Aviation

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    Viking Air has signed an agreement that brings Ansett Aviation Training of Melbourne, Australia... see more

    Source: AirMedAndRescue.com

    Training centre endorsed for CL-415 aerial firefighting aircraft

    Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada has signed an agreement that brings Ansett Aviation Training of Melbourne, Australia, into the Amphibious Aircraft Division support network, joining Viking’s sister-company Pacific Sky Aviation Inc. as the second factory-endorsed training centre (FETC) for the Viking CL-415 aerial firefighting aircraft.

    As part of the agreement, Ansett will invest in the development of what Viking said will be the first ever level D full flight simulator for the CL-415, which will be supplied by TRU Simulation + Training and installed at a new state-of-the-art training centre at Milan-Malpensa Airport, Italy, in 2018.

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    Viking Air’s Twin Otters may soon be flying around Brazil after the Victoria company received... see more

    Source: Times Colonist

    Viking wins Twin Otter certification in Brazil

    Victoria, BC (November 1, 2016) - Viking Air’s Twin Otters may soon be flying around Brazil after the Victoria company received certification from that country to allow the aircraft to enter the market.

    Viking sees great potential in the largest South American country. “The Series 400 Twin Otter is the perfect solution for the remote areas of Brazil as it can provide essential air transportation to areas lacking infrastructure development,” said David Caporali, Viking’s regional sales director for Latin America. “The Series 400 platform is ideally suited for the harsh operating conditions that Brazil presents, and we are confident it will prove itself to be the aircraft of choice for commercial and government operations alike.”

    Viking said the Brazilian government’s intention is to foster regional air transport links to remote locations in the country, and that bodes well for sales.

    Viking sells its Twin Otter aircraft into 29 countries. Since it launched the 400 series, Viking has sold 125, and on average completes a new one every 15 days. It’s most recent sale was to the government of Panama’s Servicio Nacional Aeronaval Air Group. Viking will deliver one aircraft in the next few weeks.

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    A Nepalese airline is buying three new Twin Otters airplanes produced by Viking Air. see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Carla Wilson

    A Nepalese airline is buying three new Twin Otters airplanes produced by Viking Air, based on the Saanich Peninsula.

    The aircraft will be delivered to Kathmandu-based Tara Air between September and early 2017.

    Each of the new Series 400 planes has a base price of about $7 million.

    Tara Air already flies Series 400 Twin Otters, as well as Twin Otters manufactured earlier by de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd.

    Between 1965 and 1988, de Havilland produced about 800 of the turboprop aircraft.

    Viking Air brought the Twin Otter back into production in 2007 and delivered its first in 2010. The aircraft is used around the world and is valued for its ability to operate in rugged conditions.

    Peter Walker, Viking’s regional sales manager for Africa, the Middle East and Asia, said for Tara Air to buy more new Twin Otters is a “testament to the quality of the aircraft and its ability to reliably operate in the remote regions of Nepal.”

    So far, more than 125 new Twin Otters have been sold to 29 countries.

    Viking has manufacturing facilities in North Saanich and in Calgary.

    Tara Air is expanding its service in remote rural areas of Nepal, Viking said in a statement. Company officials are attending the Farnborough International Airshow in England.

    Viking also announced that it will not put its new Twin Otter flight simulator and training facility in Victoria as expected, but will instead install it in Calgary.

    The simulator will be ready for customers in March 2017, the company said.

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    Viking Air Ltd. has bought the manufacturing rights for Bombardier’s waterbombers. see more

    Source: Times Colonist (with files from Canadian Press)
    Author: Carla Wilson

    North Saanich-based Viking Air Ltd. has bought the manufacturing rights for Bombardier’s waterbombers.

    This deal sees Viking take over product support, parts and services for the planes, which includes the Bombardier 415, dubbed the “Superscooper.”

    The aircraft is able to scoop up a 6,137-litre load of water in 12 seconds as it skims over water.

    “This acquisition expands Viking’s capabilities in product support and parts into another vital niche aviation segment, and ensures that a unique and important Canadian innovation stays in Canada,” David Curtis, president and chief executive officer of Viking, said in a statement Monday.

    “We are proud to add another iconic Canadian aircraft program to Viking’s stable. Our aim is to take the 415 to its highest potential and keep these aircraft in service for decades to come.”

    The agreement will see Viking add another 40 people to its workforce in Victoria and Calgary.

    Viking currently has 330 staff at its North Saanich operation and 88 people in Calgary.

    Viking has bought and upgraded a 50,000-square foot facility near Calgary airport for the Bombardier venture.

    Sale details are not being released.

    The Bombardier sale follows Viking’s successful reintroduction of the popular Twin Otter plane, manufactured in Victoria and Calgary.

    Viking sells the rugged and versatile Twin Otter around the globe. The company delivered its first next-generation Twin Otter in 2010.

    Bombardier amphibious aircraft are used by 21 operators in 11 countries, Viking said. A total of 170 of its planes are in service, including earlier CL-215 and CL-215T.

    “This transaction builds on our presence in British Columbia and Alberta and expands on the existing strengths of the western Canadian aerospace industry. At the same time, we will continue to rely on an extensive supply chain in Quebec and Ontario to support both the amphibious aircraft and Twin Otter programs,” Curtis said.

    The 415 was designed and is built in Canada. It is the only western aircraft purpose-built for firefighting, Viking said.

    Meanwhile, Bombardier and its union have agreed on a plan for cutting 200 positions at the company’s Q400 manufacturing operation in Toronto so some work can be outsourced to other countries.

    Some of the Bombardier employees currently in those positions will be offered training and transfer opportunities within the company. Others will be offered retirement packages under the agreement with Unifor.

    A Bombardier spokeswoman says the agreement is part of a five-year plan, announced in November, to make the company’s products more profitable and competitive in the long term.

    Bombardier plans to make the Q400 wings in Mexico and cockpits in China, for final assembly in Toronto.

    The Toronto operation currently has about 3,500 employees — including 1,400 working on the Q400, a turboprop used by commercial airlines around the world. Toronto-based Porter Airlines and WestJet’s Encore service are among the Q400’s customers.

    Besides the Q400s, Bombardier does final assembly of the Global Express 5000 and 6000 business jets in Toronto. The Downsview plant is also scheduled to work on the longer-range 7000 and 8000 Global Express jets.

    Bombardier spokeswoman Marianella de la Barrera said it’s too soon to say how many of the Q400 positions will be eliminated through retirements and how many will be dealt with through retraining and other mitigation measures.

    “We can’t speculate until we’ve done the exercise with the union,” de la Barrera said Monday.

    Scott McIlmoyle, president of Unifor local 112, was unavailable for comment.