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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

On the Move

61 - DHC-6-100 N204EH Skydive Factory Inc., Rochester, NH

Flew via Norfolk-Hampton Roads, VA (KPVG), Chapel Hill, NC (KIGX), Jefferson, GA (19A) and into Zephyrhills, FL (KZPH) 29-May-2012, for use by Skydive City. This would appear to have replaced N137JR (MSN 176) which positioned back to base at Stroudsburg, PA on 01-May-2012.

N204EH had previously been operating with Skydive Orange.

857 - DHC-6-400 C-GVVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Akureyri, Iceland (BIAR) to Wick, Scotland (EGPC) 29-May-2012, and then on to Altenrhein, Switzerland (LSZR) 30-May-2012. On prior deliveries aircraft have spent up to a few days at Altenrhein, which is a Viking Factory Endorsed Service Center before continuing to the final destination.  C-GVVA is also expected to be reunited with it's amphibious floats, prior to delivery to Istanbul where it will be operated by Gozen Air Services for Korfez Aviation as TC-KHC.

Korfez Aviation currently operate a Gulfstream 450, a Hawker 900XP and a Bell 407.

Monday, 28 May 2012

On the Move

564 - DHC-6-300 N564DH Bald Mountain Air Service, Homer, AK

Flew Victoria, BC (CYYJ) - Ketchikan, AK (PAKT) - Yakutat, AK (PAYA) - Homer, AK (PAHO) 28-May-2012

N564DH arrived in Victoria on 28-Apr-2012 for maintenance.

857 - DHC-6-400 C-GVVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Pangnirtung, NU (CYXP) to Akureyri, Iceland (BIAR) today 28-May-2012 as it continues it's delivery flight to Turkey.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Image Update

MSN 857 C-GVVA DHC-6-400
Viking Air Ltd., Sidney BC
Taken Churchill, MB (CYYQ) 27-May-2012

On the Move

857 - DHC-6-400 C-GVVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

After diverting into La Ronge, SK (CYVC) on 26-May-2012 enroute from Victoria to Churchill, the aircraft arrived at it's destination shortly after midnight.

Today, 27-May-2012 the aircraft was scheduled to fly from Churchill, MB (CYYQ) to Qikiqtarjuaq, NU (CYVM), but appears to have diverted into Pangnirtung, NU (CYXP) instead. Looking at the current weather for Qikiqtarjuaq, I'd expect that was the reason for the diversion.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

On the Move

857 - DHC-6-400 C-GVVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Began it's delivery flight today, 26-May-2012 flying from Victoria, BC (CYYJ) with an original destination of Churchill, MB (CYYQ), it is however now on the approach for La Ronge, SK (CYVC), and has filed for La Ronge to Churchill, arriving after midnight.

 C-GVVA has been present in Victoria since Mar-2012, and has spent the last month on amphibious floats, which have been removed for the delivery flight. The aircraft carries registration TC-KHC under tape.

The blog will be updated as information becomes available along the delivery route.

Image Update

With the usual thanks to Tim Martin, we can present the latest -400 series photo. MSN 861 C-GNVA is seen at Victoria, taxiing in for Customs clearance; it carries the registration RA-67282 under tape. This is the second use of the registration C-GNVA, the first being msn 847.

MSN 861 DHC-6-400 MSN 861
Victoria, BC 25-May-2012
Tim Martin Photo

Friday, 25 May 2012

On the Move

221 - DHC-6-200 N301CL Win Win Aviation Inc., Wake Forest, NC

Is currently 25-May-2012 flying from Sturtevant, WI (C89) to Montreal-Trudeau (CYUL) and will likely break off for the Parachutisme NouvelAir facility in Farnham, QC (CSN7). The aircraft originated in Brownsville, TX (KBRO) on 22-May-2012. If it does head for Farnham, it will either join or replace Win Win's other DHC-6 (MSN 223 N223AL) which has been present since 04-May-2012.

N301CL was delivered to International Nickel in 1970, and has since flown in the U.S., Panama, Canada, Cuba, and Fiji. It has been skydiving with Win Win since 2000.

On the Move

45 - DHC-6-100 N920R Carson Services Inc., Grants Pass, OR

To JHH Aircraft Inc., Lancaster, CA & registered 24-May-2012

239 - DHC-6-300 N239Z Carson Services Inc., Grants Pass, OR

To JHH Aircraft Inc., Lancaster, CA & registered 24-May-2012

JHH Aircraft previously owned another surveyor DHC-6, MSN 429 N162DE which went to Rampart Aviation.

