The aircraft, Canadian registration C-FMJO, carries the manufacturer’s serial number (MSN) 845; the first of the new line of Twin Otters will be delivered to Zimex Aviation of Switzerland. The Zimex Twin Otter is equipped with a Honeywell Apex IFR digital flight deck and configured with a commuter interior for use throughout North Africa for the oil and gas industry. The Canadian registration was in commemoration of former Viking board member Michael J. Orr.
Viking has made and supplied components for de Havilland for decades but in 2006 acquired the type certificates for seven vintage models, including the DHC-2 Beaver, the DHC-3 Otter, and the DCH-6 Twin Otter. Viking expects to win Canadian certification shortly and begin deliveries soon thereafter. Company officials estimate the backlog for the Twin Otter has reached $200 million.
This article was compiled by resident aviation news editor James Abbey with excerpts taken from an Article from By Kerry Lynch of Aviation week magazine.