De Havilland Canada Announces Site of New Alberta Aircraft Manufacturing Facility

CALGARY, AB, Sept. 21, 2022 /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited has announced that the site of its new aircraft manufacturing facility will be in Wheatland County, Alberta, approximately 30 minutes east of Calgary.

This new facility will be called De Havilland Field and will consist of a new, state-of-the-art aircraft assembly facility, runway, parts manufacturing and distribution centres and maintenance repair and overhaul centre. In addition, educational space for training the workforce of the future is planned as well as general office buildings and a De Havilland Canada aircraft museum.

These operations will complement our current parts manufacturing facilities in Victoria, British Columbia as well as our new engineering and customer support centre of excellence in Toronto, Ontario.

De Havilland Field will be the site of final assembly for the DHC-515 Firefighter aircraft which was launched earlier this year, the DHC-6 Twin Otter as well as the Dash 8-400 aircraft.  We are currently working towards bringing the DHC-6 Twin Otter and Dash 8-400 aircraft back into production.

The location of De Havilland Field is ideal, having access to a large, young and diverse labour pool in Alberta, family-friendly cost of living, and a world-class international airport that can support efficient parts distribution to our global customer base.  We anticipate that once in full operation, there will be up to 1500 jobs located at De Havilland Field.

The development of De Havilland Field is subject to an amendment to the Wheatland County Area Structure Plan as well as re-zoning by the County.  De Havilland expects to submit these applications shortly and is committed to working with Wheatland County and Wheatland County residents as we move through the Area Structure Plan and re-zoning processes.  In addition, there are approval processes required by Transport Canada and the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada. More information about De Havilland Field, De Havilland Canada, these processes and our project timeline can be found at www.dehavillandfield.com 

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Brian Chafe
Chief Executive Officer, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited

“De Havilland Field will be the home of assembly and production of reliable and rugged Canadian aircraft that serve missions around the world.  This is the start of a new chapter for both De Havilland Canada and Canadian aerospace and we are excited about beginning the process with Wheatland County to provide new aviation opportunities for Canada and Alberta.”

Hon. Davor Bozinovic
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Government of Croatia

“In these challenging times when climate change is affecting us all on a global level, Croatia views De Havilland’s new aircraft production facilities in Calgary as a sure sign of partnership when it comes to combatting the consequences of devastating forest fires.  The Canadian firefighting aircraft at our disposal have indeed proven to be a ‘mighty weapon’ for both Croatia and our neighbouring countries to which we provide assistance, successfully safeguarding both people and property from fires.  That is why I wish to extend my congratulations to the De Havilland leadership on this challenging feat and I also hope that purchasing the latest series of firefighting aircraft is soon to follow.”

Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, PC, MP 
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Government of Canada

“Canada’s aerospace sector is a cornerstone of our economy and with world leading companies like De Havilland Aircraft of Canada, we’re seeing even more growth with today’s announcement. This new facility in Alberta will mean more Canadian jobs, greater economic opportunities, and a brighter future for our country.”

Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MLA
Premier of Alberta, Government of Alberta

“This is a huge announcement for the Alberta economy, a game-changing investment for Alberta manufacturing and our burgeoning aviation sector. Thank you to De Havilland Canada for your confidence in Alberta as the best place for this state-of-the-art plant that will employ some 1,500 people in good paying jobs. Alberta’s economy is diversifying like never before, and with today’s announcement we have more evidence of the huge growth in manufacturing and aviation.”

Hon. Tanya Fir, MLA
Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation, Government of Alberta

“Alberta’s Recovery Plan is working. As part of the plan, we identified aviation, aerospace and logistics as key industries for investment attraction and diversification. Today, we’re seeing our efforts come to fruition. De Havilland Aircraft of Canada is expanding to Alberta, where we have the fastest and freest economy in North America, one of the lowest corporate tax rates, and a young and talented workforce.”

Bobby Kwan
President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Commercial Corporation

“As Canada’s government-to-government (G2G) contracting agency, the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) takes immense pride in the partnership we’ve developed with De Havilland over the past 15 years to sell aircraft to governments around the world. Helping Canadian companies identify and enter new, complex markets through G2G sales is not only CCC’s mandate, it’s also our passion.”

Amber Link
Reeve, Division 2 Councillor, Wheatland County

“Wheatland County is thrilled to work with De Havilland Canada to build their permanent home in Alberta. We are excited to have the opportunity to cultivate a strong aviation culture that will diversify our economy and lead to the creation of 1,500 jobs for residents of Wheatland County and the surrounding areas. This milestone is one that both Wheatland County and the Province of Alberta can be proud of. De Havilland Canada’s corporate values align perfectly with Wheatland County, where innovation meets tradition. We are open for business and look forward to continuing to work with the team at De Havilland Canada.”

