Viking Debuts Twin Otter Seaplane At Singapore

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Viking, a Canadian company that has been building brand-new Twin Otters for a few years now, this week introduced a new variation, the 400S Seaplane, at the Singapore Airshow. While the twin was previously available with optional floats, the 400S is optimized for water-based operations, with corrosion-resistant packages for the airframe, powerplant and fuel system. Other features include additional draining and sealing, and corrosion-resistant materials throughout the aircraft. "The Twin Otter is already the world's most successful commercial seaplane, and with the modifications we are making to streamline the flight deck and optimize the aircraft for seaplane operations, we see our market share expanding even further," said Evan McCorry, a Viking spokesman. The airplane carries up to 19 passengers and sells for $6 million. Cirrus and Piper also announced news at the show.

Cirrus spokesman Todd Simmons said all new SR models delivered in 2016 will feature a suite of upgrades, including remote keyless entry, a Bluetooth audio panel and Garmin's Flight Stream Wi-Fi system, which connects the flight deck to a pilot's mobile device. Newly designed seats provide more pockets for gear and added comfort for long flights. "We continue to refine the aircraft to enhance both pilot and passenger comfort," Simmons said. Piper announced at the show that it has recently delivered 12 single-engine and 3 multi-engine training aircraft to an airline-oriented flight school at Budiarto Airport in Indonesia. The deal includes 10 more airplanes that will be delivered starting this summer. The Singapore Airshow, which opened today, runs until Sunday. The show is the largest of its kind in Asia.