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c/n 14

CF-ODJ at McFarlane Lake, Ontario.
Photo: Robert S. Grant © May 1977 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
CF-ODJ / 60 on duty.
Photo: Unknown photographer © August 1983 - Robert S. Grant Collection - Aird Archives
C-FODJ at Red Lake, Ontario.
Photo: Robert S. Grant © September 1985 - Aird Archives
C-FODJ with later powerplant, at Red Lake, Ontario.
Photos: Neil Aird © 14 July 1995
C-FODJ wrapped up at Selkirk, Manitoba, for the winter.
Photo: Garry Norberg © 03 November 2020
C-FODJ new titles, and another spring at Selkirk, Manitoba.
Photos: John Henderson © 13 May 2022

c/n 14




 CF-ODJ Ontario Provincial Air Service (OPAS). Department of Lands & Forests, Sault Ste Marie, ON Delivered 08-May-1953.

• C-FODJ Province of Ontario, Ministry of Natural Resources, Sault Ste Marie, ON. Re regd Sep-1972.

• C-FODJ Green Airways Ltd., Red Lake, ON. Regd 20-Jun-1985.

Note: Re engined with PZL 1,000 hp engine by Airtech Canada at their Peterborough, ON., facility during January / February 1995.

• C-FODJ Excellent Adventures Outposts & Air Services Ltd., Ear Falls, ON. Regd 26-sep-2017.

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Otter number 14 was the first Otter delivered to the Ontario Provincial Air Service (OPAS), as CF-ODJ on 8 May 1953, registered to the Department of Lands & Forests. For an incredible 32 years it faithfully served the Province of Ontario, providing a full range of bush services, the registration being changed to C-FODJ when it was re-registered to the Province of Ontario, Ministry of Natural Resources in September 1972. It gave the Service its first experience of changing an engine on an Otter in the field. In July 1953, an unserviceable engine had to be changed when ODJ was working from a remote stretch of the Albany River. Poles had to be flown to the site to create an ‘A’ frame pulley hoist to change the engine. Apart from this, it had no incidents at all during its long career with the Service, a remarkable achievement. It flew as part of the OPAS fleet of eleven Otters, but ODJ was unique in the fleet as it was used extensively for aerial photography, and is believed to have been the only Otter in the world with an extra porthole behind the rear door to facilitate this photography.  It carried the tail number 60.

When the Ontario government Otters were disposed of during the mid 1980s, ODJ was sold, its new owners being Green Airways Ltd of Red Lake, Ontario to whom C-FODJ was registered in November 1985. With Green Airways it continued to provide the full range of bush services to the company’s customers, flying out of Red Lake on floats during the summer and on wheel skis in winter. It was painted yellow overall with green trim, and for many years flew alongside the company’s other Otter C-FLEA (286).  Both Otters were re-engined with the Polish PZL-1000 engine. The conversion of ODJ was carried out by Airtech Canada at their Peterborough, Ontario facility during January / February 1995.

Bob and Jack Green were the owners of Green Airways and Green’s Fly-In Camps. They had been providing this service for 55 years, and in May 2011 health and age considerations dictated a disposal of the business, which was put up for sale as a going concern, including the seaplane base at Red Lake, the two Otters, two Beavers and a Cessna 185. Also included were five cabins for fishermen at the Berens River Camp and also cabins at Birch Lake, Nungeser Lake, Haggart Lake and Pedlar Lake, all of which had been serviced by the Otters and other aircraft over the years. If the business was not sold in its entirely, individual assets would be sold. Unfortunately no sale materialised at this time. Bob Green sadly passed away and Jack Green continued with the business.

By June 2013 however both Otters were withdrawn from use and in outside storage at Selkirk, Manitoba in the care of Riverside Aircraft Maintenance. ODJ had “Storm 'n Norman” and “Ole Pokey” on the cockpit door. Green Airways continued in business with its Beavers and Cessna.  In August 2013 both Otters were advertised for sale, each with an asking price of $665,000.  ODJ was advertised as having 17,177 hours total time, on EDO 7850 floats and with 1,599 hours on its PZL-1000 engine since last overhaul. The advert included the words “Only Otter in the world with a port hole”.  It took a while, but eventually a buyer was found, and on 10 June 2016 C-FODJ was registered to Walsten Aircraft Parts & Leasing Inc of Kenora, Ontario, to await the next development in its long career.

The Otter remained in storage at Selkirk and was still there in June 2017 with engine removed. It was sold on, and on 26 September 2017 was registered to its new owner, Excellent Adventure Outposts & Air Service Ltd., of Ear Falls, Ontario, joining Otter C-FBEO (373) in their fleet. It is noteworthy that this Otter has spent its entire career, ever since it was delivered in 1953, based in Ontario and serving the bush country of Ontario.

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.