Michel Griot of Fenix Aviation on Taking the Twin Otter Series 400 to Central & South America

Jul 23, 2015

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.

Fenix Aviation's Michel Griot joins Viking sales networkRecently 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.

Get in touch with Fenix Aviation here or find a sales representative near you here.

About Viking Air Limited:

Headquartered in Victoria, BC, Viking is the global leader in utility aircraft 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, DHC-1 through the DHC-7, and provides exclusive spare parts manufacturing and product support for the legacy de Havilland fleet. In 2007, Viking launched the Twin Otter Series 400 production program, and to date new Viking aircraft have sold to 30 countries worldwide.

In 2016, Viking acquired the Type Certificates (manufacturing rights) for the Canadair CL-215, CL-215T, and CL-415 aircraft. With this transfer, Viking assumed responsibility for all product support for the global fleet of 170 aerial firefighters.

Viking is managed by Longview Aviation Capital and forms part of the portfolio of a prominent Canadian family investment firm that maintains a long-term investment horizon and is one of the leading investors in the Canadian aviation industry.

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