Aircraft News by Erik Johannesson

261 - DHC-8-311 N327EN Elix Aviation Capital, Dublin [WFBNW]

Flew Salisbury, MD - Bridgewater, VA 29-Apr-2019 for Dynamic Aviation. The aircraft had been parked at Salisbury since 04-Jul-2018

Sim Tography Photo © Salisbury, MD

Sim Tography Photo © Salisbury, MD

Aircraft News by Erik Johannesson


264 - DHC-8-311 C-FJXZ Jazz Aviation LP, Enfield, NS

Badly damaged when hit by a fuel truck while taxiing at Toronto-Pearson, ON 10-May-2019. The aircraft was returning to Toronto after having been unable to land at Sudbury, ON.

Initial impact damage seen below cockpit, and subsequently at rear baggage door as fuel truck spun around.


4051 - DHC-8-402 N409QX Horizon Air, Seattle, WA [GECAS/WFBNW]

Sold to Aviation Marketing Group LLC, Fort Mill, SC 08-May-2019 and registered the same day. This aircraft has been parked at Tucson, AZ since 22-Mar-2018.

Aircraft News by Erik Johannesson

Field Aviation’s EFI-890R Flight Deck Modernization Purchased by U.S.-Based Customer

Field Aviation is pleased to announce the sale of two EFI-890R flight deck upgrades to an undisclosed U.S.-based customer for their Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft. This sale represents the first two upgrades in the operator’s fleet, one being on a Bombardier Dash 8 Series 200 aircraft and the second on a Series 300.

The timing of this sale aligns with the certification of FlightSafety International’s Dash 8 flight simulator at their Toronto, Canada facility, which has been recently upgraded with Field Aviation’s EFI-890R flight deck. This training device received Transport Canada certification on January 30, 2019 and is in the process of obtaining its FAA approval.

Field Aviation is also in the process of completing the last of a three aircraft EFI-890R flight deck and ADS-B Out upgrades on the Swedish Coast Guard Dash 8 aircraft fleet at Skavsta airport in Nyköping, Sweden.

“The obsolescence issues facing the classic Dash 8 airline and special mission operators is significant, and our EFI-890R Flight Deck upgrade not only solves this problem but provides pilots with consolidated flight guidance and significantly more situational awareness”, said Brian Love, Field Aviation’s Chief Commercial Officer. “At Field Aviation, we are committed to supporting the large fleet of Dash 8 aircraft across the globe with innovative solutions”.

The Field Aviation EFI-890R Flight Deck Modernization program is a state-of-the-art replacement of the legacy Dash 8 OEM electromechanical and electronic flight and engine instrumentation systems with five Universal Avionics (UA) EFI-890R flat-panel integrated smart displays. Four of these present the pilots with navigation and situational awareness, and the fifth (center unit) displays engine information. The system provides full redundancy by allowing information to be switched between the displays. The Field Aviation STC has been approved by Transport Canada, the FAA and EASA and maintains the Dash 8 common pilot type rating.

With over 70 years of experience creating unique technical solutions, Field Aviation is recognized as an industry leader in the design, manufacture, installation, flight test, and certification of modifications for commercial and special mission aircraft. Also recognized for its capabilities in avionics and interior upgrades, Field Aviation offers flight deck modernization, customized interior reconfigurations and refurbishments, and cargo conversions. Field Aviation is also a parts manufacturing and sub-assembly center of excellence for aircraft OEMs, and an avionics equipment dealer and authorized service center. With its innovative team of engineers and technicians, Field Aviation consistently demonstrates its expertise and dedication to making ordinary aircraft extraordinary.


Media Contact:

Derek Clarke


U.S. Customs and Border Protection DHC-8-202 (MSN 626) seen below at Toronto-Pearson in Apr-2019.

Reinhard Zinabold Photo © Toronto-Pearson, ON Apr-2019

Reinhard Zinabold Photo © Toronto-Pearson, ON Apr-2019


221 - DHC-8-311 N333EN Elix Aviation Capital, Dublin [WFBNW]

Flew Oklahoma City-Wiley Post, OK - Roswell, NM 09-May-2019 under the Southern Cross callsign SXA568. The aircraft had been at Oklahoma City since 19-Mar-2019.


