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c/n 428

C-GLCS at Oshawa - CYOO, Ontario.
Photo: Peter Keating © August 1976 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-GLCS wearing winter gear.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-GLCS on the Fraser at CYVR.
Photo: Peter Keating © 23 June 1983 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-GLCS high and dry.
Photo: Andrew Brattkus © September 1983 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-GLCS when still piston powered.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 05 December 1984 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-GLCS at Geralton - CYGQ, Ontario.
Photo: Rich Hulina © April 2009 - Karl E. Hayes Collection

c/n 428

G309 • N17685



• G309 / A Ghana Air Force. Delivered 19-Mar-1962. Based at Takoradi Air Base. Withdrawn from service in 1978.

Note: The following registration CF-ZFN 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 However the deal did not proceed and the allotment was withdrawn by Department of Transport 30-Apr-1971 after the deal fell through. . See notes below.

• N17685. Joseph V. Masin. Canx 14-Jul-1977.

• C-GLCS Air Craftsmen Ltd., St.John, NB. Reserved 26-Apr-1974.

• C-GLCS Skycraft Air Transport Inc., Oshawa, ON. Circa mid-1976.

• C-GLCS Purchased by a leasing company, (Detail currently unknown), with Bannock Aerospace of Toronto acting as consultants, Mar-1978.

• C-GLCS Leased to Adlair Aviation Ltd., Yellowknife, NT. Based at Cambridge Bay, NT. Regd circa Apr-1978.

• C-GLCS Sub leased to La Ronge Aviation Service, Yellowknife, NT. Regd Sep-1978.

• C-GLCS Returned to Adlair Aviation Ltd., Yellowknife, NT, based at Cambridge Bay, NT.  Regd Sep-1979. Canx 09-Feb-1983.

• C-GLCS Pellatt & Associates, Edmonton, AB., et al (Iain Mclellan, Richmond, BC) Canx 06-Jul-1973.

• C-GLCS Powell Air Ltd., Powell River, BC Canx 19-Dec-1985.

• C-GLCS RND Aviation Ltd., Leaf Rapids, MB. Regd Dec-1985.

• C-GLCS Leunenberger Air Service Ltd., Nakina, ON. Regd 13-Jul-1989. Canx 08-Aug-1989. Re-regd 08-Aug-1989. Canx 08-Jan-2007.

Power plant: Converted to a Vazar turbo Otter, the work being performed by Recon Air at Geraldton, ON, Date currently unknown.

• C-GLCS Alkan Air Ltd., Whitehorse, YT. Regd 08-Jan-2007. Canx 07-Aug-2012. Re regd 12-Jan-2013. Canx 07-May-2015.

Status unknown

Otter 428 was delivered to the Ghana Air Force on 19th March 1962 with serial G309. It was the tenth 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. They 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 428, and marks CF-ZFN were reserved, but no deal was concluded and G309 remained in service with the Ghana Air Force. The Otters continued in service until 1973 when they were withdrawn 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 428 was registered to Joseph V.Masin of  Rodenkirchen, West Germany as N17685. 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. Marks C-GLCS were reserved for Otter 428. Whereas most of the ex Ghana Air Force Otters were flown back to Canada, 428 was put into a crate and shipped to St.John and later transported to Oshawa, Ontario, where it was to be rebuilt. It was registered to Skycraft Air Transport Inc of Oshawa as C-GLCS in 1976 and the re-building was completed the following year.

The Otter was sold in March 1978 by Skycraft Air Transport to a leasing company, with Bannock Aerospace of Toronto acting as consultants, and was leased to Adlair Aviation Ltd., of Yellowknife. It passed through Edmonton in April 1978 on delivery to Yellowknife. Between September 1978 and September 1979 it was operated by La Ronge Aviation Service based at Yellowknife and it then reverted to Adlair Aviation Ltd., to whom LCS was registered in September 1979. For three and a half years the Otter was flown by Adlair Aviation, based at Cambridge Bay in the Northwest Territories.

Sadly to relate, the company encountered financial difficulties, ceased trading and LCS was repossessed. Adlair's registration of the Otter was cancelled on 9th February 1983. Fortunately, the residents of Cambridge Bay were not without Otter service for long, as a new company, Adlair Aviation (1983) Ltd was soon formed and it acquired Otter C-GVDM (361) in June 1983, which it went on to fly from Cambridge Bay for many years.

To return to C-GLCS, it was acquired by Powell Air Ltd., of Powell River, BC., and flew for that company until December 1985, when it was registered to RND Aviation Ltd., of Leaf  Rapids, Manitoba. It flew alongside the company's Cessna 185 and Beaver aircraft on tourist services during the summer months, until sold to Leuenberger Air Service Ltd., of Nakina, Ontario to whom it was registered in July 1989. It was converted to a Vazar turbo Otter, the work being performed by Recon Air at Geraldton, Ontario, and flies alongside the other turbine Otters in the Leuenberger fleet (C- GLCW and C-FSOX). As its web-site proclaims - “As all our cottages are accessible by air only, one of our turbo de Havilland aircraft will fly you and your party into the finest Walleye and Northern Pike fishing in unspoiled wilderness you can experience in Northern Ontario”.

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