Pacific Sky Aviation News & Events

Viking Plans World Demonstration Tour for Guardian 400 Twin Otter Special Missions Variant

May 29, 2019

Ottawa, Ontario, May 29th, 2019: Today during the CANSEC Defence & Security show, Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia has announced its plans to hold a world demonstration tour for its Guardian 400 aircraft, the special missions variant of the Viking Series 400 Twin Otter. The world tour will include detailed briefings and demonstration flights in Europe, Africa, Middle East, India, South East Asia, Oceania, and North America.

 

For the past six months, a production Series 400 Twin Otter has been undergoing modifications to transform into Viking’s Guardian 400 demonstrator aircraft for the proposed world tour. It will feature a right-hand SCAR pod with Hensoldt Argos EO/IR imaging turret, multi-spectral HDTV camera, mega-pixel HD Thermal imager, laser range finder, multi-mode auto tracker, and Remote Image Bus (RIB) video feed for display on the cockpit MFD or crew workstation. The demonstrator will also feature a left-hand SCAR pod with Leonardo Osprey Radar System and Sentient Vidar Camera system.

 

In addition to its mission sensor package, the Guardian 400 prototype will be equipped with an Airborne Technologies’ tactical workstation with high-definition touchscreen monitors, data/voice/video recorder, Mission Management Unit (MMU), mission radio communications, intuitive hand controller for MCU & SLR camera targeting, CarteNav AIMS mission system software, Kestrel MTI targeting software, and IKHANA ergonomic mission seat for optimized crew comfort. The prototype will also be equipped with Viking conformal bubble windows, left and right wing-mounted hard points by IKHANA, Thunder Bay Aviation stretcher racks, and an aft lavatory for crew comfort.

 

With a target launch date of September 2019, the Guardian 400 world tour has briefing and demonstration flights proposed throughout Europe, North Africa, Central Africa, Southeastern Africa, the Middle East, Southern Asia, Asia Pacific, North America and will culminate in Ottawa, Canada to coincide with the 2020 CANSEC Defence & Security show.

 

“As we’ve anticipated development of a Guardian 400 technical demonstrator for many years, to now be able to show off its unique performance capabilities and incredible versatility to interested military and government organizations in their home countries is exciting to say the least,” said Robert Mauracher, Viking executive vice president, Sales & Marketing. “While the tour details are still under development, we encourage interested parties to contact us if they wish to participate in a flight demonstration.”

Pacific Sky Chooses Fox Training Management System

January 28, 2019

Pacific Sky Aviation has purchased the Fox Training Management System by Britannica Knowledge Systems as its new cloud-based training management platform. Pacific Sky is a Transport Canada and EASA-approved provider of new pilot initial licensing and ratings as well as Multi-Engine, IFR and Twin Otter pilot training.

The Fox software will be used to oversee pilot training for the Twin Otter and CL Water Bomber programmes at the Pacific Sky flight training centre in Calgary near Edmonton International airport in Alberta.

“Pacific Sky is excited to introduce the Fox Training Management System into our operations,” says general manager for training and simulation Mauro Pezzetta. “We were looking for one system to cover all our needs. The Fox Training Management System covers all of our operational requirements ranging from resource scheduling, scheduling management, pilot training records, qualification management and learning management systems. We look forward to working with the service excellence and professionalism that Britannica provides.”

Fox offers solutions for large training operations including American Airlines, ANA, Boeing, LATAM and United Airlines. Pacific Pacific Sky will have access to the same comprehensive tools as these larger organisations, while taking advantage of Britannica's ability to cater to smaller companies through scalable pricing, easy onboarding tools, and preconfigured, structured business process solutions.

With Fox, Pacific Sky will be able to manage planning and scheduling, instructional devices and other training resources, instructors, qualifications, recordkeeping, training development, learning and testing, performance evaluation and analytics. Pacific Sky instructors and evaluators will also be able to use the Fox Grading app to ensure training quality and maintain standards by capturing performance data, in real-time on mobile devices, both online and offline.

Twin Otter Simulator Landing at the Isle of Barra Beach

December 11, 2018

Pacific Sky Aviation Inc.’s Instructor Pilot Chris Poppitt lands the Twin Otter at the Isle of Barra Beach.


It’s very exciting to know that our Twin Otter DHC 6 400 Level D Full Flight Simulator is being used to train Loganair Pilots to land on the Isle of Barra Beach.


Barra Beach in the Outer Hebrides is one of the world’s top five most unusual runways. The airport is unique, being the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway. 