About De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited

With more than 5,000 aircraft delivered, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) is well established across the globe and our talented team of aviation professionals is dedicated to advancing our near-100-year reputation for excellence in innovation, production and customer support. Our aircraft operate reliably in some of the world’s harshest climates and provide vital connections between rural communities and urban centres – transporting essential cargo and millions of passengers annually. Our aircraft also support a wide variety of special mission operations including aerial firefighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation, reconnaissance and coastal surveillance. In February 2022, De Havilland Canada became the operating brand for the companies that previously operated as Longview Aviation, Viking Air Ltd, Pacific Sky Training and De Havilland Canada. https://dehavilland.com

Frequently Asked Questions

De Havilland Field Questions

Where is the site of the proposed facility?

The proposed site is between Range Roads 264 and 265 and south of the Trans-Canada Highway in Wheatland County, Alberta. 

How big is the site?

We have acquired approximately 1500 acres in the area.

When will you submit your rezoning applications?

We anticipate submitting our application to amend the Area Structure Plan and begin the re-zoning process later this week.

When do you expect to start construction?

We hope to start construction shortly after the Area Structure Plan has been amended and the sites have been re-zoned which could be as early as late 2023.

When will De Havilland Field be finished?

The full build-out of De Havilland Field will take many years and will be dependent, in part, on the growth trajectory of the company.  Under a conservative scenario, we would anticipate an approximate ten-to-fifteen year construction schedule for the entire campus.  However, in the short term, we would expect that the first buildings could be operational by 2025.

How many construction jobs will be created?

At this point it is difficult to say with any accuracy how many construction jobs will be created but we expect that several hundred workers will be required in 2024 to ensure the campus is built per our aircraft demand.

What will you do while De Havilland Field is being built?

De Havilland Canada currently has production facilities in Calgary that are able to produce Twin Otters and a number of DHC-515 Firefighter aircraft per year.  As production needs grow, we will need to move production to De Havilland Field.

De Havilland Canada Questions

When will aircraft assembly start?

If our Area Structure Plan application and re-zoning are approved within the expected timeframe and construction goes well, we could see aircraft production begin as early as 2025.

When will the Twin Otter resume production?

We are currently undertaking a significant review of the DHC-6 Twin Otter to ensure our product is meeting market demand.  We expect this review to be complete by the end of the year at which point we will be able to make a decision with respect to future Twin Otter production.

When do you expect the Dash 8-400 to resume production?

The aviation industry was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.  It appears that air travel demand is rebounding which is putting grounded aircraft back into service.  Once we have completed our review of the DHC-6 Twin Otter, we will begin our Dash 8 review to determine a path to resuming production.

Are you worried about attracting employees/staff?

Like all employers, De Havilland Canada is facing stiff competition for skilled talent.  We are putting in place recruitment and attraction strategies to make sure that we have the skills we need to build our aircraft and serve our customers.  Currently, we are working with the government of Alberta to ensure the skills we need are being developed in educational institutions in the province.

Will the Head Office be at De Havilland Field?

Yes.  We expect that the De Havilland Canada Head Office will be located at De Havilland Field.

Will the Twin Otter Simulator move to De Havilland Field?

No.  The Twin Otter simulator that is currently located near the Calgary International Airport will remain in its current location due to the difficulty in moving the electronics and equipment contained within the simulator.

De Havilland Component Solutions Program Gains Momentum with Agreements Signed by Customers in Asia and Europe

Farnborough, United Kingdom, July 21, 2022 – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) today announced increasing momentum in its De Havilland Component Solutions Program (“DCS Program”) with agreements signed by Air Niugini Limited and flybe Limited. Under the agreements, De Havilland Canada will manage component maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the airlines’ Dash 8-400 aircraft. The DCS Program will also provide access to De Havilland Canada’s strategically located exchange pool.

Air Niugini, Papua New Guinea’s national airline, signed a five-year DCS agreement to support up to five Dash 8-400 aircraft. Air Niugini serves 23 domestic points plus nine international routes in Asia, Oceania and Australia. Established in April 2021, flybe Limited will operate throughout the United Kingdom and European Union. The airline’s five-year DCS agreement will support a fleet of up to 32 Dash 8-400 aircraft.

“We are delighted to welcome Air Niugini and flybe to our De Havilland Component Solutions Program, and we look forward to supporting the airlines’ operations well into the future,” said Leighton Storsley, Vice President, Aftermarket and Business Development, De Havilland Canada. “Our highly customizable DCS program continues to be the leader in power-by-the-hour solutions for the Dash 8-400 fleet and is designed to allow operators to focus on other key business activities while we take care of their component management requirements. Our program, which also provides access to our technical teams’ expertise in warranty administration, planning and supplier management, provides the cost predictability that is a critical part of airline management.”

About the De Havilland Component Solutions (DCS) Program

The DCS Program supports the operation of Dash 8-400 aircraft by ensuring cost-effective repair solutions and global accessibility to over a thousand different aircraft components positioned at strategically located distribution centers and at some customers’ operating hubs. The program, which is designed to meet the growing demand for customized repair solutions, accommodates each customer’s requirements and environment. With its low carbon footprint, low operating costs, industry-leading passenger experience and jet-like performance, the Dash 8-400 aircraft, which seats up to 90 passengers, is the environmentally responsible choice for operators seeking optimal performance on regional routes. More than 150 Dash 8-400 aircraft are enrolled in the DCS Program.

