Viking Series 400 Twin Otter certification work has entered the final phase towards the goal of achieving Transport Canada and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification, expected in the next few months.
Primary activities are focused on completing final checkout configurations, according to company officials.
Noise testing has been completed on landplane gear and amphibious floats. The aircraft is also undergoing hot temperature testing to validate hardware performance in extreme temperatures. Over the coming weeks legacy Twin Otter pilots will be exposed to the new systems to validate Viking’s training programs prior to customer deliveries taking place.
While certification work continues, seven aircraft are in various stages of final assembly at Viking’s Calgary, Alberta facility. In Victoria, major sub-assembly components are in the works for the next set of six aircraft, in line with the projected build rate of 12 aircraft scheduled for 2010.
Viking provides OEM support for the worldwide fleet of de Havilland heritage line of aircraft (DHC-1 through DHC-7), and is part of Westerkirk Capital Inc., a Canadian private investment firm.
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