Viking Air has been awarded European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 147 Maintenance Training Organisation Approval. It marks the end of a two-year period of rigorous preparation.
The Part 147 Approval allows Viking to provide training to B1 and B2 licensed maintenance engineers for the Twin Otter Series 400 in accordance with EASA’s standards and regulatory requirements. As the only type of training of its kind in the world, Viking’s Part 147 Approval fills a vital requirement to provide customers with maintenance training to a globally recognized standard.
Gregory Davis, Viking’s vice president Customer Service & Product Support, said, “This has been an exciting milestone for us, as we are now authorised to deliver fully compliant EASA 147 type training courses.”
Receipt of Part 147 Approval caps Viking’s seven years of experience providing high quality and cost-effective maintenance training services in support of its products, including initial, recurrent, and differences training courses for the Series 400 Twin Otter.
Headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia, Viking is the manufacturer of the Series 400 Twin Otter. Viking is the Original Type Certificate holder for all out-of-production de Havilland aircraft, DHC-1 through the DHC-7, and provides spare parts, manufacturing and product support for the legacy de Havilland fleet. In 2007 Viking launched the Twin Otter Series 400 production program, and to date new Viking aircraft have sold to 30 countries worldwide.
In 2016, Viking acquired the Type Certificates (manufacturing rights) for the Canadair CL-215, CL- 215T, and CL-415 aircraft. With this transfer, Viking assumed responsibility for all product support for the global fleet of 170 aerial firefighters.