About De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited

With more than 5,000 aircraft delivered, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) is well established across the globe and our talented team of aviation professionals is dedicated to advancing our near-100-year reputation for excellence in innovation, production and customer support. Our aircraft operate reliably in some of the world’s harshest climates and provide vital connections between rural communities and urban centres – transporting essential cargo and millions of passengers annually. Our aircraft also support a wide variety of special mission operations including aerial firefighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation, reconnaissance and coastal surveillance. In February 2022, De Havilland Canada became the operating brand for the companies that previously operated as Longview Aviation, Viking Air Ltd, Pacific Sky Training and De Havilland Canada. dehavilland.com

De Havilland Canada, Dash 8-400, DCS and De Havilland Component Solutions are trademarks of De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited.

De Havilland Canada Increasing Operational Flexibility of Dash 8-400 Aircraft with Design Weight Increases and Cabin Enhancements

Cabin enhancements include industry-first OEM collaboration with SpaceX’s Starlink to enable high speed, low latency broadband internet on De Havilland Canada’s aircraft.

Starlink’s Low Earth Orbit satellites (pictured) will provide high speed, low latency broadband for an unprecedented passenger experience to planes around the globe.

Farnborough, United Kingdom, July 19, 2022 – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) today announced design weight increases and cabin enhancements for the Dash 8-400 aircraft.

“As we work toward relaunching the production of the Dash 8-400 aircraft, our design weight increases and cabin enhancements, which are available to retrofit in-service aircraft, illustrate De Havilland Canada’s ongoing commitment and investments to support the worldwide fleet,” said Jean-Philippe Côté, Vice President, Programs, De Havilland Canada. “Our solutions offer our operators many opportunities to increase operational flexibility and to provide a passenger experience that is equivalent to that on new production aircraft. In addition, our design weight increases for the Dash 8-400 aircraft will allow operators to meet the increasing passenger weight allowance requirements mandated by Transport Canada, the FAA and various other aviation authorities, without any impact on revenue.”

DESIGN WEIGHT INCREASES

The design weight increases will provide an increase of up to 3,000 lb (1,360 kg) in payload (maximum zero fuel weight) and an increase of up to 2,000 lb (907 kg) to the maximum take-off weight of the Dash 8-400 aircraft. These weight increases significantly enhance the operational capability of the aircraft to carry more passengers, more bags, more cargo, and more fuel, and provide more range than ever before. The weight increases are offered in multiple standard categories and De Havilland Canada can also provide customized weight increases to meet the specific needs of a particular operator. The increased fuel tankering capability offers operators options to refuel at points of the network that provide greater operational flexibility and cost optimization.

In addition, an increase of 650 lb (295 kg) is being developed to the aft baggage compartment for operators who require additional baggage weight carrying capability.

Download the Dash 8-400 Design Weight Increase Brochure for more information ]

CABIN ENHANCEMENTS

When the Dash 8-400 entered service, its advanced design provided more payload, more passenger capacity, and more range than competing turboprops. The aircraft incorporated several unique, market-leading features, such as the Active Noise and Vibration Suppression (ANVS) system to ensure passengers enjoy a quieter cabin. Additionally, the aircraft’s HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, which is standard on all Dash 8-400 aircraft, ensures that cabin air is refreshed 100% every three to four minutes. Since entry into service, updates have been made to the cabin, including LED lighting, new window design, enlarged overhead bins, and more.

De Havilland Canada is again investing in the Dash 8-400 aircraft and is introducing a series of new features to further enhance passenger appeal with more functionality and flexibility. These features include:

  • Satellite-based Internet Connectivity from Starlink enables high speed, low latency broadband internet worldwide, providing passengers with a premier internet experience not available from any other satellite or air-to-ground system. The Starlink antenna’s lightweight and aerodynamic form factor enable a more sustainable operation with fuel savings not capable with other legacy systems. De Havilland Canada’s work with Starlink to integrate satellite-based, in-flight Wi-Fi on an aircraft platform is the first agreement between Starlink and any OEM and highlights De Havilland Canada’s customer focus and agility as an organization.
  • Wireless In-flight Entertainment (IFE) System that provides passengers with wireless access to a wide variety of content on their personal electronic devices. The single-line replaceable unit that can be installed in the overhead bins, offers reduced weight and maintenance compared to a seat-back IFE solution. The unit can be powered by batteries or by aircraft power.
  • USB In-Seat Power at all passenger seat locations. The system, which does not impact passenger legroom, is compatible with any seat type and will ensure passengers can easily connect and power their personal devices while onboard.
  • An Overhead Bin Extension Solution for earlier models of Dash 8-400 aircraft. This cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solution provides additional stowage volume in the Dash 8 aircraft’s cabin and is the perfect solution to meet growing passenger requirements for more baggage space.
  • Pictorial illuminated signage that aligns with signage in airport facilities and facilitates the remarketing of aircraft by eliminating the need for signage translations.
  • Upgraded interior décor that includes soft materials in the cabin (carpets, dado panels, bulkheads, seat dress covers etc.)
  • For earlier models of Dash 8-400 aircraft, brighter LED cabin lighting that will provide a cool, dimmable lighting system along ceiling panels, and under the bins, as well as adjustable PSU reading lights.