585 - DHC-6-300 N226SA Aerospace Management Trustee, Wilmington, DE

Cancelled 01-Mar-2012 and registered to Seaplane Holdings A/S, Vedbaek, Demark 04-Mar-2012 as 8Q-MBH, operated by Maldivian Air Taxi, Male (note the dates are Mar not May). This is perhaps a replacement for DHC-6-200 MSN 146 8Q-MAT which was damaged in an accident at Male on Feb-09-2012.

601 - DHC-6-300 PZ-TBW Gum Air, Paramaribo

Update to the blog entry 21-May-2012, the aircraft has now officially been registered in the U.S.A. as N471SC to Bank of Utah (Trustee), Salt Lake City on 24-May-2012.

859 - DHC-6-400 C-GVAQ Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Has today, 25-May-2012 flown Victoria (CYYJ) to Spokane (KGEG) after having filed for the same route on both the 23rd & 24th as well.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Image Update

A nice shot by Tony Coles of MSN 480 P2-SWE of Southwest Air taken recently at Brisbane-Archerfield; the aircraft had arrived in Brisbane on 03-May-2012 from Daru, Cairns & Rockhampton. P2-SWE started it's life in Gabon before going to the legendary Talair in Papua New Guinea in 1989, and finding it's way to Southwest Air in 1993.

MSN 480 DHC-6-300 P2-SWE Southwest Air
Brisbane-Archerfield 06-May-2012
Tony Coles Photo

On the Move

181 - DHC-6-200 N181CS Fayard Enterprises Inc., Wake Forest, NC

Flew Malta (LMML) - Thessaloniki (LGTS) - Istanbul (LTFJ) 23-May-2012 after maintenance at Medavia. N181CS operates for U.K.-based ARKeX as a geological surveyor supporting the oil & gas industry. It was originally delivered in 1968 to East African Airways, and has been flying for Fayard since 2004.

223 - DHC-6-200 N223AL Win Win Aviation, Wake Forest, NC

Just an update from our last report on 05-May-2012, N223AL currently remains at Farnham, QC flying regularly for Parachutisme NouvelAir.

859 - DHC-6-400 C-GVAQ Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Is flight planned for  Victoria (CYYJ) - Spokane (KGEG) today, 23-May-2012, reversing a trip it made from Spokane to Victoria on 28-Mar-2012. C-GVAQ has been resident in Victoria during April and May in OK Tedi Mining colours, with registration P2-BFW under tape.

862 - DHC-6-400 C-GLVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Has been noted flying from Calgary frequently between the 15/21-May-2012.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Image Update

Thanks to Cary Liao for a great shot of Freefall Express N129PM at their home base of Gardiner, New York earlier this month. N129PM was originally delivered to General Air in Germany in 1968, and has been with Freefall Express for the past 20 years.

MSN 114 DHC-6-100 N129PM of Freefall Express
Gardiner, New York (5NY5) - 12-May-2012
Photo: Cary Liao - AeroPX

Monday, 21 May 2012

Image Update & On the Move

MSN 64 C-GIKB DHC-6-100 Kenn Borek Air
Calgary (CYYC)
C-GIKB returned from the Maldives in December of 2009, where
it had flown since 1994. It has remained parked in Calgary since 2009.

Photo by Ian Kershaw/YYCE3 courtesy

MSN 533 C-FAKB DHC-6-300 Kenn Borek Air
Calgary (CYYC)
With a paint scheme somewhat more elaborate than on sistership TC-SBA
it appears C-FAKB is bound for Seabird in Turkey. The Turkish
operator should also be receiving their Series 400 aircaft from Viking shortly.

Photo by Ian Kershaw/YYCE3 courtesy

601 - DHC-6-300 PZ-TBW Gum Air, Paramaribo, Surinam

Pending registration in U.S.A. as N471SC 17-May-2012; this aircraft has operated in Surinam since departing Victoria, BC in Nov-2004.

