• CF-IFP Maxwell Ward (Wardair), Yellowknife, NT. Delivered 16th June 1955.
• CF-IFP Wardair Canada Ltd., in November 1962.
• CF-IFP Bannock Aerospace Ltd., Toronto, ON. Regd Jul-1971.
• CF-IFP Silver Pine Air Services Ltd., Pine Falls, MB. Based Silver Falls, MB. Regd October 1972. Canx 23-Jun-1986.
Accident: Seven miles north of Pine Falls, MB 07-Apr-1981. The aircraft was flying over a heavily forested area when the engine ran rough due to the failure of a cylinder exhaust valve. The pilot decided to continue his flight to a road and make a precautionary landing. He touched down heavily, damaging the left gear. No injury and aircraft repaired.
Note: In 1982 the aircraft was flown to Airtech at Peterborough, ON, where a 600hp PZL-3S engine was installed. The aircraft /engine combination was not a success and another Polish engine a 1000hp ASz-621r-M18, driving a four-bladed propeller was installed which became the prototype for the installation subsequently receiving certification.
• C-FIFP Company re named Eagle Aviation Ltd., Pine Falls, MB. Circa 1986.
• C-FIFP V. Kelner Airways, Pickle Lake, ON. On lease from 28-Sep-1987.
• C-FIFP Purchased by South Peace Services Ltd., Pine Falls ,MB 06-Oct-1987.
Accident: Dorothy Lake, ON, 22nd May 1988. The pilot of the float-equipped aircraft was taking off in a 10 to 15 knot gusty wind. He rejected the take-off when he believed the aircraft would not clear a point of land ahead and then taxied the Otter back to the end of the lake. On the second attempt the aircraft became airborne, then the right wing dropped and the wing tip and right float struck the water, causing substantial damage. Repaired by South Peace Services Ltd.
• C-FIFP Lease continued with V. Kelner Airways , Pickle Lake, ON. Canx 19-May-1989.
• C-FIFP Leased to Parsons Airways Northern Ltd., Flin Flon, MB. 14-Jun-1989 to 22-Aug 1989.
• C-FIFP Returned to South Peace Services Ltd., Pine Falls ,MB. 22-Aug-1989. Canx 07-Jun-1990.
• C-FIFP Leased to Points North Air Services Inc. Saskatoon, SK. Based Points North Landing, SK. 07-Jun-1990. Canx 12-Jun-1991.
• C-FIFP Returned to South Peace Services Ltd., Pine Falls, MB. 12-Jun-1991. Canx 13-Apr-1995.
• C-FIFP Purchased by Eagle Aviation Ltd., Pine Falls, MB. Regd 13-Apr-1995. Canx 11-Oct-1995.
• C-FIFP Leased to Blue Water Aviation Services Ltd.,. Pine Falls, MB. Based at Silver Falls, MB Canx 05-Apr-2000.
Accident: Long Haul Lake, MB: 25th June 1999. The aircraft was initially loaded with six passengers, their luggage and equipment at Silver Falls for a flight to Sasaginnigak Lake. After the passengers disembarked, the Otter continued on to Long Haul Lake. There the aircraft was loaded with eight passengers and their luggage for a flight to Matheson Island, Manitoba. Just before lift off during the take-off from Long Haul Lake, the engine abruptly lost power and the pilot beached the Otter on an island. He relayed his predicament to the company's base via VHF relay through an overflying aircraft. Blue Water Aviation then dispatched a second Otter, flown by the company's maintenance co-ordinator, carrying an engineer and spare parts, to come to the rescue of the downed IFP.
On arrival at Long Haul Lake, the pilot of IFP moved over to the relief Otter, loaded his passengers and continued with his flight. The maintenance co-ordinator and engineer proceeded to examine IFP, to determine the reason for the power loss. They taxied the Otter to the camp dock, and having checked the main fuel filter sump, a cup of water was drained away. The pilot then taxied out into the lake and conducted two run-ups. Both pilot and engineer were satisfied with the engine's performance and believed that the engine's earlier rough running and failure resulted from water contamination in the fuel. The pilot selected a take-off run for his return to base at Silver Falls, which afforded a curving take-off distance of 4,000 feet in a north-westerly direction, among several islands. He taxied into take-off position and applied power. The engine ran smoothly and produced full power during the take-off and initial climb, until at an altitude of about 150 feet, the engine quit. As the Otter could not be landed on the remaining portion of the lake, the pilot turned towards the next nearest water area, and endeavoured to re-start the engine, without success.
The Otter descended into a stand of trees about one mile north of Long Haul Lake. It descended through the tops of the trees, and then at the edge of the stand of trees, fell and struck the ground at a steep angle. The impact broke off the floats and the wings. The roof and floor of the cockpit were twisted and the engine mounts broken from the fuselage. The front part of the cockpit broke away from the rest of the fuselage. The pilot, who was wearing his lap belt and shoulder harness, was seriously injured. The engineer, who was only wearing his lap belt but not the shoulder harness, was killed in the impact. The ELT was activated by the impact forces. Search and rescue aircraft were dispatched from Winnipeg and the two occupants were removed from the scene.
Total time: at Jun-1999 – 23,960 hrs with 5,314 on the PZL engine.
Note: Wreckage removed to Silver Falls and acquired by Atlantic Aircraft Salvage Ltd.
• C-FIFP Atlantic Aircraft Salvage Ltd., Enfield, NS. Regd 12-Feb-2008. Canx 28-Feb-2008 on export to USA.
N65AW Michael Schilling, Kenai, AK.Regd 29-Mar-2008 & 21-Nov-2009.
N65AW Regn Pending to Rustair Inc., 03-Dec-2011.
N65AW Rustair Inc., Anchorage, AK. Regd 05-Jan-2012.
• N320KT Rustair Inc., Anchorage, AK .-regd 12-Jul-2012.
Certification date. 06-Jul-2012.
Note: Now with PT-6A, Installation details currently unknown. Presumed circa 2012.
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