A Legendary Yet Stubborn Aircraft - Twin Otter Series 400
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Who says you have to end up in a Museum when you're a confirmed legend?
The world famous Twin Otter of de Havilland Canada is a living example on how to remain on the ice and keep playing, and shoot... and score! Even after retiring... Yes, you can perfectly make it to fame without having to gather dust on the Shelves of History.
Viking Air of British Columbia was set up 30 years ago or so to make sure the astoundingly rich de Havilland offspring could continue flying forever it seems. But, as we now know, they achieved even more, in 2006, when they acquired the type certificates of a full state of DHC legendary birds held by Bombardier Aerospace up until then. And soon enough, Viking let it be known they would reactivate a production line for the celebrated turboprop twin.
The legacy entry would be known as the Series 400 Twin Otter and become a spectacular example on how best can become even better. Major changes introduced with the Series 400 include Honeywell Primus Apex fully integrated avionics. A spectacular yet potent pack which makes you sure the DHC6 is not longer a mere bush machine from an earlier century, the first time you strap in the left-hand seat...
The combined powerpacks of the twin Pratt and Whitney PT6A-34 add 140 shp of thrust, a most welcome boost for continuous operation in rugged conditions.
Bravo Viking Air!
Sylvain Faust at Farnborough 2014