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c/n 411

C-FODV at Geraldton - CYGQ, Ontario.
Photo: Rich Hulina © 03 November 2016

c/n 411

CF-ODV

C-FODV

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• CF- ODV Ontario Provincial Air Service (OPAS). Based Sault Ste.Marie, ON. Delivered 20-Apr-1961.

• C-FODV Registered owner changed to Province of Ontario, Ministry of Natural Resources, Sault Ste.Marie, ON. Sep 1972.

• C-FODV Wilderness Air (Vermillion Bay) 1983 Ltd., Vermillion Bay, ON. Regd Dec-1986.

• C-FODV Wilderness Air Ltd., based at Vermillion Bay, ON. Regd 30-April 1996.

• C-FODV On lease to Central Flyway Air, Thompson, MB. Summer-2004.

Accident: Long Lake, ON. 30-Jul-2004 The aircraft  operated by Wilderness Air Ltd., was on the take-off run into wind when a gust lifted the left wing. The right wing contacted the water and the aircraft pitched forward and overturned. The pilot, the only occupant, was not injured, and the aircraft sustained substantial damage. The wind was estimated to be from the northwest at about 10 knots gusting to 18 knots.

 • C-FODV Wilderness Air Ltd., based at Vermillion Bay, ON. Sep-2004.

 • Current

Otter 411 was delivered on 20th April 1961 to the Ontario Provincial Air Service (OPAS) as CF-ODV, based at Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario. In September 1972 the registered owner was changed to Province of Ontario, Ministry of Natural Resources, registration C-FODV. The Otter faithfully served the Province for 25 years without incident, until sold to Wilderness Air (Vermillion Bay) 1983 Ltd., of Vermillion Bay, Ontario to whom it was registered in December 1986. In April 1996 the registered owner was changed to Wilderness Air Ltd ., still based at Vermillion Bay. In May 2000, ODV was joined by C-GLAB (348) and the two Otters fly alongside three Beavers and one Cessna 185 in the Wilderness Air fleet. The aircraft are used during the summer months to service fishing lodges and lakes, and for hunting parties and bringing tourists into the Ontario wilderness areas. As of summer 2004, ODV was still painted in the basic all-yellow scheme it had carried during its time with the provincial government. For summer 2004 ODV went on lease to Central Flyway Air of Thompson, Manitoba before returning to Wilderness Air at the end of the season.

An accident to the Otter occurred on 1 October 2004 at Vermillion Bay. To quote from the report: “The Otter was on the take off run into wind when a gust of wind lifted the left wing. The right wing contacted the water and the aircraft pitched forward and overturned. The pilot, the only occupant, was not injured but the aircraft sustained substantial damage”. The Otter was repaired by Recon Air at Geraldton, Ontario, repainted in a revised colour scheme but still retaining the basic overall yellow of its days with the Ontario Provincial Government.

In December 2013 ODV was advertised for sale as a “Northern Ontario piston Otter, on extended 7170 floats, with the BARON STOL kit”. It had an asking price of $740,000 but did not sell and continued in service with Wilderness Air. In November 2016 it arrived back with Recon Air in Geraldton for an overhaul and repairs to hail damage. In the course of this work it received a new piston engine and another repaint. It departed from Geraldton on 19 May 2017, returning to service with Wilderness Air, its thirtieth year of flying for the company. It was still in service with Wilderness Air during summer 2018.

Full history up to 2005 courtesy of Karl E Hayes © from DHC-3 Otter - A History (CD-ROM 2005), now with added and updated information which Karl has supplied for the benefit of the website.