Loganair currently own and operate 2 Viking Air Twin Otter DHC 6 400 airplanes, and are currently training with Pacific Sky Aviation Inc. on the Level D FFS located at their training centre in Calgary AB.

DailyAir training at Pacific Sky Aviation Inc.

October 26, 2018

Pacific Sky Aviation welcomed back Daily Air to Calgary for a successful Twin Otter training course. Shown below are Daily Air Pilots Ming-Te Mao, Pei-Chun Chen and observer Chai-Yu Chiang. The pilots were very impressed with our training facility and the Twin Otter DHC 6 400 Level “D” Full Flight Simulator, and our instructor James Kelly.


Daily Air is an airline headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan and operates scheduled passenger services to offshore islands from Taiwan as charter services. They currently operate four DHC-6 400 Twin Otter aircraft.

ConocoPhillips Training at Pacific Sky Aviation Inc.

October 26, 2018

We recently had the pleasure of completing Twin Otter Differences training of two ConocoPhillips pilots here at Pacific Sky Training Centre in Calgary. Capt. Larry Shue and Mike Watson were such a pleasure to meet and we look forward to continuing to more training in the future. They were very impressed with our facility and the Twin Otter DHC 6 400 Level “D” Flight Simulator! (and our instructor Chris Poppitt).


ConocoPhillips is Alaska’s largest crude oil producer and one of the largest owners of state, federal and fee exploration leases, with approximately 1 million net undeveloped acres. They operate across 17 countries with 11,100 employees. 


The Twin Otter pilots in Alaska do an amazing job with an amazing aircraft in a beautiful and challenging operating environment. Congratulations to ConocoPhillips!

ICAO Training Instructor Course in YYC

September 21, 2018

Congratulations to the Pacific Sky and Viking team who successfully completed the ICAO Training Instructor Course (TIC) in Calgary, organized by Rob Dewar, Training Manager. The course consisted of an online training course of approximately 30 hours followed by one week of classroom training.

 

The instructor Herman Pretorius provided excellent training to the group of our instructors and Viking and PSAI maintenance technicians. The course will enable participants to methodically conduct training courses in accordance with ICAO Instructor Competency Framework and develop the required training strategies for course delivery.

 

This was a huge milestone in the professional development training preparing our instructors for EASA approved training.

Twin Otter Flight Training Centre Receives CAAC Approval

July 16, 2018

Farnborough, England, July 16th, 2018: Today at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow, Pacific Sky Aviation announced that the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) has issued a Flight Training Center Certificate for its Twin Otter Training Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

After an extensive audit of Pacific Sky Aviation’s facility, Twin Otter training programs, curricula, training equipment, instructor qualifications, and both inspection and compliance management programs, the CAAC concluded that Pacific Sky’s Training Centre complies with all requirements of China Civil Aviation Regulations – Part 142, and has authorized Type rating training for the following courses: Initial, Recurrent, Differences, Upgrade, Re-Qualification and Proficiency Checks.

With receipt of the CAAC Flight Training Center Certificate, Pacific Sky Aviation can deliver Twin Otter Initial training courses for Chinese crews beginning this month.

Pacific Sky Aviation CEO, Michael Coughlin, said, “Within our first year of operation of the Twin Otter Training Centre, we have achieved Transport Canada and EASA approvals of our Level “D” Full Flight Simulator and have been training customers from around the world. The approval of the Twin Otter Training Centre by the CAAC is the final milestone in our efforts to provide type training for Chinese pilots, and follows the CAAC technical approval of the Level “D” simulator we achieved in February of 2018. Our Training Centre team is prepared to welcome the first Chinese crews for Initial type training and are looking forward to a long-term relationship with Twin Otter customers in China.”

David Curtis, Viking President & CEO said, “The demand for the Series 400 in China is infinite, particularly in respect to seaplanes. With the help of Pacific Sky’s Twin Otter Series 400 training program, Level “D” simulator with seaplane capability, and now receipt of the CAAC Flight Training Centre Certificate, we’re confident we’ll be able to meet the flight training demand for the emerging Chinese market.”

Launch of the Viking CL-415EAF

May 07, 2018

Longview Aviation Asset Management (LAAM) of Calgary, Alberta, in cooperation with Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, has launched the Viking CL-415EAF (“Enhanced Aerial Firefighter”) Conversion Program.


