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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Aircraft Update for 30-Mar-2016

One of my regular readers is looking for a photograph of DHC-6-300 MSN 695 while it was with Zimex Aviation as HB-LSN. It operated with Zimex between 1997 and 1999. I have images of this serial in every other previous registration and operator, but not as HB-LSN. If anyone can assist, please contact me via the "contact the editor" form.

The French Air Force DHC-6-300 F-RACA is seen today at Glos/Staverton, UK courtesy of  James

MSN 730 - DHC-6-300 F-RACA
French Air Force
Gloucestershire/Staverton, UK 29-Mar-2016
James Photo

524 - DHC-6-300 N251SA Montecito New York, Scottsdale, AZ (CAAMS Leasing)

N251SA has undergone inspections and is available for immediate dry-lease by CAAMS Leasing. The aircraft is Vistaliner configuration, FAR 121 certified and equipped with zero-time since overhaul PT6A-27 engines.

Contact CAAMS Leasing directly for a dry lease price quotation and physical inspection of the aircraft at their North Carolina facility.

MSN 933 is seen below after arrival in the Russian Federation, and having shed its former Canadian identity of C-GFVT. This is the fourth aircraft to be delivered for operation for Rosneft.

MSN 933 - DHC-6-400 RA-67291
Krasnoyarsk, Mar-2016
Sterling Glessing Photo

The aircraft below is identified as PK-FSX in the original caption, which would likely make it MSN 454, the former C-GUZP (which had not previously been tied up with a new Indonesian registration)

MSN 454 - DHC-6-300 PK-FSX
Spirit Avia Sentosa
Nabire, Indonesia Mar-2016
Ariza Pandu Photo

Wipaire Expands Manufacturing Facilities to Meet Demand

South Saint Paul, Minnesota, March 29, 2016 – Wipaire, Inc. is pleased to announce the expansion of its manufacturing facilities.  In a purchase deal closed in late February, Wipaire became the sole owner of the 65,000 square foot building it has leased a portion of since late 2012.  Renovations will begin as soon as previous leaseholders move out of their leased spaces.
“International demand is driving our expansion,” commented Chuck Wiplinger, President and COO of Wipaire, Inc.  “As we look to meet that demand and structure our manufacturing for efficiency, we are continuing to invest in our home area.  This facility provides us with the ability to streamline aluminum float manufacturing while allowing for future composites manufacturing.”
Tim Hendrickson, Executive Vice President of Operations, added “As a tenant of this facility for over three years, we have outgrown our existing space and we see room for improvement in the way we work and build floats and our other modifications.  This purchase expands our manufacturing footprint by 78% and consolidates all manufacturing operations under one roof.   We’re excited to get underway with renovations and expect to start in on these in a few months.”
Facility upgrades will take place over a 12-month phased plan to avoid impact on current and planned production.  In addition to improved manufacturing flow, the renovations will include expansion of inventory presence for manufacturing and customer support. 

About Wipaire, Inc.
For over 55 years, Wipaire has been engineering and manufacturing a full line of aircraft floats for all sizes of aircraft from the Piper Cub to the Viking Twin Otter, including most single engine Cessna aircraft.  In addition, Wipaire has engineered over 100 Supplemental Type Certificated modifications for improved performance, convenience, and reliability. As a leading aircraft service provider, Wipaire offers maintenance, avionics installation and repair, custom interior design and installation, and exterior paint refinishing across locations in South Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Leesburg, Florida. Wipaire is recognized for its quality products and engineering expertise worldwide.

Amy Gesch, Marketing Manager
Wipaire, Inc.