October 29, 2012
By Alton K. Marsh
Ikhana Aircraft Services, a Murrieta, Calif., company based at French Valley Airport, is offering a de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter X2 program featuring proprietary modification and enhancements, including wing box and fuselage modifications.
The program returns DHC-6 airplanes to new structural life limits of 66,000 flight hours or 132,000 flight cycles, whichever occurs first. “We are essentially providing the Twin Otter with a new birth certificate and a new, full useful life,” said John Zublin, president and CEO of Ikhana. Three deliveries are planned for 2013.
Other new systems include avionics, overhauled or factory new engines, and overhauled or new propellers. Aircraft are delivered with exterior paint stripping, epoxy prime, seam seal, and epoxy paint, based on customer specifications.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
From the NBAA convention in Orlando, a look at some new aircraft that are actually flying. NTSB chairman worries about automation causing a lack of professionalism and diminishing safety. Controlling the aircraft with the sound of your voice.
Nextant Aerospace, adding a remanufactured King Air to its remanufactured Hawker 400 offering, says the King Air (Nextant G90XT) will fly early next year.
Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of airports and state advocacy, brought Indiana aviation community members up to date on the association’s initiatives.
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