4353 - DHC-8-402 N443QX Horizon Air, Seattle, WA

Flew Sault Ste Marie, ON - Great Falls, MT - Portland, OR 08-May-2019 returning from maintenance with JD Aero. The aircraft had been present at Sault Ste Marie since 03-Apr-2019.


4355 - DHC-8-402 N444QX Horizon Air, Seattle, WA

Flew Portland, OR - Billings, MT - Sault Ste Marie, ON 08-May-2019 for maintenance with JD Aero.


Air Niugini Selects StandardAero for PW123 Pay-Per-Hour Support, Extending Partnership Between the Two Companies

SCOTTSDALE – May 8, 2019 – Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Guinea, has re-selected StandardAero to provide Pratt & Whitney Canada PW123 engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services in support of the Dash 8 regional turboprops operated by its subsidiary Link PNG.  This new pay-per-hour engine maintenance agreement succeeds a previous contract between the two companies, extending StandardAero’s partnership with Air Niugini and Link PNG.

Air Niugini operates a large domestic and international network to Asia, Australia and the Pacific region. Since its establishment in 1973, the airline now operates a fleet of twenty jet airliners and six regional turboprops, carrying over 1.3 million passengers each year.

Commenting on the announcement, Bruce Alabaster, General Manager of Link PNG, said:  “This award follows an extension selection process and we congratulate StandardAero on their success. The previous working relationship with StandardAero has been great, and we look forward to this continuing to be the case over the period of this contract”

“We are honored to be re-selected by Air Niugini as a provider of cost-effective PW123 engine services,” said Jason Johnson, Vice President – Sales & Marketing for StandardAero's Airline & Fleets business unit.  “Air Niugini’s inter-island operations demand the highest levels of engine reliability, and we are proud to continue serving the airline with a cost-effective pay-per-hour solution offering predictable maintenance costs.  We look forward to supporting Air Niugini and its customers with responsive support services for years to come.”

StandardAero is a Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) for the P&WC PW100 family, with overhaul facility locations in Summerside, PE, Canada and Gonesse, France, supported by seven service center locations across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.  With more than 25 years of reliable turboprop MRO experience, the company provides engine support options and recommendations that are tailored to operators’ specific needs.  StandardAero’s service offering on the PW100 family also includes engine condition trend monitoring (ECTM) services, as a CAMP Systems Designated Analysis Center (DAC).

Aircraft News by Erik Johannesson


68 - DHC-8-102 C-GJIG Jazz Aviation LP, Enfield, NS

Last service 26-Apr-2019 Kingston, ON - Toronto-Pearson, ON; flew Toronto-Pearson, ON - North Bay, ON 02-May-2019 for storage/dismantling.

Kenneth I. Swartz/Aeromedia Communications Photo © Toronto, ON 03-Jul-2016

Kenneth I. Swartz/Aeromedia Communications Photo © Toronto, ON 03-Jul-2016


4367 - DHC-8-402 S2-AGQ Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Dhaka

Left runway and broke apart on landing at Yangon, Myanmar in poor weather 08-May-2019. This aircraft was leased from Smart Aviation in Egypt.

Aarakan Times Online Photo ©

Aarakan Times Online Photo ©

Aircraft News by Erik Johannesson

265 - DHC-8-103 N637AR AAR Airlift Group, Palm Bay, FL [EP Aviation LLC]

To Big Horn Airways Inc., Sheridan, WY 18-Sep-2018. This aircraft has been parked at Great Falls, MT since 02-Feb-2017, when it arrived from Malta.


Aircraft News by Erik Johannesson

83 - DHC-8-102 C-FYDH Avmax Aircraft Leasing Inc., Calgary, AB

Flew Calgary-Int'l, AB - Vancouver-Int'l, BC 11-Aug-2018 on lease to Central Mountain Air.

Ushabh Salaria Photo © Vancouver, BC 26-Aug-2018

Ushabh Salaria Photo © Vancouver, BC 26-Aug-2018

234 - DHC-8-311 N326EN Elix Aviation Capital, Dublin [WFTC]

Registration cancelled 24-Aug-2018 to Guernsey.

