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c/n 438

CF-PEM in brilliant form.
Photo: Anthony J. Hickey © May 2002 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
CF-PEM preparing for the 2018 season.
Photo: Turner Thomson © May 2018

c/n 438



• CF-PEM Hudson Bay Air Transport Ltd., Flin Flon, MB. Delivered 24-May -1963.

• CF-PEM Georg Maryk, Anne Maryk, Arthur Ganchow, dba Tall Timber Fly-In Service, Lac du Bonnet, AB. Regd 13-Apr-1983. Canx 09-Mar-1992.

• CF-PEM Tall Timber Aviation Ltd. Company renamed. Regd 09-Mar-1992.

• CF-PEM Thunderbird Aviation (590730 Alberta Ltd), Sherwood Park, AB. Regd 18-May-1994. Canx 25-Apr-2001. The aircraft flew / flies for Athabaska Fishing Lodges.

• CF-PEM Transwest Air Limited (Transwest Management Ltd), Prince Albert, SK. Regd 22-Aug-2017.


Otter 438 was delivered to Hudson Bay Air Transport Ltd., of Flin Flon, Manitoba on 24th May 1963, registered CF-PEM. Also delivered to the company the same day was number 439 CF-PEN. These two Otters were ordered as replacements for Otters CF-JOR (212) and CF-KTI (269) which had both been destroyed in a fire at the company's hangar at Flin Flon on 4th April 1963. They had replaced the destroyed Otters less than two months after the tragic fire, an indication of the importance of the DHC-3 to the Hudson Bay Air Transport operation.

These two Otters flew alongside the company's surviving Otter CF-MIQ (336) until the need for bush aircraft diminished during the early 1980s. CF-PEM was sold in April 1983 to Tall Timber Fly-In Service of Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba with a change of name to Tall Timber Aviation Ltd., in March 1992. It was sold on to Thunderbird Aviation (590730 Alberta Ltd) of Stony Rapids, Saskatchewan in May 1994 and carried Athabasca Fishing Lodges titles. The company also operates a Cessna 206 and is a division of Blackmur's Athabasca Fishing Lodges. Both the Otter and the Cessna are used to service the company's lodges, which are located in the vicinity of Lake Athabasca in northern Saskatchewan.

To be updated shortly

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