Download the Dash 8-400 Cabin Enhancements Brochure for more information ]

About De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited

With more than 5,000 aircraft delivered, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) is well established across the globe and our talented team of aviation professionals is dedicated to advancing our near-100-year reputation for excellence in innovation, production and customer support. Our aircraft operate reliably in some of the world’s harshest climates and provide vital connections between rural communities and urban centres – transporting essential cargo and millions of passengers annually. Our aircraft also support a wide variety of special mission operations including aerial firefighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation, reconnaissance and coastal surveillance. In February 2022, De Havilland Canada became the operating brand for the companies that previously operated as Longview Aviation, Viking Air Ltd, Pacific Sky Training and De Havilland Canada. dehavilland.com

De Havilland Canada Launches Cargo Conversion Solutions Utilizing Dash 8-400 Aircraft

Farnborough, United Kingdom, July 18, 2022 – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) today announced the launch of three cargo conversion solutions for the Dash 8-400 aircraft. The launched solutions include Quick Change (QC), Package Freighter (PF) and Freighter with Large Cargo Door (F-LCD) configurations to address a wide variety of operational business models. Known worldwide for its low cost of operation, exceptional performance and reliability in airline and special mission operations, the Dash 8-400 aircraft’s rugged design also positions it exceedingly well for cargo operations.

“As the cargo market continues to grow, our cargo conversion solutions will easily enhance the overall value and extend the already high revenue-generating capabilities of the Dash 8-400 aircraft,” said Jean-Philippe Côté, Vice President Programs, De Havilland Canada. “De Havilland Canada will offer the three launched cargo conversion solutions through original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Service Bulletins approved by Transport Canada, and we are ready to provide a wide range of OEM support as desired by our operators – from kit installation to on-site support through our global support infrastructure.

“Several built-in attributes of the Dash 8-400 aircraft, including its outstanding airfield accessibility, hot-and-high performance, range up to 1,640 nm and long structural life, position it very well for cargo operations, and its low noise and CO2 emissions mean that it’s also an environmentally responsible choice,” added Mr. Côté.

Dash 8-400 Quick Change (Dash 8-400 QC)

The Quick Change solution is a revenue expansion model that offers flexibility to convert the Dash 8-400 aircraft between all-passenger and all-cargo configurations. Operators can combine two distinctive income streams into one, significantly expanding their revenue base. The short time required to switch from one configuration to the other allows operators to match market dynamics swiftly. By installing a new smoke detection system in the cabin to convert it into a Class E compartment, no attendants are required in the cabin for cargo flights.

Dash 8-400 Package Freighter (Dash 8-400 PF)

The Dash 8-400 Package Freighter allows bulk loading of various sizes of cargo, such as e-commerce packages. There are nine distinct loading zones with eight radial spider nets providing tie-down and restraint functions. The primary cargo access door is in the same position as the aft LHS baggage compartment door in all Dash 8-400 aircraft, and there are four additional access doors (one at the front and one at the back on each side of the aircraft) to facilitate quick loading and unloading of cargo. It is ideal for the transportation of e-commerce packages. An optional cargo loading system is also available for palletized cargo.

Dash 8-400 Freighter with Large Cargo Door (Dash 8-400 F-LCD)

The Dash 8-400 Package Freighter can be equipped with a large cargo door (LCD) and a cargo loading system to provide a containerized cargo model that facilitates the transport of unit load device (ULD) pallets or containers. With the LCD measuring 109 in x 69 in (2.8 m x 1.8 m), the Dash 8-400 F-LCD is equipped to handle typical containers such as LD1, LD2, LD3 and LD4. For example, it can carry as many as eight LD3 containers. This would allow interline transfer of containers from other aircraft in an operator’s network. It is ideal for hub-and-spoke network carriers as well as major logistics operators.

About De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited

With more than 5,000 aircraft delivered, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) is well established across the globe and our talented team of aviation professionals is dedicated to advancing our near-100-year reputation for excellence in innovation, production and customer support. Our aircraft operate reliably in some of the world’s harshest climates and provide vital connections between rural communities and urban centres – transporting essential cargo and millions of passengers annually. Our aircraft also support a wide variety of special mission operations including aerial firefighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation, reconnaissance and coastal surveillance. In February 2022, De Havilland Canada became the operating brand for the companies that previously operated as Longview Aviation, Viking Air Ltd, Pacific Sky Training and De Havilland Canada. https://dehavilland.com

Final De Havilland Dash 8-400 Departs from Toronto Downsview

17 June 2022 at Toronto Downsview YZD ~ F. K. (Ted) Larkin

Impressed by the sight of the 10 iconic De Havilland aircraft departing Downsview on Saturday June 11, some of us knew that one De Havilland Aircraft of Canada (DHC) airframe remained at the airport.

