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Twin Otter Answers

The operating costs for a utility aircraft like the Twin Otter can vary depending on the operation, how the aircraft is used and the economic factors of where it’s being flown.

Aircraft lifespans can be measured by how many hours they’ve spent flying, or how many “cycles” they’ve done. Each cycle represents a successful takeoff and landing, and generally gives a more accurate picture of the aircraft’s condition than just flight hours.

An amphibious aircraft is one that can takeoff and land on both water and land. Viking’s Twin Otter aircraft have the option of being outfitted with amphibious floats that allow it to land on both land and water without having to switch out landing gear between flights.

This question was recently submitted by a website visitor, and is a common one we get asked due to the popularity of certain DHC aircraft.

The Series 400 Twin Otter has five different landing gear configurations: standard wheels, intermediate floatation gear (often called a tundra tire), amphibious floats, straight floats, and wheel skis.