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Technology Achievement Award: de Havilland Canada. (Company Profile)

A shortage of suitable aircraft was one of the chief barriers to expansion for the commuter airline industry in the 1960s. Several companies offered products that achieved some degree of success but only one company backed up its winning entry-level aircraft with evolutionary developments in both size and sophistication that continue to serve the industry. For that effort, de Havilland Canada wins the ATW Technology Achievement Award.

From the earliest days that the commuter airline community could be seriously called an industry, de Havilland Canada was supplying solid, efficient aircraft. As the industry matured, so did the offerings of the Canadian manufacturer, starting with the simple, rugged Twin Otter 30 years ago, graduating to the pressurized comfort of the Dash 7 and finally to the speed and efficiency of the Dash 8, all timely, appropriate and quality aircraft. …

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