IKHANA Aircraft Services announced that Rampart Aviation has taken on-time delivery of the first Commuter Category RWMI DHC-6-300HGTM STC, which supports operations at 14,000 lbs. MTOW. The payload increase gives Rampart a competitive advantage over other airplanes and allows it to compete on routes that used to be serviced by other aircraft.
“The airplane performs very well with the payload increase. Our specific mission parameters require an aircraft that can provide maximum payload with the capability to operate safely out of a variety of airfields and during all weather conditions,” says Scott Tripp, Rampart chief pilot. “The IKHANA DHC-6-300HGTM fits that bill perfectly. IKHANA delivered the aircraft ahead of schedule and it has performed flawlessly during the very aggressive testing and training phase of its employment. The aircraft was just used as the vehicle to receive an FAA Check Airman designation for myself and the first approval for full passenger transportation services in the 19- seat configuration. I can’t say enough about the capabilities of the 300HGTM. I look forward to adding more of these workhorses to our fleet in the very near future.”
President and CEO of IKHANA, Mr. John A. Zublin states: “An initial group of four (4) pilots have successfully completed type training and have received their FAA approved type rating to operate aircraft equipped with IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6-300HGTM Commuter Category STC at 14,000 lbs. MTOW. This payload increase provides a capability that is unmatched by any other aircraft in its class. As we started taking orders for the upgrade, we established our DHC-6- 300HGTM type rating class program to efficiently and quickly bring customers online. The training program integrates classroom instruction with hands-on use of a DHC-6-300HGTM aircraft to implement group type ratings in a short time period.”
The RWMI DHC-6-300HGTM STC increases the payload capabilities of the basic DHC-6-300 and, potentially, DHC-6-400 Twin Otter Series aircraft from 12,500 lbs. (5670 Kg) to 14,000 lbs. (6350 Kg) MTOW. As a Standard and Passenger Commuter Category STC with both FAA and EASA approvals, the DHC-6 Series 300 aircraft can be approved to operate in revenue service without special purpose restrictions. By contrast IKHANA’s other RWMI DHC-6-300RGTM/- 400RGTM STC is limited to special missions operations, constraining operators from carrying passengers for revenue service.