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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Twin Otter Update for 25-Jul-2017



A nice shot of MSN 952 in front of the Regent Aircraft Services hangar in Calgary. The aircraft arrived from Victoria, BC on 22-Jul-2017.

MSN 952 - DHC-6-400 C-FVIK  Calgary-Int'l, AB Jul-2017 Regent Aircraft Photo


The Twin Otter -300 series that arrived in the United Arab Emirates in 2003/2005 have always remained a bit of a mystery. Although the end-user was known to the U.A.E. Joint Aviation Command, their status and subsequent identities was never clearly established.

The following information identifies the aircraft:

  • MSN 672 = UAE 2255, which is in service (ex A6-MBZ)
  • MSN 758 = UAE 2266, is currently under rebuild as seen below (ex VH-KZP)
  • MSN 759 = UAE 2277, is currently under rebuild as well. (ex VH-KZQ)




MSN 758 - DHC-6-300 2266 U.A.E. Joint Aviation Command



Monday, 24 July 2017

Twin Otter Update for 24-Jul-2017


The second Twin Otter that received the "retro" style Winair scheme before delivery is seen below at Saba. As it turns out, Winair has actually reverted to this livery that had its origins from 1967, with the revised titles coming along 20+ years later. The company website also features the return to the red & blue theme, and new (old) logo.

MSN 831 DHC-6-300 PJ-WIU Winair
Saba Jul-2017
Vincent Hassell Photo


291 - DHC-6-300 C-FOPN Air Labrador Ltd., Goose Bay, NL

As noted in the previous entry, C-FOPN has now returned to Rocky Mountain Aircraft as well. The aircraft flew Goose Bay, NL - Wabush, NL - Moosonee, ON - Geraldton, ON - Gimli, MB - Yorkton, SK -Springbank, AB 23/24-Jul-2017.

This is the third and final aircraft expected to return to Springbank from Labrador.

952 - DHC-6-400 C-FVIK Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Victoria-Int'l, BC - Calgary-Int'l, AB 22-Jul-2017.


With thanks to Lenn Bayliss from Australia, a trio of Twotters at Springbank, taken on 21-Jul-2017.

MSN 783 DHC-6-300 VP-FBB British Antarctic Survey
Springbank AB 21-Jul-2017
Lenn Bayliss Photo

MSN 355 DHC-6-300 C-FCSW Rocky Mountain Aircraft
Springbank AB 21-Jul-2017
Lenn Bayliss Photo

MSN 493 DHC-6-300 C-GKSN Rocky Mountain Aircraft
Springbank AB 21-Jul-2017
Lenn Bayliss Photo

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Twin Otter Update for 19-Jul-2017



Over the past week or so (why it has been rather quiet here at Twin Otter Spotter) I have been working on merging my other two blogs into one  called Regional Wings. It replaces Turboprop Spotter and Regional Jet Spotter. You can take a look by clicking on the photo below, and of course you are welcome to subscribe if your interests or work involve regional aircraft.

Having mostly completed that effort, I can return to the Twin Otter, and hopefully come up with a way of updating the look of this site. As the advertisers are the ones who keep things running, I need to come up with something that meets their needs, but also may be a bit more user friendly, and require a little less scrolling.





291 - DHC-6-300 C-FOPN Air Labrador Ltd., Goose Bay, NL

Pending return to Rocky Mountain Aircraft after lease, and departure from Goose Bay is expected over the next week.  C-FOPN had been operated by Air Labrador since 07-Jul-2010.

291 - DHC-6-300 C-FOPN Air Labrador Goose Bay NL 21-Jun-2015 Kenneth I. Swartz/Aeromedia Communications


355 - DHC-6-300 C-FCSW Air Labrador Ltd., Goose Bay, NL

Flew Goose Bay, NL - Wabush, NL - Moosonee, ON - Gimli, MB - Springbank, AB 19/20-Jul-2017 on return to Rocky Mountain Aircraft. C-FCSW had been operated by Air Labrador since 09-Nov-2014.

355 - DHC-6-300 C-FCSW Air Labrador Nain, NL Brandon Shepherd Photo


493 - DHC-6-300 C-GKSN Air Labrador Ltd., Goose Bay, NL

Flew Goose Bay, NL - Wasbush, NL - Moosonee, ON - Geraldton, ON - Gimli, MB - Springbank, AB 16/17-Jul-2017 on return to Rocky Mountain Aircraft. C-GKSN had been operated by Air Labrador since 13-May-2011.

493 DHC-6-300 C-GKSN Air Labrador  Goose Bay, NL May-2015 Air Labrador Photo


831 - DHC-6-300 C-GKVN Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB

Registration cancelled 17-Jul-2017 on export to Sint Maarten.


941 - DHC-6-400 C-GVOT Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registration cancelled 03-May-2017 on export to Chile as CC-ATB. The aircraft was delivered to South America in Mar-2017 for Barrick Servicios Mineros Ltda. It is seen below at La Serena, and is expected to be transferred to Barrick's Peru flight department.

941 DHC-6-400 CC-ATB Barrick Mineros  La Serena Jul-2017 La Serena Spotting Photo


954 - DHC-6-400 C-GVEP Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Calgary-Int'l, AB - Victoria-Int'l, BC 11-Jul-2017.