Today (Friday June 17), it departed for Calgary via Winnipeg. The aircraft was the prototype Dash 8-400 (C-FJJA, serial number 4001) that first flew on January 31, 1998. 632 additional examples were produced before the line was shut down.

With its departure, not one DHC aircraft exists at that storied airfield.

Just before the Dash 8-400 departed, a new Bombardier Global 6500 returned from a test flight.
At least there will still be Globals operating at YZD for another year before that production facility is transferred to Toronto Pearson.

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De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Farewell Event at Toronto Downsview Airport

13 June by Ernest Gutschik Aviation

On June 11th, 2022, a private event was organized at Downsview Airport (CYZD) in Toronto, Canada, just a short hop east of Toronto Pearson Int’l (CYYZ). The event marked the farewell of de Havilland Canada’s 94 year presence at Downsview Airport as the airport itself is due to be redeveloped for residential land and commercial purposes in the next few years. Employees pastand present as well as close media were invited to attend.

An assortment of de Havilland aircraft were invited for static display. These included the de Havilland Canada Tiger Moth, DHC-1,2,3,4,6,7 and 8 ( no -5 as all of them were retired in early 2022).

After the event ended early Saturday afternoon, a special departure parade of all invited aircraft was organized. The order started with the Tiger Moth and went DHC 1,2,3,4,6,7 and 8. Each aircraft took off, made one pass over the field and continued onwards towards their destination.

Farewell to de Havilland Canada at Downsview Airport after 94 years.

TIMES: INTRO: 0:00

FRIDAY ARRIVALS 0:53

  • de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou 1:05
  • de Havilland Canada DHC-7 3:32

SATURDAY DEPARTURES 4:53

  • de Havilland Canada Tiger Moth 5:15
  • de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 6:24
  • de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver 7:37
  • de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver 8:49
  • de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Turbo Beaver 10:12
  • de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter 11:23
  • de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou 13:01
  • de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 14:16
  • de Havilland Canada DHC-7 15:32
  • de Havilland Canada DHC-8 16:50

De Havilland Canada Announces Successful First Flight of CL-415 with Collins Pro Line Fusion® Avionics Upgrade Program

CALGARY, AB, June 1, 2022 /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) is pleased to announce the successful first flight of the Avionics Upgrade Program for CL-215T, CL-415 and CL-415 EAF aircraft occurred on May 30, 2022, in Abbotsford, British Columbia.  The new avionics package integrates a state-of-the-art Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion® flight deck that is proven and in use by civilian and special mission aircraft around the world.

“We are extremely excited about the successful test flight of the Collins Pro Line Fusion® flight deck in a CL-415 aircraft,” said Jean-Philippe Côté, Vice-President Programs, De Havilland Canada.  “We are looking forward to Transport Canada certification in the coming months and beginning the installation of new avionics suites on the CL-215T, CL-415 and CL-415 EAF flight decks shortly thereafter.”

“Collins Aerospace is proud to collaborate with De Havilland Canada on this critical initiative,” said Chris Conway, Business Development Director for Collins Aerospace. “Our Pro Line Fusion® integrated avionics system provides advanced situational awareness that enhances the safety, efficiency and predictability essential to every mission, especially fire suppression.”

“Cascade Aerospace was very pleased to commence the De Havilland Canada CL-415 AUP flight testing this week,” said Kevin Lemke, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Cascade Aerospace. “This is a major milestone in the program to upgrade the CL-415 and CL-215T aircraft with an operational enhancement solution that is absolutely state of the art and will keep those fleets effective for decades. I am very proud of the work completed over the past two years by the Integrated Product Team of De Havilland Canada as the OEM, Cascade as the Integrator and Collins Aerospace as the Avionics Suite provider.  This successful start to flight test now moves us forward into the final program phase of test and certification.”

This new avionics suite has been purposely designed and customized for the aerial firefighting missions. It will also be installed in the recently launched DHC-515 Firefighter aircraft. With Collins Pro Line Fusion® flight decks installed in CL-215T, CL-415, the CL-415 EAF and DHC-515 Firefighters, customers will be able to have crews move seamlessly between aircraft as they will have a common cockpit experience across their fleet.

“We believe that the ability to operate with common flight decks across our family of aircraft is a significant benefit for our customers,” said Côté. “Training and spare parts management will be improved for customers that choose to install the Collins Pro Line Fusion® avionics suite across their entire fleet.”

De Havilland Canada is currently exhibiting at the 2022 CANSEC Trade Show in Ottawa, Canada and would be pleased to introduce new or existing customers to the Collins Pro Line Fusion® avionics suite.

