Viking Announces Twin Otter Factory-Endorsed Component Centers

Geneva, Switzerland, May 5, 2010: Viking Air of Victoria, BC, Canada has appointed Team JAS of Jacksonville, Florida, and Universal Avionique Inc. of Miami, Florida, as the first two Factory-Endorsed Component Centers (“FECC”) in the Twin Otter Series 400 and legacy de Havilland Canada aircraft support network. The companies were selected for the FECC program due to their long-standing history providing quality service to the worldwide Twin Otter fleet, and their ability to meet the demands of the changing landscape as new Series 400 Twin Otters are introduced to the market.

The FECC program develops strategic partnerships with specialized industry professionals to provide factory certified service and warranty repairs on components for both the new Viking Series 400 Twin Otters and legacy de Havilland Canada fleet, including items such as main and nose landing gear, and rotable components.

George Gee, Viking’s product support manager, said, “The implementation of the FECC program will offer our global customer base experienced repair stations that provide overhaul services that improve the quality, safety and reliability of components for their de Havilland Canada aircraft."

The core business strategy of Team JAS has focused on the Twin Otter for nearly 25 years, supplying parts or repairs to virtually every Twin Otter operator on every continent. Team JAS is an FAA and JAA approved component repair station, maintaining a large inventory of Twin Otter parts and rotables, making them an ideal facility to join the FECC network as the Eastern United States representative.

Universal Avionique Inc. is an FAA and EASA approved organization specializing in repair and overhaul of avionics, instruments, and accessories for multiple aircraft types, including the Twin Otter and Dash 7. Universal Avionique Inc. has a comprehensive list of capabilities, and adds avionics and electronic expertise to the FECC support network.

Viking launched the new DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 production program in 2007, and currently has a production backlog of over $200M through 2014. Viking provides OEM support for the worldwide fleet of de Havilland Canada heritage line of aircraft (DHC-1 through DHC-7), and is part of Westerkirk Capital Inc., a Canadian private investment firm with substantial holdings in the hospitality, aviation and real estate sectors.