Viking Twin Otter receives Transport Canada ceritification
July 21, 2010, Farnborough, U.K. - Viking Air has received Transport Canada Type Certification for the DHC-6 Series 400 Twin Otter.
Under an amendment of the Type Certificate Data Sheet
A-82, the Series 400 Twin Otter has been added to the approved types list of
100, 200, and 300 Series aircraft.
The receipt of the amended Type Certificate adding the
Series 400 is the culmination of a three year process of facility construction,
prototyping, development, manufacturing, testing and certification that started
when the program was announced in 2007.
David Curtis, Viking president and CEO, commented "It
is hard to express in words how important achieving this milestone is, not only
for everyone at Viking, but for our stakeholders and supply chain partners as
well." He added, "We are writing the next chapter in the long history of
de Havilland Aircraft in Canada, and thank our customers who have remained
loyal even through one of the toughest economic environments in recent memory."
The first new Viking
production Series 400 Twin Otter, MSN 845, completed certification testing in late
June, and was ferried from Viking's corporate head quarters on the west coast
of Canada to the Farnborough Air Show for hand-over to launch customer Zimex
Aviation of Switzerland.
"We believe in the
product, we believe in Viking, and our trust will be proven when our new Series
400 Twin Otter aircraft enters revenue service" stated Hugo Kopp, Managing
Director of Zimex Aviation. "The Twin Otter Series 400 is perfectly
suited to our severe operational environment, and our customers are excited
about the potential of this brand new aircraft and the addition of MSN 845 to