The collaboration between the two sister-companies on the CL-415EAF Enhanced Aerial Firefighter Conversion Program will provide an economic boost throughout Western Canada derived from job creation, aerospace manufacturing innovation, supply chain development, academic partnerships, and global export opportunities.
To initiate the program, LAAM will be hiring up to 150 technical and support staff members at its Calgary facilities, where eleven specially selected CL-215 aerial firefighting aircraft owned by LAAM will undergo the modification process utilizing Viking-supplied conversion kits.


To support development of the conversion kits, Viking has hired 50 employees to date and has launched a recruitment campaign to hire an additional 50 staff at its Victoria, BC location. Viking will also be reinstating its very effective “Viking Academy” paid-training program to provide successful applicants with the targeted technical training required for these positions.


Both LAAM and Viking are working with local post-secondary institutions to develop innovative technologies and provide training assistance in support of this program. The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) has been engaged for personnel training in Alberta, and Viking is actively developing partnerships with companies participating in the British Columbia Technology Super Cluster initiative.


The Viking CL-415EAF Conversion Program forms part of a staged approach to utilize the advancements made with the LAAM converted aircraft as the basis for the proposed Viking CL-515 new-production amphibious aerial firefighting aircraft.


To facilitate the launch of the proposed CL-515 amphibious aircraft manufacturing program, Viking has applied to the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) from the federal Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) for funding support. The SIF funding would be invested between British Columbia and Alberta’s aerospace manufacturing, supply chain, academic, and skills training sectors, and provide program benefits to both provinces in Western Canada.

EASA & CAAC Qualification Complete!

April 03, 2018

Twin Otter Series 400 Full Flight Simulator Receives Level “D” Qualification from EASA and CAAC.


First High-Altitude Training Course Delivered on Full Flight Simulator

Santiago, Chile – Today at the 2018 FIDAE Aerospace Exhibition, Pacific Sky Aviation announced that their Twin Otter Series 400 Full Flight Simulator has received Level “D” qualification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and is also now being used to provide customized high-altitude training for Viking Series 400 Twin Otter customers.


Michael Coughlin, CEO of Pacific Sky Aviation said, “We are proud to add EASA and CAAC Level ’D‘ qualifications to the Transport Canada certification received in December of 2017 for the Twin Otter. This reaffirms that the simulator meets the highest quality standard for Pilot Initial, Recurrent and Differences training.”


“The high-altitude training is particularly applicable to customers who operate in the Andes mountains. For these customers, Pacific Sky Aviation is able to offer courses using advanced geodetic technology in the simulator’s visual system,” Coughlin added. “Pacific Sky Aviation instructors are able to provide customers with the exact conditions from operating bases at altitudes of over 3,000 meters in order to evaluate the best approaches and departures given the terrain and aircraft performance. In 2017, the Peru Air Force were the first customer to receive this training and the results were very positive. The realism of this simulator training is quite impressive and will add to the safety margins of customer operations in this type of challenging operating environment.”


TRU Simulation+Training (TRU) of Montreal designed and manufactured the Level “D” Series 400 Twin Otter simulator, complete with seaplane capabilities. “TRU is proud to have collaborated with Pacific Sky throughout the entire development of the Twin Otter Series 400 FFS,” Said George Karam, Vice President and General Manager of TRU’s Air Transport Simulation division. “We are pleased to have the latest in TRU’s innovative technology recognized by global authorities and to continue providing a high-fidelity and realistic experience for Twin Otter Series 400 pilots the world over as we support this industry-first device.”


This simulator will also be the world’s first true Seaplane Trainer, using the same Level “D” capability to provide Twin Otter seaplane pilots with the opportunity to safely practice takeoffs and landings in a range of sea states, winds, and water conditions including glassy water. The seaplane configuration is expected to be ready for training later this year.


David Curtis, Viking President & CEO said, “We are excited that Pacific Sky Aviation has completed the final milestone of this important project and is now “Ready For Training” (RFT). This will allow them to provide state of the art training for Viking’s customers with diverse operating requirements on both wheeled and seaplane configurations of the Series 400 Twin Otter."

Civil Aviation Administration of China Simulator Certification

February 09, 2018

Another great milestone today at Pacific Sky Aviation Inc. as we have been awarded certification by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for the Twin Otter Level D Full Flight Simulator. This is a tremendous achievement for the centre and Twin Otter 400 operators. Huge thanks to the CAAC team and to the centre staff for all the hard work that went in to the preparation to attain this great breakthrough!

