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c/n 353

C-GVNX at Baie Comeau - CYBC, Québec.
Photo: Anthony J. Hickey © April 1993 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
Photo: Karl E. Hayes © May 2001
C-GVNX after turbine conversion.
Photo: Flightaware ©

c/n 353

59-2215 • N5335G

C-GVNX

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 59-2215 United States Army. Delivered 11-Feb-1960. Designated U-1A.

Initially assigned to the 1063rd Aviation Company, an Army National Guard unit based at Waterloo, IA.

Oct-1961. 1063rd Aviation Company, Fort Riley, KS.

Jul-1962. 1063rd Aviation Company, Waterloo, IA.

Jan-1964. Transferred to unidentified unit or units.

Dec-1966. Unidentified Army National Guard Unit.

Dec-1971 Florida National Guard.

1973. Mississippi National Guard.

• N5335G Civil Air Patrol (CAP)., Southwest Region. Maxwell AFB., AL. Regd 17-Mar-1976. Canx 28-Apr-1978.

• C-GVNX St. Louis Aviation Inc., St. Jean Airport, QC. Regd 18-May-1978.

• C-GVNX Labrador Air Safari Inc., Baie Comeau, QC.  Regd 19-May-1976.

Accident Wabush Lake, NL. 05-Sep-1978. While carrying out an approach for a water landing, the Otter struck power lines and sustained some slight damage. The lines were not marked, although one of the two towers was lighted. The pilot was unfamiliar with the area and the information in the Canada Air Pilot water supplement was incomplete. The damage was repaired.

• C-GVNX Labrador Air Safari (1984) Inc., Baie Comeau, QC. Re regd 21-Aug-1987. Canx & re regd 06-Jun-1994 at Jonquière, QC. Re regd 23-Apr-1999 & 02-Sep-2003. Based at Baie Comeau, QC. Canx 09-Sep-2010.

• C-GVNX Air Saguenay (1980) Inc., Jonquière, QC. Regd 09-Mar-2010. Based at Baie Comeau, QC.

Power plant. Now turbine powered. Date of conversion and type (PT-6?) currently unknown. P/E shows it still in Labrador Air Safari markings with old engine reportedly take on 01-Mar-2012. Two years after regd to Air Saguenay.

Current

Otter 353 was delivered to the United States Army on 11th February 1960 with serial 59-2215 (tail number 92215). It was assigned to the 1063rd Aviation Company, an Army National Guard unit based at Waterloo, Iowa, and carried 'Iowa National Guard' titles. Unfortunately, it is not clear how long the Otter served with this unit nor the subsequent units it flew with. In December 1966 it joined an Army Guard unit, where it served until December 1971, when it joined the Florida National Guard. In 1973 it moved to the Mississippi National Guard, where it served until May 1976 when it was delivered to Maxwell AFB., Alabama on assignment to the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). It was registered N5335G to the CAP (Southwest region) in May 1976.

In 1978 the Otter was sold in Canada. A Temporary Flight Permit was issued on 18th May 1978 to St. Louis Aviation Inc., Hangar 2, St. Jean Airport, Québec a company which specialised in Otters.

Registration C-GVNX was allocated. The aircraft was formally registered the following day to Labrador Air Safari Inc., Baie Comeau, Québec and after overhaul joined their fleet. It was re- registered to Labrador Air Safari (1984) Inc., and continued to fly from Baie Comeau. VNX was involved in an incident on 5th September 1978 at Wabush Lake, Newfoundland. While carrying out an approach for a water landing, the Otter struck power lines and sustained some slight damage. The lines were not marked, although one of the two towers was lighted. The pilot was unfamiliar with the area and the information in the Canada Air Pilot water supplement was incomplete. The damage was repaired and VNX continued to fly for Labrador Air Safari for many years. It was still with the company during 2004.

To be updated.

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