DHC-3 Otter Archive Master Index

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c/n 300

T-202 at Kalijati Air Base. Ex PK-VOM.
Photo: Unknown photographer © c1986 - 1989 - Bob Wiseman Collection - via Lance Higgerson
T-202 at Vancouver - CYVR, British Columbia.
Photo: John Kimberley © April 1992 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
N79JJ at Bellingham - KBLI, Washington.
Photo: Karl E. Hayes © September 1999

c/n 300

T-202 • PK-NUF • PK-VOM • T-202 • C-FOSM

N79JJ

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• T-202 Indonesian Air Force. (Angkatan Udara Republik Indonesia - AURI). Delivered 27-Nov-1959.

• T-202 PN Merpati Nusantara. Sep-1962. Served in a civilian role with its military serial.

• PK-NUF PN Merpati Nusantara. Jan-1969.

• PK-VOM Dirgantara Air Service. Apr-1976, Operating for Rio Oil (an American Oil Company).

• T-202 Returned to the military. Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara (Indonesian Armed Forces - Air Force). Circa 1980.

• Un-regd Purchased by Mike Hackman, Edmonton, AB. Circa May-1980.

Total time. 2,010 hours.

• C-FOSM.Randy R. D'Aoust, dba Quality Aircraft Sales, St.Albert, near Edmonton, AB. Regd. 10-Sep-1992.

Power-plant Converted to Vazar turbine turbine power by Aeroflite Industries at Vancouver. Early 1997.

• N79JJ James Jannard, dba Prof Fate Inc., Bellingham, WA. Regd 16th May 1997. Also Eastsound, WA.

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Otter 300 was delivered to the Indonesian Air Force on 27 November 1959 with serial T-202. A few days later Otter 303 was delivered on 9 December 1959 with serial T-203. Both Otters were packed into crates and shipped to Indonesia, where they were re-assembled and entered service on amphibious floats. The Otters were flown by 4 Squadron of the Indonesian Air Force (Angkatan Udara Republik Indonesia – AURI) but were primarily used for civilian passenger and cargo transport in remote areas, in the interests of national development.

In September 1962, with a view to providing civilian air transport for West Irian, the Indonesian government formed PN Merpati Nusantara as a state owned airline. The new airline’s first equipment comprised two Douglas DC-3s transferred from the Air Force, as well as Otter T-202 and three civilian registered Otters PK-PHA, B and C.  Otter T-202 was flown with AURI serial and Merpati titles. It continued in use with the airline for some years and in January 1969 was registered to Merpati as PK-NUF. After some further years of service, it was placed into storage at Biak.

The Otter was restored to service to meet the requirements of an American oil company, Rio Oil, who were exploring around Batam Island. In 1974 they tendered for an amphibian aircraft to support the exploration and contracted with Dirgantara Air Service to operate a former Indonesian Air Force Grumman Albatross on their behalf. The Albatross had to be retired due to spar fatigue and the Merpati Otter was then sourced to replace it. The Otter, still on its amphibious floats, was taken out of storage at Biak and transferred to Dirgantara Air Service in April 1976, re-registered PK-VOM and re-painted in Dirgantara Air Service colours. It continued in operation on this contract for Rio Oil until 1980, when it went back to the Air Force and its original military marks T-202 were re-applied.

By that stage the AURI had been re-titled Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara (Indonesia Armed Forces – Air Force) and its surviving Otter T-200 (263) was deleted from the inventory in 1975. It was however retained for the personal use of a general and was joined by T-202 when it returned to the Air Force in 1980. When the General was killed in the crash of a Dornier aircraft in 1986, the two Otters were put into storage at Kalijati Air Base, some eighty miles from the capital, Jakarta, and put up for sale.

The two Otters were purchased by Mike Hackman Aircraft Sales of Edmonton. When Mike Hackman travelled to Indonesia in July 1989 he found both Otters at Kalijati Air Base. T-200 was on amphibious floats, with a white upper fuselage, grey lower fuselage and red cheatline. T-202, also on amphibious floats, was in a similar scheme but with a two-tone blue cheatline, a remnant from its days with Dirgantara Air Service. Both Otters had been well looked after and hangered and featured original DHC interiors.

