DHC-3 Otter Archive Master Index

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c/n 349

C-FZDV at the Yellowknife dock.
Photos: Fred Barnes © October 2006 - Karl E. Hayes Collection

c/n 349

59-2211 • EA-52 • N28NC

C-FZDV

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• 59-2211 United States Army. Delivered 28-Dec-1959. Designated as U-1A.

Initially assigned to the Forest Park, Atlanta, GA.,  Army Depot as an operational support aircraft.

July 1968. Passed to Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, TX., where it was in storage for a time.

EA-52 Ethiopian National Defence Force. Donated to Ethiopia under a Military Aid Program. Jun-1968.

05-Mar-1978 Put into storage at Lidetta Air Base, Addis Ababa, until 1991.

• Un-regd. Purchased by NCA International, then a subsidiary of Newcal Aviation, Little Ferry, NJ. Circa 1991.

• N28NC. Newcal Aviation, Little Ferry, NJ. Regd Jan 1992.

Note. Stored at Luqa, Malta until 1994 after which it was shipped to New Jersey.

• N28NC Pen Turbo Aviation Inc., Rio Grande, NJ. Regd 19-Aug-1995. Canx 09-Jan-1996 on export to Canada.

• N28NC Purchased by Randy D'Aoust, dba Quality Aircraft Sales Ltd., St. Albert, AB. Remained in storage.

• N28NC Norman Sequin, Spruce Grove, AB. Regd 07-Apr-2005. Canx 24-Aug-2005.

• C-FZDV Quality Aircraft Sales Ltd., St.Albert, Edmonton, AB. Regd 23-Sep-1996. Canx 11-Sep-2000. Remained in storage.

Note The above sequence of owner/registrations to be confirmed.

Note: To Kal Air Ltd., Vernon, BC . Remained in storage.

• C-FZDV Air Tindi Ltd/, Yellowknife, NT. Regd 08-Jun-2006. Canx & re regd 07-May-2009. Canx 30-Mar-2011.

• C-FZDV Liard Air, Muncho Lake, BC. Regd 13-Apr-2011. Canx 04-Jan-2012.

Current

Otter 349 was delivered to the United States Army on 28th December 1959 with serial 59-2211 (tail number 92211). It was assigned to the Forest Park, Atlanta, Georgia Army Depot as an operational support aircraft. It continued in this role until July 1968, when it went to the Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas where it was in storage for a time, until made ready for its next assignment. It was donated to the Government of Ethiopia in September 1968, one of six Otters donated to Ethiopia under a Military Aid Program.

The Otter was operated by the Ethiopian Army with serial EA-52. It made its last operational flight, from Negele to Awasa, on 5th March 1978 and was then put into storage together with the other three surviving Ethiopian Otters EA-50 (347), EA-53 (350) and EA-54 (132). At that stage, EA- 52 had 4,492 hours on the airframe. These four Otters remained parked at Lidetta Air Base, Addis Ababa, until 1991, when they were purchased by NCA International, then a subsidiary of Newcal Aviation, of Little Ferry, New Jersey. They were registered to Newcal Aviation in January 1992, EA-52 becoming N28NC. They were taken to Malta, where they remained until 1994, when they were shipped to Newcal Aviation's facility at Little Ferry, New Jersey.

Newcal Aviation are a major supplier of parts for DHC aircraft. The four Otters remained in storage at the Little Ferry warehouse for two years. In August 1995 they were registered to Pen Turbo Aviation Inc., Rio Grande, New Jersey which was a Newcal company incorporated to develop a turbine powered version of the DHC-4 Caribou. In 1996 the four Otters were sold to Mr Randy D'Aoust, whose company was Quality Aircraft Sales Ltd., of St. Albert, outside of Edmonton, Alberta. All four Otters were trucked the long distance from New Jersey to Alberta, where they went into storage in the hangar which Mr D'Aoust had at his facility at St. Albert. At the same time he also bought an ex Canadian military Otter (409) from Newcal, which was also trucked to St. Albert and although this Otter was rebuilt and sold on, none of the four Ethiopian Otters was rebuilt by him.

In September 1996, Otter 349 was registered to Quality Aircraft Sales Ltd., St. Albert as C-FZDV but remained in storage. This registration was cancelled on 11th September 2000. Mr D'Aoust sold his property at St. Albert and two of the ex Ethiopian Otters (347 and 350) went to the Aeroflite Industries facility at the Vancouver International Airport, where they went into storage there. Otter 349 went to Kal Air Ltd., at Vernon, BC for a time and was noted there in September 1999. Kal Air started work on the aircraft, and modified the fuselage to incorporate scenic windows. For some reason, work then stopped and the Otter fuselage was put into storage in a private hangar at Vernon. It was still there in June 2004.

To be updated.

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