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#21 LJ

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 06:57 PM

Check out Mat's link to "glass cockpits" because everyone is using them from the military to the space shuttle. I would say those uses are a bit extreeeme.


The military and NASA can afford milspec instrumentation, the rest of us can't. How many times have you seen the shuttle delayed because of a technical problem, and that is with the best technicians in the world working on them.

With mechanical/analog systems the average bush pilot could always get something working or jury rigged to allow them to fly safely. Not so electronics.
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#22 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 07:41 AM

First test-flight is over Calgary next week. that must be exciting.

#23 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 01:52 PM

Flawless first flight.

#24 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 07:47 AM

Twin Otter planes get green light for skies

Transport Canada approval means Viking Air can start delivering

By Carla Wilson, Times Colonist July 21, 2010


Viking Air's new Twin Otter reached a major milestone after Transport Canada granted the plane certification yesterday at the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom.


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Posted 21 July 2010 - 08:11 AM

^ Being a pilot, I have always been in awe of this company. They started out rebuilding de Havilland Beavers and Otters.

They have spent years taking aviation to the next level.....reproducing tried and true aircraft of the past.

This company deserves to succeed.

#26 spanky123

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 09:14 AM

Something doesn't sounds right though. $200M in backorders yet they are applying to have staff hours reduced with EI picking up the slack.

#27 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 09:37 AM

Something doesn't sounds right though. $200M in backorders yet they are applying to have staff hours reduced with EI picking up the slack.


Final assembly in Calgary is clogged, so there is no point producing extra in Victoria right now. The EI program is a good one, it keeps people working, and saves both the company and the EI program money, while keeping skilled trades from leaving. It is a rigorous approval process on EI's part to approve it, and as the article sates, the workers must vote for it, and they have. I think it's all good, they just have to find a way to unclog final assembly in Calgary.
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Posted 23 February 2014 - 04:56 PM

Viking Air will hold a celebration for the roll out of its 50th production aircraft. It will focus on its employee’s achievements in launching the Series 400 Twin Otter production program and completion of the 50th Viking-built aircraft to date. Viking president & CEO, David Curtis, will provide opening remarks for approximately 30 minutes, followed by an open-house style gathering for attendees to view the new aircraft on display.

That all takes place on Feb. 27 at the Victoria International Airport.


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#29 Rob Randall

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 09:24 PM

Vancouver Island's Viking Air flying high with reincarnation of Twin Otter

JUSTINE HUNTER

VICTORIA — The Globe and Mail

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Monday, Dec. 22 2014, 

 

Mr. Curtis was bearing good tidings at his recent year-end board meeting, where he reported company growth of “about 700 per cent” over the past five years. “This year was our highest sales in our 44-year history. … I would say we are pretty happy with where we are.”

Viking Air’s sales this year are projected at $215-million, up from $25-million in 2009, and the order book is full right into 2016.

 


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#30 Bingo

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 03:52 PM

Viking Air, which has created hundreds of jobs in the aerospace industry on the Saanich Peninsula, announced it is scaling back its workforce 20% due to uncertainty in the global market.

Viking plans to cut 116 employees at facilities in Victoria and Calgary. 432 employees will remain manufacturing 18 Twin Otter aircraft per year – down from 24 aircraft last year.

http://www.cheknews....o-cut-116-jobs/



#31 Wally

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 04:03 PM

 

Viking Air, which has created hundreds of jobs in the aerospace industry on the Saanich Peninsula, announced it is scaling back its workforce 20% due to uncertainty in the global market.

Viking plans to cut 116 employees at facilities in Victoria and Calgary. 432 employees will remain manufacturing 18 Twin Otter aircraft per year – down from 24 aircraft last year.

http://www.cheknews....o-cut-116-jobs/

 

 

There was a rumour floating around a few months ago that when Canada backed sanctions against Russia then Russia cancelled their order with Viking. Sounds like there is some truth to that.



#32 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 07:52 AM

Original TC article, since removed:

 

 

Viking Air is cutting its workforce by 116 people due to uncertainty in the global market.

The company, which manufactures Twin Otter aircraft in facilities in Victoria and Calgary, announced today it was trimming its staff by 20 per cent to 432 people.

“This has been a difficult decision and not one that has been taken lightly,” said Viking president Dave Curtis in a statement.