After some difficult months of negotiations, the Otters were purchased, and both were transferred by Bill of Sale 28 January 1990 from the Indonesian Air Force to Antono Budiarto, an associate of Mike Hackman, who was assisting with financing. Both Otters were paint stripped at Kalijati, dismantled and shipped via Singapore to Vancouver, arriving in May 1990. The two aircraft were stored, fuselages in the Aeroflite Industries hangar at the Vancouver International Airport and wings in Edmonton. They were advertised for sale as the known lowest-time Otters in the world, T-200 (263) with total airframe time of 2,283 hours and T-202 (300) with 2,014 hours. Asking price for each Otter was $315,000.  The market was soft at the time and no buyer was found.  A buyer was eventually found for them and by Bill of Sale 16 April 1992 both were transferred to Randy R. Daoust, trading as Quality Aircraft Sales of St.Albert, Alberta. On 23 April both Otters were trucked to Edmonton, to the farm of the buyer at St.Albert where he had a hangar and airstrip. T-200 (263) was registered to Randy Daoust on 10 August 1992 as C-FOMS and T-202 (300) was registered to him and his wife on 10 September 1992 as C-FOSM.

After rebuild (its Certificate of Airworthiness issued 31 May 1994) C-FOSM was sold and arrangements made for it to be flown to Aeroflite Industries in Vancouver who were to convert it to a turbine for its new owner. By Bill of Sale 10 October 1994 it was transferred by Randy Daoust to RDD Investments Ltd. The delivery flight was made on 29 November 1994 routing from Edmonton through passes in the Rocky Mountains for a landing at Prince George, BC to refuel. The Otter took off again for a VFR flight to Williams Lake but encountered deteriorating weather in the Quesnel area. The pilot carried out a precautionary  landing in a large clear area in front of a wood processing plant beside a river. There was no injury or damage.

The Otter had been stripped out for the ferry flight to Vancouver. There were no avionics on board and the pilot only had a portable VHF radio. The weather was poorer than forecast and after evaluating the weather ahead and behind him, the pilot had decided to land alongside the river to wait out the snow storm. The Otter later took off without further incident and completed its journey to Vancouver. It was noted at the Vancouver International Airport during December 1994, on wheels and all silver. By Bill of Sale 4 January 1995 RDD Investments Ltd., transferred ownership of the Otter to Prof Fate Inc., of East Sound, Washington, its new owner.

The Otter then entered the hangar of Aeroflite Industries at Vancouver where over the months that followed it was converted to a Vazar turbine Otter and received a full set of avionics equipment and an executive interior, and was put on amphibious floats. It was painted in a somewhat dramatic scheme of grey overall with a skull-and-crossbones on the rear fuselage. On completion of the work it was registered N79JJ to Prof Fate Inc., of Bellingham, Washington on 16 May 1997. Prof Fate Inc., is a company owned by James Jannard, one of America’s richest men. His are the initials “JJ” which appear in the aircraft’s registration. He was the founder and main shareholder of Oakley Inc, the world famous eyewear (Oakley sunglasses) and apparel company, and had a home on Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands off the Washington coast, as well as owning several other properties on the Islands. He also owned properties at other locations in the United States and abroad.

In order to access his properties in the San Juan Islands, he acquired the Turbo Otter N79JJ and also owned a Turbo Beaver N69JJ, which was in the same colour scheme as the Otter. Both Beaver and Otter were based at the Bellingham Airport, Washington on the mainland. The Turbo Beaver was sold after the Otter had entered service.  Oakley Sunglasses owned a number of corporate jets, on which Mr Jannard could fly in to Bellingham Airport and then use the Otter for transport to and around the islands. The Otter was also used for trips to Vancouver and Seattle.

Oakley Sunglasses was sold to Italian interests in 2007 for $2.1 billion, after which Mr Jannard founded a company which manufactures digital movie cameras, and which also became most successful. He continued to have properties in the San Juan Islands and to use the Otter for transportation from the mainland and around the Islands. By 2013 the Otter had been re-painted into a different colour scheme. Gone were the skull and crossbones and the Otter was now in a camouflage scheme overall of varying shades of grey. It was still flying for Mr Jannard in summer 2017, its twentieth year of service with him.

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.