2008-10-06 - Viking Twin OtterViking Twin Otter Series 400 prototype takes off
Erstflug der neuen Twin-Otter-Version<br /> On 1 October, only days after initial power on, the new DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 Technology Demonstrator recorded her first flight, in front of a proud and dedicated employee group. The prototype Series 400 took off at Victoria International Airport in the middle of a clear and sunny afternoon, amid cheers and clapping from employees and onlookers.
"The aircraft performed beautifully," remarked Steve Stackhouse, Viking's manager of flight Operations and pilot-in-command. Michael Moore, engineering test pilot and co-captain added "the first flight went smoothly and the aircraft handled exactly as expected." Powered by two new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 engines, outfitted on Wipline 13000 amphibious floats, and modernized with Honeywell Primus Apex avionics suite, the Technical Demonstrator took off from less than 1000 feet of runway, proving the type's famed STOL performance. Viking launched the Series 400 aircraft program in 2007 with customer deliveries commencing summer 2009. Viking provides OEM support for the worldwide fleet of de Havilland heritage aircraft (DHC-1 through DHC-7), and is part of Westerkirk Capital Inc., a Canadian private investment firm with substantial holdings in the hospitality, aviation and real estate sectors.