Curtis noted Viking had ramped up production of the Twin Otter to as many as 24 in 2014 from eight in 2011. However, with economic problems in the Russian market and a downturn in the oil and gas sector, he said Viking decided to reduce production to 18 a year.

“A contributing factor underlining the decision to increase production was strong market demand in Russia, where the Twin Otter is ideally suited for the Russian geography and climate,” said Curtis. “Viking has a number of aircraft currently in production destined for Russian customers. However, delivery of these aircraft has been delayed due to the current global economic and geo-political environment.

“These delays and ongoing uncertainty has slowed our business opportunities in what was predicted to be a significant market, and has impacted our ability to realize this potential.”

Curtis also noted the Twin Otter played an important supporting role in the oil and gas market. But with prices dropping and companies laying off workers, a number of customers have deferred major acquisitions until conditions improve.

In the statement, Curtis said he remains confident in Viking’s prospects with Chinese certification expected in the coming weeks, and the world’s first Twin Otter seaplane training facility is to be established at Victoria International Airport by Viking’s sister company, Pacific Sky, this year.

Since Viking brought the Twin Otter back into production — the first was delivered in 2010 — the plane has brought in more than $400 million for the company.

The aircraft, with a base price of about $7 million, has now been sold and delivered to 27 countries.

Viking has taken more than 100 orders for aircraft and delivered 68 to date.

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North Saanich-based Viking Air Ltd. is cutting production and laying off 116 employees, saying some of its customers are unable to pay for aircraft they have ordered and the pace of future sales is slowing.

The company, which manufactures Twin Otter aircraft at facilities in North Saanich and Calgary, announced Thursday it is cutting its staff to 432 people.

About 100 people are being laid off at Viking’s operation in North Saanich.

“This is a last resort — you don’t make these kinds of decisions quickly,” Viking president Dave Curtis said in an interview.

Curtis said he met with Viking staff a month ago and told them he would make a decision about production in 30 days. That deadline came Thursday and layoffs took effect immediately.

Employees in most departments are affected, but not in maintenance or sales, Curtis said. The biggest impact is being felt on the production side, where 74 unionized employees are being let go.

Viking’s production will be trimmed to 18 aircraft in a year from the current pace of 24.

The layoffs were blamed on a softening Russian market and a global slowdown in the oil and gas sector. Curtis said if there was one major factor that tipped the scales, it was Russian economic woes.

“We forecast we would sell 100 airplanes there over the next 10 years. But we now have customers who have aircraft on order that we are producing and some of them haven’t been able to meet their financial commitments to us,” he said.

“It’s one thing not to sell another airplane, but when they are not able to take the airplanes they have already ordered, you kind of take the hint you have to make an adjustment.”

Viking is storing a few aircraft that fall into that category. Those aircraft are 80 to 90 per cent paid for, Curtis said, but “until they meet the entire commitment to us, we don’t deliver.”

Curtis stressed every plane the company starts producing has been partially paid for and is under contract.

“We do not build on spec,” he said. “None of the aircraft we have parked are unsold.”

In the slumping energy sector, a number of customers have deferred buying until conditions improve.

Unifor Local 114, which represents Viking’s unionized workers, is having trouble coming to terms with Thursday’s decision.

“Shock is probably the most accurate word for it,” said Stu Shields, Unifor national representative. “We knew orders had declined and we were outside of the sweet spot in terms of the manufacturing schedule.”

Shields said while he understands the decision, the union is disappointed the company continues to honour contracts with outside suppliers for components when that work could have kept workers on the manufacturing line.

“They had contracted out work that couldn’t be done at the plant, as it was close to being maxed out,” Shields said.

“But it sounds like what they had done is enter into longer-term contracts for these contractors, and now with sales falling off, everyone at the plant is qualified to do the work, but [Viking] can’t get the work back.”

Shields said workers have been given 60 days’ pay in lieu of notice and the company will help workers find new jobs.

“There is some demand, but in aerospace, there is a lot of specialization. It’s not like a mechanic is a mechanic is a mechanic,” he said.

“So it will be a little more difficult to find homes for these people.”

Curtis said he remains confident in Viking’s prospects for Chinese certification, which is expected in coming weeks. The certification means the company will be able to sell in China.

Since Viking brought the Twin Otter back into production — the first was delivered in 2010 — the plane has generated more than $400 million for the company.

