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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Twin Otter Update for 19-Jul-2017



Over the past week or so (why it has been rather quiet here at Twin Otter Spotter) I have been working on merging my other two blogs into one  called Regional Wings. It replaces Turboprop Spotter and Regional Jet Spotter. You can take a look by clicking on the photo below, and of course you are welcome to subscribe if your interests or work involve regional aircraft.

Having mostly completed that effort, I can return to the Twin Otter, and hopefully come up with a way of updating the look of this site. As the advertisers are the ones who keep things running, I need to come up with something that meets their needs, but also may be a bit more user friendly, and require a little less scrolling.





291 - DHC-6-300 C-FOPN Air Labrador Ltd., Goose Bay, NL

Pending return to Rocky Mountain Aircraft after lease, and departure from Goose Bay is expected over the next week.  C-FOPN had been operated by Air Labrador since 07-Jul-2010.

291 - DHC-6-300 C-FOPN Air Labrador Goose Bay NL 21-Jun-2015 Kenneth I. Swartz/Aeromedia Communications


355 - DHC-6-300 C-FCSW Air Labrador Ltd., Goose Bay, NL

Flew Goose Bay, NL - Wabush, NL - Moosonee, ON - Gimli, MB - Springbank, AB 19/20-Jul-2017 on return to Rocky Mountain Aircraft. C-FCSW had been operated by Air Labrador since 09-Nov-2014.

355 - DHC-6-300 C-FCSW Air Labrador Nain, NL Brandon Shepherd Photo


493 - DHC-6-300 C-GKSN Air Labrador Ltd., Goose Bay, NL

Flew Goose Bay, NL - Wasbush, NL - Moosonee, ON - Geraldton, ON - Gimli, MB - Springbank, AB 16/17-Jul-2017 on return to Rocky Mountain Aircraft. C-GKSN had been operated by Air Labrador since 13-May-2011.

493 DHC-6-300 C-GKSN Air Labrador  Goose Bay, NL May-2015 Air Labrador Photo


831 - DHC-6-300 C-GKVN Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB

Registration cancelled 17-Jul-2017 on export to Sint Maarten.


941 - DHC-6-400 C-GVOT Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registration cancelled 03-May-2017 on export to Chile as CC-ATB. The aircraft was delivered to South America in Mar-2017 for Barrick Servicios Mineros Ltda. It is seen below at La Serena, and is expected to be transferred to Barrick's Peru flight department.

941 DHC-6-400 CC-ATB Barrick Mineros  La Serena Jul-2017 La Serena Spotting Photo


954 - DHC-6-400 C-GVEP Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Calgary-Int'l, AB - Victoria-Int'l, BC 11-Jul-2017.


965 - DHC-6-400 C-GFAP Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registered 11-Jul-2017

Monday, 10 July 2017

Twin Otter Update for 10-July-2017



507 - DHC-6-300 F-OIAY Air Loyauté, Nouméa

Updating the entry for 06-Jul-2017; F-OIAY safely returned to base in New Caledonia on 09-Jul-2017 following its wing set replacement that was carried out in Cairns, QLD. The final routing is
seen below:

Maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.
Lord Howe Island (YHLI)

Lord Howe Island (YLHI)

Norfolk Island (YSNF)


Saturday, 8 July 2017

Twin Otter Update for 08-Jul-2017



40 - DHC-6-100 (100HP™) N902RT Ikhana Group Inc., Murrieta, CA


First flight following conversion to aerial sprayer configuration 05-Jul-2017. This aircraft had been delivered via road transport from Vancouver, BC to Murrieta, CA in 2013, after having been withdrawn from use by Westcoast Air earlier in the year.

N902RT will be delivered to the St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Control District in Louisiana, and replaces an Islander which was lost in an accident in Apr-2016.


831 - DHC-6-300 C-GKVN Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB

Updating entry for 04-Jul-2017; aircraft continued on delivery Providenciales - Tortola - Sint Maarten-Juliana 04/05-Jul-2017 for Winair. The aircraft is expected to become PJ-WIU.

Maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.



A couple of Borek machines at home in Calgary last week, with thanks to Vernon Harvey.

