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c/n 429

C-FODY / 68 dockside.
Photos: Les Corness © September 1984 - via Larry Milberry - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-FODY on wheels.
Photo: Anthony J. Hickey © May 1992 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-FODY change over to floats.
Photo: John Kimberley © May 1993 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
C-FODY in service.
Photo: Karl E. Hayes © May 2004

c/n 429

CF-ODY

C-FODY

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• CF-ODY Ontario Provincial Air Service (OPAS). Delivered 01-Oct-1962 initially based at Sault Ste. Marie.

• C-FODY Province of Ontario, Ministry of Natural Resources, Sault Ste. Marie. Regd 01-Mar-1984. Canx 12-May-1989.

Incident: Island Lake, Manitoba, 16th June 1991. See details below.

• C-FODY Province of Manitoba Air Services, Winnipeg, MB. Regd 12-May-1989 & 20-Nov-1990.

Power plant. Converted to Vazar turbine, Apr-2005 by Aeroflite Industries at Vancouver International Airport.

Otter 429 was delivered on 1st October 1962 to the Ontario Provincial Air Service (OPAS) as CF- ODY, based at Sault Ste.Marie. In September 1972 the registered owner was changed to Province of Ontario, Ministry of Natural Resources, registration C-FODY. The Otter faithfully served the Province for 27 years, with only one minor incident. On 16th June 1991, the pilot landed at the water base at Island Lake, Manitoba but was unable to taxi to the dock because of the high wind and wave conditions. The pilot decided to fly over to a sheltered dock nearby but on take-off a wave hit   the right float and collapsed the first compartment. The aircraft ended up partially submerged. It was repaired and returned to service and continued to fly for the Province of Ontario until May 1989.

It was then transferred to the Province of Manitoba Air Services, Winnipeg, where it joined Otters C-FMAU (74) and C-FMAX (267). The three Otters are based at Winnipeg but deploy to other locations during the summer months, including Lac du Bonnet. ODY was noted here on floats in May 2004, flying fuel drums to such places as Berens River and Bloodvein in support of fire bomber operations.

The Province of Manitoba Air services arranged for two of its Otters to be converted to Vazar turbines. The aircraft in question, C-FMAX (267) and C-FODY (429) routed Winnipeg to Calgary on 30 March 3005 and then onwards via Golden, BC, to Vancouver where they arrived on 2 April. C-FODY entered the Aeroflite Industries hangar at the Vancouver International Airport where the conversion work was performed. C-FMAX was converted by Viking Air at Victoria, BC and it passed through Calgary at the end of May 2005 on its way back to Winnipeg. C-FODY was noted outside the Aeroflite hangar at Vancouver on 18 June 2005, its turbine conversion completed and about to depart for its return trip to Winnipeg. Later in June, both MAX and ODY were flown to Wipaire at Minneapolis, Minnesota where they were fitted with Wipaire 8000 amphibious floats, before returning to Winnipeg. In January 2006 both Otters were flown to Rocky Mountain Aircraft at Springbank near Calgary for a new avionics fit, then in April to Red Deer, Alberta for repainting into a new red and white colour scheme, then back to Springbank for finishing off and return to Winnipeg end April, in time for the summer 2006 season. These two Otters are the very last Otters still in government service in Canada and as they have now been updated with turbine engines and state of the art avionics, they are set for many more years of government service.

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