965 - DHC-6-400 C-GFAP Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registered 11-Jul-2017

Monday, 10 July 2017

Twin Otter Update for 10-July-2017



507 - DHC-6-300 F-OIAY Air Loyauté, Nouméa

Updating the entry for 06-Jul-2017; F-OIAY safely returned to base in New Caledonia on 09-Jul-2017 following its wing set replacement that was carried out in Cairns, QLD. The final routing is
seen below:

Maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.
Lord Howe Island (YHLI)

Lord Howe Island (YLHI)

Norfolk Island (YSNF)


Saturday, 8 July 2017

Twin Otter Update for 08-Jul-2017



40 - DHC-6-100 (100HP™) N902RT Ikhana Group Inc., Murrieta, CA


First flight following conversion to aerial sprayer configuration 05-Jul-2017. This aircraft had been delivered via road transport from Vancouver, BC to Murrieta, CA in 2013, after having been withdrawn from use by Westcoast Air earlier in the year.

N902RT will be delivered to the St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Control District in Louisiana, and replaces an Islander which was lost in an accident in Apr-2016.


831 - DHC-6-300 C-GKVN Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB

Updating entry for 04-Jul-2017; aircraft continued on delivery Providenciales - Tortola - Sint Maarten-Juliana 04/05-Jul-2017 for Winair. The aircraft is expected to become PJ-WIU.

Maps generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.



A couple of Borek machines at home in Calgary last week, with thanks to Vernon Harvey.

MSN 373 - DHC-6-300 C-FKBX
Kenn Borek Air
Calgary-Int'l, AB
Vernon Harvey Photo

MSN 382 - DHC-6-300 C-FUGT
Kenn Borek Air
Calgary-Int'l, AB 01-Jul-2017
Vernon Harvey Photo

Friday, 7 July 2017

Twin Otter Update for 07-Jul-2017



897 - DHC-6-400 C-GVKI Pacific Sky Aviation Ltd., North Saanich, BC

Registered to Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB 04-Jul-2017.


915 - DHC-6-400 C-GVVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registration cancelled 06-Jul-2017 to Japan and restored at JA201D with First Flying.


961 - DHC-6-400 C-GVSW Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Spokane-Int'l, WA - Victoria-Int'l, BC 06-Jul-2017 after painting.


962 - DHC-6-400 C-FAFI Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Calgary-Int'l, AB - Spokane-Int'l, WA 06-Jul-2017 for painting.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Twin Otter Update for 06-Jul-2017




IKHANA Aircraft Services Announces Twin Otter DHC-6-100, MSN 40, is Taking to the Skies Again in a New Role 






IKHANA Aircraft Services (IKHANA) is pleased to announce that DHC-6-100 manufacturer serial number (MSN) 40 has been brought back to life in a new role. MSN 40 has had a rich history since deHavilland-Canada originally delivered it in July of 1967. Exactly 50 years later, and after having served with 6 operators on 2 continents, MSN 40 is now poised to join the fight against Mosquito carried diseases. IKHANA purchased the aircraft in 2013, completely restored and upgraded it as a specialized Mosquito Abatement aircraft. “We integrated a custom designed aerial spraying system and have incorporated 2 new IKHANA STC’s.” States Mr. John Zublin, President and CEO of IKHANA. “The aircraft’s initial post modification flights will validate our new Enhanced Vision System (EVS) and our new RWMI DHC-6-100HP™ STC’s. These STC’s are yet another example of IKHANA applying our Design-Build-Fly philosophy to enhance the DHC-6 Twin Otter’s utility while customizing the aircraft to support a special purpose.” 

IKHANA’s EVS STC modification utilizes the Astronics Max-Viz EVS-2300 infrared sensor to display terrain in low light or low visibility conditions on the Primary Flight Display (PFD) or any supplemental video displays located in the cockpit or cabin. The system provides real time infrared or color video in all phases of operation as a means for increased situational awareness and increased safety. 

IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6-100HP™ is the latest performance enhancement developed as a supplement to IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6-200HG™ STC. The RWMI DHC-6-100HP™ installs PT6A-27’s engines with available torque authorized to 50 PSI (620 SHP) and improved performance under hot day high pressure altitude conditions. Maximum Take-Off Weight remains at 11,579 pounds (5252 Kg). 

In Addition to the modifications noted above, the aircraft is also equipped with IKHANA’s Enhanced Cockpit Cooling Air Conditioning System. This modification delivers cool air directly to the cockpit via dedicated air cooling ducts for added crew comfort in hot/humid conditions. 

TwinOtterSpotter Editorial Note:


For those of us who came from AirBC, it is fantastic to see our old CF-GQE returning to the air in a new role. This aircraft joined Airwest in 1973, and continued with AirBC through till 1995 before moving to West Coast Air.


296 - DHC-6-300 C-GLAI Planes & Parts Ltd., Turner Valley, AB

As the end user of this aircraft has now been made public by SkyQuest International, I can now report that the aircraft is bound for Divi Divi Air of Curaçao. The aircraft is currently at Regent Aircraft Services in Calgary.  

369 - DHC-6-300 C-FGON Planes & Parts Ltd., Turner Valley, AB

As the end user of this aircraft has now been made public by SkyQuest International, I can now report that the aircraft is bound for Divi Divi Air of Curaçao. The aircraft is currently at Regent Aircraft Services in Calgary.  

507 - DHC-6-300 F-OIAY Air Loyauté, Nouméa

After several test flights between 03/05-Jul-2017 F-OIAY flew Cairns, QLD - Mackay, QLD - Gold Coast, QLD 05-Jul-2017, and is flight planned to continue to Lord Howe Island - Norfolk Island - Nouméa 06/07-Jul-2017 to re-enter service with Air Loyauté.


MSN 952 is seen below on 30-Jun-2017 with thanks to Tim Martin. The aircraft had originally come from the paint shop all white, but has now received this corporate style white/blue/grey livery.


MSN 952 - DHC-6-400 C-FVIK
Viking Air Ltd.
Victoria, BC 30-Jun-2017
Tim Martin Photo