MSN 373 - DHC-6-300 C-FKBX
Kenn Borek Air
Calgary-Int'l, AB
Vernon Harvey Photo

MSN 382 - DHC-6-300 C-FUGT
Kenn Borek Air
Calgary-Int'l, AB 01-Jul-2017
Vernon Harvey Photo

Friday, 7 July 2017

Twin Otter Update for 07-Jul-2017



897 - DHC-6-400 C-GVKI Pacific Sky Aviation Ltd., North Saanich, BC

Registered to Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB 04-Jul-2017.


915 - DHC-6-400 C-GVVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registration cancelled 06-Jul-2017 to Japan and restored at JA201D with First Flying.


961 - DHC-6-400 C-GVSW Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Spokane-Int'l, WA - Victoria-Int'l, BC 06-Jul-2017 after painting.


962 - DHC-6-400 C-FAFI Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Calgary-Int'l, AB - Spokane-Int'l, WA 06-Jul-2017 for painting.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Twin Otter Update for 06-Jul-2017




IKHANA Aircraft Services Announces Twin Otter DHC-6-100, MSN 40, is Taking to the Skies Again in a New Role 






IKHANA Aircraft Services (IKHANA) is pleased to announce that DHC-6-100 manufacturer serial number (MSN) 40 has been brought back to life in a new role. MSN 40 has had a rich history since deHavilland-Canada originally delivered it in July of 1967. Exactly 50 years later, and after having served with 6 operators on 2 continents, MSN 40 is now poised to join the fight against Mosquito carried diseases. IKHANA purchased the aircraft in 2013, completely restored and upgraded it as a specialized Mosquito Abatement aircraft. “We integrated a custom designed aerial spraying system and have incorporated 2 new IKHANA STC’s.” States Mr. John Zublin, President and CEO of IKHANA. “The aircraft’s initial post modification flights will validate our new Enhanced Vision System (EVS) and our new RWMI DHC-6-100HP™ STC’s. These STC’s are yet another example of IKHANA applying our Design-Build-Fly philosophy to enhance the DHC-6 Twin Otter’s utility while customizing the aircraft to support a special purpose.” 

IKHANA’s EVS STC modification utilizes the Astronics Max-Viz EVS-2300 infrared sensor to display terrain in low light or low visibility conditions on the Primary Flight Display (PFD) or any supplemental video displays located in the cockpit or cabin. The system provides real time infrared or color video in all phases of operation as a means for increased situational awareness and increased safety. 

IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6-100HP™ is the latest performance enhancement developed as a supplement to IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6-200HG™ STC. The RWMI DHC-6-100HP™ installs PT6A-27’s engines with available torque authorized to 50 PSI (620 SHP) and improved performance under hot day high pressure altitude conditions. Maximum Take-Off Weight remains at 11,579 pounds (5252 Kg). 

In Addition to the modifications noted above, the aircraft is also equipped with IKHANA’s Enhanced Cockpit Cooling Air Conditioning System. This modification delivers cool air directly to the cockpit via dedicated air cooling ducts for added crew comfort in hot/humid conditions. 

TwinOtterSpotter Editorial Note:


For those of us who came from AirBC, it is fantastic to see our old CF-GQE returning to the air in a new role. This aircraft joined Airwest in 1973, and continued with AirBC through till 1995 before moving to West Coast Air.


296 - DHC-6-300 C-GLAI Planes & Parts Ltd., Turner Valley, AB

As the end user of this aircraft has now been made public by SkyQuest International, I can now report that the aircraft is bound for Divi Divi Air of Curaçao. The aircraft is currently at Regent Aircraft Services in Calgary.  

369 - DHC-6-300 C-FGON Planes & Parts Ltd., Turner Valley, AB

As the end user of this aircraft has now been made public by SkyQuest International, I can now report that the aircraft is bound for Divi Divi Air of Curaçao. The aircraft is currently at Regent Aircraft Services in Calgary.  

507 - DHC-6-300 F-OIAY Air Loyauté, Nouméa

After several test flights between 03/05-Jul-2017 F-OIAY flew Cairns, QLD - Mackay, QLD - Gold Coast, QLD 05-Jul-2017, and is flight planned to continue to Lord Howe Island - Norfolk Island - Nouméa 06/07-Jul-2017 to re-enter service with Air Loyauté.


MSN 952 is seen below on 30-Jun-2017 with thanks to Tim Martin. The aircraft had originally come from the paint shop all white, but has now received this corporate style white/blue/grey livery.


