Viking Air of Victoria, BC, Canada, has appointed Wipaire Inc. of Saint Paul, Minnesota, as a Factory Endorsed Service Center (FESC) for the Twin Otter Series 400 and legacy de Havilland fleets.
Wipaire was selected for its proven track record providing quality products and service to the world wide Twin Otter fleet, according to company officials.
Wipaire has been engineering and manufacturing floats for more than 50 years, including Wipline model 13000 floats certified for the Viking Series 400 Twin Otter, and has engineered several Supplemental Type Certified modifications for legacy Twin Otters to improve convenience and reliability, company officials said. Wipaire offers maintenance, repair, VIP interior design and installation, and exterior paint refinishing.
Viking launched the new DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 production program in 2007, and currently has a production backlog estimated at over $350 million. Viking provides OEM support for the worldwide fleet of de Havilland heritage line of aircraft (DHC-1 through DHC-7).
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