Pilatus has delivered its 1,500th PC-12, around 23 years after the first example of the single-engined turboprop entered service.
Viking Air celebrated the production of its 100th Series 400 Twin Otter in Calgary this past summer, and is showing the aircraft, replete with seaplane floats and executive interior, on the NBAA 2016 static line.
Viking showed the prototype Series 400 here in Orlando in 2008. “It’s been a long tradition,” Viking Air president and CEO David Curtis told ShowNews. “We like to put it in front of all those white jets and show off something different.”
The 100th, s.n. 944, is operated as a factory demonstrator by Viking’s sister company, Victoria, B.C.-based Pacific Sky Aviation. Pacific Sky also provides Twin Otter training, in support of which it’s installed a new Level D simulator, also in Calgary. The new unit by-owned TRU Simulation + Training (Montreal) is the first in the world to feature a seaplane configuration, Viking says.
Viking holds the type certificates for all out-of-production de Havilland Canada aircraft, from the DHC-1 Chipmunk through the DHC-7 Dash-7 50-passenger STOL regional airliner. The Twin Otter was introduced as the DHC-6 in 1965.
Viking acquired the de Havilland type certificates in February 2006. The decision to launch the Series 400, the company says, “was made after a market study, supported by the worldwide Twin Otter operator group, revealed a strong demand for the new platform to replace the aging legacy fleet.” The Series 400 was formally launched in March 2007, and the first production aircraft flew in February 2010.issued the Series 400 type certificate that June. Aircraft have since been delivered in nearly 30 countries.
“The Series 400 is an all-new airplane,” says Curtis. Viking collaborator (and competitor) Ikhana, he notes, continues to convert legacy Twin Otters. Ikhana provides service and support for Viking-built aircraft too, and in fact did the VIP interior for the aircraft on display here today.
Viking’s Series 400 Twin Otter is available with standard landing gear, straight or amphibious floats, skis, wheel skis, or IFG/intermediate flotation gear – with multiple quick-change interior configurations available. “The Series 400 Twin Otter is a versatile aircraft that can be utilized for multiple roles, such as regional commuter, environmental monitoring, parachute operations, cargo and infrastructure support, corporate shuttle, and personal use,” the company says.
“We build a new Twin Otter every 15 days,” Curtis notes, adding that the current backlog is about 15 months. He says the number flying passengers is difficult to pinpoint, as interiors can be readily changed to suit the mission – an attraction for numerous customers.
“When I take a moment to reflect on the Series 400 program from the original launch to completion of our 100th aircraft, and all the challenges we have overcome in between, I am truly amazed at what the Viking team has accomplished,” Curtis said this past summer. “While there was doubt that a relatively unknown aerospace manufacturing company on the west coast of Canada would be up to the task, here we are, 100 production aircraft later.”
The $6.9 million Series 400 Twin Otter is powered by upgraded Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 engines, and features a fully integratedPrimus Apex digital avionics suite. Viking has fitted its modernized Twin Otter with internal and external LED lighting, “and approximately 800 other modifications incorporated to improve upon the original production model.”
Viking is now offering a “Phase II” avionics upgrade including Honeywell digital autopilot, TCAS II, and ADS/B capabilities.
And, for operators flying shorter VFR missions, Viking is promoting 400S (with floats) and 400L (with wheels) aircraft, priced at $5.995 million with PT6A-27 engines. They are about 400 pounds lighter than the standard Series 400 Twin Otter. Bleed air heating and cooling is absent, and there is a more modest avionics package.
“They don’t need a full suite in what to them is a pick-up truck,” Curtis says.
H/T Aviation Week.
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Covington Aircraft is a proud sponsor of the Women of the National Agricultural Aviation Association (WNAAA) scholarship each year, which awarded two young women scholarships to further their studies, even if they are not entering a flying career. The first place winner was awarded $2,000, while the second place prize, sponsored by Covington Aircraft, received a $1,000 scholarship.
The first place winner was Candice Braxton of El Campo, Texas, while the second place recipient was Brittany Kerr of Highmore, South Dakota. The scholarship awards were presented at the Farewell Banquet of the NAAA 2013 Convention and Exposition in Reno, Nevada.
About the Scholarship
The WNAAA scholarship applicants were required to submit an essay, 1,500 words or less that described the role agricultural aviation played in their lives. Each entry was judged on content, theme development, clarity, originality and proper grammar. Resources had to be cited and plagiarism would result in immediate disqualification. The names of the applicants were hidden from the judges so that the decision could remain impartial. Entrants must have graduated from high school prior to August 15, 2013 to be eligible for the scholarship. Jane Pitlick was the chairperson of the WNAAA scholarship committee for 2013.
The theme for the 2014 WNAAA Scholarship is “Implications of UAVs on Ag Aviation.” The deadlines for submitting an application will be similar to the 2013 scholarship deadlines, which required essays to be submitted by August 15, 2013. Manuscripts are accepted through regular mail or electronically, and the organization does notify applicants when the submission has been received.
For more information about the WNAAA Scholarship sponsored by Covington Aircraft, visit the NAAA website. For more information about Covington Aircraft, visit us online, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
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Covington Aircraft named Quest Service Center for KODIAK Airplanes
Covington Aircraft named a Quest KODIAK service center in their efforts to continue to offer world-class service for aircraft engine maintenance.
Tulsa, OK (PRWEB) October 10, 2011
Covington Aircraft, a world-leading aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul facility, is excited to announce that they are now an authorized Quest Service Center. This is part of Covington’s continued effort to provide their customers with support around the world.
Being an authorized Quest Service Center will give Covington the ability to do maintenance and repair level service on the Quest KODIAK, along with the maintenance and overhaul services PT6A customers have grown to expect from Covington Aircraft.
“We are excited about this new partnership with Quest Aircraft and the opportunities it provides,” said Aaron Abbott, Executive Vice President of Covington Aircraft. “When two aviation companies that are focused on integrity partner together, the aviation community wins.”
The KODIAK, powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine, can take off in under 1000 feet at full gross takeoff weight of 7,255 pounds and it can climb at over 1300 feet per minute. The KODIAK’s rugged aluminum construction combines superior STOL performance and high useful load.
Both Covington Aircraft and Quest Aircraft are excited about this new partnership and what it means for KODIAK customers.
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September 15, 2011
Pratt & Whitney PT6A Emergency AD Issued
On Sept. 15, 2011, the FAA published an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) for certain Pratt & Whitney PT6A engines. The emergency AD, numbered 2011-20-51, was prompted by failures of certain first stage reduction sun gears manufactured by Timken Alcor Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (TAATI) under a part manufacturer approval (PMA). The engines affected are PT6A-15AG, -27, -28, -34, -34AG, -34B and -36. About 80 of these gears are suspected to have the anomaly and about half have already been taken out of service. If not corrected, this condition could result in failure of the shaft portion of the sun gear which will result in engine shutdown.
The emergency AD is effective upon receipt. This AD applies to the listed engines which have had maintenance done to the power section module involving first stage reduction sun gear replacement since Feb. 3, 2010 having the TAATI sun gear, part number (P/N) E3024765, serial numbers (S/Ns) PC5-091 through PC5-176 installed. For affected engines, remove the replacement first stage reduction sun gear and the interacting planet gear within 15 operating hours or 15 days after receipt of this AD.
NAAA recommends you read the AD carefully to determine the action or actions required to comply with this Emergency Airworthiness Directive.
For more information, visit Covington Aircraft’s website and give us a call.
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