MSN 952 - DHC-6-400 C-FVIK
Viking Air Ltd.
Victoria, BC 30-Jun-2017
Tim Martin Photo

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Twin Otter Update for 04-Jul-2017




244 - DHC-6-300 9A-TOB European Coastal Airlines, Split

Registration cancelled Jun-2017 and registered to RUAG Schweiz AG, Emmen 02-Jul-2017 as HB-LRJ.

MSN 244 - DHC-6-300 9A-TOB
European Coastal Airlines
ECA Photo


507 - DHC-6-300 F-OIAY Air Loyauté, Nouméa


Test flown from Cairns, QLD 03/04-Jul-2017 as it prepares to depart back to New Caledonia after maintenance. The aircraft had arrived in Cairns on 01-Jun-2017.

MSN 507 - DHC-6-300 F-OIAY
Air Loyauté
Cairns, QLD
FNQ Skies Photo


509 - DHC-6-300 P2-KSG Hevilift, Waigani

Flew Port Moresby - Cairns, QLD 01-Jul-2017, the aircraft's last visit to Australia was back in Mar-2017.

MSN 509 - DHC-6-300 P2-KSG
Hevilift
Cairns, QLD
FNQ Skies Photo


831 - DHC-6-300 C-GKVN Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB


Following overhaul and refurbishing, C-GKVN flew Airdrie, AB - Lethbridge, AB - Great Falls, MT - Billings, MT - Colorado Springs, CO - Wichita-Eisenhower, KS - Little Rock, AR - Auburn, AL - Fort Lauderdale-Executive, FL - Providenciales 30-Jun/04-Jul-2017 on delivery. The aircraft is expected to continue on today, with a final fuel stop before arriving at its final destination.

Maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.
957 - DHC-6-300 C-FBLZ Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Test flown from Victoria, BC 30-Jun-2017, and then flew Victoria, BC - Calgary-Int'l, AB 04-Jul-2017 as VKN957. Aircraft had been parked at Victoria since arriving from the paint shop on 20-Apr-2017.


A few aircraft from Yellowknife in the past couple of weeks, with thanks to Dirk Septer.

MSN 337 - DHC-6-300 Vistaliner N331AR
Twin Otter International
Yellowknife NT 24-Jun-2017
Dirk Septer Photo

MSN 674 - DHC-6-300 C-FATO
Tli Cho Air
Yellowknife NT 18-Jun-2017
Dirk Septer Photo

MSN 265 - DHC-6-300 C-FATM
Discovery Air
Yellowknife NT 20-Jun-2017
Dirk Septer Photo

Friday, 30 June 2017

Twin Otter Update for 30-Jun-2017






726 - DHC-6-300 C-GALU Gravitas Aviation Ltd., West Vancouver, BC

Registered 29-Jun-2017. This aircraft had arrived in Calgary, AB on 05-Jun-2016 for overhaul and refurbishing at Regent Aircraft Services, but had yet to officially join the Canadian register. It is the former P2-EMO. The aircraft is seen below on arrival back in Jun-2016.


MSN 726 - DHC-6-300 C-GALU
Gravitas Aviation Ltd.
Calgary, AB 06-Jun-2016








IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6-300RG™/-400RG™ Increased MTOW to 14,000 pounds, RESTRICTED CATEGORY STC now has European approval under EASA STC Number 10061445.

Ikhana has received European approval for their MTOW 14,000 300RG™ and 400RG™ Restricted Category STC. For a Fact Sheet on the upgrade, click on the link below.


MSN 499 - DHC-6-300RG™ N808RT
Ikhana
Murrieta, CA 25-Oct-2016
Ikhana Photo

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Twin Otter Update for 29-Jun-2017




MSN 471 - DHC-6-300 C-GJDE
Air Borealis
Iqaluit, NU 28-Jun-2017
Brian Tattuinee Photo

MSN 731 - DHC-6-300 CFWLG
PAL Airlines (Innu Mikun)
Goose Bay, NL
Air Borealis Photo

MSN 719 - DHC-6-300 C-GNFZ
PAL Airlines (Innu Mikun)
George River, QC
Mark Nui Photo via Air Borealis

MSN 406 - DHC-6-300 Vistaliner N171GC
Grand Canyon Airlines
Kingman, AZ

MSN 913 - DHC-6-400 N913BS
U.A.E. Joint Command
Corfu-Ioannis Kapodistrias
Vasilis Lioympas Photo

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Twin Otter Update for 27-Jun-2017



A quiet day on the Twotter front, so a couple of great pictures instead. Marking the end of an era in Newfoundland and Labrador, Innu Mikun and Air Labrador became Air Borealis earlier this month. C-GNFZ is seen below with thanks to Duane Blake. 