336 - DHC-8-311 N336EN Piedmont Airlines, Salisbury, MD [Elix Aviation Capital]

Test flown from Salisbury, MD 30-Aug-2018

4072 - DHC-8-402 N690UA Unical Aviation Inc., City of Industry, CA

Flew Kagoshima - Sapporo - Petropavlovsk - Nome, AK - Anchorage, AK - Everett, WA - San Bernardino, CA 21/25-Aug-2018.

Garrett Heller Photo © Everett, WA 23-Aug-2018

Garrett Heller Photo © Everett, WA 23-Aug-2018

4105 - DHC-8-402 C-FXIP World Wide Aircraft Ferrying Ltd., Mississauga, ON

Flight planned for Toronto-Pearson, ON - St. John's, NL - Santa Maria 31-Aug-2018. It is en route to Johannesburg on delivery to CemAir.


4208 - DHC-8-402 N208WQ Nordic Aviation Capital, Billund [WFTC]

Flew Muskoka, ON - Collingwood, ON - Toronto-Pearson, ON 30-Aug-2018. The aircraft had been in Muskoka since the 16-Aug-2018.


4584 - DHC-8-402 C-FYBS Bombardier Inc., Montréal, QC

Test flown from Toronto-Downsview, ON 30-Aug-2018 as BBA20.

4585 - DHC-8-402 C-FYBU Bombardier Inc., Montréal, QC

Flew North Bay, ON - Toronto-Downsview, ON 27-Aug-2018; the aircraft had been in North Bay since 03-Aug-2018.


4587 - DHC-8-402 C-GBOG Bombardier Inc., Montréal, QC

Registered 24-Aug-2018

Aircraft News by Erik Johannesson

4010 - DHC-8-402 N404AV LC Perù, Lima [Avmax Aircraft Leasing Inc.]

Damaged at Lima 19-Aug-2018 during landing with nose gear retracted. The aircraft had earlier departed Lima for Ayacucho.

Michel Romero Photo © Lima 19-Aug-2018

Michel Romero Photo © Lima 19-Aug-2018

4094 - DHC-8-402 9G-ACA Passion Air, Accra

Following painting, the aircraft flew Malta - Tamanrasset - Accra 19-Aug-2018 on delivery.

4579 - DHC-8-402 Bombardier Inc., Montréal, QC

Registered to Westjet Encore Ltd., Calgary, AB 20-Aug-2018; this aircraft has remained registered to Bombardier until now.

Aircraft News by Erik Johannesson

590 - DHC-8-315 PK-TUB PT Travira Air, Jakarta

To Dynamic Aviation Group Inc., Bridgewater, VA 16-Aug-2018 and registered same day as N590K. The aircraft is seen below while still with Travira Air.

Bagus67 Photo ©

Bagus67 Photo ©

Aircraft News by Erik Johannesson

4208 - DHC-8-402 N208WQ Nordic Aviation Capital, Billund [WFBNW/NAC Aviation 23]

Flew Toronto-Pearson, ON - Muskoka, ON 16-Aug-2018. N208WQ has been present in Toronto since 22-Jun-2017 when it arrived from Coeur d'Alene, ID.

4583 - DHC-8-402 C-FYBO Bombardier Inc., Montréal, QC

Test flown from Toronto-Downsview, ON 15-Aug-2018 as BBA14 - Spicejet c/s.

Aircraft News by Erik Johannesson

209 - DHC-8-102 C-FHRC Perimeter Aviation LP, Winnipeg, MB

Flew Winnipeg, MB - Ottawa, ON - St. John's, NL 01-Jul-2018 returning to PAL. Registered to PAL Airlines, St. John's, NL 15-Aug-2018.

489 - DHC-8-315 C-GUZX Regional 1 Airlines, Calgary, AB [Avmax Aircraft Leasing]

Updating entry fro 03-Aug-2018; registered to Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, NV 14-Aug-2018 as N489SN.