683 - DHC-6-300 N683AR Gloster Ltd., N. Las Vegas, NV

Relatively minor change; effecive 15-May-2012 now registered to Gloster Ltd., Grand Junction, CO. Operated by Twin Otter International & based at Grand Junction.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Coming Soon

On 20-May-1965 the de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter first flew

Photo: Sheldon D. Benner © 18 May 1965 - Michael J. Ody Collection
Today, 47 years later we are pleased to announce that a new project is underway. In the near future the following website will become active. This is a work in progress, and the first phase will provide a detailed history & photo archive of the first 100 machines produced at Downsview.

There are three dedicated people working pretty well full time on this project, myself, along with Ian Macintosh and Neil Aird. Together we are turning some 20,000 pages of mostly hand-written records into the definitive Twin Otter individual  airframe history archive. We hope to accomplish this by building from the  highly detailed notes of our friend Michael J. Ody, along with additional research prepared by our team of Ian, Neil and myself.

Michael J. Ody 1939-2011

Saturday, 19 May 2012

On the Move & Image Update

MSN 14 DHC-6-100 N121PM
Freefall Adventures Inc., Williamstown, NJ

N121PM has recently received a new paint scheme, and is seen here
on 29-Apr-2012 at Cross Keys, NJ (17N). It was original delivered to
Pilgrim Airlines in 1966 and it has been a skydiving jump ship for
the past 25 years.

Cary Liao Photo used with permission

308 - DHC-6-300 C-FTXQ Arctic Sunwest Charters, Yellowknife, NT

Flew Yellowknife, NT (CYZF) - Peace River, AB (CYPE) - Springbank, AB (CYBW) on 17-May-2012. This was originally an Ashe Aircraft airframe from 1995, after leaving C.A.F. service, and has periodically returned to Springbank in the past.

572 - DHC-6-300 TJ-ALL CHC Helicopters Cameroun, Douala

Registered to Avmax Aircraft Leasing, Calgary, AB 18-May-2012 as C-GOYX. I'm not exactly sure when this aircraft actually left Cameroun, and where it has been in the meantime.

611 - DHC-6-300 C-FBKB Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Cancelled from Canadian register 16-May-2012 on export to Indonesia. PK- registration is currently unknown.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

On the Move

99 - DHC-6-100 C-GPVQ Ashe Aircraft Enterprises Ltd., Calgary, AB

Registered to Osprey Wings Ltd., La Ronge, SK 15-May-2012; this aircraft flew Springbank, AB (CYBW) to Saskatoon, SK (CYXE) 07-May-2012 on delivery.

The addition of C-GPVQ brings Osprey's DHC-6 fleet to 5 aircraft:

  • 099 DHC-6-100 C-GPVQ
  • 155 DHC-6-200 C-GQOQ
  • 217 DHC-6-200 C-FLXP
  • 260 DHC-6-300 C-FVEG
  • 492 DHC-6-300 C-GIGK

Monday, 14 May 2012

Image Update

MSN 595 DHC-6-300 5A-DCJ of Petro Air
Tripoli, May-2012

5A-DCJ is a 1978 build aircraft which flew via Reykjavik,
Norwich & Ajjacio on 21-Jul-1978 on delivery to Occidental
Exploration Libya Inc.

MSN 854 DHC-6-400 5A-PAC of Petro Air
Tripoli, May-2012

The newest in Petro Air's fleet, 5A-PAC was delivered during
April, 2012.

On the Move

339 - DHC-6-300 C-GOKB Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Adding to our report on Saturday 12-May-2012, C-GOKB departed Santa Maria, Azores (LPAZ) 14-May-2012 bound for Tenerife-Norte, Canary Islands (GCXO) and Bamako, Mali (GABS)

Saturday, 12 May 2012

On the Move

239 - DHC-6-300 N239Z Carson Helicopters Inc., Grants Pass, OR

Flew New Castle, DE (KILG) to Muscle Shoals, AL (KMSL) 12-May-2012. This is actually the first time I have seen N239Z appear since starting the blog. Historically it seems to spend most of it's time abroad.

339 - DHC-6-300 C-GOKB Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew St. John's, NL (CYYT) to Santa Maria, Azores (LPAZ) 12-May-2012 with a planned enroute time of 9 hrs & 30 mins. Our last published record of  'OKB was on 01-Apr-2012 heading from Calgary to Hay River, Cambridge Bay & Resolute Bay.

