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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Twin Otter 50th Anniversary Tour Dates Announced



The Twin Otter Operator Tables for the following regions have been updated:


  • U.S.A.
  • Europe


365 - DHC-6-300 N97AR Twin Otter International Inc., Las Vegas, NV

29-May-2015


  • Grand Junction, CO (KGJT/GJT) - Boise, ID (KBOI/BOI)


Operated for U.S. Forest Service, and appears on the tactical availability listing from a base at Boise, ID.


537 - DHC-6-300 N537AR Twin Otter International Inc., Las Vegas, NV

Although this aircraft had positioned up to Idaho back in early May, it has more recently now appeared on the U.S. Forest Service tactical availability listing from a base at Boise, ID


577 - DHC-6-300 OY-NSA DHC6 Invest AS, Beder

Temporary registration OY-NSA, which was utilized for the delivery flight from Dubai has been cancelled as of 04-Jun-2015 while the aircraft undergoes overhaul in Switzerland.




Twin Otter 50th Anniversary Celebration Tour to Visit More Than a Dozen Northern Canadian Communities


Victoria, British Columbia, June 8th, 2015: In 1965, the first official Canadian flag flew over the Houses of Parliament, and the Twin Otter aircraft took its maiden flight. For the past 50 years, the Twin Otter has been an essential part of Canada's north due to its unique ability to perform reliably providing infrastructure support in the toughest and most challenging environments.

To honour the shared anniversary of the Canadian flag and the Twin Otter aircraft, and to recognize the aircraft’s Canadian heritage, Viking will be conducting a special 50th Anniversary Celebration Tour travelling to communities in Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon.

The tour will commence July 1st as part of the City of Victoria’s Canada Day festivities, where a fleet of Viking aircraft will fly over the "Living Flag" display on the lawn of the Victoria Legislature. The aircraft will then depart on July 2nd for a two-and-a-half week flying tour to the North.

Viking pilots and dignitaries, along with a documentary film crew, will leave Victoria BC, and head to Yellowknife in two planes, including a Series 400 Twin Otter demonstrator affectionately known as "Viki." The team will stop at 13 different northern communities and locations, including Canadian Forces Bases in Eureka and Alert.

"Whether on wheels, floats, skis or tundra tires, the Twin Otter has been a lifeline of transportation, community connection and commerce for isolated regions, not only in Canada’s north but around the world," commented David Curtis, Viking president & CEO, who is taking part in the journey. "This tour is an opportunity to connect with some of our customers and view their operations first hand, so I’m excited to personally visit so many of these northern communities in one extensive trip."

Sherry Brydson, chairman of the board of Westerkirk Capital, and her partner Rob McDonald, will also take part in the 17-day northern tour. "The 50th Anniversary Celebration Tour is a way for us to pay tribute to the Canadian north and thank the valued pilots, passengers, owners, operators, mechanics and engineers who have contributed to the Twin Otter’s success,” Brydson said. “We hope to hear and document some of the unique and historic stories of residents who have been served by the Twin Otter since its first flight in 1965, and we’re really looking forward to meeting people across the north with Twin Otter tales to share."

At 11 of the scheduled tour locations, a small celebration ceremony will be held at the local airport to recognize both the plane and the Canadian flag. In each of these communities, residents will be invited to view the Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft, share Twin Otter stories, and sign a wing rib for the 100th Viking production aircraft, scheduled to be built in 2016.

The celebration ceremony dates, locations and times are:


July 3 Cambridge Bay, 1:00 pm

July 4 Resolute, 3:00 pm

July 5 Pond Inlet , 1:30 pm

July 7 Gjoa Haven, 12:00 noon

July 8 Yellowknife, 1:30 pm

July 13 Whitehorse, 2:00 pm

July 14 Inuvik, 3:30 pm

July 15 Tuktoyaktuk, 10:30 am

July 15 Sachs Harbour, 3:30 pm

July 16 Fort Good Hope, 1:00 pm

July 17 Norman Wells, 1:00 pm

Said David Curtis, "We welcome all Twin Otter enthusiasts to join us at one of the scheduled celebrations and become part of the ongoing legacy of this remarkable aircraft.”