UAE Air Force and GAL Course Completion

January 26, 2018

It’s another proud day for us at Pacific Sky Aviation Training Centre in Calgary as we present the course completion certificates to the United Arab Emirates Air Force pilots (Mohammed Sultan ALKAABI and
Faris Khalil ALKHEMEIRI, Pacific Sky Instructor Paul Van den Brink and GAL pilot Mark Poppleton, Instructor kelly Chennells) on the successful completion of their recurrent training!  This was crew 1 of many!

This crew were so amazing to have train with us and so impressed with the Twin Otter Level D Full Flight Simulator and the ground school course! (they loved being in Calgary in the winter and even went skiing!)

Training Certificates Presented to Peruvian Air Force Pilots

January 22, 2018

It was a very proud moment at Pacific Sky Aviation as we presented the training certificates to the Peruvian Air Force for the pilots' recurrent training course completion. At the event, the Peruvian Air Force also presented PSAI with a plaque of appreciation which we will display proudly in our centre. Present for the event were Michael Coughlin, CEO PSAI, and TRUsimulation CEO, George Karam, as well as Mauro Pezzetta, GM PSAI, our instructors Paul Van den Brink, Kelly Chennells and Chris Poppit. FAP pilots receiving the certificates were Jose Loayza, Manuel Astete, Raul Vela and Roberto Castillejo.

Calgary Herald: Pacific Sky Set to Become World Training Hub for Twin Otters

January 08, 2018

From the gentle rocking of a seaplane floating on a remote northern Alberta lake to the feel of a dirt strip in the middle of nowhere, countless hours of programming and refinement went into giving the simulator the ability to replicate the real world.

It’s that level of realism that prompted Transport Canada to grant Pacific Sky’s simulator their highest-possible qualification, which means training time spent within the simulator is counted no differently than real-world flying. 

With similar accreditation sessions planned with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Civil Aviation Administration of China, Calgary is soon to become a worldwide destination for Twin Otter training and certification. 

Times Colonist: Viking’s Twin Otter flight simulator certified. Pilots getting the real feel.

January 05, 2018

Four years in the making, Viking Air has a new arrow in its quiver after the federal government signed off on the company’s Twin Otter flight simulator.

The “Level D” simulator, an exact representation of the Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft in terms of cockpit, avionics systems and flight behaviour, has been validated by Transport Canada as a true digital simulation of the characteristics of the aircraft.

The simulator is a major piece in the Viking puzzle as both a customer-service and marketing tool, said Michael Coughlin, CEO of Pacific Sky Aviation, Viking’s sister company that offers flight training on the Twin Otter.

CTV News Footage: Twin Otter Simulator Launch

January 03, 2018

Pilots are flocking to the City of Calgary to get experience flying one of the world’s most versatile planes, but they’re doing it without actually sitting in one.

The Twin Otter, built here in Calgary, is able to fly in a number of various conditions all over the world, making it the perfect plane for many different situations.

Pilots are lining up to take courses in the 19-passenger aircraft, but they’re actually going to be logging all their flight time in a sophisticated flight simulator, designed specifically for the Twin Otter.

Peruvian Air Force Simulator Training

December 19, 2019

Our Peruvian Air Force pilots completed their first 2 crew recurrent training, and again a huge success!

Comments from all surveys have been overwhelming! They can’t say enough positive about the centre, the training and our instructors…. Not to mention the front reception and customer service they received, from the trip planning to making them feel at home, in a comfortable, friendly environment, to ensure that limited stress can help them to achieve a successful course completion!

We are beaming with pride! This week Crew 3 and 4 arrived from the Peruvian Air Force…for their recurrent DH6-400 FFS Level D Recurrent training! Full steam ahead!

First DHC6 400 Level D Twin Otter Simulator Student

December 10, 2019

We are so very pleased to announce the successful completion of our first DHC6 400 Level D Twin Otter Initial Training Course completed on December 10th with Kokomo Island Resort pilot Mintesh Prasad! Mintesh was such a pleasure to have train with us and according to our Training Manager Rob Dewar and instructor Kelly Chennelles he was an “ace” student!

Thank You from the CEO

October 19, 2017

Very proud of our team as we enter the final phase of testing before Transport Canada Qualification.

Thank you all (and your PSAI colleagues not pictured) for your tireless efforts in the design, build, and testing of this beautiful Full Flight Simulator! Very soon you will be in operation and will welcome clients from all over the world. You have a great responsibility and opportunity to help the Twin Otter pilot community to sharpen their skills and enhance operational safety of crew, passengers and aircraft.

This 3½ year journey from contract to Transport Canada qualification on November has been full of discovery, technical challenge, innovation, planning, re-planning, determination, success, setback, project change, hard work and sacrifice by many people at Pacific Sky Aviation, Viking, the National Research Council, and TRU Simulation + Training.

