Today, 09-Jul-2012, Viking Air has announced they have received U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Type Certification for the Series 400 Twin Otter. This adds to the list of nine countries recognizing the type since introduction in 2007. The U.S. type certification paves the way for the delivery of three aircraft to the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute team. As covered previously in the blog (03-Jul-2012) the first aircraft MSN 852 C-FMJO positioned down to Murietta/French Valley that day for incorporation of customized military modifications.
The Russian Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register (IACAR) has also recently issued type certification for the Series 400 Twin Otter, which will also allow for delivery of the first of two aircraft ordered by the Russian launch customer Vityaz Avia, of Moscow. The Russian destined aircraft will also be the first of the next-generation Twin Otter to be fitted with the optional wheel/skis, intermediate floatation gear, and extreme cold weather operational kits. These are also the first Twin Otters (of any series) to ever be registered in Russia.
Congratulations to everyone at Viking for these notable achievements, and for the continuing success of the next generation Twin Otter.