"Hi Pre Dating: Myself and Theresa (pictured) were the first couple to chat at a Honolulu Pre Dating event (venue All-Star Hawaii) in March of last year.
After a successful "match" and quick exchange of e-mails, I asked Theresa to a local concert.
In search of the bushplanes of North America, I made a roadtrip through Northwest Ontario.
Slate Falls Airways and Bamaji Air are the principal operatora at the Seaplane base here.First we'll visit Slate Falls Airways and their brightly coloured aircraft: reminded me of CP Air, many years ago, the colours had safety considerations.The company was founded in 1987 and is run by Rich Hulina (parts of him appear in the photos below..). From Karl Hayes' monograph on the DHC-3 Otter I quote the following history: Otter c/n 412 was delivered on 28th March 1962, but was retained by DHC as a demonstrator, registered CF-NWX. When it was no longer required as a demonstrator, it remained in use as a test aircraft.The company operates (by info from JP Airline Fleets 2007): 2 Cessna U206G Stationair 6 II (C-GGRW & C-GPCR), Cessna T210M Turbo Centurion II (C-GHEG), Cessna 208 Caravan I (C-GSFA), DHC-2 Beaver Mk. There was a proposed sale to the United States in April 1970 and marks N6225 were reserved, but the sale did not proceed and 'NWX continued in use as a test aircraft, and also as a company transport. The last trip he recalls flying in 'NWX was to a lake in Quebec with a load of newly hatched fish, to re-stock the lake which senior people in DHC used to entertain customers.This Otter was eventually sold, being acquired by Austin Airways Ltd of Timmins, Ontario to whom it was registered in November 1978.
It was then sold on to Ignace Airways Ltd of Ignace, Ontario and registered to that company in December 1980.
It continued to fly for Ignace Airways until a crash at Mc Kenzie Lake, Ontario on 10Oct87...
The purpose of the flight on that day was for the captain to check out the co-pilot on the floatequipped Otter.
The aircraft, with the two pilots, one passenger and a cargo of sawdust on board, was near the maximum take-off weight.
It took off for a VFR flight to nearby South Smoothrock Lake. The pilot selected climb flap, reduced engine power and turned to fly along a valley leading away from the lake.
The aircraft was at an altitude of 75 to 100 feet and approaching trees near the edge of the lake when it began to lose altitude.