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c/n 422

C-GLCP at the Tyee Spit, Campbell River, British Columbia.
Photo: B. MacN © 06 October 1980 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-GLCP floats coming off, and wheels on, at Vancouver - CYVR.
Photos: John Kimberley © January 1981 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-GLCP of AirBC, at Vancouver South Seaplane base, with little sibling.
Photo: Unknown photographer © September 1981 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-GLCP without titles, at Vancouver - CYVR
Photo: John Kimberley © September 1984 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
Photo: John Kimberley © July 1986 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
Photo: Unknown photographer © 11 September 1995 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
Photo: Karl E. Hayes © September 1999
Photo: Unknown photographer © c. May 2002 - Karl E. Hayes Collection

c/n 422

G305 • (CF-ZFL) • G305 • N17682

C-GLCP

• G305 Ghana Air Force Delivered on 21-Jul-1961. Based at Takoradi Air Base. Withdrawn from service in 1973 and put up for sale

Note: The following registration was allotted to Lambair Ltd., The Pas, MB. on 21-Apr-1971 who were considering a deal to purchase seven of the Ghanaian Otters. However the deal did not proceed and the allotment was withdrawn by Department of Transport 30-Apr-1971 after. See notes below.

• (CF-ZFL) Lambair Ltd., The Pas, MB. Regn allocated on 21-Apr-1971. ntu. Withdrawn by Department of Transport 30-Apr-1971.

• G305 Ghana Air Force. Withdrawn from service in 1973 and put up for sale.

• N17682 Joseph V. Masin, of Rodenkirchen, West Germany. Regn date unknown. Canx 15-Jul-1974.

• C-GLCP Air Craftsmen Ltd., St.John, NB. Reserved 26-Apr-1974 Regd  date unknown.

• C-GLCP Trans Mountain Air Services Ltd., Campbell River, BC.  Regd late 1974.

Accident: Tellot Glacier, Mount Waddington, BC. 26-Jul-1975, The float equipped aircraft was in the cruise and had a controlled collision with the ground, suffering substantial damage. The Otter had been dropping supplies for mountain climbers when it impacted the glacier, but managed to fly back to Campbell River where it was repaired.

• C-GLCP Change of name to Gulf Air Services Ltd., Campbell River, BC. 03-Aug-1976.

• C-GLCP Air BC Ltd., Vancouver BC. Part of Pattison Industries. Dec-1980.

Incident: Between Vancouver Harbour to Campbell River. 31-May-1983, while operating Air BC flight “XZ501”, the aircraft made an emergency landing due to an engine fire.

• C-GLCP CoVal Air Ltd., Campbell River, BC. Regd 17-Sep-1984.

• C-GLCP Mid Coast Air Services Ltd., Gibson, BC. Based Bella Bella, BC. Regd 06-Aug-1997 & 08-Dec-1997. Canx 03-Sep-1999.

• C-GLCP Northern Dene Airways Ltd., Prince Albert, BC. Regd 18-May-2000 & 13-Jul-2000. Canx 09-May-2003.

• C-GLCP Harbour Air, Richmond, BC. Regd 09-May-2003. Canx 27-May-2003.

Power plant: January/March 200 , The aircraft received a new R-1340 piston engine.

 • C-GLCP North Pacific Seaplanes Ltd., Prince Rupert, BC. Regd 13-Jan-2004. Canx 12-Jan-2009.

Power-plant: Converted to Vazar turbine at Harbour Air, Richmond, BC.

• C-GLCP Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC. Based Vancouver, BC. Regd 12 Jan-2009.

Current

Otter 422 was delivered to the Ghana Air Force on 21st July 1961 with serial G305. It was the sixth of an order for twelve Otters, all of which were packed into crates and shipped to Ghana, where they were re-assembled and entered service. The Otters were based at Takoradi Air Base. During 1970, Lambair of Manitoba negotiated with the Ghana Air Force, with a view to purchasing a number of their Otters, including 422, and marks CF-ZFL were reserved, but no deal was concluded  and G305 remained in service with the Ghana Air Force.

