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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Aircraft Update for 12-Jul-2016

IKHANA Aircraft Services Begins Flight Testing Phase for DHC-6-300HG™ 14,000 lbs. MTOW Standard Commuter Category STC 

IKHANA Aircraft Services (IKHANA) announces that a company testbed aircraft is currently being readied for the flight testing phase of IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ Standard Commuter Category Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). The RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ modification will allow operations to 14,000 lbs. (6350 Kg) Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW). “We expect to be flying the conformed aircraft within the next few weeks,” states Mr. John Zublin, President/CEO of IKHANA. “The flight testing phase of the program is essentially the last major gate in the STC process and we remain on track for expected STC issuance by the end of 2016.” 

The original DHC-6-300 Twin Otter series aircraft were delivered with a 12,500 lbs. (5670 Kg) MTOW capability. Incorporating IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ STC provides an increase in the utility and functionality of the aircraft with nearly 1,500 lbs. of additional payload. The modifications require an upgrade to Pratt & Whitney-Canada PT6A-34 engines, installation of Raisbeck swept four-bladed turbofan propellers, structural, aerodynamic, and systems modifications. The upgrade will be packaged so that it can be accomplished at a customer’s maintenance facility. 

IKHANA Aircraft Services, a DBA of IKHANA Group Inc., provides DESIGN - BUILD - FLY solutions to the aerospace industry through integration of new technologies, aircraft modifications, heavy maintenance, major repair, and critical parts manufacturing. Headquartered at the French Valley Airport (F70) in Murrieta, California, IKHANA holds FAA, EASA, Transport Canada, and Fiji repair station approvals, FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA), and is a Viking Air Factory Endorsed Service Center. IKHANA has a proven reputation for developing unique engineered solutions across a wide variety of aircraft platforms and diverse customer base including extensive experience in the DHC-6 Twin Otter, King Air, and Gulfstream airframes. 

For further information, contact Naras “Bo” Alksninis, Director, Special Missions Sales Tel: 951-600-0009 x218; Mobile: 818.554.5906; Email:

Viking Signs Twin Otter Series 400 Multiple Aircraft Purchase Agreement with Tara Air of Nepal 

Farnborough, England, July 12 th, 2016

Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, and Tara Air of Kathmandu, Nepal, have signed a multi-aircraft purchase agreement for three Viking Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft to be delivered between September 2016 and early 2017. 

The three Series 400 Twin Otters will be delivered in regional commuter configuration and will be added to Tara Air’s existing fleet of Series 400 and legacy Twin Otter aircraft as part of their expansion plan to offer the widest passenger connectivity to the remote rural regions of Nepal. 

Tara Air selected the Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft due to the modifications incorporated in the new aircraft that vastly improve safety for operations in the mountainous regions of the country. 

“To have Tara Air return to Viking to purchase additional Series 400 Twin Otters is a testament to the quality of the aircraft and its ability to reliably operate in the remote regions of Nepal,” commented Peter Walker, Viking’s regional sales director for Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He added, “Operating aircraft in Nepal poses a challenge due to the extreme conditions in which the aircraft must perform, so to have Tara Air select the Series 400 to expand their fleet just goes to show it’s the best aircraft for the job.” 

About Tara Air: Tara Air was established in 2009 as a sister company to Yeti Airlines, and is the newest and biggest airline service provider in the Nepalese mountains. The company started business with the mission of helping develop the rural Nepal, and has concentrated service in the hills and mountains of the country from the Far East to the Far West. Tara Air currently operates a fleet of several STOL aircraft, comprised of Series 400 Twin Otters, legacy de Havilland Series 400 Twin Otters, and Dornier 228 aircraft.

MSN 921 - DHC-6-400 9N-AKL
Tara Air
Kathmandu 17-Sep-2015
Tara Air Photo