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September 2006 edition

Viking Air incorporates composite technology in Twin Otter manufacturing process

Canadian aerospace manufacturer Viking Air is launching the production of its new Twin Otter Series 400 with modifications including the use of composite technology.

David Curtis, president and ceo of the Sidney, British Columbia-based Viking Air says: “An important element of Viking’s programme will be to apply innovation and new technology in the manufacturing process which will be critical to the programme’s commercial success.”

He told Airframer: “A number of components from the original aircraft are currently manufactured from composites but use technology from the 1960s. A lot has changed since then. Our first effort will be to change the manufacturing process to use today’s technology to achieve weight savings. We will also look at a number of other areas of non-flight critical stru....

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