Longview Aviation Capital, in cooperation with Viking Air Limited, has selected Cascade Aerospace of Abbotsford, British Columbia, to provide training and resources in support of the Viking CL-415EAF Enhanced Aerial Fireighter conversion programme.
The initial Viking CL-415EAF turbine conversion will be conducted at Cascade’s facilities at Abbotsford International Airport. Cascade previously converted nine Canadair CL- 215 ire-ighting aircraft to CL-215T turbine coniguration for the Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, and the company will provide training to Longview staf during the initial conversion at their Abbotsford facilities. It will also send support staf to provide on-site training at Longview’s facilities in Calgary for the second and subsequent CL- 415EAF conversions. Longview will convert a total of 11 specially selected CL-215s to CL-415EAF coniguration utilising Vikingsupplied conversion kits.
The Viking CL-415EAF conversion programme forms part of a staged approach to utilise the advancements made with the Longview converted aircraft as the basis for the proposed Viking CL-515 newproduction amphibious aerial ire-ighting aircraft.
The CL-415EAF conversion programme is based on the Canadair CL-215T coniguration and includes the installation of two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW123AF turboprop engines and the integration of a new digital avionics suite. Six new aircraft structures will be installed, including winglets and inlets, as well as upgraded power-assisted light controls, a new power distribution system, a complete rewiring of the aircraft and the incorporation of 75 service bulletins associated with the CL- 215T conversion kit. Mark Broadbent
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