Nepal Airlines issues a notice to recruit pilots for DHC-6/300 aircraft contractually. As per the notice published on October 7, 2020, the company calls for a contractual proposal for Captains with a STOL field designated for DHC-6/300 Aircraft. As a PIC in STOL, Nepal Airlines is pursuing two pilots with a gross flight expiry of 3000 hours with a minimum of 100 hours. The pilots should have medical class 1 and should have gone through the regulation of pilot competence, ground training of aircraft, and Emergency Procedures.
As per the notice, the initial contract is for two years, which may be extended according to the specifications of Nepal Airlines.
Nepal Airlines Twinotter fleet
The Twin Otter has always been the corvette of Nepal’s sky for five decades, flying proudly from out rough dirt airstrips in the Himalayas where no other aircraft attempted to go. However, as the transport infrastructure expanded and airstrips went out of service, many expected that the Twin Otter times were limited. Nepal Airlines, which formerly had 12 Twin Otters in its service, has now just two airworthy ones remaining. However, carriers with Twin Otters, including 35 years old, are still servicing remote airstrips. Nepal Airlines is planning to purchase six new Twin-otter aircraft for the STOL route.
Sold as Viking Air DHC-6 Twin Otter, the de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter is a Canadian STOL utility aircraft built by de Havilland Canada and manufactured by Viking Air. Viking acquired the type certificates across all de Havilland out-of-production aircraft, including the Twin Otter, in 2005. During its glory days, Nepal Airlines operated 18 aircraft on its domestic routes—12 Twin Otters, three Avros, and the Canadian International Development Agency donated three Pilatus Porters. 7 Twin Otters to the national flag carrier between 1972 and 1979.