About De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited

With more than 5,000 aircraft delivered, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) is well established across the globe and our talented team of aviation professionals is dedicated to advancing our near-100-year reputation for excellence in innovation, production and customer support. Our aircraft operate reliably in some of the world’s harshest climates and provide vital connections between rural communities and urban centres – transporting essential cargo and millions of passengers annually. Our aircraft also support a wide variety of special mission operations including aerial firefighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation, reconnaissance and coastal surveillance. In February 2022, De Havilland Canada became the operating brand for the companies that previously operated as Longview Aviation, Viking Air Ltd, Pacific Sky Training and De Havilland Canada. https://dehavilland.com

De Havilland Canada, CL-215T, CL-415, CL-415 EAF and DHC-515 Firefighter are trademarks of De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited or its affiliates.

magniX Announces Milestone in NASA Program to Accelerate Electric Flight Technologies for Commercial Aviation – Dash 7 from Air Tindi

De Havilland Canada Dash 7 Selected in Novel Collaboration with NASA, AeroTEC and Air Tindi

Source Air Tindi

EVERETT, Wash., April 28, 2022 /CNW/ — magniX, a manufacturer of electric propulsion systems for aircraft, today announced two key industry partners, AeroTEC and Air Tindi, for its NASA Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration (EPFD) project. Through magniX the NASA program aims to demonstrate electric propulsion technology to power a hybrid De Havilland Canada Dash 7 aircraft, with first flight planned for 2025.

Air Tindi, a commercial operator from Yellowknife, Canadian Northwest Territories, will provide the aircraft. AeroTEC of Seattle, Washington, USA is a leader in integrating electric propulsion on airplanes, and will design, modify, and flight-test the demonstrator aircraft at its Flight Test Centre at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington.

The retrofitted DHC-7 aircraft will be powered by two PT6 engines and two magniX magni650 electric propulsion units (EPUs). The distributed propulsion system is designed to reduce operating costs and noise while increasing power efficiency. The prototype has the potential to accelerate the introduction of hybrid electric flight technologies for commercial aviation.

“magniX has proven its leadership in clean, electric aviation with the ground-breaking flights of the eBeaver and eCaravan,” said Dominique Spragg, Chairman of magniX. “This collaboration with AeroTEC highlights the Pacific Northwest as leaders in sustainable aviation and our joint commitment to showcase the core technologies that will power the future of commercial aviation.”

Advancing Electric Flight

NASA is accelerating the learnings of the integrator and providing valuable data and insights to the industry from a certification, regulatory and planning aerospace perspective. NASA’s prior research and knowledge on electrification will be “operationalized” through this demonstration. The demonstration flight is part of a multi-year program, after NASA awarded magniX $74.3 million in 2021 to rapidly advance Electrified Aircraft Propulsion (EAP) technologies through ground and flight-testing demonstrations over five years. magniX will also collaborate with other NASA projects on EAP development, flight test instrumentation and data analysis.

“The EPFD project provides an exciting collaboration with industry partners to advance electrified aircraft propulsion in order to expedite the use of hybrid electric systems for commercial air-travel,” said Lee Noble, NASA’s Director of Integrated Aviation Systems Program. “Introducing these innovative electric propulsion technologies for existing and next-generation aircraft will help meet the aviation community’s future sustainability goals.”

A Mission to Serve Vulnerable Communities

“We are incredibly inspired by the partnership forged with magniX, NASA, and AeroTEC on the EPFD project,” said Chris Reynolds, President at Air Tindi. “We currently fly the Dash 7 with passengers and cargo to remote regions in Canada. Many of these communities are exposed to food insecurity due to high energy prices and a lack of infrastructure. We see this partnership as an opportunity to change this dynamic, and positively impact these regions by reducing CO2 emissions and dependence on fossil fuels.”

“AeroTEC’s mission is to accelerate the evolution of aerospace by partnering with innovative companies like magniX as an aircraft integrator to develop and ultimately certify new technologies,” said Lee Human, President & CEO of AeroTEC. “We are honoured to have been selected by magniX and NASA as the integrator on the EPFD project. This is not only a major win for AeroTEC, but a win for Washington State, which is rapidly becoming the nation’s leader in the advancement of sustainable aviation technologies.”

About magniX

Headquartered in Everett WA, magniX is dedicated to enabling an era of clean and affordable commercial air travel with all-electric propulsion. magniX offers a range of revolutionary solutions including all-electric motors – which produce zero emissions and increased efficiency for various aviation applications. For more information, please visit www.magnix.aero.

About NASA

The Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration project is a part of NASA’s Integrated Aviation Systems Program (IASP) which conducts flight-oriented, system-level research and technology development to mature and transition advanced aeronautic technologies into future air vehicles and operational systems. IASP focuses on the execution of highly complex flight tests and related experiments to support all phases of NASA’s aeronautics research.