Exciting times ahead!

Michael D. Coughlin, CEO
Pacific Sky Aviation, Inc.

Twin Otter Simulator - Final Countdown!

October 02, 2017

We are almost ready to launch!!! The testing on the Twin Otter Full Flight Level “D” Simulator and Flat Panel Trainer is progressing as planned! The team of engineers and technical staff are hard at work on a daily basis to ensure the Transport Canada certification is reached on time, as scheduled. On site acceptance will begin next week!

 

The interest from Twin Otter Operators worldwide has been remarkable. Our state of the art training centre in Calgary, Alberta is complete and fully functional and staffed with professional, experienced employees to provide the clients with an outstanding customer experience! For more information and to contact Pacific Sky Aviation, visit us at pacificskyaviation.ca.

The Twin Otter Level “D” Full Flight Simulator Installation Complete!

August 24, 2017

Mauro Pezzetta, Pacific Sky General Manager and Alain Lussier, Pacific Sky Technical Manager give a very enthusiastic thumbs up after their successful sim flyout!

The Twin Otter Level “D” Full Flight Simulator (FFS) and Flat Panel Trainer (FPT) installation is complete at the Pacific Sky Aviation training centre in Calgary! This FFS is the first Level “D” Twin Otter simulator in the world, and will provide aircraft operators with the highest level of training possible to enhance flight crew proficiency and safety of operations. 


The FFS and FPT arrived at the end of July after travelling across Canada from the TRU Simulation facility in Montreal. The Pacific Sky training team watched the TRU Simulation installation team with great enthusiasm as the devices were installed. On August 24th, the FFS was functioning on its full range of motion. Pacific Sky and TRU Simulation are now preparing for final testing and Transport Canada Certification! Initial, Recurrent, Differences training courses will be available starting in November. 


Customer interest has been strong and the training schedule is filling up!

Pacific Sky Aviation deploys SimUnity365 from Skysoft

August 15, 2017

On 15 July 2017, Canada’s Pacific Sky Aviation Inc. introduced Skysoft’s SimUnity365 training center management software to simplify operations and provide customers with a positive training experience.  The addition of SimUnity365 follows the installation of the world’s first Twin Otter Level D simulator on wheels with seaplane training capability (pictured) at Pacific Sky Aviation’s Calgary Training Center.

Twin Otter Simulator - Major Pieces Arrive in YYC

August 09, 2017

It's really happening! This morning we saw the arrival of the Simulator Cab and the visual bowl. These are the final pieces of equipment to arrive. Piece by piece we are seeing the Twin Otter Series 400 Level “D” Full Flight Simulator come together. Exciting times!

The Simulator Cab will be unpacked and all the trimmings added during the next two days including the visual bowl and front projection screen. On Saturday the completed and assembled Simulator Cab will be wheeled into the sim bay to its final position. With a help of an overhead crane the Simulator Cab will be lifted onto aircraft jacks which will be followed by the final attachment of the six motion legs.

BC Aviation Museum Open House A Success!

July 29, 2017

We had a great time at the BC Aviation Museum Open House.  This event is like Christmas for YYJ aviation enthusiasts!  We enjoyed taking a number of people on sight-seeing flights, and had the opportunity to speak to lots of people about what we do here at Pacific Sky Aviation. Thank you to all the museum volunteers who work so hard to put this event together every year. We are immensely lucky to be in a community with so much aviation history and heritage. Proud to be part of it!

Delivery of the Twin Otter Series 400 Level “D” Full Flight Simulator and Flat Panel Procedures Trainer (FPT)!

July 26, 2017

Five transport trucks are on their way from the TRU Simulation facility in Montreal, travelling across Canada to our Calgary Training Centre. The first truck arrived on 24 July with the rest due to arrive over the next few days.

 

After months of preparation, the immaculate well-designed simulator bay and Training Centre are ready to go. The installation team is on site and beginning their work.

Renowned for its unique performance characteristics and ability to reliably operate in extreme environments, the first one hundred Series 400 Twin Otters produced by Viking exemplify the type’s versatility, with 38% operating as regional carriers, 31% performing in military or special missions roles, 26% providing industrial support, and 5% utilized by private charter. Of the first one hundred Viking Twin Otters, 70 aircraft are configured with standard wheel gear, 18 are equipped with straight or amphibious floats, 10 are configured with Intermediate Flotation Gear (IFG), and 2 are equipped with wheel skis.


