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.
Despite a dramatic decline in 2014 helicopter deliveries, forecasters at Honeywell Aerospace project a steady stream of deliveries over the next five years.
Bell Helicopter has made the first delivery of the Bell 429WLG (wheeled landing gear) in North America.
Garmin International will offer the GDL 84H and GDL 88H Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink specifically designed for helicopters.
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