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c/n 261

C-GKYG of EAGLE AVIATION with 1,000HP PZL powerplant.
Photo: Les Corness © September 1984 - via Larry Milberry - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-GKYG without motive power.
Photo: John Kimberley © May 1993 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-GKYG back in service.
Photo: Anthony J. Hickey © September 1993 - Karl E. Hayes Collection

c/n 261

• 57-6124 • N2750

C-GKYG

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• 57-6124 United States Army. Delivered 24-May-1958.  Designated U-1A..

Initially delivered to Addison, TX., for work to be done by Collins Radio Corporation with the installation of a radio package suitable for European operations.

Jan-1962. Was serving with the 8th Infantry Division in Germany.

September '62 it was assigned to Coleman Barracks, Mannheim, Germany as a maintenance float.

Feb-1963 It was posted to the US Logistics Group, Turkey (TUSLOG) Detachment 4, Sinop AAF, Turkey.

Aug-1966. To Coleman Barracks for depot level maintenance.

Jan-1967. 56th Aviation Detachment at Coleman Barracks.

Oct-1967. Returned to USA.

Date unknown. To Vietnam and the. 388th Transportation Company at Vung Tau as a maintenance float.

Aug-1968 Assigned to the 18th Aviation Company. Based at various locations across Vietnam.

Emblem of 18th Aviation Company

June 1969. 79th Transportation Company for storage, awaiting disposition.

Aug-1969 With the 520th Transportation Battalion for continued storage, before being returned to the United States.

Sep-1969 Arrived at Atlanta Depot, located at Forest Park, Clayton County, Atlanta, GA. Aircraft overhauled and assigned to Fort Monmouth, NJ., where the Army Electronics Command was based, as a test aircraft.

21-Oct-1970 On 90 day loan to the Department of the Interior Jefferson County Airport, Boulder, CO., for use by the United States Geological Survey.

Nov-1970 Department of the Interior applied for civil registration.

Mar-1971 Deleted from the Army inventory.

• N2750 Department of the Interior. Regd Feb-1971. Operating for the United States Geological Survey.

• N2750 Transferred to the University of Tennessee Space Institute, Tullahoma, TN. On 10-Mar-1976. Regd 23-Mar-1976.

Total time: 4,497 hours.

Certification date: 14-Dec-1976.

25-Jan-1981 Purchased in a surplus property sale By Keewatin Air Ltd., Winnipeg, MB.

13-May-1981 Provisional Certificate of Registration for marks C-GKYG to Keewatin Air Ltd., Winnipeg, MB., and a delivery flight permit for a flight from Tullahoma to Winnipeg issued.

13-May 1981 Provisional Certificate of Registration for marks C-GKYG and a delivery flight permit for a flight from Tullahoma to Winnipeg were issued Keewatin Air Ltd., Winnipeg, MB. 

25-May-1981 Formally registered to Keewatin Air.

• C-GKYG Keewatin Air Ltd., Winnipeg, MB. Regd 25-May-1981. Canx 27-May-1982.

• C-GKYG Silver Pine Air Services Ltd., Pine Falls, MB. Regd June 1982. Canx 16-Jul-1986.

• C-GKYG Change of name to Eagle Aviation Ltd., Pine Falls, MB. Regd 16-Jul-1986. Canx 18-Mar-1988.

• C-GKYG V. Kelner Airways Ltd., Pickle Lake, ON. On lease. Regd 18-Mar-1988. Canx 02-May-1988.

• C-GKYG Eagle Aviation Ltd., Pine Falls, MB. Regd 02-May-1988. Canx 13-Aug-1993.

• C-GKYG 171816 Canada Inc., (Orion Airways / Nishi Kon Air), Yellowknife, NT. Regd 20-Aug-1993. Canx 01-Dec-1993.

• C-GKYG Eagle Aviation Ltd., Pine Falls, MB. Regd 01-Dec-1993. Canx 05-Jul-1994.

Power plant Eagle Aviation then converted the Otter to the Polish PZL 1000 horse power engine.

• C-GKYG Big River Air Ltd., Fort Smith, NT., on lease. Regd 07-Oct-1994 & 12-Oct-1994. Canx 12-May-1999.

