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Air Turks and Caicos
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No: 11130   Contributor: Joel P   Year: 2010   Manufacturer: de Havilland Canada   Country: Turks and Caicos Islands
Air Turks and Caicos

Island hopper used for inter-island transit in the TCI chain.
Picture added on 22 November 2010 at 09:00
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DHC-6-300 Twin Otter
This is an extract taken from The Turks & Caios SUN newspaper dated 22 Nov 2010.

Air Turks and Caicos added a second Twin Otter turbine aircraft to its fleet earlier this week.
With over 800 produced in Canada by DeHavilland since 1964, most still in active service, the Twin Otter is famous for its rugged construction and STOL (short takeoff and landing) abilities.
These characteristics have made it one of the world’s most useful aircraft in regions as varied as the tropics, where it can land on unprepared strips, to the ice fields of the North Pole, the aircraft has a wide body and carries 19 passengers.
“It can fly virtually anywhere, and can be outfitted as needed with wheels, floats or skis. The aircraft can reach a maximum speed of 183 knots, or 210 mph, ” said Deborah C. Aharon, VP, Business Development, InterIsland Aviation Services Group.
The Air Turks and Caicos DHC6 300 model was first introduced in 1969, five years after the prototype. Performance and payload were improved by the addition of the more powerful Pratt and Whitney PT6A-27 engines.
The 300 series became the most successful of the various models, and remains in service around the world both for commercial and military operations.
“It is still used for research, supply and medevac in Antarctica, where it is regarded as the only aircraft capable for such purposes, ” she added.
Other operators currently using the aircraft are as varied as Kenn Borek Air, which owns the largest Twin Otter fleet at 33 aircraft, Libyan Airlines in the Middle East, Trans Maldivian in the Maldives, Cayman Airways, Carib Aviation and Windward Island Airways in the Caribbean, Nature Air in Costa Rica and Nepal Airways.
The aircraft is also being used by military operations in the Middle East, South America, Indonesia, Europe, Africa and United States.
“Bearing the proud registration VQ-TGW, as a loving salute to Chairman Gardiner's aunt Gwendolyn Williams of North Caicos, Air Turks and Caicos expects to have the aircraft in service before the end of the month.
“Joining its sister aircraft, VQ-TVG, named for Gardiner's mother Vanderlene, it will service the airline's domestic routes, ” said Aharon.

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