The aircraft, with a base price of about $7 million, has been sold and delivered to 27 countries. Viking has orders that will carry it for the next 12 months. It has taken more than 100 orders for aircraft and delivered 68.

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#33 spanky123

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 09:49 AM

^ Good catch VHF.

 

Interesting that they changed the CEO's quote to remove the geo-political comment.



#34 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 10:30 AM

^ Good catch VHF.

 

Interesting that they changed the CEO's quote to remove the geo-political comment.

 

Comparing the two articles, I did not see all that much that was controversial.  But they definitely killed to old one and its url link.  I had to find a cached version.


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#35 Dr. Barillas

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Posted 06 April 2015 - 01:29 PM

That's unfortunate, two friends of mine have been laid off.

 

Here's a nice pic of #1 fresh off the line.

 

 

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Posted 17 June 2015 - 06:01 AM

Viking & Reignwood Group Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement With Commercial Commitment for 50 Twin Otter Series 400 Aircraft

06/17/2015
Reignwood Aviation Group of Beijing to Become Exclusive Representative for Viking Series 400 Twin Otter in China

Paris, France, June 17th, 2015: Following Transport Canada’s recent announcement that the Series 400 Twin Otter has received Type Certification by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Viking Air Limited of Victoria, BC, Canada and Reignwood Aviation Group of Beijing, China, have entered into an agreement forming a strategic partnership to develop the Chinese market with commercial commitment to purchase up to 50 aircraft to be delivered over the next five years.

At a signing ceremony held earlier today at the Paris International Air Show, Viking president & CEO David C. Curtis, and Christopher Wang, Executive Director of Reignwood Group, executed a strategic partnership agreement for the purchase of fifty aircraft including exclusive representation rights for the Series 400 Twin Otter in China.

Deliveries of Reignwood’s Series 400 Twin Otters will commence in the 4th quarter of 2015, with the first two aircraft configured in regional commuter landplane and amphibious floats.

In the coming weeks, Viking and Reignwood will also be working to determine a suitable location for the development of a factory endorsed completion and service center (FECSC). The FECSC will see aircraft manufactured at Viking’s Canadian factories destined for the Chinese market undergo customer completion and customization in-country.

David Curtis commented, “Reignwood’s world-class reputation and depth of experience in the aviation sector will give the Series 400 Twin Otter immediate traction in the Chinese market, which is anticipated to reach 500 aircraft over 20 years.” He added, “This strategic partnership will allow Viking to tap into this extensive market potential, where the seaplane segment in particular is expected to expand rapidly over the next ten years.”

About Reignwood Aviation Group:

With four subsidiary companies offering invaluable services to the aviation industry, Reignwood Aviation is a pillar of Reignwood Group’s strategy of investing in key developing markets. Services include airport construction, aircraft operations and maintenance, pilot recruitment and training and medical transport services. Reignwood Aviation aims to become a leader in China’s fast-growing domestic aviation industry.

About Viking:

The Series 400 Twin Otter is the best-selling next generation turbo-prop aircraft in its class, with Viking aircraft sold and delivered to 27 countries worldwide. Viking provides OEM support for the global fleet of de Havilland legacy aircraft (DHC-1 through DHC-7) and forms part of Westerkirk Capital Inc., a Canadian private investment firm with substantial holdings in the hospitality, aviation, and real estate sectors.

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#37 Gary H

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Posted 17 June 2015 - 11:27 AM

Seems closely related to the just announced partnership between Harbour Air and Zongshen Industrial Group to start float plane service in China - Reignwood may be providing the planes.


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Posted 12 August 2015 - 09:15 AM

Here's what's going on at Viking/Pacific Sky today:

 

 

 

TODAY - SEE the Snowbirds on the ground, take a $35 scenic flight (in a Cessna 172, not the Snowbird Tutor). 11am - 3pm TODAY.

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Invite your Friends and Family! Everyone is Welcome! Stop by our office for Burgers and Drinks, and talk to our experienced pilots! Our whole fleet will be out for the event, so feel free to check them out! Additionally, the Snowbirds will be on display in our Hanger!

Scenic Flights in our Cessna 172's only $35 per person!! TODAY - August 12 only!

 

 


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#39 Layne French

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Posted 20 June 2016 - 05:08 PM

Viking air is expanding in Calgary, good to see a BC company growing out here

 

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 07:57 AM

Tough news for Viking staff. This is 1/2 of the workforce.

 

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