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Viking Air Twin Otter Series 400 Technology Demonstrator commences water trials

World's largest Twin Otter seaplane operator adds Twin Otter Series 400.

Maldivian Air Taxi, the most recent customer of the new Series 400 Twin Otter, is adding two new aircraft to its fleet of 24 heritage aircraft. MAT is the largest Twin Otter seaplane operator in the world, with over a decade of experience operating this type in the challenging Indian Ocean environment.

"The Series 400 is the right aircraft at the right time; our passengers and our employees know and trust the aircraft and we are pleased to be adding this new and improved Twin Otter to our fleet", said Lars Erik Nielsen, MAT's president and chairman of the board.

"We value MAT's experience and on-going validation of the Twin Otter, and are excited they have added the new Series 400 to their fleet," commented David Curtis, Viking president & CEO.

Necessary for MAT's operation of the new straight-float equipped aircraft, and as part of the certification process for the Honeywell Primus Apex integrated avionics suite, the Viking Twin Otter Series 400 prototype commenced on-water testing late last week.

"The system performed flawlessly through 18 pages of test cards carried out today," said Steve Stackhouse, Viking's manager of flight operations. He added, "The purpose of the test was to evaluate whether the Air Data Attitude and Heading Reference System (ADAHRS) would initialize accurately and within design criteria in unstable conditions. The system responded perfectly on every occasion, becoming stable in under 40 seconds." In addition to the upgraded avionics, the Series 400 incorporates over two hundred modifications and improvements to the original rugged design. Viking is modernizing the type with a focus on reducing empty weight and maintenance costs while increasing reliability, and is committed to making value-added changes to this proven platform.

Press release issued by Viking Air Ltd. on November 18, 2008


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