Originally launched in March 2007, the Viking Series 400 Twin Otter is now flown in 29 countries and certified by 20 different regulatory bodies worldwide. 


Stay tuned as the anticipation builds. We will keep you up to date with regular progress reports!

Twin Otter Simulator Completes In-Plant Acceptance Testing!

July 20, 2017

Pacific Sky Aviation and TRU Simulation have completed an extensive testing program in Montreal for the new Twin Otter Level “D” Full Flight Simulator and Flat Panel Trainer.  The Simulator and flat panel trainer will arrive in Calgary on 25 July for installation in the new Pacific Sky Twin Otter Training Centre.  Customer interest is very high and the Training Centre will be begin training in October, following regulatory approvals.  

 

For more information or to book a course, please contact Carol Crawford at ccrawford@pacificsky.ca.    

BC Aviation Museum Open House - July 29

July 18, 2017

On July 29 from 10-4 Pacific Sky Aviation will be participating in the BC Aviation Museum Open House event.  This is always a well-attended event, enjoyed by families, pilots, and aviation enthusiasts of all ages. 

 

This year’s event holds a special significance for us as they are celebrating Viking Air Limited and the Twin Otter.  We will be on hand to offer short airplane rides, and to share a bit of what we do with the museum’s many visitors. 

 

There will also be Aviation Hall of Fame inductions (which will include Viking Air and the Twin Otter), military re-enactors, face painting, kids’ activities, as well as food and refreshments supplied by the Sidney Lions Club. 

 

Admission to the open house is by donation.  Everyone is welcome to attend and we will look forward to seeing you there!

Join Us In YYC!

July 10, 2017

The excitement is escalating as we anticipate the arrival of the world’s first full flight simulator featuring a seaplane configuration, with Viking’s highly successful 19-passenger Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft as the launch platform, at the Pacific Sky Aviation Training Center in Calgary.

 

And what a great city Calgary is!  Our centre is minutes from the Calgary International Airport, that serves Calgary, Alberta, Canada and the surrounding region; it is situated approximately 17 km (11 mi) northeast of downtown Calgary. The airport offers scheduled non-stop flights to major cities in Canada, the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe and East Asia.

 

For the next 10 days, the city of Calgary is bursting alive with the 2017 Calgary Stampede!

The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo, exhibition and festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The ten-day event, which bills itself as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth",[3] attracts over one million visitors per year and features one of the world's largest rodeos, a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing and First Nations exhibitions. In 2008, the Calgary Stampede was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

The event's roots are traced to 1886 when the Calgary and District Agricultural Society held its first fair. In 1912, American promoter Guy Weadick organized his first rodeo and festival, known as the Stampede. He returned to Calgary in 1919 to organize the Victory Stampede in honor of soldiers returning from World War I. Weadick's festival became an annual event in 1923 when it merged with the Calgary Industrial Exhibition to create the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.

Midnight Sun Fly In

July 06, 2017

We're having an amazing time at The Midnight Sun Fly In on the shores of Great Slave Lake in Yellowknife!

 

Established in 1936, Yellowknife is a community of 19,000, boasting a wide range of amenities and activities. Interests in the area for aviation enthusiasts, especially those traveling by floatplane, include spectacular lakes, hiking, fishing and sightseeing. By summer solstice, Yellowknife receives about 20 hours of daylight with no real darkness, making for a very unique experience.

The Snowbirds Celebrate Bruce - And We Were Invited!

June 23, 2017

Huge thanks to photographer Eric Dumigan for these awesome shots of our Turbo Beaver at the "Snowbirds Celebrate Bruce" airshow earlier this week. You can find more of Eric's incredible photography at www.airic.ca.

COPA Convention & Tradeshow

June 22, 2017

Don Berends, Rob McIntyre and Steve Beselt have departed on a picture perfect summer day from Victoria for the short flight to Kelowna! Viking Air Limited and Pacific Sky Aviation will be at the COPA AGM and Tradeshow in Kelowna – June 23 and 24! Come out and see the new Viking Series 400 Twin Otter on amphibian floats and her sister Turbo Beaver “Olivia” on static display. These aircraft are an important part of Canada’s aviation tradition!C

Peru Air Force Becomes Launch Customer for Viking Twin Otter Series 400 “Level D” Flight Simulator Training Offered Through Pacific Sky Aviation

June 21, 2017

Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, France, June 21st, 2017: Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, announced that the Peru Air Force will become the first customer to select a full flight training package utilizing the new Twin Otter Series 400 “Level D” Flight Simulator program offered through Viking’s sister company, Pacific Sky Aviation. The Peru Air Force is the largest fleet operator of Series 400 Twin Otters, with twelve Viking aircraft in operation at the Peru Air Force’s base in Iquitos, in the Amazonian region of north eastern Peru.

