DHC-3 Otter Archive Master Index

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c/n 292

CF-LLL at Toronto/ Malton - CYYZ, Ontario.
Photo: Sheldon D. Benner © April 1966 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
CF-LLL at Winnipeg - CYWG, Manitoba.
Photo: Tim Martin © 13 August 1972

c/n 292

CF-LLL

C-FLLL

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• CF-LLL McIntyre Porcupine Mines Ltd., Edmonton, AB. Delivered 14-May-1959.

• CF-LLL Bannock Aerospace Ltd., Toronto, ON.  November 1971.

• CF-LLL Leased to Cross Lake Air Service Ltd., Wabowden, MB. Regd Nov-1971.

• CF-LLL & C-FLLL Cross Lake Air Service Ltd., Wabowden, MB. Purchased and regd..25-Sep-1973.

Accident: Wabowden, MB. 31-Dec-1971. The aircraft stalled and crashed on take off.

• C-FLLL. T.C.Leasing Ltd., La Ronge,  SK. Regd 13th January 2003,

Power plant. Re engined at TC Leasing, Saskatoon, SK., with a Vazar Turbine.

• C-FLLL Leased to Osprey Wings Ltd., La Ronge, SK. Regd 27-May-2003. Canx 25-Apr-2008.

Note: Operated for Hatchet Lake Lodge. Summer 2004.

• C-FLLL Northwestern Air Lease Ltd., Fort Smith, NT. Regd 15-May-2008.

Current

Otter 292 was delivered to McIntyre Porcupine Mines Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta on 14th May 1959, registered CF-LLL. This company also operated Grumman Goose CF-BKE. After twelve years of serving the mining company in western Canada, and having been replaced by Twin Otter CF-GJK, the Otter was sold in November 1971 to Bannock Aerospace Ltd., of Toronto. It was immediately sold on to a leasing syndicate, who leased CF-LLL to Cross Lake Air Service Ltd., of Wabowden, Manitoba to whom the Otter was registered in November 1971. It was subsequently purchased outright. When Cross Lake Air Service took delivery of the Otter, it was still in the executive configuration in which its previous owner had operated it, complete with washroom. This VIP interior was stripped out, and the Otter converted to a more utilitarian bush plane configuration.

The following month, on 31st December 1971, it stalled and crashed on take off from Wabowden, having “failed to obtain/maintain flying speed”. It was repaired and, re-registered C-FLLL, continued in service with Cross Lake Air Service.  The small town of Wabowden is located some 660 kilometres north of Winnipeg in mid northern Manitoba. When the Otter was delivered, this was a very remote region with no roads. The Otter, flying alongside the company's Beaver and Cessna aircraft, became a lifeline to the many isolated communities around Wabowden. Cross Lake was one of these, from which the company took its name, and to which the Otter was a very frequent visitor, up to fourteen times a day. Otter LLL was also much in demand to support exploration and survey work in the region.

When the road eventually came to Wabowden, and outlying communities were no longer so isolated, the role of the Otter changed to supporting the tourist industry, and it was used during the summer months only. The company operated a fishing lodge, one hundred and ten miles from Wabowden, which the Otter serviced. For a remarkably long period of thirty years, Otter LLL was based out of Wabowden, and during this period it never left the Province of Manitoba. Sadly, the owner of Cross Lake Air Service passed away, and the company was closed down. In January 2003, the Otter was sold. On 13th January 2003, LLL was registered to T.C.Leasing Ltd., of La Ronge, Saskatchewan and arrived at the T.C.Aviation base at Saskatoon to be converted to a Vazar turbine Otter. It was then leased to associated company, Osprey Wings Ltd., of La Ronge, SK., to whom it was registered on 27th May 2003.

For summer 2004, the Otter operated for Hatchet Lake Lodge, a fishing lodge located in remote northern Saskatchewan. It was in an all white colour scheme, carrying the lodge's titles on the fuselage. The lodge's owners chartered a Convair 580 to fly their guests from Winnipeg, landing on a six thousand foot runway near to the lodge. It was a two hour flight from Winnipeg. The Otter was then used to fly the guests each day from the lodge to one of seventeen “pristine lakes full of trophy fish” and then back to the lodge each evening. The Otter had returned to its base at Missinipe by September 2004, at the conclusion of the fishing season.

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