The travels of C-GOKB in the past four months are a good indicator of the global nature of Kenn Borek's business. This aircraft was in Antarctica in February, in Canada's Arctic by April, and in Africa by May.

611 - DHC-6-300 C-FBKB Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

As covered in previous posts, Kenn Borek's C-FBKB has been involved in a Trans-Pacific delivery flight to Air Borneo (dba Air Born).

This is the second Twin Otter known to have gone to the new Indonesian operator; in December 2011 MSN 576 N54LM was acquired from CAAMS LLC of Rutherfordton, NC & it flew via Salinas, Honolulu and Majuro on 27-Dec-2011, and Pohnpei (PTPN)-Manado (RPMD) on 29-Dec-2011. Thanks to MRC Aviation for adding to the flight routing.

C-FBKB DHC-6-300 MSN 611 at Honolulu (PHNL) on
delivery 05-May-2012.
Lono68 Photo

Friday, 11 May 2012

On the Move

470 - DHC-6-300 F-ODBN Air Moorea, Faaa, Tahiti

Was cancelled 17-Nov-2011 to U.S.A. and has now been registered to Ikhana Group Inc., Murietta, CA 10-May-2012 as N805RT

Thursday, 10 May 2012

On the Move

240 - DHC-6-300 C-FWAH Province of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

Flew Springbank, AB (CYBW) - Winnipeg, MB (CYWG) 10-May-2012. It had arrived in Springbank from Winnipeg and Regina on 10-Apr-2012.

On 10-May-2012 an Air Labrador DHC-6 flew Winnipeg, MB (CYWG) to Regina, SK (CYQR) as LAL601, then Regina, SK (CYQR) to Calgary, AB (CYYC) as LAL603. Unfortunately the identity of the specific aircraft is currently unknown. Assumed to be bound for Springbank now that hangar space has been created with the departure of C-FWAH!

On the Move

In service photographs of the 400 Series are still relatively rare, so nice
to see MSN 850 8Q-TMZ taken at Male, in May 2012. Carsten Rhode Photo
via Skyliner

153 - DHC-6-200 N153KD Alberta Aircraft Leasing Inc., Las Vegas, NV

Flew Springbank-Great Falls-Ogden (as noted in earlier post below) 08-May-2012; on 09-May-2012 it departed Ogden heading southbound. Although the track ends south of Metropolitan Phoenix, in the vicinity of the suburb of Chandler it is lined up pretty well directly for Eloy. I suspect that was the destination.

480 - DHC-6-300 P2-SWE Southwest Air, Mendi, PNG

Although not necessarily an uncommon visitor to Australia, it flew Daru, PNG ((AYDU) - Cairns, Qld (YBCS) 02-May-2012; however it did venture a bit further into Queensland the following day, 03-May-2012 when it flew Cairns (YBCS)-Rockhampton (YBRK)-Brisbane/Archerfield (YBAF)

611 - DHC-6-300 C-FBKB Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Majuro, Marshall Islands (PKMJ) to Weno, Chuuk (PTKK) 08-May-2012, and on 09-May-2012 continued Weno, Chuuk (PTKK) to Balikpapan, Indonesia (WALL). The aircraft is now known to be on delivery to PT Air Born (Air Borneo) in Indonesia. I hope to add a picture of the aircraft later today.

852 - DHC-6-400 C-FMJO Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Was noted via SBS reports flying at Victoria on 10-May-2012

854 - DHC-6-400 C-GUVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Officially cancelled from Canadian register 09-May-2012; it arrived Tripoli-Mitiga on 28-Apr-2012 for Petro Air, and was to become 5A-PAC.

859 - DHC-6-400 C-GVAQ Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Was noted via SBS reports flying at Victoria on 09-May-2012; this is destined for OK Tedi Mining as P2-BFW.

861 - DHC-6-400 C-GNVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Was noted via SBS reports flying at Calgary on 08-May-2012

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

On the Move

153 - DHC-6-200 N153KD Alberta Aircraft Leasing Inc., Las Vegas, NV

N153KD returned to Springbank at some point, first being picked up by SBS yesterday 07-May-2012 in the late afternoon. It's possible this is the actual arrival from the U.S. but nothing confirmed, and if so it would have been a very quick visit.

In any case, today 08-May-2012 it flew Springbank (CYBW) - Great Falls, MT (KGTF) - Ogden, UT (KOGD).