 

The flight training program is scheduled to start later this year once the Level “D” simulator is fully installed at Pacific Sky’s training facility in Calgary, Alberta. The Twin Otter simulator has been in development since 2014, and is currently in the final stages of testing at TRU Simulation in Montreal.

Pacific Sky Aviation at the COPA Convention & Tradeshow

June 14, 2017

Join us in Kelowna! We'll be at the COPA Convention and Tradeshow June 23-34, where the static displays will include our very own ODH and MJO. We expect they will be crowd favourites! Please stop by and say hello!

Snowbirds and the Turbo Beaver!

June 14, 2017

What's better than the Snowbirds? The Snowbirds AND an amphibious Turbo Beaver! Pacific Sky Aviation's C-GDTB will be a the Saugeen Airport next week for their FREE Airshow featuring the Snowbirds. Watch for it in the air, and on the ground!

Air and Auto Extravaganza!

June 12, 2017

Pacific Sky Aviation and Viking Air will be attending the Air and Auto Extravaganza in Wiarton, Ontario on June 17th!  

 

We will be bringing an amphibious Turbo Beaver C-GDTB for display.    

 

Hope to see you there to enjoy some classic airplanes and automobiles!  

Our new Twin Otter Simulation and Training Centre nears completion !

May 24, 2017

Calgary, Alberta, Canada. There is a ton of excitement in the air as the Pacific Sky Aviation Inc. training center nears completion and prepares for the installation of the world’s first full flight simulator featuring a seaplane configuration, with Viking’s highly successful 19-passenger Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft as the launch platform.  

From the comfortable, well equipped customer lounge to the spacious state of the art classrooms, the center creates an environment of ease for every pilots training needs.

Conveniently located near the Calgary International airport, this center offers all the essentials required; from a large variety of dining to top notch hotels close by, and most important a friendly, qualified staff to provide an ultimate customer service experience!

We’re excited, and so should you be!  Follow us along this journey as we update you with photos of our progress as we head towards our final goal!  Up and running, full speed ahead!  Stay tuned….

Contact                                                          

Carol Crawford

Customer Service Manager

Pacific Sky Aviation Inc.

Mobile: + 1 403 616 4874|

ccrawford@pacificsky.ca

http://www.pacificsky.ca

Viking Air Ltd. And Pacific Sky Aviation To Establish World’s First Twin Otter Level “D” Flight Simulator With Seaplane Capability in Calgary

July 12, 2016

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – At the Farnborough Airshow today, Viking Air Ltd. (Outside Exhibit OE28) announced today that their sister company Pacific Sky Aviation  will install the world’s first Twin Otter Level “D” Full Flight Simulator and Seaplane Trainer, along with a Flat Panel Procedures Trainer (FPT), later this year in Calgary, Alberta.    The new training centre will open its doors to welcome customers for Twin Otter training in mid-2017.

 

This will be the world’s first full flight simulator to feature a seaplane configuration, with Viking’s highly successful 19-passenger Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft as the launch platform.   With the benefit of breakthroughs of integrated air, ground and water models and the latest simulation software and hardware, Twin Otter seaplane pilots will be able to perfect simulator takeoffs, landings and docking operations on a range of sea states, winds and water conditions, including glassy water.   This realistic seaplane training capability will reduce the time and cost for operators to develop seaplane captains in a safe simulation environment.       

 

The Twin Otter Level “D” simulator and FPT will be housed at Viking’s final assembly facility at Calgary International Airport.  Originally planned to be located in Victoria, the companies selected Calgary as the simulator training facility following a strategic review of future growth and available facility options.  As an international gateway, Calgary will also offer convenient flight connections for customers travelling from Asia, Europe and the Americas. 

 

Michael Coughlin, CEO of Pacific Sky Aviation said: “We are excited that we will soon be able to offer Twin Otter operators the highest level of flight training experience for both wheeled and seaplane versions of the type.  There is a shortage of qualified seaplane pilots today, and with the potential for significant growth in new seaplane markets in regions like China, Russia, and Vietnam, this simulator help meet the growing demand for seaplane pilots. 

