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

January 5, 2018

Viking’s Twin Otter flight simulator certified, pilots getting the real feel.

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

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.