FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Viking Awarded Argentina Air Force Follow On In-Country Twin Otter Maintenance and Training Contract
(Farnborough, England, July 20, 2010): The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), acting on behalf of the Government of Argentina and the Argentine Aeronautic Administration (AAA), has awarded to Viking Air Limited of Victoria, BC the maintenance contract for overhaul of the second of eight DHC-6-200 Twin Otters operated by the AAA.
The contract will be carried out at the Argentina Air Force base in Quilmes (Buenos Aires), Argentina, and will encompass a heavy maintenance visit, including completion of “C” check, installation of up-rated engines, new avionics suite, incorporation of applicable Airworthiness Directives and Service Bulletins, with the work to be performed by Argentina Air Force personnel and supervision, instruction, and training provided by Viking’s on-site representatives.
In addition to providing skilled mobile repair technicians, program management, logistics support and technical training in cooperation with FlightSafety Canada, Viking will also be supplying all required parts, components and rotables through the factory ATLAS (“Aircraft Technical Liaison And Support”) and FECC (Factory Endorsed Component Centre) program.
“After the recent completion of our first major overhaul contract with the Argentina Air Force, we are pleased to be selected to provide an in-country technical management, engineering, maintenance and training for the second Argentina Air Force Twin Otter,” commented Robert Mauracher, Viking vice president Business Development and general manager MRO. He added, “By sending a comprehensive team to the Quilmes base, we are able to help the AAF not just with this specific project, but help them to establish an ongoing maintenance program for the remainder of their fleet.”
ICAO, a specialized agency of the United Nations, was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency, and regularity, as well as for aviation environmental protection. The Organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 190 Contracting States.
Viking launched the new DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 production program in 2007, and currently has a production backlog estimated at over $200M through 2014. 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 with substantial holdings in the hospitality, aviation and real estate sectors.
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Robert Mauracher, Vice President, Business Development
Angela Murray, Marketing & Business Development