Vistaliner TG-JCA
Aero Ruta Maya/ARM Aviacion
Guatemala Jul-2016
CAAMS Leasing Photo


942 - DHC-6-400 C-FBLZ Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Victoria, BC - Comox, BC - Anchorage, AK - Anadyr-Ugolny 06/07-Sep-2016 on delivery to Rosneft. The aircraft is seen below on approach to Anchorage, with thanks to Kevin Fortney.


MSN 942 - DHC-6-400 C-FBLZ
Viking Air (Rosneft)
Anchorage, AK 06-Sep-2016
Kevin Fortney Photo



Viking Reinforces Twin Otter’s Position in Brazil’s Regional Aviation Market

International Jet Traders of Sao Paulo Named Series 400 Twin Otter Sales Representative


Sao Paulo, Brazil, September 6th, 2016: With the recent focus by Brazil’s government to develop policies that foster regional air transport links to remote locations throughout the country, Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, anticipates increased demand for the Twin Otter Series 400 within the Brazilian marketplace.

In order to substantiate the Series 400 Twin Otter’s position as the best suited and most capable aircraft to service this burgeoning regional airline market, Viking has appointed International Jet Traders (IJT) of Sao Paulo as the exclusive sales representative for the Twin Otter aircraft in Brazil.

IJT was selected for their knowledgeable team of industry experts with over 30 years’ experience developing sales opportunities in the region for commercial airlines, private charter companies, military agencies, industrial operators, and high net worth individuals.

“IJT are extremely well connected in the Brazilian Aviation market and have demonstrated strong segment sales in Brazil for other OEM’s,” said David Caporali, Viking’s regional sales director for Latin America.

Said Renner Lima, IJT’s sales director in Brazil, “For IJT, it is a privilege to participate in the process of rebirth of the Brazilian regional aviation market, especially with the Twin Otter Series 400, arguably the best platform for this market. It’s the perfect fit for new low density Regional Airlines; the amazing field performance, improved safety, low operating costs, durability of the airframe, reliability, and the simplicity in the maintenance program places the Twin Otter at the top of the list compared to other aircraft in the market."

To date, over 120 Series 400 aircraft have been sold to 29 countries worldwide, bringing the Twin Otter active fleet total (all models) to more than 600 airframes in 57 countries with 128 different operators. The Twin Otter Series 400 is in the final stages of approval by the ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency), the last necessary step for it to be ready to beginning operations in Brazil.

About International Jet Traders:

With offices in São Paulo, Brazil and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, International Jet Traders (IJT) has become an important player in aircraft sales in Brazil. For over 30 years, IJT has provided personalized aircraft brokerage and acquisition services to an ever-expanding international client base, earning a reputation for integrity by consistently operating in customers' best interests. IJT’s vast industry knowledge led them to be a dedicated representative of Gulfstream in Brazil for the past 15 years, where they positioned the OEM to become the market share leader in large cabin jets and making Brazil one of the most important global markets for Gulfstream.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Aircraft Update for 01-Sep-2016



831 - DHC-6-300 N831WJ CAAMS LLC, Rutherfordton, NC

Registration cancelled 31-Aug-2016 and imported to Canada 31-Aug-2016.



Ikhana Completes Upgrade of MSN 24


Chilean Air Force DHC-6-100 FACh 940 arrived at the Ikhana facility in Murrieta, CA inside of a Lockheed Hercules on 25-Jun-2015. This aircraft rolled off the production line just shy of fifty years ago, on 16-Dec-1966.

Since arrival it has been extensively upgraded by Ikhana to include installation of PT6A-27 engines, with Hartzell HC-B3TN-3D propellers, updated avionics, long nose and structural repairs. It is seen in the photo below with thanks to Ikhana.


MSN 24 - DHC-6-100 FACh 940
Fuerza Aerea de Chile
Murrieta, CA 31-Aug-2016
Ikhana Photo

MSN 24 - DHC-6-100 FACh 940
Fuerza Aerea de Chile
Murrieta, CA 31-Aug-2016
Ikhana Photo