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c/n 403

CF-ODW testing internal water drop system. Chief Pilot Reg Parsons at the helm.
Photo: Neil Ayers © May 1970
C-FODW loads two by fours.
Photo: John Kimberley © July 1990 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-FODW at Schwatka Lake, Whitehorse.
Photo: Unknown photographer © October 1991 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-FODW at Whitehorse - CYXY, Yukon.
Photo: Gary Vincent © 1993
C-FODW of ACTION AVIATION, at Whitehorse.
Photo: Markus Herzing © Date unknown - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-FODW at Points North Landing, Saskatchewan.
Photo:Anthony J. Hickey © 1998 - Karl E. Hayes Collection

c/n 403

CF-ODW

C-FODW

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• CF-ODW Ontario Provincial Air Service (OPAS). Delivered 02-Aug-1961. Initially based at Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

• C-FODW Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Regd 01-Mar-1984. Canx 21-Jun-1990.

• C-FODW Waweig Lake Outfitters Ltd., Waweig, ON. Regd circa late 1990. Canx Aug 1994.

• C-FODW Aerokon Aviation Ltd., Whitehorse, YT. Regd 03-Apr-1991 Canx 09-Aug-1994.

Incident: 10 ml NE of Mayo, YT. 21-Jul-1992. While flying over Mayo Lake, the aircraft experienced a cylinder failure and made a successful forced landing ten miles north-east of Mayo.

Incident: Mayo, YT. 12th September 1993, the Otter was on descent towards final approach when the number one cylinder failed. The pilot observed smoke emitting from the front of the engine, shut down the engine and landed at Mayo uneventfully.

Incident: 40ml E of Wellesley Lake, YT 29-Jun-1994. The float-equipped aircraft experienced a propeller overspeed condition in cruise flight. The pilot performed a precautionary landing on an available lake without incident

• C-FODW Black Sheep Aviation & Cattle Co., Ltd., Whitehorse, YT. Regd 09-Aug-1994. Canx 06-Mar-1995.

• C-FODW Ross River Flying Services Ltd., dba Action Aviation, Whitehorse, YT. Canx 21-May-1996.

Incident: Misty Lake, YT. 08-Aug-1995. While landing in glassy water conditions, the pilot landed hard. Damage was described as “wrinkles in the float skins aft of the rear strut attachment”.

• C-FODW Points North Air Services Inc., dba Points North Air, La Ronge, SK. Based Points North Landing, SK. Operated on behalf of Wollaston Lake Fishing Lodge, SK Regd 21-May-1996 & 19-Jun-1996. Canx 09-Jun-2004.

Power plant: Converted to a Vazar turbine during winter of 2000 by T.C.Aviation at Saskatoon, SK.

• C-FODW Jackson Air Services Ltd., Flin Flon MB. Regd 10-Jun-2006. Canx 08-Nov-20908.

• C-FODW Pike Air Inc., Edmonton, AB. Based Wollaston Lake, SK. Regd 20-Feb-2009. Canx 10-Jul-2009.

• C-FODW Kississing Lake Lodge Ltd., dba Wings over Kississing, Steinbach, MB.  Based Channing (Flin Flon), MB.  Regd 14-Jul-2009 & 18-Jan-2010.

Current

Otter 403 was delivered on 2nd August 1961 to the Ontario Provincial Air Service (OPAS) as CF- ODW, based at Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario. In September 1972 the registered owner was changed to Province of Ontario, Ministry of Natural Resources, registration C-FODW. The Otter faithfully served the Province for nearly thirty years. ODW and ODX (427) were amongst the last Otters operated by the Province and were put into storage at Sault Ste.Marie in 1989. In order to dispose of the two aircraft, a deal was struck with Waweig Lake Outfitters whereby they acquired the two Otters in exchange for a Bell 206L helicopter. As they only required one Otter, Waweig Lake Outfitters retained ODX and sold on C-FODW.

The purchaser of ODW was Aerokon Aviation Ltd., of Whitehorse, Yukon to whom the Otter was registered on 3rd April 1991. It replaced Otter C-FBCG (408) which had crashed in May 1990 while operated by Aerokon. A few incidents are recorded by ODW while flying for Aerokon Aviation.  On 21st July 1992, while flying over Mayo Lake, the aircraft experienced a cylinder failure and made a successful forced landing ten miles north-east of Mayo. A company aircraft was dispatched to pick up the pilot and passengers. At the time, the company also flew a Beaver and some Cessnas. On 12th September 1993, the Otter was on descent towards final approach when the number one cylinder failed. The pilot observed smoke emitting from the front of the engine. He shut down the engine and landed at Mayo “uneventfully”, as the report puts it.

Aerokon Aviation ceased trading the following year, and the Otter was sold to Black Sheep Aviation & Cattle Company Ltd., also based at Whitehorse. On 29th June 1994, forty miles east of Wellesley Lake, Yukon the pilot of the float-equipped Otter experienced a propeller overspeed condition in cruise flight. He performed a precautionary landing on an available lake without incident. Maintenance personnel suspected a propeller governor problem. The next operator of ODW was also based at Whitehorse, Ross River Flying Service, trading as Action Aviation, to whom the Otter was registered in May 1995. It was involved in another incident on 8th August 1995 at Misty Lake in the Yukon. While landing in glassy water conditions, the pilot landed hard. Damage was described as “wrinkles in the float skins aft of the rear strut attachment”.

After five years flying out of Whitehorse with these operators, in May 1996 the Otter was sold to the owner of the Wollaston Lake fishing lodge, Saskatchewan, but was registered to Points North Air Service Inc, of Points North Landing, Saskatchewan who would operate the Otter on behalf of its owner, to service the lodge. As its web-site proclaimed: “Our classic nine passenger de Havilland Otter float plane is perfect for getting to even more remote lakes. The lodge maintains boats on several of the more remote areas of Wollaston. The Otter taxies right up to the boats and drops you off for a full days fishing”. During the winter of 2000, ODW was converted to a Vazar turbine Otter by T.C.Aviation at Saskatoon, then returning to service with Points North Air Service, carrying “Wollaston Lake Lodge” titles. It continued to support the fishing lodge during the summer months, going into storage at Winnipeg during each winter. The other member of the fleet was Convair 580 C-GKFP, also carrying Wollaston Lake Lodge titles and operated on its behalf by Kelowna Flightcraft. The Convair collected the lodge's guests at Minneapolis and Winnipeg and flew them up to the lodge. The Otter then took over and flew the guests out to the remote fishing areas.

After the summer of 2003, Points North Air Service ceased trading, so a new operator had to be found to continue operation of the Otter. Jackson Air Services Ltd of Flin Flon, Manitoba took over this role, and C-FODW was registered to the company on 10th June 2004. The Otter remained based at Wollaston Lake, servicing the fishing lodge as before.

To be updated.

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