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Air and Auto Extravaganza!

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!  

BC Aviation Museum

BC Aviation Museum Open House - July 29

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!

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BC Aviation Museum Open House A Success!

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!

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COPA Convention & Tradeshow

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

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CTV News Footage: Twin Otter Simulator Launch

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.

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

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. 

Civil Aviation Administration of China Simulator Certification

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!

ConocoPhillips Training at Pacific Sky Aviation Inc.

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!

DailyAir training at Pacific Sky Aviation Inc.

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.

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

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!

EASA & CAAC Qualification Complete!

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."