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c/n 282

C-FCEE at Lac de la Squaw, Schefferville, Québec.
Photo: Anthony J. Hickey © August 1993 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-FCEE at Bar River - CPF2, Ontario.
Photo: Rich Hulina © March 2001 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-GMAY at Stewart Lake, Kuujjuaq, Québec.
Photo: Ryan Orshinsky © 08 August 2016
C-GMAY some 60 nautical miles from Kuujjuaq.
Photo: Ryan Orshinsky © 24 February 2017

c/n 282

57-6134 • CF-CEE • C-FCEE

C-GMAY (2)

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• 57-6134. United States Army. Delivered 26-Aug-1958. Designated U-1A.

Initially allocated to 2nd Missile Command at Ford Hood, TX.

Jan-1962. 57th Aviation Company at Fort Sill, OK.

Note: A gap in our knowledge.

Nov-1967. Sharpe Army Depot, Stockton, CA., for preparation to be delivered to Vietnam.

May-1968. 388th Transportation Company, Vung Tau, Vietnam.

Sep-1968 joined the 54th Signal Battalion, Nha Trang, Vietnam.

July 1969 Placed in storage with the 520th Transportation Battalion, Phu Loi, Vietnam.

Sep-1969. Atlanta Army Depot, GA. For further storage until May 1972 when put up for disposal.

• CF-CEE Laurentian Air Services Ltd., Ottawa, ON. Regd 26-Oct-1973.

• C-FCEE Re registered to Laurentian Air Services Ltd., Ottawa, ON. Date unknown.

• C-FCEE Air Schefferville, Lac de la Squaw, Schefferville, QC. Regd date unknown. (A subsidiary of Laurentian).

Incident. Lac Harris, Quebec on 13th May 1982 During preparation for take off, the tail ski broke through the ice, the ski punctured the fuselage, causing some structural damage and jammed the rudder controls.

Incident Lac Kathleen, 36 miles north-east of Schefferville 13th May 1997. After landing on the lake, the Otter became stuck in a few inches of slush on the lake's surface. The cause was traced to one of the skis, which would not stay in the full extend position because the extend/retract system had lost its charge. The system was serviced, the aircraft freed and normal operations resumed.

• C-FCEE On lease to Huron Air & Outfitters, Armstrong, (McKenzie Lake), ON. Dates unknown.

• C-FCEE 1191517 Ontario Ltd., (Piper Martin Air Partnership Number One) & 948976 Ontario Ltd., Thunder Bay, ON. Regd 22-Jan-1999. Canx 30-Jun-1999.

• C-FCEE Leased to Johnny May's Air Charter Ltd., Kuujjuaq, QC. Regd 30-Jun-1999. Canx and re regd 06-Jun-2001.

Total time: 19,008 hours at Apr-2000.

• C-FCEE Johnny May's Air Charters (2002) Inc., Les Nolisements Aériens Johnny May (2002) Inc. Regd 17-Jun-2004. Re regd 30-Mar-2009. Canx 25-Jun-2009.

• C-FCEE Johnny May's Air Charters (2009) Ltd / Les Nolisements Aériens Johnny May (2009) Ltée. Regd 25-Jun-2009. Canx 27-Feb-2013

• C-GMAY (2) Johnny May's Air Charters (2009) Ltd / Les Nolisements Aériens Johnny May (2009) Ltée. Regd 27-Feb-2013.

Total time: 24,196 hours at Feb-2017.

Current

Otter 282 was delivered to the United States Army on 26th August 1958 with serial 57-6134 (tail number 76134). It was delivered from Downsview to Fort Hood, Texas, one of four Otters delivered at this time to the 2nd Missile Command. By January 1962 it was serving with the 57th Aviation Company at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where it remained until August 1963. Its subsequent Army career is unknown until November 1967 when it arrived at the Sharpe Army Depot, Stockton, California where it was made ready for dispatch to Vietnam. It arrived in Vietnam in May 1968 at the 388th Transportation Company, Vung Tau and in September 1968 joined the 54th Signal Battalion. It served until July 1969 when it was placed in storage with the 520th Transportation Battalion and then shipped back to the United States, arriving at the Atlanta Army Depot, Georgia in September 1969. Here it remained in storage until May 1972 when it was put up for disposal as military surplus.

The Otter was acquired by Laurentian Air Services Ltd., of Ottawa, who flew it to their Ottawa base and converted it to civilian configuration. It was registered to Laurentian Air Services as CF-CEE in 1973 and joined their fleet of Otters, operating in Québec. It was later re-registered C-FCEE. In 1981, the three Otters still flying for Laurentian Air Services (C-FCEE, C-GLAA and C-GLAB) were transferred to Air Schefferville Inc., a subsidiary of Laurentian Air Services, based at Lac de la Squaw, Schefferville. This was because the aircraft were based in Québec, where they did most of their flying and where the authorities preferred to deal with a Québec corporation rather than an Ontario corporation. CEE continued to fly for Air Schefferville for the next eighteen years.

An incident was recorded at Lac Harris, Québec on 13th May 1982. As the pilot was turning into wind in preparation for take off, the tail ski broke through the ice, the ski punctured the fuselage, causing some structural damage and jammed the rudder controls. There was another minor incident many years later, on 13th May 1997 at Lac Kathleen, 36 miles north-east of Schefferville. After landing on the lake, the Otter became stuck in a few inches of slush on the lake's surface. The cause was traced to one of the skis, which would not stay in the full extend position because the extend / retract system had lost its charge. The system was serviced, the aircraft freed and normal operations resumed.

These were only minor incidents in a remarkable 25 years of bush operations by CEE for Laurentian Air Services / Air Schefferville. As the company wound down its operations, CEE went on lease to Huron Air & Outfitters of Armstrong at McKenzie Lake, Ontario for the summer of 1998. It then returned to Air Schefferville before being sold in January 1999, along with C-GLAA (226), to 1191517 Ontario Ltd., (Piper Martin Air Partnership Number One) of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, a leasing company. This company leased out both Otters to Johnny May's Air Charter of Kuujjuaq, Québec for the summer of 1999. In April 2000, CEE was advertised for sale, having at that stage of its career an impressive total time of 19,008 hours on the airframe. The sale did not proceed, and CEE remained on lease to Johnny May's Air Charter, based out of Kuujjuaq, Québec.

Re-registered C-GMAY (2) 27 February 2013. TTSN 24,196 (February 2017). C-GMAY was taken after the DHC-2 Beaver c/n 1123 was sold and de-registered 04 May 2012.

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