About AeroTEC

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Industry-First Extended Service Program PLUS Doubles the Service Life of the Robust De Havilland Canada Dash 8-100 Aircraft

  • Launch customer Widerøe signs up to increase the service life of ten Dash 8-100 aircraft to 160,000 flight cycles with options for another ten
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TORONTO, April 4, 2022 /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) announced today that Widerøe Asset AS (“Widerøe”) of Norway has signed an agreement to incorporate De Havilland Canada’s Extended Service Program PLUS (“ESP PLUS”) on ten Dash 8-100 aircraft operated by Widerøe’s Flyveselskap AS. Widerøe has also booked ESP PLUS options for another ten Dash 8-100 aircraft. Under the ESP PLUS agreement, the service life of the robust Dash 8-100 aircraft will be increased to 160,000 flight cycles. The aircraft previously underwent an ESP to increase their service life from the original 80,000 flight cycles to 120,000.

Widerøe Dash 8-100 Image (CNW Group/De Havilland Aircraft of Canada)
Widerøe Dash 8-100 Image (CNW Group/De Havilland Aircraft of Canada)

Widerøe is the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, carrying approximately 2.8 million passengers annually and serving more than 40 domestic and international destinations.

“Our Dash 8-100 aircraft have proven to be exceptionally valuable assets in our fleet and once again we are very pleased to work with De Havilland Canada to extend their service life,” said Werner Skaue, Director Aircraft Trading, Widerøe Asset AS. “Since 2009, when we helped launch the program, we have utilized the Extended Service Program on 20 of our Dash 8-100 aircraft and the aircraft continue to prove their durability, reliability and cost-effectiveness in supporting our demanding operations — especially in the challenging climate of northern Scandinavia. The Program is vital to bridge the transition between conventional and new technology, and will ensure continuous service of the Norwegian STOL network until zero emission technology is available for entry into service.”

“Our Extended Service Program, which takes the Dash 8-100 aircraft from 80,000 to 120,000 flight cycles, allows owners and operators alike to derive additional economic benefits from their aircraft, and now our Extended Service Program PLUS, which takes the aircraft to 160,000 flight cycles, provides even more value,” said Robert Mobilio, Vice President Engineering, De Havilland Canada. “Combined, our two Extended Service Programs add another 30 to 40+ years to the operational life of Dash 8-100 aircraft – that’s double the original service life of the aircraft.  This is undeniably an industry first that reinforces De Havilland Canada’s long heritage of building aircraft that stand the test of time and provide exceptional value to owners, operators and the communities that rely on the connectivity they provide.

“I would like to thank the teams at De Havilland Canada and at our launch customer Widerøe for their tremendous contributions in the development of these programs,” added Mr. Mobilio.

The ESP PLUS is the result of several structural and engineering analyses that utilized fatigue and test data accumulated on Dash 8-100 aircraft along with service data analysis on the current ESP Program. The ESP PLUS is initiated through a Service Bulletin that refers to a new Maintenance Program Supplement. Widerøe will incorporate the Service Bulletin and Maintenance Program Supplement and arrange for the replacement of some structural and systems components as identified by the Service Bulletin.

An Extended Service Program is also available for the De Havilland Canada Dash 8-300 aircraft.  

About Dash 8 Series Aircraft

The original De Havilland Canada Dash 8-100/200/300 aircraft, delivered from 1984 through the mid 1990’s, established themselves as rugged and reliable turboprop aircraft. Capable of outstanding take-off and landing performance, even on unprepared airstrips, these aircraft are ideal for use by airlines operating in the high-frequency, short-haul regional airline environment. Subsequent deliveries of Dash 8 aircraft provided operators further refinements that included the Active Noise and Vibration Suppression (ANVS) system for jet-like comfort.

The original Dash 8 aircraft has grown into a family of 37- to 90-seat Dash 8 aircraft that offers models – including the technologically advanced Dash 8-400 turboprop – to profitably fit any regional airline mission. The flexibility of the aircraft has also resulted in their adaptation for a wide variety of non-airline roles such as cargo operations, medical evacuation, corporate transport, airways and navigation aid calibration, navigator training, maritime patrol and aerial firefighting.

With more than 1,300 aircraft delivered, Dash 8 turboprops continue to provide exceptional operating costs coupled with the benefits of commonality within the Dash 8 family of aircraft.

About De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited

With more than 5,000 aircraft delivered, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) is well established across the globe and our talented team of aviation professionals is dedicated to advancing our near-100-year reputation for excellence in innovation, production and customer support. Our aircraft operate reliably in some of the world’s harshest climates and provide vital connections between rural communities and urban centres – transporting essential cargo and millions of passengers annually. Our aircraft also support a wide variety of special mission operations including aerial firefighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation, reconnaissance and coastal surveillance. In February 2022, De Havilland Canada became the operating brand for the companies that previously operated as Longview Aviation, Viking Air Ltd, Pacific Sky Training and De Havilland Canada. https://dehavilland.com

De Havilland Canada, Dash 8, Dash 8-100, Dash 8-100/200/300, Dash 8-300, Dash 8-400, ESP, ESP PLUS, Extended Service Program and Extended Service Program PLUS are trademarks of De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited.

