Orlando, Florida, November 1st, 2016: Viking Air Limited of Victoria, BC, Canada has now received Type Certification for the Series 400 Twin Otter in Brazil, adding to the list of twenty-nine countries now recognizing the type worldwide. The Certification was granted by Brazilian civil aviation authority ANAC (Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil) in October 2016, and will help pave the way for the first ever Twin Otter to enter the Brazilian market.
With the recent focus by Brazil’s government to develop policies that foster regional air transport links to remote locations throughout the country, certification of the Twin Otter Series 400 by ANAC is an integral factor in moving forward within the rapidly expanding Brazilian market.
“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.”
Headquartered in Victoria, BC, Viking is the global leader in utility aircraft support and services, and the manufacturer of the world-renowned Series 400 Twin Otter. Viking is the Original Type Certificate holder for all out-of-production de Havilland aircraft, from the DHC-1 Chipmunk through the DHC-7, and provides exclusive spare parts manufacturing for the legacy de Havilland fleet.
In 2007 Viking launched the Twin Otter Series 400 production program, and to date over 125 new aircraft have been sold to 29 countries worldwide, averaging a production rate of one new aircraft delivered every 15 business days.
In October 2016, Viking completed the acquisition of Bombardier’s amphibious aircraft program, including transfer of the Type Certificates (manufacturing rights) for the CL-215, CL-215T, CL-415 aircraft and all variants to Viking. In addition to the Type Certificates, Viking has also assumed responsibility for product support, parts and service for the fleet of 170 water bombers currently in operation around the world.
Viking is managed by Longview Aviation Capital, and forms part of the portfolio of a prominent Canadian family office investment firm which maintains a long-term investment horizon and is one of the leading investors in the Canadian aviation industry.