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Viking (ex-Canadair) CL-415, CL-515
« on: May 08, 2018, 10:01:34 AM »
In 2016, Viking acquired the Type Certificates (manufacturing rights) for the Canadair CL-215, CL-215T, and CL-415 aircraft. With this transfer, Viking assumed responsibility for all product support for the global fleet of 170 aerial firefighters.

They are now embarking on a program to improve the CL-415 and maybe produce a CL-515.

First is the CL-415EAF Enhanced Aerial Firefighter Conversion Program. Using older CL-215s, they will be upgraded to be equivalent to the CL-215T and CL-415EAF including winglets, finlets, higher operating weights, increased capacity firebombing system, and foam injection system of the CL-415.  In addition to these standards, other improvements introduced with the Viking CL-415EAF conversion upgrade include:

- Full modern Avionics package,
- Component modernization improvements to address all fleet obsolescence issues,
- Corrosion protection enhancements based on operator feedback,
- Flight deck air-conditioning system,
- Customized external paint scheme, and
- Humanitarian relief and special mission options (e.g. stretcher rack, large cargo door, spray boom system)



Meanwhile, Viking also has proposed restarting production of new CL-215Ts, which would be marketed as the CL-515
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Re: Viking (ex-Canadair) CL-415, CL-515
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2018, 11:42:54 AM »
Nice!  There is still a market for amphibians and not many choices to fill that role. 
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Re: Viking (ex-Canadair) CL-415, CL-515
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2018, 05:37:38 PM »
At YYC (Calgary International), Viking have a large hanger for servicing them. There was a couple of months ago, about eight CL-215's parked on a disused ramp on the south end of the airport (just off taxiway Papa), plus one on the Viking hanger ramp (Apron 3).

Twin Otters are constantly going for test flights too, mostly in primer colours (Viking have all the rights to these as well)
« Last Edit: May 08, 2018, 05:39:24 PM by kitnut617 »

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Re: Viking (ex-Canadair) CL-415, CL-515
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2018, 01:11:56 AM »
I wish there was a 1/48 kit of either the CL215 or CL415...or both.
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Re: Viking (ex-Canadair) CL-415, CL-515
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2018, 02:05:12 AM »
A CL-215T.




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Re: Viking (ex-Canadair) CL-415, CL-515
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2018, 04:20:20 AM »
So, if I understand this correctly:
 - Potential new-production CL-415s will be called Canadair CL-515s;
 - Viking is collection series -5 CL-215s for rebuild as CL-215Ts; and
 - Some CL-215T conversions will become unpgraded CL-415EAF models

It seems to me that Viking is getting itself into a muddle. The original distinction between the CL-215T and CL-415 was that the former were conversions, the latter were new-builds ... but all to roughly the same standard. So, why are Viking's upgraded CL-215T conversions, not being called CL-215EAFs with any new-build Enhanced Aerial Firefighting models being CL-515EAFs?
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Re: Viking (ex-Canadair) CL-415, CL-515
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2018, 09:47:30 PM »
So, if I understand this correctly:
 - Potential new-production CL-415s will be called Canadair CL-515s;
 - Viking is collection series -5 CL-215s for rebuild as CL-215Ts; and
 - Some CL-215T conversions will become unpgraded CL-415EAF models

It seems to me that Viking is getting itself into a muddle. The original distinction between the CL-215T and CL-415 was that the former were conversions, the latter were new-builds ... but all to roughly the same standard. So, why are Viking's upgraded CL-215T conversions, not being called CL-215EAFs with any new-build Enhanced Aerial Firefighting models being CL-515EAFs?
When companies do confusing things like this, things that defy logic, the only answer is "Marketing said so".

It excuses all fantastic leaps of illogic by otherwise rational corporations.

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Re: Viking (ex-Canadair) CL-415, CL-515
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2018, 09:56:22 PM »
So, if I understand this correctly:
 - Potential new-production CL-415s will be called Canadair CL-515s;
 - Viking is collection series -5 CL-215s for rebuild as CL-215Ts; and
 - Some CL-215T conversions will become unpgraded CL-415EAF models

It seems to me that Viking is getting itself into a muddle. The original distinction between the CL-215T and CL-415 was that the former were conversions, the latter were new-builds ... but all to roughly the same standard. So, why are Viking's upgraded CL-215T conversions, not being called CL-215EAFs with any new-build Enhanced Aerial Firefighting models being CL-515EAFs?
When companies do confusing things like this, things that defy logic, the only answer is "Marketing said so".

It excuses all fantastic leaps of illogic by otherwise rational corporations.

 :D

I hate (most) marketing folks. Worked with them for 20 years.  :o

Since I started the thread I will see if I can work out the taxonomy of their naming conventions.
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