We had the privilege of assisting our client Tropicair, Ltd. in their purchase the FIRST EVER IKHANA Twin Otter X2.
Tropicair received a beautiful ZERO time DHC-6-300. The New IKHANA Twin Otter X2, has the same factory life limits as a factory new Dehavilland Twin Otter, 66,000 hours or 132,0000 cycles. It is has New paint, interior, and engines (PT6A-34). It also had a beautiful new Garmin Avionics suite.
On my tour of the IKHANA facilities in Murrietta, California, there were several sections of Twin Otters being taken down to their rivets as well as wings going through IKHANA's relife program. The experienced staff at IKHANA has seen everything that could go wrong with a Twin Otter. IKHANA delivered the aircraft on schedule. Including the installation and certification of an FDR/CVR to comply with Tropicair's government regulations, a BIG job which had never been done before on a Twin Otter.
Tropicair, Ltd. will be putting their Twin Otter X2 to the test in Papua New Guinea a difficult area of operation.
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