Michel Griot, Director of Fenix Aviation, loves to fly. An aerospace engineer by trade, Griot flew King Airs, Citations & Hawkers commercially in his home country of Venezuela. After relocating to Key Biscayne in Florida, he logged many hours flying a Cessna Citation CJ2.
Recently assigned as the Series 400 Twin Otter sales representatives for several Central American and South American countries, Fenix will represent the Series 400 in Belize, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.
With a strong history of sales and trade-ins of Bombardier aircraft for commercial and private owners, Fenix, with offices in Miami, Caracas, Barbados, Bogota and Panama, started with a focus on business aircraft in 1994. In addition to Bombardier aircraft including Learjets, Challengers and Globals, the company has also worked with de Havilland Dash 7’s and 8’s. Griot sees the company’s progression to the Series 400 Twin Otter as a natural next step, especially given Fenix’s past experience with the de Havilland family of aircraft and the prevalence of legacy de Havilland aircraft in Central & South America.
Starting with an intensive campaign in Costa Rica, where small airstrips are the norm and so, “perfect for the Twin Otter’s capabilities”, Griot sees great opportunity in the growing commercial eco-tourism industry along with government and military applications of the Twin Otter Guardian. With a number of legacy Twin Otters in operation in Costa Rica (Nature Air boasts the largest fleet in Central America), the Series 400 is a logical choice to continue to service and open up remote locations for tourists and residents alike.
With the love for his home country palpable, Griot is also working to introduce the Series 400 in Venezuela, “where they would be perfect,” despite the challenging and complex conditions. Fenix will also focus on the ABC islands – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, promoting the Series 400’s suitability for interisland travel to service providers. Working with the assistance of the Canadian Embassy, and leveraging Viking’s relationship with Export Development Canada (EDC) will also help to pave the way for success in these regions.
Of his next great challenge as a pilot, Griot says that, “I’d love to get my hands on a Twin Otter, especially one with floats.” With the world’s first Twin Otter floatplane simulator opening next year at Pacific Sky’s new training facility, Griot hopes to make a trip to the west coast soon.