C-GNFZ is MSN 719, and has flown in South America and Africa before coming to Canada in 2011. Since that time it actually flew with both Innu Mikun and Air Labrador.



A great air-to-air shot of the NASA DHC-6 N607NA over northern Ohio. The aircraft is based at the Glenn Research Center at Cleveland, OH. It is MSN 4, having been built in 1966 for the Ontario Department of Lands & Forests. Photo with thanks to NASA.



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Calgary's Planes & Parts Ltd. (World Wide Ferry) move more Twin Otters around the globe than any other ferry company, and they have now added surface transport to their capabilities. With a new company owned 5th wheel tractor and purpose built air-ride triple axle trailer, they can now move aircraft that are unable to be flown. Currently the company is licensed to transport within Canada, and service is expected to be available to/from the U.S.A. soon.






Monday, 26 June 2017

Twin Otter Update for 26-Jun-2017



Twin Otter Spotter Five+ Years In


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Although C-FAKB has been with Seaborne for several months now, this is the first time I've seen a photo of it with the revised livery, as seen below.

MSN 533 - DHC-6-300 C-FAKB
Kenn Borek Air (Seaborne Airlines)
Seaborne Airlines Photo


915 - DHC-6-400 C-GVVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC


Updating entry for 24-Jun-2017; continued on Anchorage, AK - Anadyr-Ugolny 25-Jun-2017 on delivery to First Flying in Japan.

Maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

934 - DHC-6-400 C-GLVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Following completion of duties at the Paris Air Show, flew Paris-LeBourget - Altenrhein/Saint Gallen 23-Jun-2017 to be prepared for the continuation of its delivery flight to Africa. 

The aircraft is seen below at Paris on 20-Jun-2017 with thanks to John Maloney.

MSN 934 - DHC-6-400 C-GLVA
Viking Air (Caverton Helicopters)
Paris Le Bourget 20-Jun-2017
John Maloney Photo

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Twin Otter Update for 24-Jun-2017



831 - DHC-6-300 C-GKVN Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB

Test flown from Airdrie, AB 23-Jun-2017 upon completion of overhaul, and refurbishing by Unity Aviation Canada. This is the former N831WJ, which was acquired in mid-2016.

TwinOtterSpotter Exclusive Photo of MSN 831 after Overhaul and Refurbishing by Unity Aviation.

MSN 831 - DHC-6-300 C-GKVN
Unity Group Ltd.
Airdrie, AB 23-Jun-2017


915 - DHC-6-400 C-GVVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Updating entry for 09-Jun-2017 upon completion of repairs, flew Victoria-Int'l, BC - Comox, BC -
Anchorage, AK 24-Jun-2017 on re-delivery to First Flying in Japan. Of note to anyone along the delivery route, the aircraft is carrying a different colour scheme than when it was initially delivered.

Maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Twin Otter Update for 22-Jun-2017



Airfast's DHC-6-400 PK-OCH, which I mentioned on 20-Jun-2017 has, as I expected now arrived in Cairns, QLD. The aircraft is seen below, with thanks to FNQ Skies.

The aircraft is fitted with aerial survey equipment.

MSN 914 - DHC-6-400 PK-OCH
Airfast Indonesia
Cairns, QLD
FNQ Skies Photo

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Twin Otter Update for 21-Jun-2017



With thanks to Lance Larabee a two shots of N169TH taken at Toledo, WA a couple of days ago. As you can see, the aircraft remains intact, and on wheels (it had previously been on amphibs until 2015). It has been parked at Toledo since 2010.
MSN 93 - DHC-6-100 N169TH
Mid Pacific Air
Toledo, WA 19-Jun-2017
Lance Larabee Photo

MSN 93 - DHC-6-100 N169TH
Mid Pacific Air
Toledo, WA 19-Jun-2017
Lance Larabee Photo