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c/n 147

C-FJFJ serving with NORCANAIR.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-FJFJ with small Wollaston Lake titles, at St. Matthias, Québec.
Photo: Michael J. Ody © 16 March 1987 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-FJFJ being converted to turbine power, at Sept Îles.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 18 November 1992 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-FJFJ at Sept Îles - CYZV, Québec.
Photo: Anthony J. Hickey© April 1993 - Karl E. Hayes Collection

c/n 147

CF-JFJ • C-FJFJ

C-GLPM

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• CF-JFJ Saskatchewan Government Airways, Prince Albert, SK. Delivered 02-Aug-1956.

• CF-JFJ Company renamed Sask Air during 1962.

• CF-JFJ North Canada Air Ltd., (Norcanair). Circa Mar-1965.

Accident: La Ronge, SK. 29-Feb-1972. Suffered substantial damage in a hard landing. Repaired and returned to service.

• C-FJFJ Re-regd possibly following above mentioned accident. Canx 27-May-1982.

• C-FJFJ Nipawin Air Services Ltd., La Ronge. SK. Regd circa 1983. Canx 28-Jun-1984.

• C-FJFJ Wollaston Lake Air Service Ltd., Wollaston Lake, SK. Canx 22-Jul-1986.

• C-FJFJ Possible lease to Vincent Courville. Montréal, QC. Regd 09-Mar-1987. Canx 04-Jan-1989.

• C-FJFJ Possible lease to 2633-3898 Quebec Inc. (Vincent Courville), Montreal Nord. Regd 05-Jan-1989. Canx 31-May-1989.

• C-FJFJ Possible lease to T.N Air Inc., Val D’Or, QC. Regd 31-May-1989. Canx 17-Aug-1989.

• C-FJFJ Returned to Wollaston Lake Air Service Ltd., Wollaston Lake, SK. Reported sold Nov-1989.

• C-FJFJ Air Wilga Inc., Laval, QC.  Date unknown. (Not on CCAR).

Power plant. Converted to Turbine power with installation of a PT-6 engine.

• C-FJFJ Leased to Aviation Boreal (1988) Inc., Val D’Or, QC. Regd 29-Nov-1989. Canx 27-Sep-1991.

Incident. 17-Oct 1990. Detail unknown but on a flight from the LG-2 Hydro Station in Northern Quebec en route to Montreal-Dorval appears to have made a precautionary landing on level ground twenty miles south of Parent, Quebec. No report of any damage.

• C-FJFJ Alexandair Inc., Sept Iles, QC, Regd 27-Sep-1991. Canx 28-Apr-1994 following demise of the company.

Note: A couple of small incidents around this time recorded in the history below.

• C-GLPM Somiper Aviation Inc., Montreal, QC. Regd 28-Apr-1994. Canx 12-May-1999.

• C-GLPM Propair Inc., Rouyn-Noranda, QC. Based Matagami, QC. Regd 12-May-1999. Canx 08-Jul-1999. Re regd 09-Jun-2003. Canx 07-Aug-2009.

Total time 24,803 hours at 2003.

• C-GLPM Les Oies du Nord Aviation Inc.,Based Lac Polaris, QC. Regd 07-Aug-2009. & 07-Sep-2010. Canx 22-Mar-2011.

• C-GLPM Air Roberval Ltée., Roberval, QC. Based Témiscami, QC. Regd 18-Jul-2011. Canx 08-Mar-2013. Regd 05-Jun-2013. Canx 08-Jan-2014.

• C-GLPM Mirage Aviation Inc., Poularies, QC. Based Pouvoirie Mirage (CPM3), QC. Regd 08-Sep-2014. Canx 01-May-2015.

• C-GLPM Osprey Wings Ltd., La Ronge SK. Regd 22-May-2015.

Current

Otter 147 was delivered to Saskatchewan Government Airways of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on 2nd August 1956 registered CF-JFJ. It was delivered on floats. As a contemporary report described: “Year round transportation in the Province's fabulous northland for prospectors, construction crews, mining men and business men is provided by Saskatchewan Government Airways. Mail, supplies and freight are carried to remotely located communities, the tourist industry is served and fire fighting, photographic and survey missions carried out for government agencies”. The airline had four major bases, at Prince Albert, Lac La Ronge, Stoney Rapids and Uranium City. As well as the Otter, the fleet comprised two DC-3s, four Norsemen, five Beavers and nine Cessna 180s. A separate air ambulance fleet included four Cessna 195s and two Beech 18s.

In 1962 the company was re-named Sask Air. In 1964 the free-thinking Liberal party took over government in the Province. It had no time for government “interfering” in business and sold Sask Air to a private company. North Canada Air Ltd., (Norcanair) acquired the Sask Air fleet, including its Otters, CF-JFJ, CF-IKT and CF-SME, under an Agreement for Sale made on 20th March 1965.

Business continued as before, with services in northern Saskatchewan and support of government operations. CF-JFJ sustained substantial damage in a hard landing at La Ronge on 29th February 1972, but was repaired and continued in Norcanair's service, re-registered C-FJFJ until sold in 1983 to Nipawin Air Services Ltd., of La Ronge. The next year it went to Wollaston Lake Air Service Ltd of Wollaston Lake, Saskatchewan with whom it served until November 1989, when it was sold to Air Wilga Inc. of Laval, Quebec. It was flown to St. Francois airfield at Laval, where it was converted to a turbine Otter, with the installation of a PT-6 engine. It was then leased to Aviation Boreal (1988) Inc. of Val D'Or, Quebec.

The Otter features in an incident report on 17th October 1990 while operated by Aviation Boreal, although the summary of the incident does not actually say what happened. The Otter, on floats, had departed from the LG-2 hydro power station in northern Quebec en route to Montreal-Dorval, with a planned flight time of three and a half hours. A landing was made on level ground twenty miles south of Parent, Quebec. In September 1991 the Otter was sold by Air Wilga to Alexandair Inc., of Sept Iles - Lac des Rapides, Quebec. It replaced Otter C-FEYY (19) which had crashed, and which was traded in to Air Wilga. On 20th December '91 on landing at Natashquan, Quebec C-FJFJ skidded in the snow due to a defective tail wheel. On 4th February '92 at Chevery, Quebec while the Otter was being taxied to the terminal, a gust of wind swung it around and the propeller contacted the wing of a parked Piper Navajo C-GDOU. The surface of the ramp was iced over and covered with snow at the time.  JFJ continued to fly for Alexandair until that company ceased operations and went bankrupt.

In April 1994 the Otter was sold by the liquidator to Somiper Aviation Inc., of Montreal-Dorval and re-registered C-GLPM. It joined their Beaver, a Cessna 206 and a fleet of Metros, Citations and Lear Jets, serving French Canadian entrepreneurs and businessmen. The Otter was used to fly to remote fishing lodges. It was based at Rouyn, Quebec and also flew as a private aircraft for Michel Perron, the owner of Somiper. On 8th September 1995, during the landing roll at Roberval Airport, Quebec the left wheel on the amphibian retracted due to a defective oleo, the Otter coming to rest at the side of the runway. The following year, the Otter was registered to Propair Inc. but continued to fly as a private aircraft for Michel Perron, based at Rouyn.

C-GLPM was advertised for sale in May 2003. It was on EDO / Bristol 7470 amphibious floats, having operated on “fresh water since new” and having had “impeccable maintenance”. Exterior paint was white with red and blue stripes. Interior had a “clean, corporate interior” with nine passenger seats. Total airframe time was given as 24,803 hours and the asking price was $1.4   million Canadian

Full history courtesy of Karl E. Hayes © from DHC-3 Otter: A History (2005).