IKHANA Aircraft Services Delivers Second Vistaliner with RWMI DHC-6-300 Re-Life Fuselage to Grand Canyon Airlines

IKHANA Aircraft Services (IKHANA) announced the delivery of a second DHC-6-300 Vistaliner Twin Otter aircraft modified with IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Fuselage Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to Grand Canyon Airlines of Boulder, NV. IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Fuselage is an FAA approved Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) providing NEW 66,000 hours/132,000 cycles of fatigue life to an otherwise life expired aircraft. “Maintaining aircraft values is what our RWMI Re-Life Fuselage STC was intended to do,” states John Zublin, president/CEO of IKHANA. “Since originally modifying the first Vistaliner in 1980, it is a remarkable event to have another aircraft depart our facility, essentially as a new aircraft.” Jake Tomlin, president of Grand Canyon Airlines states, “Maintaining the safety of our DHC-6 Twin Otter Vistaliner fleet with IKHANA’s RWMI Re-Life Fuselage STC is a worthy investment. The value provided enhances our ability to keep Grand Canyon Airlines as the premier tour operator for years to come.”
The original DHC-6-100, -200, and -300 Series Twin Otters, produced from 1965 to 1988, have a fuselage fatigue life limit of 66,000 hours/132,000 cycles. The RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Fuselage STC, allowing NEW 66,000 hours/132,000 cycles of fatigue life, was awarded by the FAA in November of 2011 and is applicable to all of the DHC-6 Legacy Series Twin Otter airplanes. IKHANA’s predecessor, R.W. Martin Inc. modified the first DHC-6 Twin Otter into a Vistaliner in the mid 1980’s and has modified over forty (40) Twin Otters as Vistaliners. IKHANA has been a key provider of enhancements for the worldwide DHC-6 Twin Otter fleet with products including the RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Wing Box, RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Fuselage, RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Flight Controls, RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Nacelles, enhanced air conditioning, upgraded avionics, VIP amenities, cargo handling, camera hatches, and integration of surveillance/patrol systems. IKHANA’s modifications support a variety of customers in executive transport, regional/commuter airlines, and special missions operations.
For further information, contact Naras “Bo” Alksninis, Director, Special Missions Sales at 818.554.5906 or BAlksninis@IKHANAgroup.com

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