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c/n 209

C-GBTU at Silver Falls, Manitoba.
Photo: Karl E. Hayes © May 2004

c/n 209

IM-1711

C-GBTU

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• IM-1711 / C Indian Air Force. Delivered 26-Dec-1957.

41 Squadron at Palam Air Base during the years 1976 to 1980.

Accident:  Unknown location & date. Suffered a ground loop.

• IM-1711 Removed from inventory on unknown date.

• Un regd Mike Hackman Aircraft Sales / La Ronge Aviation

• C-GBTU Blue Water Aviation Services, Pine Falls, MB. Rebuilt and re engined. Regd Jun-1996 Canx 23 Feb-1998.

Power plant Polish PZL-1000 engine was installed Jun-1996.

• C-GBTU Leased to South Peace Services Ltd., Pine Falls, MB. Regd 23-Feb-1998. Canx 03-Sep-1998.

• C-GBTU Returned to Blue Water Aviation Services, Pine Falls, MB. Based Silver Falls MB. Regd 03-Sep-1998. Canx 02-Feb-2004. Re-regd 20-Jul-2004 & 06-Aug-2004., Based Silver Falls. Canx 08-Jan-2015 & 01-Apr-2015. Re regd 26-May-2015.

Power plant: Walter turbine Jan-2005.

Current

Otter 209 was delivered to the Indian Air Force on 26th December 1957 with serial IM-1711. After test flying at Downsview, it was packed into a crate and shipped to India where it was re-assembled. It was in service with 41 Squadron at Palam Air Base during the years 1976 to 1980, code C. No other details of its Indian Air Force service are known. It was withdrawn from service after being damaged in a ground loop. The Indian Air Force continued to fly the Otter until the type was withdrawn from the inventory on 31st March 1991 and the surviving aircraft were offered for sale.

The successful bidders were Mike Hackman Aircraft Sales / La Ronge Aviation, who travelled to India to prepare the Otters to be shipped back to Canada.IM-1711 left India in March 1995 and was shipped by sea to Vancouver and then overland to Saskatoon. It was sold to Blue Water Aviation Services of Pine Falls, Manitoba who were to undertake the re-building of the aircraft themselves. The Otter was trucked from Saskatoon to Pine Falls, Manitoba where it was rebuilt and at the same time a Polish PZL-1000 engine was installed. It was registered to Blue Water Aviation Services in May 1996 as C-GBTU and entered service with them. During the summer months, the Otter is used to fly hunters, fishermen and tourists and also some freight, lumber, groceries to places such as Little Grand Rapids and Paungassi, which are native settlements. There are a few associated companies based at Pine Falls, and in February 1998 the Otter was registered to South Peace Services Ltd for use that summer, reverting to Blue Water Aviation Services Ltd., in September 1998. According to its website, the company “provides fly-in canoeing packages to the Gammon River, Bloodvein River, Pigeon River, Berens River and Poplar River. We fly de Havilland Otter, Beech 18, Cessna 185 and Cessna 337 aircraft with float, wheel and ski capabilities. In addition to the canoeing packages, we service Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge and Atikaki Outcamps”. In January 2005 work commenced at Silver Falls in converting C-GBTU to a Walter turbine Otter conversion.

Full history up to 2005 courtesy of Karl E Hayes © from DHC-3 Otter - A History (CD-ROM 2005)