De Havilland Aircraft of Canada
After the war the company began designing and building indigenous aircraft, especially those best suited to the harsh Canadian environment. The first true De Havilland Canada type was the DHC1 Chipmunk which was also selected as the standard primary trainer for the RAF in the UK and is still a favourite amongst pilots today.
A number of aircraft designed specifically for Canadian Operators followed such as the DHC2 Beaver, DHC3 Otter and DHC4 Caribou, the latter being a tactical transport aircraft for the US and Canadian Army.
In the 1970s, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada turned its focus to commercial feeder-liners with short take-off and landing (STOL) capabilities in areas of strict noise limits. Even today, many DHC7 Dash 7 and DHC8 Dash 8 aircraft are still in daily operation around the world.
In 1980, the Canadian Government forced the privatisation of De Havilland Aircraft of Canada and in 1986 it sold the company to Boeing. The company and name is now in the ownership of Bombardier Aerospace.
In 2006, Viking Air Limited, now a subsidiary of Longview Aviation Capital Corporation, became the Original Type Certificate holder for all out-of-production De Havilland Canada aircraft (DHC-1 to DHC-7) and subsequently developed and put into production the updated Viking Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft.
In 2019, Longview Aviation Capital Corporation established a new subsidiary, subsequently renamed De Havilland Aircraft of Canada. They acquired the entire Dash 8 program from Bombardier, including the 100, 200 and 300 series, as well as the in-production 400 program.
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