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IKHANA collaborates with GE Aviation to re-engine DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft with the GE H Series engines

IKHANA Aircraft Services (IKHANA) announces a collaborative effort with General Electric Aviation (GE) to develop a variant of the de Havilland DHC-6 Series Twin Otter aircraft re-engined with GE’s H series turboprop engines. “IKHANA looks forward to working with GE in developing a modification option for the DHC-6 Twin Otter using the H series engines,” states Mr. John A. Zublin, IKHANA President and CEO. “The significantly higher horsepower of the H series compared to other existing engine offerings is intended to provide improved utility and mission capabilities not currently available to Twin Otter operators.” IKHANA offers a variety of customized Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) modifications for the DHC-6 Twin Otter series aircraft that include improvements for expanded mission capabilities and increased payloads. The RWMI DHC-6-200HG™ STC increases the payload capabilities of the basic DHC-6-100/-200 aircraft from 11,579 lbs. (5252 Kg) to 12,500 lbs. (5670 Kg), while IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6-300RG™/-400RG™ STC is a restricted category STC allowing operation of DHC-6-300/-400 series aircraft from 12,500 pounds (5670 Kg) to 14,0000 lbs. (6350 Kg) for special purposes. The IKHANA RWMI DHC-6-300HG™/-400HG™ is currently in the FAA approval process as a Standard Category STC, which will allow operations to 14,000 lbs. (6350 Kg) and will be applicable to all operators. IKHANA’s products include a line of proprietary “Re-Life” STCs: RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Wing Box™, RMWI DHC-6 Re-Life Nacelles™, RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Flight Controls™, and RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Fuselage™, which are all FAA, TCCA, and EASA approved. IKHANA also manufacturers the Twin Otter X2™, a “Zero Time” Twin Otter aircraft with new structural life limits of 66,000 hours or 132,000 cycles, whichever comes first,...

First Twin Otter X2™ Delivered

  IKHANA Aircraft Services Delivers First Twin Otter X2™ to Tropicair of Papua New Guinea   IKHANA Aircraft Services (IKHANA) announces delivery of the first Twin Otter X2™ to Tropicair Ltd. of Papua New Guinea.  “IKHANA is delighted to be working with Tropicair as the launch customer for the first Twin Otter X2™ aircraft” states Mr. John A. Zublin, IKHANA President and CEO. “Our Twin Otter X2™ is unlike any Twin Otter aircraft on the market and provides the same dependability that legacy series Twin Otter operators have come to expect, but as a zero-time airplane with technological improvements where it matters.”  Mr. Tony Honey, CEO and founder of Tropicair Ltd. states, “The Twin Otter X2™ provides us with a value that makes sense and expands on our ability to service the entire region. This aircraft is ideally equipped to fit within our operation as the provider of the best maintained and most reliable turbine powered aircraft in the region.” The aircraft sale was managed by Hopkinson Aircraft Sales Ltd. as the company’s exclusive aircraft sales agents.   IKHANA’s “Re-Life” process delivers the Twin Otter X2™ as a “Zero Time” Twin Otter with new structural life limits of 66,000 hours or 132,000 cycles, whichever comes first, the same as a factory-new aircraft.  Offered with a brand new interior, new engines, customized avionics, and all new wiring, the Twin Otter X2™ combines IKHANA’s Supplemental Type Certificates (STC’s) to “Re-Life” the entire airplane to a new fully useful life. The Twin Otter X2™ includes the RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Wing Box™, RMWI DHC-6 Re-Life Nacelles™, RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Flight Controls™, and RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Fuselage™ Supplemental...

IKHANA Aircraft Attends Peru Aero Expo

IKHANA Aircraft Services attended the Perú Aero Expo from November 21-23, 2014 in Lima, Peru. The IKHANA team was able to meet with ranking officers of the Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Perú) and the Peruvian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea del Perú). The Expo was a great opportunity to showcase the work IKHANA does to modify the Twin Otter airplane, currently in operation by the Peru military. The picture above is of Marcos Carvalhal, IKHANA’s CFO, discussing IKHANA’s paratrooper seat modifications for the DHC-6 Twin Otter. The Peruvian Navy and Air force currently operate a number of de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otters.  The Perú Aero Expo brought in more than 100 national and international exhibitors to the show this year. The event showcased companies in the Aircraft industry for trade, tourism, services, and products.  The goals of the expo are to increase development of Peruvian Aviation. IKHANA discussed with attendees the gross weight increase options for the Twin Otter  and was able to talk to about their re-life products including the Twin Otter X2™. The IKHANA Twin Otter X2™ aircraft is a completely remanufactured version of the legendary DHC-6 series Twin Otter. IKHANA’s Re-Life process delivers the Twin Otter X2™ as a “Zer0-Time” aircraft with New Life Limites of 66,000 hours or 132,000 cycles, whichever comes first, the same as factory new. The Twin Otter X2™ takes the DHC-6-300 Series aircraft and applies the following IKHANA RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life™ STC’s to the aircraft: RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Fuselage™, RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Wing Boxes™, RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Flight Controls™, and RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Nacelles™. IKHANA attended the show in Peru with alliance partners Team JAS ( and Hopkinson and Associates...

