Viking Air and PAL Aerospace have partnered to create firefighting modifications for the Twin Otter 300 and 400 Series aircraft. The system is expected to be certified in 2022 and the launch customer has already committed to receiving the first aircraft. The “international customer” wasn’t identified. The mod will allow the aircraft to carry up to 700 gallons of water or retardant but quickly revert to passenger or cargo operations.
“We are happy to work with PAL Aerospace to provide our operators the ability to utilize our DHC-6 Twin Otter for specialized aerial firefighting missions,” said Benjamin Carson, Director of Customer Support Operations, Viking. “As the OEM, we work to continuously enhance the aircraft we support, providing our customers with ongoing fleet sustainment activities and upgrades.”