611 - DHC-6-300 C-FBKB Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

It has filed 08-May-2012 for Majuro, Marshall Islands (PKMJ) to Weno, Chuuk (PTKK) in the Federated States of Micronesia, with a planned en route time of 7 hours & 20 minutes. The post will be updated after the flight plan becomes active.

Monday, 7 May 2012

On the Move

99 - DHC-6-100 C-GPVQ Ashe Aircraft Enterprises Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Springbank, AB (CYBW) - Saskatoon, SK (CYXE) 07-May-2012.

This aircraft returned to Springbank off lease to Flanagan Enterprises as N990KD on 27-Mar-2012.

On the Move

611 - DHC-6-300 C-FBKB Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Has departed Honolulu, Hawaii (PHNL) for Majuro, Marshall Islands (PKMJ) today, 07-May-2012 with a planned flight time of 12 hrs & 52 mins.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

On the Move

190 - DHC-6-200 N190KM Kevin McCole, Brookline, NH

Currently, 05-May-2012, flying from Clarksburg, West Virginia (KCKB) to Orange, Massachusetts (KORE), likely related to the Cinco de Mayo Boogie being held at Skydive Orange this weekend. The facility is also officially opening their newly built hangar this weekend, which normally houses their own DHC-6-100 MSN 61 N204EH "Mister Fabulous"

223 - N223AL Win Win Aviation Inc., Wake Forest, NC

Flew DeKalb, Illinois (KDKB) - Buffalo, New York (KBUF) 04-May-2012, arriving just after midnight and then continued on to Montreal, Quebec (CYUL) 05-May-2012 where it indicates landing about 0300. However the track appears that the actual destination was the Farnham, Quebec airport (CSN7) home of Parachutisme NouvelAir who have leased N223AL in previous summers.

611 - DHC-6-300 C-FBKB Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Currently, 05-May-2012,  flying North Bend, Oregon (KOTH) to Honolulu, Hawaii (PHNL) with an estimated en route time of 14 hrs & 8 minutes.

Friday, 4 May 2012

On the Move

99 - DHC-6-100 N990KD Flanagan Enterprises (Nevada) Inc., Carson, NV

Returned to Alberta Aircraft Leasing & registered C-GPVQ 30-Apr-2012 to Ashe Aircraft Enterprises Ltd., Calgary, AB

856 - DHC-6-400 C-GUVT Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Cancelled 03-May-2012; this is the aircraft delivered to Chile for Barrick Gold Corporation in March 2012, and was expected to take up CC- marks.

860 - DHC-6-400 C-GFVT Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Victoria, BC (CYYJ) - Spokane, WA (KGEG) 04-May-2012; this aircraft had arrived in Victoria 15-Apr-2012 carrying Russian marks RA-67281 under tape.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

On the Move

176 - DHC-6-200 N137JR J R S Sky Inc., Pound Ridge, NY

Flew Zephyrhills, Florida (KZPH) - West Georgia Regional (KCTJ) 01-May-2012, on to Easton, Maryland (KESN) and Stroudsburg/Pocono, Pennsylvania on 02-May-2012. The aircraft had been operating in the southeastern states since early in 2012.

247 - DHC-6-300 N224SA Ikhana Group Inc., Murietta, CA

Officially registered 30-Apr-2012

464 - DHC-6-300 C-GPOQ Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Was noted flying from Calgary (CYYC) on 27, 29 & 30-Apr-2012. These are the first recorded flights since Feb-2012.

611 - DHC-6-300 C-FBKB Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Calgary (CYYC) to Spokane, Washington (KGEG), and continued on to North Bend, Oregon (KOTH) 03-May-2012.

682 - DHC-6-300 C-GKGQ Windard Island Airways International (Winair), Saint Maarten

Re-registered PJ-WII and entered service 20-Apr-2012 from Saint Maarten (TNCM) to Saba (TNCS)

Marseno Bremer Photo

733 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBG Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Although I'd like to see it confirmed as this was initially filed as C-GKBG then subsequently as KBA307 it appears as though it has positioned north when it flew Calgary (CYYC) to High Level (CYOJ) and then on to Yellowknife (CYZF) on 01-May-2012. C-GKBG returned from Antarctica in February.

861 - DHC-6-400 C-GNVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney BC

Was noted flying from Calgary (CYYC) 27, 28 & 30-Apr-2012.