Peru Air Force Becomes Launch Customer for Viking Twin Otter Series 400 “Level D” Flight Simulator Training Offered Through Pacific Sky Aviation
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.
David Curtis, Viking president & CEO said, “As the largest Twin Otter Series 400 operator in the world, we are excited that the Peru Air Force has selected the full simulator training package offered through Pacific Sky Aviation. With Series 400 aircraft in both wheeled and seaplane configurations, it was essential that we were able to offer Peru a comprehensive training package of the highest caliber.”
Michael Coughlin, CEO of Pacific Sky Aviation said, “Our team is excited that the Peru Air Force will be the launch customer for the simulator, and we look forward to welcoming this highly experienced and important customer to our new training center.”
Coughlin added, “This is the world’s first Level “D” Full Flight Simulator for the Twin Otter, and the first of its kind with seaplane capability. This innovative technology will provide state-of-the-art simulator training options for pilots wanting to perfect takeoffs, landings and docking operations through a range of sea states and weather conditions. This realistic and safe seaplane simulation environment will in turn reduce the time and cost to develop seaplane captains.”
Viking and Pacific Sky Aviation have received a high level of interest from Twin Otter operators for simulator training, and we are now reserving training slots well into 2018.
About Viking Air Limited:
Headquartered in Victoria, BC, Viking is the global leader in utility aircraft 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, DHC-1 through the DHC-7, and provides exclusive spare parts manufacturing and product support for the legacy de Havilland fleet. In 2007 Viking launched the Twin Otter Series 400 production program, and to date over 130 new Viking aircraft have been sold to 29 countries worldwide.
In October 2016, Viking acquired the Type Certificates (manufacturing rights) for the CL-215, CL-215T, CL-415 aircraft and all variants from Bombardier. With the Type Certificate transfer, Viking assumed responsibility for product support for the fleet of 170 water bombers in operation worldwide.
Viking is managed by Longview Aviation Capital and forms part of the portfolio of a prominent Canadian family investment firm which maintains a long-term investment horizon and is one of the leading investors in the Canadian aviation industry.
About Pacific Sky Aviation Inc.:
Pacific Sky Aviation, operating from facilities at Victoria International Airport and Calgary International Airport, provides Twin Otter flight training, Transport Canada approved flight training (FTU), Twin Otter Series 400 production flight testing, aircraft ferry delivery services, corporate flight operations, and aircraft maintenance services (AMO).
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