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N561TA uses her skis all year.
Photos: Keith Burton © 21 June 2011
N561TA at a cloudy home base, Talkeetna.
Photo: Fred Wallis © 08 April 2006
N561TA on Denali glacier landing strip. Wow !
Photo: Neil Aird © 10 September 2004
N561TA with three blades and N8190Y (824) with two.
Photos: Neil Aird © 10 September 2004
CF-HGV with Wilderness serving British Columbia.
Photo: Unknown photographer © August 1975 - Michael J. Ody Collection
CF-HGV-X at Toronto Island Airport.
Photo: Sheldon D. Benner © June 1969 - Michael J. Ody Collection
CF-HGV-X Laurentian Air Services at Buttonville, Ontario.
Photo: William Haines Collection © June 1969 - Aird Archives

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Certificate of Airworthiness #4266 issued 30-Dec-1953.

CF-HGV Maritime Central Airways, Charlottetown, PEI. Certificate of Registration #12634 issued 30-Dec-1953. Delivered 31-Dec-1953.

CF-HGV Rodair Inc., Montréal, QC. Circa 1964-1969.

CF-HGV-X & CF-HGV Laurentian Air Services Ltd., Lachute, QC. Regn date pre Jun-1969. Canx prior to Certificate of Airworthiness renewal dated 05-Jan-1972.

Note: Photo in Jun-1969 with “X” registration suffix, a magnetometer under fuselage and receiver on starboard wing.

CF-HGV Wilderness Airlines, Dawson Creek, BC. Regd prior to Certificate of Airworthiness renewal dated 05-Jan-1972. Canx prior to Certificate of Airworthiness renewal dated 01-Aug-1977.

CF-HGV Sharp Wings Ltd., Williams Lake, BC. Regd prior to Certificate of Airworthiness renewal dated 01-Aug-1978. Canx 05-Dec-1984.

CF-HGV Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek, BC. Regd 24-Apr-1987. Canx 26-Feb-2002. Deleted 26-Jun-2002 as exported to USA.

N561TA Talkeetna Air Taxi Inc., Talkeetna, AK. Regd 27-Jun-2002 & 22-Dec-2004.

Accident: Talkeetna, Alaska. 26-Jun-2011. The pilot reported that while departing from a snow-covered glacier, in a tail wheel and wheel penetration ski-equipped airplane, the main and tail skis struck a bump just as the airplane became airborne. A post flight inspection revealed substantial damage to the tail wheel bulkhead and fuselage. The pilot indicated there were no pre accident mechanical problems with the airplane. Pilot and seven passengers uninjured. Aircraft suffered substantial damage. ANC11CA057.

Accident: Parks Highway, Talkeetna, AK. 29-Jul-2013. Following a complete loss of engine power, the aircraft, a de Havilland DHC-2 MK 1 Beaver, force landed on Parks Highway by Mile Marker 125 south of Talkeetna, Alaska. The aircraft was not damaged and the seven occupants onboard were not injured.

Accident: Ruth Glacier, Alaska. 28-May-2017. • The pilot of the ski-equipped airplane reported that, as the tailwheel touched down on the glacier, the snow was deeper and softer than he had expected. He added that, during the uphill landing, he chose not to stop the airplane and risk getting stuck. Instead, he completed a turn at the top of the landing area but was unable to straighten the direction of travel enough for a takeoff. Subsequently, to straighten the airplane before the takeoff, he completed a left 360° turn. During the downhill takeoff, the airplane had poor acceleration and insufficient airspeed to fly, so he aborted the takeoff. As he reduced the engine power, the airplane slowed to what he felt to be a reasonable speed, and he initiated a left turn to taxi back to the top. Subsequently, the right ski dug into the snow, and the airplane came to rest inverted. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.
The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

N262HA High Adventure Air, Soldotna Aircraft & Equipment Leasing LLC., Soldotna, AK. Reserved 18-April-2019.

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