• C-GKYG Blue Water Aviation Services Ltd., Pine Falls, MB. On lease. Regd 04-Jun-1999. Canx 08-May-2003.

Power plant: Returned to Eagle Aviation Ltd., Pine Falls, MB., who converted the aircraft to a Walter turbine.

• C-GKYG Blue Water Aviation Services Ltd., Pine Falls, MB. On lease. Regd 23-Feb-2004 & 27-Feb-2004.  Canx 05-May-2004..

• C-GKYG 3097448 Manitoba Ltd., (Adventure Air) Pine Falls, MB.  Regd 06-May-2004.

• C-GKYG Reported as leased to Alkan Air, Whitehorse, YT. for the summer of 2004.

Accident: May Creek, a remote strip thirty nautical miles north of Whitehorse. 26-Sep-2005. The aircraft was en route to Anniversary Strip and was making an intermediate touch-and-go at the May Creek strip for practice. The pilot was approaching the strip into the sun, and landed short of the runway. The right gear struck a drainage ditch off the end of the runway. After touchdown on the runway, the right gear collapsed, resulting in substantial damage to the right wing and propeller. The pilot and one passenger were un-injured. Alkan Air sent a Cessna 206 to May Creek to retrieve the occupants and return them to Whitehorse. On 5th October 2005 the Otter was returned to Whitehorse Airport, slung under a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter. The Otter was repaired at Whitehorse and returned to service with Alkan Air, with whom it was still in use during summer 2006.

• C-GKYG 3097448 Manitoba Ltd., (Adventure Air) Pine Falls, MB.  Regd 05-Dec-2007. Canx 20-May-2009.

• C-GKYG West Caribou Air Service Inc., Thunder Bay, ON. Based Savant Lake, ON. Regd 03-Nov-2009. Re regd 05-Aug-2011. Canx 13-May-2013.

• C-GKYG 3097448 Manitoba Ltd., Lac du Bonnet, MB. Regd 14-May-2013.

Note: Is this still Adventure Air?

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Otter 261 was delivered to the United States Army on 24th May 1958 with serial 57-6124 (tail number 76124). It was one of sixteen Army Otters delivered from Downsview to Addison, Texas for work to be on them by Collins Radio Corporation. Most of these Otters were then assigned to Europe, including 76124 which, by January 1962 was serving with the 8th Infantry Division in Germany. In September '62 it was assigned to Coleman Barracks, Mannheim, Germany as a maintenance float. In February '63 it was posted to the US Logistics Group, Turkey (TUSLOG) Detachment 4 at Sinop AAF., Turkey where it served until August 1966, when it returned to Coleman Barracks for depot level maintenance.

In January 1967 76124 joined the 56th Aviation Detachment at Coleman Barracks and on 6th May 1967 was noted on one of its visits to England, flying that day from the Burtonwood storage depot to Liverpool. It continued in service with the 56th Aviation Detachment until October 1967 when it left Europe and was transported back to the United States and then onwards to Vietnam, arriving with the 388th Transportation Company at Vung Tau as a maintenance float. In August 1968 it was assigned to the 18th Aviation Company, where it soldiered on until June 1969 when it was entrusted to the 79th Transportation Company for storage, awaiting disposition. In August 1969 it was with the 520th Transportation Battalion for continued storage, before being returned to the United States the following month, arriving at the Atlanta Depot, Georgia. Here it remained until April 1970, when it was assigned to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey where the Army Electronics Command was based, as a test aircraft. This use continued until 21st October 1970 when the aircraft was flown from the Army Aviation Detachment at Fort Monmouth (which was actually based at Lakehurst NAS) to Jefferson County Airport, Boulder, Colorado where it went on 90 day loan to the Department of the Interior, for use by the United States Geological Survey. It was later transferred to the Department permanently and deleted from the Army inventory in March 1971.