The Otters were withdrawn from service in 1973 and put up for sale. As explained in relation to number 418, eight of the Ghana Air Force Otters were acquired by brokers Masin Aircraft of Cologne, and Otter 422 was registered to Joseph V.Masin of Rodenkirchen, West Germany as N17682. These eight Otters together with a former US Army Otter which Masin Aircraft had acquired were sold to Air Craftsmen Ltd., of St.John, New Brunswick, a company which specialised in buying, refurbishing and selling on ex-military Otters. On 26th April 1974 Air Craftsmen Ltd., reserved Canadian marks for all nine Otters, although some of these were not taken up and the aircraft were ferried to Canada using their American registrations. Marks C-GLCP were reserved for Otter 422, although these were not taken up at that time, and the Otter was flown from Ghana to St.John using its US registration N17682, in company with N17683 (424, ex G306). Both of these Otters routed from Cologne to Prestwick on 27th June 1974 and then onwards via Iceland and Greenland to St.John. After it had been refurbished and civilianised, Otter 422 then took up marks C-GLCP and was sold by Air Craftsmen Ltd to Trans Mountain Air Services Ltd of Campbell River, BC, in late 1974.

Trans Mountain Air Services Ltd., was a forest industry company which already flew Otter CF-QRI (326), two Beavers and some single Cessnas to provide transport for its own needs, flying its personnel to lumber camps. On 26th July 1975, Otter LCP crashed on Tellot Glacier, Mount Waddington, BC, described in the accident summary as “Cruise; aircraft on floats; controlled collision with the ground; substantial damage”. The Otter had been dropping supplies for mountain climbers when it impacted the glacier, but managed to fly back to Campbell River where it was repaired.

There was a change of name from Trans Mountain Air Services Ltd., to Gulf Air Services Ltd., on 3rd August 1976, at which stage the company commenced commercial services for the public. Gulf Air became part of Air BC Ltd, to whom the Otter was registered in December 1980 and it was painted in full Air BC colours. On 31st May 1983, while operating Air BC flight XZ501 from Vancouver  Harbour to Campbell River, the Otter made an emergency landing due to an engine fire. It was repaired and continued to fly for Air BC until registered to CoVal Air Ltd., in September 1984. This company had taken over the Air BC facility, aircraft and operations out of Campbell River when Air BC decided to get out of 'bush' operations and concentrate on their commuter services.

C-GLCP continued to fly for CoVal Air based out of Campbell River until that company began to wind down its operations in early 1997. By April 1997 the three CoVal Otters APQ (201), QEI (397) and LCP (422) were parked at Campbell River awaiting disposal. In May 1997 LCP was registered to Mid Coast Air Services Ltd., of Port McNeill, BC and in October 1999 the Otter finally left the Pacific coast which it had served for nearly quarter of a century. It was sold to Northern Dene Airways Ltd., of Stony Rapids, Saskatchewan. It was overhauled and painted in their colours at La Ronge, Saskatchewan. In October 2000 it was advertised for sale: “1961 Otter for sale. Over $110,000 spent on fuselage skins, stripping and painting and interior work during 2000. EDO 7170 floats and wheel gear included. Total time 19,339 hours. Asking price US$390,000”. The Otter was sold to Harbour Air  Ltd., of Vancouver, to whom it was registered on 9th May 2003 and it returned to the Pacific coast. For the summer of 2003 it flew from the Harbour Air base at Prince Rupert, BC.

On 13th January 2004, C-GLCP was registered to North Pacific Seaplanes Ltd., Prince Rupert, a company associated with Harbour Air, incorporated to take over the Harbour Air operation based at Prince Rupert. At the same time, six Beavers were transferred from Harbour Air and registered to North Pacific Seaplanes Ltd. Otter LCP was on overhaul at Harbour Air's Vancouver base during January/March 2004, where it received a new R-1340 piston engine. It was then repainted into the basic white and yellow Harbour Air colour scheme before heading north to Prince Rupert, its new base from where it would fly Harbour Air scheduled and charter services.

To be updated.

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