VH-ATK. de Havilland Canada DHC-6-200 Twin Otter. c/n 226.

 

This aircraft was ordered by Sun Airlines but it was not taken up

It was built by de Havilland Canada Inc at Downsview, Ontario - 1969

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Registered as N655MA - ?

Registered to de Havilland Canada Inc, Downsview, Ontario, Canada

Rolled out at Downsview - March 1969

First flown at Downsview as N655MA - April 01, 1969

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20 engines

Accepted by MAC (Miami Aviation Corporation), Opa Locka, Florida at Downsview - April 24, 1969

Registered to NBC Leasing - April 24, 1969

Leased to Illinois Airways, Carbondale, Illinois as the registered operator - April 24, 1969

Illinois Airways was renamed Air Illinois - June 30, 1972

Returned to NBC Leasing on termination of the lease - June 1976

Sold to Bethel Ventures Inc, Bethel, AK - April 1982

Leased to Coastal Aviation as the registered operator

Observed at Renton, WA for repainting into Coastal Aviation livery - April 10, 1982

Repossessed by Berthel Ventures - February 1985

Observed at Fort Myers, Florida in the basic Coastal Aviation livery - February 23, 1985

Sold to Pal Air International, Tonopah, NV - March 15, 1985

Leased to Mountain Air Cargo, Denver as the registered operator - March 1985

Returned to Pal Air International on termination of the lease - March 1987

Leased to Resort Commuter Airlines, Santa Ana, California as the registered operator - April 1987

Observed at Springbank, AB in the basic Coastal Aviation livery - April 19, 1987

The aircraft had acquired 'TW Express' titles - mid 1987

Returned to Pal Air International on termination of the lease - August 1988

Observed at Winnipeg in a hybrid TW Express livery - August 23, 1988

Leased to Air Transit, Adelaide, Australia as the registered operator - December 1988

Arrived Australia on completion of the ferry flight from Canada - December 31, 1988

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - January 1989

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ATK - January 18, 1989

Registered to Pal Air International, Tonopah, NV

Leased to Air Transit as the registered operator

Air Transit was renamed Air Kangaroo Island - December 1990

The aircraft was named 'Peter Jeffer'

The aircraft was sub-leased to Air North, Darwin, NT - June 12, 1992

Returned to Air Kangaroo Island on termination of the sub-lease - September 1992

Leased / sold to Whitaker Air Charter, Maryborough, QLD - March 1994

Withdrawn from service - ?

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - October 24, 1997

Entered onto the Maldivian Aircraft Register as 8Q-HIB - December 10, 1997

Registered to Hummingbird Island Airways, Male

Sold to Baylor University, Texas - May 19, 1999

Cancelled from the Maldivian Aircraft Register - May 1999

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N153BU - June 25, 1999

Registered to Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Observed at Houston (Hobby) in the Hummingbird Airways livery - October 15, 1999

Sold to Air Tindi Limited, Yellowknife, NT - January 25, 2005

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - January 26, 2005

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-FATN - May 26, 2005

Registered to Air Tindi, Yellowknife, NT

Ferried to Murrieta (French Valley), California for conversion to DHC-6-200HG standard - July 27, 2014

Reregistered as C-FFNT - September 03, 2014

Registered to Gravitas Aviation, West Vancouver, BC

Departed Murrieta on the ferry flight to Canada - November 22, 2014

Arrived Calgary on completion of the ferry flight - November 23, 2014

Ferry route: Murrieta - St George (UT) - Pocatello (ID) - Cut Bank (MT) - Calgary

Sold to Aerostar Bravo Ltd, Singapore - February 2015

Departed Calgary on the ferry flight to Male, Maldives - February 20, 2015

Arrived Male on completion of the ferry flight - February 27, 2015

Ferry route: Calgary - Iqaluit - Keflavik - Malmo - Nis (Serbia) - Hurghada (Egypt) - Salalah (Oman) - Male

Cancelled from the Canadian Aircraft Register - March 09, 2015

Entered onto the Maldivian Aircraft Register as 8Q-IAG - March 19, 2015

Registered to Aerostar Bravo Ltd, Singapore

Leased to Island Aviation Services, Male as the registered operator

Current with Island Aviation Services

 

N655MA. Coastal Aviation - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, July 1982.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-859.)

VH-ATK. Air Kangaroo Island - 'Peter Jeffer' in the standard livery at an unknown airport, November 1990.

(E. Greenman Copyright Image 1920-849.)