In November 1970 the Department of the Interior applied for civilian registration of the Otter, and also for two Beavers which they had been using for some years on loan from Army Material Command. They were allocated registrations N2748 (for Beaver 226), N2749 (for Beaver 285) and N2750 for the Otter, in February 1971. The Otter carried a radiometer built by Aerojet and a commercially available Thermal Infrared radiometer, and was used during 1974 to map soil moisture at sites in Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. It was flown by Tony England, a geophysicist, who also during a very varied career in aviation flew the Space Shuttle, a marked contrast with the Otter.  As he explains “The old and tired P&W R-1340 engine on the Otter eventually forced me to surplus the aircraft. Mission length had become limited by how fast the engine threw off oil. Rebuilding only helped for a few months”. The Otter was retired and replaced by Beaver N2749, which was used for surveys in California, Montana, Arkansas and Colorado. After the Beaver crashed, it was replaced by a brand new Pilatus Turbo Porter.

Following its withdrawal from service by the Geological Survey, Otter N2750 was transferred to the University of Tennessee Space Institute, Tullahoma, Tennessee where it replaced their Otter N22UT

(287) which had crashed on 17th March 1975. It was transferred to the University on 10th March 1976 and they applied for registration on 23rd March 1976. It was then overhauled and a Certificate of Airworthiness issued on 14th December 1976 and it entered service with the Space Institute. At that stage, the Otter had 4,497 hours total time on the airframe. It was used for logistics and test work by the University until it was sold to Keewatin Air Ltd., of Winnipeg in a surplus property sale on 25th January 1981. Provisional Certificate of Registration for marks C-GKYG and a delivery flight permit for a flight from Tullahoma to Winnipeg were issued 13th May 1981 and the Otter was formally registered to Keewatin Air on 25th May 1981. It served with them until June 1982 when it was sold to Silver Pine Air Services Ltd., of Pine Falls, Manitoba.

C-GKYG remained registered to Silver Pine Air Services until July 1986, when the company changed its name to Eagle Aviation Ltd., and became predominantly a leasing company, leasing its aircraft to other operators. The Otter went on lease to V.Kelner Airways Ltd., Pickle Lake,  Ontario from March to May 1988, before reverting to Eagle Aviation. It went on lease to Orion Airways/Nishi Kon Air at Yellowknife for the summer of 1993. Eagle Aviation then converted the Otter to the Polish PZL 1000 horse power engine and it went on lease to Big River Air Ltd., based at Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, to whom it was registered in October 1994. Here it joined their fleet of a Beaver and several single Cessnas.

As Big River Air's website explained, what with its powerful Polish engine “KYG is a spectacular performer for up to nine passengers. Large cargo doors enable us to load plywood, skidoos and other large cargo. Big River Air offers year round charter service on wheels, skis and floats. We carry fire suppression crews, trappers and geologists on a regular basis”. C-GKYG remained in service with Big River Air until it returned to the lessor, being registered to Blue Water Aviation Services Ltd., another Pine Falls, Manitoba based company in June 1999, on lease from Eagle Aviation. It was noted at Kelowna, BC in early March 2004, awaiting conversion to a Walter turbine.

Eagle Aviation had pioneered the first Walter turbine conversion of the Otter with C-FIOF (24).They went on to convert their other three Otters (C-GKYG, C-GSUV and C-FVQD) to Walter turbines. KYG then went on lease to Alkan Air for the summer of 2004, based out of Whitehorse in the Yukon, replacing Otter C-GFTZ (174) which they had leased up to then.

C-GKYG. Whilst still operated by Alkan Air of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory on lease from Adventure Air, C-GKYG was involved in an accident at May Creek, a remote strip thirty nautical miles north of Whitehorse on Monday 26th September 2005. The pilot and one passenger were not injured. The Otter was en route to Anniversary Strip and was making an intermediate touch-and-go at the May Creek strip for practice. The pilot was approaching the strip into the sun, and landed short of the runway. The right gear struck a drainage ditch off the end of the runway. After touchdown on the runway, the right gear collapsed, resulting in substantial damage to the right wing and propeller. Alkan Air sent a Cessna 206 to May Creek to retrieve the occupants and return them to Whitehorse. On 5th October 2005 the Otter was returned to Whitehorse Airport, slung under a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter. The Otter was repaired at Whitehorse and returned to service with Alkan Air, with whom it was still in use during summer 2006 as a Walter turbine.

To be updated in the future.

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