DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter


There is currently no other aircraft of its size that can do what the ageing Twin Otter can doJohn Wall, MAF Safety Manager

Flying with two pilots and carrying up to 20 passengers or 1,900kg of supplies, with a cruising speed of 180mph, the Twin Otter is ideal for MAF’s operations in Papua New Guinea (PNG). 

Rough and rugged terrain, deep valleys, rain forests and high mountain ranges make travel by road in PNG virtually impossible. With no real alternative means of travel, people are reliant on flying to enable them to reach other places but also for the transportation of their goods and supplies. 

With the capacity to carry more, the Twin Otter is the ideal aircraft for the high volume of freight and passenger movement in PNG.

Powered by Avtur (aviation turbine fuel) with a twin turbine (PT6A-34) engine, the high wing Twin Otter is equipped with dual Garmin IFR GPS navigation for safe and reliable flying.

DeHavilland DHC-6 facts

Noted for its rugged construction, the Twin Otter is highly maneuverable and versatile and can be flown slowly and in tight circles. The enhanced reliability and performance of twin engines makes it ideal for the terrain in which it operates. Excellent STOL (short take off and landing) capability enables it to land comfortably on the short bush airstrips which are often scraped out of the sides of mountains or hidden away in deep valleys.

The large cargo doors ease loading of freight and the spacious interior enables bulky items such as building materials, engines and even livestock to be transported. Sacks of coffee, a valuable source of income for many communities, are transported to market to be sold, generating an income for many families.

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