Research Paper Topic: Examine how Viking Air applied PM theories, principles and methodologies from the course for the development and production of the Twin Otter Series 400. In
your examination, you should identify from your research what you consider to be the key PM principles used.Viking Air Ltd is a Canadian company that originally specialised in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of various aircraft types, with a focus on flying boats and floatplanes. It then expanded to use exclusive licensing rights from de Havilland Canada to manufacture spare parts for its aircraft family plus to distribute the
DHC-2 Beaver and the DHC-3 Otter aircraft. Viking also moved into supporting aircraft produced in the past by Canadair a successor to De Havilland Canada. Viking later made a major expansion when it decided to manufacture an updated version of the de Havilland Twin Otter aircraft, to be known as the Viking Industries Twin Otter Series 400. Developing a prototype aircraft for series production was a bold move and required not only a focus on a new aircraft but also the development of production facilities and a marketing arm. This is an
example of a company specializing in the MRO service industry and then expanding into production.
As such, Viking provides an outstanding example of how Project Management (PM) is used in the aerospace industry for companies of a much smaller size than the traditional large manufacturers such
as Airbus, Boeing, Embraer and Bombardier. The following three videos give an insight into how the Twin Otter Series 400 has evolved and progressed:
Other research is available for you to gather for addressing the assignment question which you are expected to use.
Your assignment must be completed as a 2,000 word report.
As part of your examination, you should identify at least five project management issues related to your research which must include discussion of the following:
o an assessment of three major risks across the project life with a suggested likelihood, consequence, impact potential plus suggested mitigation strategies (hint: you should use and appendix for the detail)
o key issues in how project selection was done
o a comparison in two of the PM analysis issue only against the challenges Mahindra/GippsAero would face in updating the old GAF Nomad aircraft into a new design with updates similar to the Twin Otter 400 , briefly mentioning similarities or differences from the PM perspective.
o a suggested Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) to Level 2 detail and with one of these to Level 3 detail (hint: you
again should use an appendix for the detail).
Note that an Executive Summary is NOT required.
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