IKHANA Featured in AIN ShowNews

Check out the latest feature of IKHANA in AIN’s ShowNews at NBAA 2014.     Ikhana Twin Otters Live Longer NBAA CONVENTION NEWS » 2014 by  MATT THURBER Ikhana Aircraft’s remanufacturing programs add new life to the venerable Twin Otter. October 20, 2014, 6:15 PM Ikhana Aircraft Services, a specialist in extending the life of the popular DHC-6 Twin Otter based at French Valley Airport in Murietta, Calif., has been remanufacturing aircraft long before the term became popular in aviation circles. Ikhana–the name stems from the Choctaw word for knowledge and intelligence–was created from the merger of engine specialist Total Aircraft Services and R.W. Martin, the originator of the Twin Otter VistaLiner conversion that opened up spectacular aerial tour opportunities by upgrading fuselages with huge passenger viewing windows. R.W.Martin converted 45 Twin Otters to the 19-passenger VistaLiner configuration, and many are still flying; some are now returning to Ikhana for maintenance and re-lifing. The re-lifing of the DHC-6 Twin Otter is Ikhana’s bread-and-butter. In 1996, R.W.Martin’s highly trained sheetmetal technicians started disassembling and rebuilding Twin Otter wing boxes; then, in 2007, Ikhana’s workforce took over and, now, between the two companies, more than 115 sets have been rebuilt. The wing box is the major wing structure between the front and rear spars and it has a life limit of 25,000 to 33,000 hours or 50,000 to 66,000 cycles, depending on the model. When a set of wings arrives or is removed at Ikhana’s facility, the technicians first un-rivet the lower wing skin then pressure wash and degrease the structure and remove all fatigue-critical components. Each wing box goes back together with new...

IKHANA Aircraft Services, a DBA of IKHANA Group Inc., provides DESIGN – BUILD – FLY solutions to the aerospace industry through aircraft modifications, heavy maintenance, major repair, and critical parts manufacturing. Headquartered at the French Valley Airport (F70) in Murrieta, California, IKHANA holds FAA, EASA, Transport Canada, and CAAF (Fiji) repair station approvals, FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA), and is a Viking Air Factory Endorsed Service Center. IKHANA has a proven reputation for developing unique engineered solutions across a wide variety of aircraft platforms and diverse customer base including extensive experience in the DHC-6 Twin Otter, King Air, and Gulfstream airframes. IKHANA Aircraft Services originated from the merger of R.W. Martin, Inc. (RWMI and Total Aircraft Services, Inc. (TAS Aircraft IKHANA has experience with the following air frames: Cessna: C206, C208 Caravan, Citation (various), Gulfstream (G-II, G-III, G-IV, G-V), Boeing( 707/C-135, 727, 737, 737-BBJ, 747, 757, 787) DC-3, DC-8, DC-9, MD-80 series/MD-87, DC-10, MD-11, Viking / De haviland  (DHC-6-1, DHC-6-100, DHC-6-200, DHC-6-300, DHC-6-400, UV-18, DHC-7 (DASH 7)), Beechcraft:(King Air/B-200/B-250/B-300/B-350/C-12/C-90; B-1900/C-12J, Beechjet 400, Hawker 800XPJ), Bombardier: Challenger: CL600, CL604, CL605; Global Express, DHC-8 (DASH 8); Learjet family), CASA: CASA-212, among others. Contact us about our products. We offer numerious “Re-Life” products for the DHC-6 Twin Otter:  RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Wing Box™, RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Fuselage™, RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Flight Controls™, RWMI DHC-6 Nacelle™s and the Twin Otter X2™, IKHANA’s “Re-Life” Twin Otter.  IKHANA also offers Gross Weight / Payload increases for the DHC-6 Twin Otter airplane: RWMI DHC-6-200HG™, RWMI DHC-6-300RG/-400RG™ and soon the unrestricted category category -300 and -400.