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Friday, 27 January 2017

Twin Otter Update for 27-Jan-2017

IKHANA Aircraft Services awarded Wing Payload Hard Points STC for the DHC-6 Twin Otter Series

IKHANA Aircraft Services (IKHANA) announced that the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has issued Supplement Type Certificate (STC) Number SA02627LA for the modification of DHC-6 series Twin Otter aircraft with Wing Payload Hard Point structural provisions.  The Hard Point provisions add structure on each wing with the capability to captive-carry external stores or payloads for purposes that include scientific/atmospheric research, search and rescue, geophysical surveys, Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR), or other special missions applications.  “The Wing Payload Hard Points modification provides a type certificated method for attaching scientific, military, and ISR payloads to the wings of a Twin Otter.” states Mr. John A. Zublin, President and CEO of IKHANA. “The STC approved design allows for multiple payload weight and configuration options to provide operators mission flexibility. We are very pleased to add Wing Payload Hard Points to our ever expanding catalogue of products in our continuing effort to significantly increase utility of the Twin Otter.”

IKHANA’s DHC-6 Wing Payload Hard Points STC incorporates added structure at two (2) locations per wing and is suited for payloads of up to five hundred (500) lbs (226.8 Kg) mass per wing or two hundred fifty (250) lbs (113.4 Kg) per location.  Situated at wing station 229 and 266, the Hard Points can be adapted to a NATO standard store, munitions adapter units, or special purpose mounts for captive carrying of atmospheric sampling canisters, pods, searchlights, tanks, scientific instruments, or other special missions payloads.  Where earlier wing provisions did not have Type Certification approval, the IKHANA Wing Payload Hard Points provide a fully Type Certified basis.

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 other foreign 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:


959 - DHC-6-400 C-FZVM Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registered 25-Jan-2017.

960 - DHC-6-400 C-GVAQ Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registered 25-Jan-2017.

The third Aurora DHC-6-400 that had been parked in Switzerland is seen below on arrival in Russia on delivery.

MSN 908 - DHC-6-400 RA-67285
Krasnoyarsk 19-Jan-2017

A couple of nice contributions to include today, first being MSN 281 F-OIJL seen in Bern back on 21-Nov-2011; and secondly British Antarctic Survey's MSN 787 VP-FBC at Springbank on 17-Oct-2011. Thanks to Daniel Schicklin for the photos.

MSN 281 - DHC-6-300 F-OIJL
Topscore Management
Bern/Belp 21-Nov-2011
Daniel Schicklin Photo

MSN 787 - DHC-6-300 VP-FBC
British Antarctic Survey
Springbank, AB 17-Oct-2011
Daniel Schicklin Photo