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.
MVP Aero is developing a $189,000 light sport amphibious seaplane that doubles as a camper and is expected to fly in 18 months, with deliveries in 2017.
The FAA will miss a deadline to reform aircraft certification by two years, the agency told the House Aviation Subcommittee during a July 23 hearing.
AOPA is testing whether aircraft ownership can be more affordable than many people believe with the development of “Reimagined Aircraft.”
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