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Viking Announces Twin Otter Factory-Endorsed Component Centers

twinotter400smMay 4, 2010, Geneva, Switzerland - Viking Air of Victoria, BC, Canada has appointed Team JAS of Jacksonville, Florida, and Universal Avionique Inc. of Miami, Florida, as the first two Factory- Endorsed Component Centers (“FECC”) in the Twin Otter Series 400 and legacy de Havilland Canada aircraft support network.


May 4, 2010
By Carey Fredericks
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April 30, 2010, Geneva, Switzerland – Viking Air of Victoria, BC, Canada has appointed Team JAS of Jacksonville,
Florida, and Universal Avionique Inc. of Miami, Florida, as the first two
Factory- Endorsed Component Centers (“FECC”) in the Twin Otter Series 400 and
legacy de Havilland Canada aircraft support network.  The companies were
selected for the FECC program due to their
long-standing history providing quality service to the worldwide Twin Otter
fleet, and their ability to meet the demands of the changing landscape as new
Series 400 Twin Otters are introduced to the market.

The FECC program develops strategic partnerships with
specialized industry professionals to provide factory certified service and
warranty repairs on components for both the new Viking Series 400 Twin Otters
and legacy de Havilland Canada fleet, including items such as main and nose
landing gear, and rotable components.

George Gee, Viking’s product support manager, said, “The
implementation of the FECC program will offer our global customer base
experienced repair stations that provide overhaul services that improve the
quality, safety and reliability of components for their de Havilland Canada
aircraft."

The core business strategy of Team JAS has focused on
the Twin Otter for nearly 25 years, supplying parts or repairs to virtually
every Twin Otter operator on every continent.  Team JAS is an FAA and JAA
approved component repair station, maintaining a large inventory of Twin Otter
parts and rotables, making them an ideal facility to join the FECC network as
the Eastern United States representative.

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Universal Avionique Inc. is an FAA and EASA approved
organization specializing in repair and overhaul of avionics, instruments, and
accessories for multiple aircraft types, including the Twin Otter and Dash
7.  Universal Avionique Inc. has a comprehensive list of capabilities, and
adds avionics and electronic expertise to the FECC support network.

 

Viking launched the new DHC-6 Twin
Otter Series 400 production program in 2007, and currently has a production
backlog of over $200M through 2014.  Viking provides OEM support for the
worldwide fleet of de Havilland Canada heritage line of aircraft (DHC-1 through
DHC-7), and is part of Westerkirk Capital Inc., a Canadian private investment
firm with substantial holdings i