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited Launches DHC-515 Firefighter

CALGARY, AB and BRUSSELS, Belgium, March 31, 2022 /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) is pleased to announce that it has launched the De Havilland DHC-515 Firefighter (formerly known as the CL-515) program.

“After an extensive business and technical review, we are pleased to announce that we have launched the De Havilland DHC-515 Firefighter program, which will involve negotiating contracts with our European customers and ramping up for production,” said Brian Chafe, Chief Executive Officer of De Havilland Canada. 

DHC-515 Firefighter (CNW Group/De Havilland Aircraft of Canada)
DHC-515 Firefighter (CNW Group/De Havilland Aircraft of Canada)

The DHC-515 Firefighter will build on the history of the iconic Canadair CL-215 and CL-415 aircraft which have been a critical part of European and North American aerial firefighting fleets for over 50 years.  Important upgrades are being made that will increase the functionality and effectiveness of this legendarily rugged firefighting aircraft. 

European customers have signed letters of intent to purchase the first 22 aircraft pending the positive outcome of government-to-government negotiations through the Government of Canada’s contracting agency, the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC). De Havilland Canada expects first deliveries of the DHC-515 by the middle of the decade, with deliveries of aircraft 23 and beyond to begin at the end of the decade, providing other customers the opportunity to renew existing fleets or proceed with new acquisition opportunities at that time.

De Havilland Canada acquired the Canadair CL program in 2016 and has been contemplating a return to production since 2019.  The new DHC-515 Firefighter matches the other aircraft in the De Havilland fleet in terms of lifespan, ruggedness and Canadian aerospace engineering quality.  The final assembly of the aircraft will take place in Calgary, Alberta where work on the CL-215 and CL-415 aircraft currently takes place. It is anticipated that more than 500 people will need to be recruited over the coming years to successfully deliver this program. 

“To bring the DHC-515 into production is important for not only our company, but countries around the world who rely on our aircraft to protect their people and forests,” said Chafe.  “We understand the important role the previous aircraft have played in protecting people and property and as our climate continues to change and summers increase in both temperature and length, the DHC-515 will be an important tool for countries around the globe to use in putting out fires.”

Additional Quotes

“Today’s announcement is an example of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) supporting Canadian innovators to scale up, reach new markets, and have a positive global impact. Not only is this great news for Canadian exports, but for all the countries that will benefit from its technology advancements and world-class solutions.” – Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development.

“As the effects of climate change continue to impact countries around the world, CCC and the Government of Canada are proud to stand with De Havilland Canada in providing this world class solution to our EU partners and allies. We look forward to supporting DHC as other governments wishing to procure these next generation aerial firefighting aircraft come forward.” – Bobby Kwon, President and CEO of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC).

“De Havilland Canada’s investment in Alberta represents a new era of diversification and economic growth in Alberta. With the hundreds of jobs being created by the DHC-515 being manufactured here, the sky is the limit for job creation in our aerospace industry.” – Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta.

Backgrounder: 10 Key Facts about the new DHC-515 Firefighter

  1. Latest in the line of Canadair amphibious aircraft that have continuously set the global standard in aerial firefighting for over half a century.
  2. Perfectly equipped to attack today’s wildfires that are more erratic and prevalent due to climate change. 
  3. Delivers multiple drops, in rapid succession, meaning faster fire suppression and allowing the aircraft and flight crew to better follow the behavior of today’s wildfires.
  4. Delivers the highest quantity of water into the fire-zone per day (nearly 700,000 L), more than twice as much as its nearest competitor.
  5. Refills its tanks in 12 seconds, from nearby fresh or saltwater sources including rivers, small lakes, and oceans, while land-based aircraft must return to airport after each drop.
  6. Has a high-lift wing and turboprop engines with instant thrust, each allowing for safer operation in mountainous terrain and the ability to drop close to fire with superior precision.
  7. Performs in high winds typical with megafires, capable of refilling in rough waters with waves up to two meters caused by those winds.
  8. Turboprop engines produce up to 50% lower CO2 emissions, burning 25% to 40% less fuel than jet engines.
  9. Equipped with state-of-the-art navigational instruments for enhanced safety and improved situational awareness.
  10. The only aerial firefighter aircraft fully supported by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and comes with complementary full life-cycle support services.

About De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited
With more than 5,000 aircraft delivered, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) is well established across the globe and our talented team of aviation professionals is dedicated to advancing our near-100-year reputation for excellence in innovation, production and customer support. Our aircraft operate reliably in some of the world’s harshest climates and provide vital connections between rural communities and urban centres – transporting essential cargo and millions of passengers annually. Our aircraft also support a wide variety of special mission operations including aerial firefighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation, reconnaissance and coastal surveillance. In February 2022, De Havilland Canada became the operating brand for the companies that previously operated as Longview Aviation, Viking Air Ltd, Pacific Sky Training and De Havilland Canada. https://dehavilland.com