Aircraft News by Erik Johannesson

416 - DHC-8-311 C-GJCN Canadian North Inc., Calgary, AB

Entered service 01-Aug-2018 Calgary-Int'l, AB - Edmonton-Capital, AB - Primrose, AB. Primrose is the Canadian Natural Resources airfield serving their oil sands projects.

Operator News by Erik Johannesson

Bombardier Places 3 Q400's with Ghana's Passion Air

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that the company successfully placed three pre-owned Q400 turboprops with PassionAir from the Republic of Ghana. The airline acquired the aircraft through a dry-lease with a third party.

“Bombardier has sold about 3,500 new regional aircraft to date, and we continue to be very active on the used aircraft market.” said David Speirs, Vice President, Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Our recent momentum on the pre-owned aircraft market worldwide is a clear indication that our products are addressing a growing need for regional air transportation, especially in emerging markets.”

 “Our market penetration in Africa continues to intensify, and we are pleased to welcome Passion Air as the first commercial airline operating a Bombardier regional aircraft in the Republic of Ghana,” said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Africa is the youngest and fastest growing region in the world, and regional aircraft like the Q400 will play a key role in helping advancing Africa’s economic growth.”

The airline will operate the three Q400 aircraft in a 78-seat configuration on domestic routes.

“This is a first step, and we look forward to expanding our fleet with more Bombardier aircraft,” said Edward Annan, Chief Executive Officer, PassionAir. “The Q400 offers the performance and flexibility that we need to further develop our network. With a range that unlocks great opportunities for us, we are confident that we will capitalize on a larger market, which extends to 12 countries and over 180 million potential passengers out of Accra.”


Operator & Aircraft News by Erik Johannesson

Shree Airlines Received Q400 Approval

Kathmandu-based Shree Airlines has received Civil Aviation Ministry, and Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal approval to proceed with the acquisition of three Q400 aircraft. The company currently operates two CRJ-200's and two CRJ-700's. The approval stipulates the Q400's must be based outside of Kathmandu, and Shree has indicated they have selected Pokhara as the base.

I believe the aircraft below is MSN 366, the former C-GFKE which went to 748 Air Services in Jul-2017.



The Air Niugini DHC-8 which was burnt out during civil unrest at Mendi 14-Jun-2018 has now been scraped up and removed from the ramp, as can be seen below.



535 - DHC-8-311 LN-WFS Widerøes Flyveselskap, Bodø

Noted outside at Maastricht 10-Aug-2018, has been present since 07-Jul-2018.

Jesse Vervoort Photo © Maastricht 10-Aug-2018

Jesse Vervoort Photo © Maastricht 10-Aug-2018


4312 - DHC-8-402 D2-EUO Heli Malongo, Luanda

Arrived Maastricht 02-Aug-2018 for attention by SAMCO.


Aircraft News by Erik Johannesson

340 - DHC-8-311 N343EN Elix Aviation Capital, Dublin [WFTC]

Updating entry for 07-Aug-2018; as I suggested then, it did in fact continue on to Muskoka later the same day.

4072 - DHC-8-402 JA841C Japan Air Commuter, Kagoshima

Registration cancelled 30-Jul-2018 to U.S.A. as N690UA.

4094 - DHC-8-402 9G-ACA World Wide Aircraft Ferrying Ltd., Mississauga, ON

Flew Toronto-Pearson, ON - Goose Bay, NL - Keflavík - Exeter - Malta 10/11-Aug-2018 on delivery to Passion Air of Ghana. It is seen below at Exeter, and is expected to be painted in Malta.

Shamu28 Photo © Exeter 11-Aug-2018

Shamu28 Photo © Exeter 11-Aug-2018

4410 - DHC-8-402 N449QX Horizon Air, Seattle, WA

As covered extensively in the media over the past 24 hours, in a bizarre incident last evening the aircraft was stolen while on the ground at Seattle/Tacoma by a company employee, and subsequently crashed in a forested area on Ketron Island, WA. 

Aircraft News by Erik Johannesson

340 - DHC-8-311 N343EN Elix Aviation Capital, Dublin [WFTC]

Flew Salisbury, MD - Lake Simcoe, ON 07-Aug-2018; it had previously been parked at Salisbury since 29-May-2018. I'd guess the aircraft is ultimately destined for Muskoka.