This late afternoon, Icelandic Coast Guard’s sole Bombardier DHC-8-314Q Dash 8 carrying registration ‘TF-SIF’, landed at LMML to undergo maintenance at Medavia, a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Organisation licensed to carry out maintenance on Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft.
Prior to entry into service in 2009, this aircraft was modified into a Maritime Surveillance Aircraft by Field Aviation in Canada. The Dash 8 is a high wing aircraft powered by two Pratt & Whitney 123B turboprop engines. The aircraft is able to operate from short airfields, and at maximum weights and with all civil reserve factors included, requires less than a 1,300 m (4,279 ft) runway for take-off and landing over standard (ISA) conditions.|
The primary objectives for the aircraft system are defined as:
• Environmental protection – combating and preventing pollution at sea.
• Protection against accidents – preventative surveillance and participation in rescue at sea.
• Transport supervision – marine traffic and safety at sea.
• Food policy – fishing control.
• Judicial system – police activity, including border controls for persons at sea.
• Tax, customs duty and other charges – customs check and border controls for goods at sea.