7 AUGUST 2017
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The 100th production Series 400 Twin Otter has been on display from the manufacturer, British Columbia-based Viking Air, for the first time at the 2017 EAA Airventure airshow in Wisconsin.
Equipped with amphibious floats, the aircraft represents a significant milestone for the Series 400 production programme and bears a striking Canadian livery for its role as factory demonstrator operated by Viking sister company Pacific Sky Aviation.
Viking president and CEO David Curtis said: “It’s only fitting the aircraft should be emblazoned with the Canadian maple leaf the same year we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.”
The Otter is known for special performance characteristics and its ability to operate reliably in extreme environments. Of the first 100 Series 400s produced by Viking, 38% operate as regional carriers and 31% in military or special missions.
Launched in 2007, the aircraft is flown in 29 countries and certified by 20 different regulatory bodies worldwide. Viking acquired the manufacturing rights from Bombardier and assumed responsibility for product support last October.
The company is also the Original Type Certificate holder for all out-of-production de Havilland aircraft from the DHC-1 to the DHC-7, and provides exclusive spare parts manufacturing and product support for the legacy de Havilland fleet.
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