aviation

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    The contract will commence in the coming weeks see more

    Sidney, BC, November 14, 2016--(T-Net)-- Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, and the Fuerza Aerea del Peru (FAP) have entered into a multi-year contract for the comprehensive support of twelve Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft operated by the FAP in the Amazonian region of north-east Peru.

    Modeled after similar OEM fleet support programs, the objective of the contract is to streamline the spare parts procurement process, obtain seamless technical support, and maximize the utilization of their fleet of twelve Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft.

    The contract will commence in the coming weeks and provides the FAP with a continuous flow of spare parts, on-site technical support, “Performance-Based Logistics (PBL)” parts and overhaul services associated with scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, and supply of initial provisioning spare parts and equipment required to support the fleet of twelve aircraft.

    A key component of the contract, the PBL program was specifically developed to provide the FAP with budget predictability, a simplified and expedient parts ordering process, up-to-date technical publications, and all the necessary tools required to monitor upcoming maintenance events. The program also provides coverage for parts and overhaul services associated with scheduled and unscheduled maintenance events for the airframe systems, avionics, and propellers.

    “As the OEM, Viking is ideally positioned to provide the Peru Air Force with the essential parts supply and technical expertise required to maximize utilization of their Series 400 fleet,” commented Michael Hall, Viking's director of Global Customer Support. “The FAP's implementation of such an all-encompassing support contract is a progressive step towards ensuring the longevity of their fleet, and Viking is proud to be part of their continued success.”

    The FAP's twelve Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft purchase is Viking's largest single-customer order to date. The aircraft were configured with both land gear and floats to support various missions in remote areas of Peru, and were delivered between 2011 and 2014.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Latitude has received Transport Canada CAN-TSO-C159b approval of the company's DL150 SDU. see more
    Victoria, BC Canada - December 1, 2015 - Latitude Technologies, the premier global supplier of flight data management, flight following, and Satcom solutions for fleet operators, has received Transport Canada CAN-TSO-C159b approval of the company's DL150 SDU (Satellite Data Unit) built to Technical Standing Order C159b "Next Generation Satellite Systems (NGSS) equipment." The DL150 SDU utilizes the Iridium(R) satellite network to provide global pole-to-pole coverage and also meets the component fitment requirement of AC 20-140B "Guidelines for Design Approval of Aircraft Data Link Communications System Supporting Air Traffic Services (ATS)." The company has begun taking orders for immediate shipping of the DL150 SDU to channel partners across the world.
     
    Commenting on the C159b approval, Latitude President, Mark Insley, noted, "Our DL150 FANS Datalink SDU is the first product to have gained Rev b. notable for its more complex MOPS (Minimum Operational Performance Standards) testing than was required with prior versions.  It is wonderful to also acknowledge the close cooperation between the FAA and TCCA that occurred prior to the design approval being issued by Canada.  Our DL150 is one of the first TSO applications to be part of the international treaty synchronization between civilian aviation regulatory agencies FAA (USA) and TCAA (Canada), including EASA (Europe), to harmonize and therefore recognize each country's TSOs."
     
    The DL150 SDU is a solution for business and commercial jet operators looking for a lightweight, multi-function, cost affordable Iridium Data Link device to complete their FANS 1/A+ installation. Approved to CAN-TSO-C159b, the DL150 is also qualified for ARINC GLOBALink and SITA AIRCOM networks. DL150 qualification includes RTCA DO-262B, DO-178C DAL D, and DO-160G. The DL150 supports ATS notification, ACARS and CPDLC messaging, and ARINC-741 and ARINC-618 protocols. The DL150 also supports optional autonomous flight-tracking, 3-axis acceleration monitoring, Arinc-429 messages and has discrete inputs and outputs for optional event reporting.
     
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    About Latitude Technologies
    Latitude Technologies Corp., headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia, is an accredited aerospace parts manufacturer and provider of flight data monitoring, flight following, and satellite data and voice communications equipment and services. Latitude's SkyNode® products are the most versatile and economical-to-operate aeronautical communication devices in the world. The company's IONode™ is the industry's first lightweight flight data recorder and advanced data acquisition unit, capable of real-time event and exceedance alerts and automated post-flight wireless data transfer. Latitude's DL150 FANS 1/A+ Data Link is the first lightweight multi-function SDU on the market. Latitude provides reliable and secure aviation data and communication options for crew safety, fleet logistics, and operations and maintenance efficiencies with the WebSentinel™ flight tracking and Latitude Flight Data Analytics™ web-based data management platforms for desktops, dispatch centers, and mobile devices.
     