 

The state-of-the-art Level “D” simulator and FPT are being manufactured by TRU Simulation + Training of Montreal, Quebec, a Textron company.  TRU has developed the integration of flight and marine models that will drive the visual and motion cues to replicate aircraft performance in both the wheeled or seaplane configuration.  Pacific Sky Aviation will soon be accepting bookings for Twin Otter Initial, Recurrent and Seaplane courses commencing mid-2017.  

 

Coughlin added: “Our new training centre is the next stage of growth in our capabilities and capacity, continuing the momentum which has seen the company grow by over 300% in the past 5 years.  While our training business and principal facilities will continue to be headquartered in Victoria, this new facility expands our reach and establishes our company in the growing aviation and aerospace cluster in Calgary.   Pacific Sky expects to hire additional staff in Victoria and more than a dozen people in Calgary to prepare for the start of simulator training.”   

 

David Curtis, President and CEO of Viking Air Limited said, “We are eager for the grand opening of the new training centre at our Calgary facility.  The Twin Otter operates in some of the most inhospitable regions of the world, ranging from the extreme climates of the Arctic and Antarctica to the tropics of South East Asia.  It operates in the heights of the Himalayas and the Andes, to the open ocean of the Maldives.  With such diversity of operating capabilities and configurations, being able to provide our customers with the highest level of training is absolutely essential.”  Curtis added, “When considering the number of new build aircraft being added to the worldwide fleet, and the significant growth in international seaplane operations, having access to the world’s only Twin Otter seaplane simulator will not only allow us to alleviate the impending pilot shortage caused by long training cycles for qualified seaplane crews, but will help us remove significant constraints to our future growth.”

 

The Series 400 Twin Otter is the most versatile and best-selling next generation turbo-prop aircraft in its class. Capable of operating on wheels, skis and amphibious floats, Viking has booked sales of more than 125 new Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft to 29 countries worldwide, with the 100th production aircraft scheduled for delivery in the fall of 2016.

 

About Pacific Sky Aviation Inc.

Pacific Sky Aviation’s headquarters and principal training facilities are located at the Victoria International Airport, where it provides Transport Canada approved flight training (FTU), Aircraft Maintenance Organization (AMO), corporate flight operations, Twin Otter Series 400 production testing, and ferry delivery flights to locations throughout the world for its sister company Viking Air Limited. 

 

About Viking Air Limited

Headquartered in Victoria, BC, Viking is the global leader in utility aircraft support and 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, from the DHC-1 Chipmunk through the DHC-7 DASH-7 50-passenger STOL regional airliner, and provides exclusive spare parts manufacturing for the legacy de Havilland fleet.

 

In 2007 Viking launched the Twin Otter Series 400 production program, and to date over 125 new aircraft have been sold to 29 countries worldwide, averaging a production rate of one new aircraft delivered every 15 business days. In June 2016 Viking acquired Bombardier’s amphibious aircraft program, including the Bombardier CL-415 waterbomber and its variants, as well as the earlier CL-215 and CL-215T versions. The acquisition includes the Type Certificates (manufacturing rights) for all variants of the aircraft and Viking will also assume responsibility for product support, parts and service for the fleet of 170 waterbombers in service around the world. The transaction is expected to close before fall 2016.

 

Pacific Sky and Viking are managed by Longview Aviation Capital, forming part of the portfolio of a prominent Canadian family office investment firm which maintains a long-term investment horizon and one of the leading investors in the Canadian aviation industry.

Media Contacts:                                                                

Michael Coughlin                                       

Pacific Sky Aviation                                   

1-250-654-0178                                          

mcoughlin@pacificsky.ca                         

Angela Murray

Viking Air Ltd.

1-250-656-7227

Angela.murray@vikingair.com

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ABOUT US

Pacific Sky Aviation is a privately held B.C. company, with operations at our headquarters in Victoria and at our Twin Otter flight test and training centre in Calgary, Alberta.

 

For over 25 years, Pacific Sky has been a Transport Canada approved provider of flight training, including initial licensing and ratings for new pilots, Multi-Engine and IFR Training.  Since the launch of the Series 400 Twin Otter, we have also provided advanced Twin Otter training for pilots throughout the world.

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CYYJ Corporate Office

1533 Kittyhawk Road,

Victoria International Airport, 

North Saanich, BC, Canada V8L 5V6

(T) 1.250.656.4312

CYYC Twin Otter Simulator Training Centre

770 McTavish Road NE

Calgary International Airport

Calgary, AB, Canada T2E 7G6

(T) 1.403.230.0215

(F) 1.403.250.9021

ccrawford@pacificsky.ca

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