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c/n 27
CF-DJI heading out on ice patrol.

Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Robert M. Stitt Collection

c/n 27

CF-DJI

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Entries preceded by dates are extracts from Department of Transport archives. However the papers in respect of this aircraft are somewhat confusing and the history of owners and operators is not at all clear.

26-Nov-1948 Test flown for Aeroplane Inspection Release Certificate by E.A. Wild.

27-Nov-1948 Application for registration by de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd (Private category).

07-Jan-1949 Certificate of Airworthiness #2943 issued.

07-Jan-1949 Certificate of Registration #7647 issued to de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd.

• CF-DJI de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd., Downsview, Toronto, ON. Regd 07-Jan-1949.

25-May-1949 Application for registration by Laurentian Air Services Ltd., Ottawa, ON. (For some reason this application was not processed and remained un-noticed for about a year until HQ questioned the operation of a DHC-owned Beaver by Laurentian). Reported as bought directly from de Havilland by Laurentian in 1949 with the intention of operating it for Atlas Aviation, but also leased to Spartan Air Services in Jun 1950.

• CF-DJI Laurentian Air Services, Dorval, QC. Circa May-1949 23-May-1950 Application for registration by Spartan Air Services Ltd., Ottawa, ON. (apparently not actioned).

• CF-DJI (Leased by Laurentian to Atlas Aviation until Jun-1950 26-May-1950. See note above Certificate of Registration 8789 (C), Laurentian Air Services Ltd., Ottawa, ON (based Baie Comeau, QC), ON (Pres : A B Maclaren).

• CF-DJI Laurentian Air Services, Dorval, QC. Regd 06-Jun-1950. Returned from lease.

14-Jun-1950 Authority to ferry from Gravenhurst to Toronto issued to G.L. Davis of Toronto (no indication of reason on file).

• CF-DJI Leased to Spartan Air Services Ltd., by Laurentian Air Services Ltd. 01-Jun-1950. (took over the Atlas Aviation Ltd lease). Initially operated out of Knob Lake, NL.

Incident: Location unknown. Possibly Ottawa River. Late 1950. Blown into a boathouse in a storm and repair scheme submitted by de Havilland Canada in Jan-1951.

Accident: Laurentian’s Ottawa Seaplane Base, Ottawa River. 23-May-1952. After installing floats at the Rockcliffe Air Station, the Laurentian Air Services Ltd mechanic obtained permission to taxi the aircraft to the Laurentian Air Services Ltd., seaplane base, 2 miles upstream. On arrival the mechanic attempted to pick up a mooring buoy but because of a strong wind and swift current the aircraft collided with Beaver CF-FHR which was moored to a buoy. The left float of CF-DJI climbed up on the left float of CF-FHR cutting it. The added weight of CF-DJI plus the current and wind forced CF-FHR up on its nose. By the time CF-DJI had been on a buoy, CF-FHR had turned completely on her back and was floating down stream. It was later retrieved and towed to Rockcliffe Air Station where it was hoisted out of the water.

?-Jun-1953 Bill of Sale; Laurentian Air Services to Spartan Air Services Ltd (only month and year on document).

?-Jun-1953 Application for registration by Spartan Air Services Ltd (only month and year on document).

29-Jun-1953 Certificate of Registration #12052 issued to Spartan Air Services Ltd.

• CF-DJI Spartan Air Services, Ltd. Ottawa, ON. Regd 29-Jun-1953.

11-Dec-1954 Application for registration by Boreal Airways.

01-Jan-1955 Bill of Sale; Spartan Air Services Ltd to Boreal Airways (Certificate of Registration for application from Boreal dated Dec-1954).

25-Jan-1955 Certificate of Registration #13721 issued to Boreal Airways, St-Felicien, QC.

• CF-DJI Boreal Airways, St-Felicien, QC. Regd 25-Jan-1955.

24-May-1957 Boreal and Mount Laurier Aviation merged to form Nordair.

• CF-DJI Nordair Ltd., Dorval, QC.  Actual dates unknown.

09-Jun-1959 Bill of Sale; Nordair Ltd., to G. Rae MacLeod doing business as Aircraft Leasing Reg’d, Montreal, QC.

10-Jun-1959 application for registration by G. Rae MacLeod.

10-Jun-1959 Certificate of Registration  #20332 issued to G. Rae MacLeod dba as Aircraft Leasing Reg’d.

• CF-DJI G R McLeod, Montréal, QC. dba as Aircraft Leasing Reg’d. Regd 23-May-1959.

 (operated by Heliquébec in the 1960 season and to Sept-Îles Air Service in November).

08-Dec-1961 Lease Agreement; Aircraft Leasing Reg’d to Georgian Bay Airways, Parry Sound, ON.

• CF-DJI Georgian Bay Airways, Parry Sound ON Regd 08-Dec-1961.

09-May-1962 Lease Agreement; Aircraft Leasing Reg’d to White River Air Services.

• CF-DJI White River Air Services, Timmins, ON. Regd 09-May-1962.

02-Jan-1963 Lease Agreement; Austin Airways.

• CF-DJI Austin Airways Ltd., Toronto, ON. Regd 02-Dec-1963.

17-Dec-1963 Bill of Sale; Aircraft Leasing Reg’d to Austin Airways Ltd ., Toronto, ON.

13-Jan-1964 Application for registration by Austin Airways.

19-Feb-1964 Certificate of Registration #31526 issued to Austin Airways.

• CF-DJI Austin Airways Ltd., Toronto, ON. 19-Feb-1964. Certificate of Airworthiness not renewed after 21-Feb-1971.

Incident: Moosonee, Ontario. 1970. Destroyed in Fire. Remains sold to E.J. Wilson of Burlington ON letter from Austin 14-Mar-1973.

Total time since new as recorded in Department of Transport archives

22-May-1950   425 hours

17-May-1951   744 hours

22-May-1952   1,334 hours

24-Apr-1953   1,891 hours

15-Dec-1953   2,300 hours

20-May-1954   2,895 hours

17-Nov-1955   3,524 hours

18-Nov-1956   3,974 hours

13-Dec-1957   4,540 hours

23-Feb-1959   4,886 hours

05-Jun-1959   5,024 hours

03-May-1960   5,250 hours

27-Apr-1961   5,501 hours

22-May-1962   5,987 hours

09-May-1963   6,579 hours

09-May-1964   7,391 hours

22-Apr-1965   8,032 hours

30-Apr-1966   8,724 hours

26-Apr-1967   9,443 hours

03-Apr-1968   9,929 hours

21-Feb-1969   10,634 hours

12-Jan-1970   11,397 hours

• CF-DJI Canx by Transport Canada 02-Sep-1975.

Destroyed

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