    For more information about Latitude's flight data and satcom solutions, visit www.latitudetech.com or call 1-888-966-5599.
  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    The DL150 STC will be added to Duncan's Challenger 601 FANS 1/A+ STC program. see more

    Victoria, BC Canada - November 16, 2015 - Latitude Technologies, a global supplier of flight data monitoring, flight tracking, and Satcom solutions for business and transport category aircraft, is very pleased to announce that Duncan Aviation is building the first STC for Latitude's DL150 SDU (Satellite Data Unit).  The DL150 STC will be added to Duncan's Challenger 601 FANS 1/A+ STC program.

    The DL150 SDU provides the satellite connectivity for a FANS 1/A+ CPDLC and ACARS messaging system allowing air to ground information to meet the requirements of AC20-140B. The DL150 is designed to meet TSO-159b.  The device acts as a communications link for a FANS compliant Communication Management Unit (CMU) via ARINC 741 protocols.  DL150 design is based on Latitude's legendary SkyNode S100 transceiver that is the toughest and most reliable data satcom tracker in the industry today.

    "We are very excited about working with Latitude Technologies on this program," said Mark Francetic, Duncan Aviation Regional Avionics Manager. "Latitude has been great to work with throughout the development of this STC. Their unit is straightforward to install and a good solution."

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    About Duncan Aviation
    Duncan Aviation is an aircraft service provider supporting the aviation needs of government and business operators and other service providers. Services include major and minor airframe inspections, engine maintenance, major retrofits for cabin and cockpit systems, full paint and interior services and preowned aircraft sales and acquisitions. Duncan Aviation also has international aircraft components solutions experts available 24/7/365 at +1 402.475.4125 who can handle any aircraft system problem with immediate exchanges, rotables, loaners or avionics/instrument/accessory repairs and overhauls. Complete service facilities are located in Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich. Additional locations include Provo, Utah, and more than 20 other facilities strategically located throughout the United States to provide customers with local support and the quickest response to avionics, engine and airframe Aircraft On Ground (AOG) situations.

     
    For more information about Duncan Aviation's services, visit www.duncanaviation.aero or call 402-475-2611.    

    About Latitude Technologies
    Latitude Technologies Corp., headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia, is a manufacturer and provider of flight data monitoring, flight following, and satellite data and voice communications equipment and services.  Latitude's SkyNode® products are the most versatile and economical-to-operate aeronautical communication devices in the world.  The company's IONode™ is the industry's first lightweight flight data recorder and advanced data acquisition unit, capable of real-time event and exceedance alerts and automated post-flight wireless data transfer.  Latitude's DL150 FANS 1/A+ Data Link is the first lightweight multi-function SDU on the market.  Latitude provides reliable and secure aviation data and communication options for crew safety, fleet logistics, and operations and maintenance efficiencies with the WebSentinel™ flight tracking and Latitude Flight Data Analytics™ web-based data management platforms for desktops, dispatch centers, and mobile devices. 

    For more information about Latitude's flight data and satcom solutions, visit www.latitudetech.com or call 1-888-966-5599.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Latitude's complete product family on display at the Helicopter Association November 13-15, at Booth see more

    Victoria, BC Canada - November 11, 2015 - Latitude Technologies, the premier global supplier of flight data management, flight following, and Satcom solutions for helicopter operators, will be showcasing Latitude's complete product family at the Helicopter Association of Canada's 20th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Vancouver, November 13-15, at Booth #409.  The Latitude sales team will be at the Latitude booth meeting with customers and channel partners wanting to learn more about Latitude's award winning IONode™ HFDM (helicopter flight data management) system and the company's SkyNode® voice and data transceivers.  In addition, Latitude will be demonstrating Latitude Flight Data Analytics™, Latitude's feature-rich web-based flight analytics platform, and the latest version of WebSentinel™, Latitude's web-based flight following, mapping, and messaging platform.    


    About Latitude Technologies:
    Latitude Technologies Corp., headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia, is a manufacturer and provider of flight data monitoring, flight following, and satellite data and voice communications equipment and services.  Latitude's SkyNode® products are the most versatile and economical-to-operate aeronautical communication devices in the world.  The company's IONode™ is the industry's first lightweight flight data recorder and advanced data acquisition unit, capable of real-time event and exceedance alerts and automated post-flight wireless data transfer.  Latitude's DL150 FANS 1/A+ Data Link is the first lightweight multi-function SDU on the market.  Latitude provides reliable and secure aviation data and communication options for crew safety, fleet logistics, and operations and maintenance efficiencies with the WebSentinel™ flight tracking and Latitude Flight Data Analytics™ web-based data management platforms for desktops, dispatch centers, and mobile devices.   

    For more information about Latitude's flight data and satcom solutions, visit www.latitudetech.com or call 1-888-966-5599.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Viking Air has signed a deal in Moscow to manufacture 10 Twin Otter planes. see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Carla Wilson

    North Saanich-based Viking Air has signed a deal in Moscow to manufacture 10 Twin Otter planes for a major Russian petroleum company, with the first aircraft delivered as soon as November.

    The agreement was announced Tuesday at the start of Viking’s three-day operators’ forum at the

    Victoria Conference Centre. The event has attracted 500 delegates from around the world, including Sri Lanka, China and Russia.

    Viking president and chief executive Dave Curtis is not divulging the value of the contract with RN-Aircraft, a subsidiary of Rosneft, which bills itself as the world’s largest publicly traded petroleum company. It is based in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

    But it’s clear that the total contract value will be significant. Each Series 400 Twin Otter has a base price of $7 million. Viking also provides specialized equipment for each plane as well as spare parts, servicing and training.

    “Any kind of deal that involves 10 aircraft is important,” Curtis said.

    The agreement delivers a second major boost this summer for the company, which laid off 116 employees in April, most at its manufacturing headquarters near Victoria International Airport. Russian economic troubles and the global slide in the oil and gas sector were behind the layoffs.

    In June, Viking announced that it will be expanding into China after a deal with Beijing’s Reignwood Aviation Group to buy 50 Twin Otters during the next five years.

    Viking is optimistic that sales in China will continue growing. It predicts sales to that country will climb to 500 aircraft in the next 20 years, leading to about $3.5 billion in sales.

    The contract with the Russian company meant Viking had to navigate special sanctions imposed by Canada last year in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

    “Given the challenging geo-political situation between Canada and Russia, it was a very challenging deal to put together to ensure we were totally in compliance with all of the current sanctions and prohibitions on doing business with Russia,” Curtis said. “It took a tremendous amount of time to negotiate the contract, including consultation with all our external advisers in making sure that we were in compliance with all of the trade law.”

    Viking sees Russia as a huge potential market and has already delivered eight Twin Otters to that country, Curtis said.

    Curtis first met with Rosneft 18 months ago. “This contract was literally signed last week in Moscow.”

    RN-Aircraft will use the 19-passenger planes to transport workers to and from its drilling sites, Curtis said. The company is replacing helicopters for the Twin Otters. The planes will be based in south-central Russia and will also be used as corporate shuttles and cargo transporters.

    This agreement also highlights the opportunity for a Twin Otter facility in Russia, which was first raised in 2010. Discussions are continuing between Viking and Moscow’s Series 400 sales representative, Vityaz Avia, about the possibility of opening such an operation to provide maintenance, warranty and service support. “We need to have people there to help fix and maintain [the aircraft],” said Curtis.

    A Russian facility would not replace Canadian manufacturing operations, but might include some final finishing of aircraft, Curtis said. He expects two Twin Otters will be delivered this year to RN-Aircraft, with the remainder supplied in 2016 and into early 2017.

    China is slated to take delivery of two Twin Otters in late December, Curtis said.

    By the end of this year, Viking will deliver 20 Twin Otters to various customers.

    Prior to the cuts in spring, the company had been producing 24 finished planes per year. It now plans to work toward about 18 per year, Curtis said.

    Currently Viking, which also has a manufacturing operation in Calgary, has 550 employees, with 430 in North Saanich, he said.

    Since the layoffs, staff numbers have essentially been stable. “Because it was so hard to lay people off, I’m being very, very careful on letting the rate come up again because I don’t want to have to do that again,” Curtis said.