c/n 83
N987SP skiis off now.
Photo: Rich Hulina © June 2014
N987SP in current scheme at Lake Hood strip (Z41).
Photo: Bob Garrard © 16 May 2014
N1785R on the big tires!
Photo: Michel Klein © July 2013 - Aird Archives
N1785R in standard configuation.
Photo: Chris J. Mak © Autumn 2012 - Aird Archives
N1785R with long range tank bladder.
Photo: Robbie Shaw © 10 May 2012
Photo: Robbie Shaw © 07 May 2012
N1785R wintering well.
Photo: Ben Cogger © 14 March 2012
N1785R in simple new livery at Lake Hood.
Photo: Keith Burton © 01 July 2011
N1785R with long range tank.
Photo: Fred Wallis © 08 February 2009
N1785R on old fashioned skis!
Photo: Fred Wallis © 07 May 2007
N1785R warming up at Lake Hood.
Photo:Helge Nyhus © September 2006 - Aiord Archives
N1785R on wheels for a change.
Photo: Fred Wallis © 20 May 2005
N1785R takes to the skies.
Photo: Chris Mak © - Aird Archives
N1785R looking regal at Anchorage.
Photo: Neil Aird © September 1995
N1785R snowbound at Lake Hood.
Photo: John Kimberley © March 1994 - Kenneth I. Swartz Collection
N1785R at her usual dock.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 15 May 1987 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N1785R in her "blue" period.
Photo: Erich Gandet © 17 October 1985
CF-GQI with Northern Thunderbird at Prince George, B.C.
Photo: Gary Vincent © May 1983
Photo: Gary Vincent © May 1982
CF-GQI at Cold Fish Lake.
Photo: Colin P. Adams © 1960's
CF-GQI-X during amphibious float trials at Downsview.
Photo: DHC © April 1955 (Print 2430) - Aird Archives

c/n 83

• CF-GQI • CF-GQI-X • CF-GQI • N999AK

N1785R

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Entries preceded by dates and indented are from Department of Transport files,

26-Jun-1950 Test flown for Aircraft Inspection Release Certificate (pilot’s signature illegible),

26-Jun-1950 DHC advise Department of Transport the DHC will be owner of DHC-2 c/n 83, Private Category registration,

26-Jun-1950 Application for Certificate of Registration by DHC,

26-Jun-1950 Entered on Register of Canada (document issued 14-Jul-1950),

26-Jun-1950 Certificate of Airworthiness #3292 issued (document issued 14-Jul-1950), 

• CF-GQI de Havilland Aircraft Co., Downsview, ON. Regd 26-Jun-1950. To be used as a demonstrator.

14-Jul-1950 Certificate of Registration #8843 issued to DHC.

• CF-GQI Possibly loaned to Arthur Fecteau / Fecteau Transport Aérienne Ltée., Senneterre, QC., until delivery of his first aircraft CF-GQU on 03-May-1951.

22-Apr-1955 DHC advise Department of Transport  that CF-GQI to be used for evaluation of “experimental float-wheel undercarriages’. Department of Transport  require ‘-X- suffix applied to registration marks during tests (Referred to as ‘Mr Garratt’s aeroplane’).

• CF-GQI-X de Havilland Aircraft Co., Downsview, ON.

27-Nov-1956 Application for Certificate of Registration by Canadian Aircraft Renters Ltd., Toronto, ON.

11-Dec-1956 Certificate of Registration #18023 issued to Canadian Aircraft Renters Ltd., Toronto, ON.

• CF-GQI Canadian Aircraft Renters, Toronto, ON., by Mar-1957.

29-Mar-1958 Certificate of Registration application by Murray Mining Corporation Ltd., Toronto, ON.

31-Mar-1958 Certificate of Registration #19528 issued to Murray Mining Corporation Ltd., Toronto, ON.

• CF-GQI Murray Mining Company Ltd., Toronto, ON. 31-Mar-1958.

26-Oct-1960 Application for Certificate of Registration by Northern Mountain Airlines Ltd., Prince George, BC.

27-Oct-1960 Certificate of Registration #25266 issued to Northern Mountain Airlines Ltd., Prince George, BC.

• CF-GQI Northern Mountain Airlines Ltd., Prince George, BC. Regd 27-Oct 1960

23-Jan-1974 Application for Certificate of Registration by Northern Thunderbird Air Ltd., Prince George, BC.

24-Jan-1974 Certificate of Registration issued to Northern Thunderbird Air Ltd., Prince George, BC.

• CF-GQI Northern Thunderbird Air Ltd., Prince George, BC. Regd prior to C of A issued 24-May-1976.

Aircraft on Edo 58-4580 amphibious floats while with Thunderbird.

Undated Bill of Sale; Northern Thunderbird Air to St Cloud Aviation Inc., Anchorage, AK.

27-May-1984 Northern Thunderbird Air advise Department of Transport that CF-GQI sold to St Cloud Aviation, AK,

30-Aug-1984 Cancelled CCAR.

.• CF-GQI Canx 31-Aug-1984 on export to USA.

Summary of Total Hours since new

29-Jun-1951  140 hours

20-Jun-1952  336 hours

07-Jun-1953  485 hours

27-May-1957  1,230 hours

09-Apr-1958  1,597 hours

20-Mar-1959  2,050 hours

07-Oct-1961  3,430 hours

25-May-1962  3,515 hours

16-May-1963  3,991 hours

12-May-1964  4,481 hours

13-Jun-1966  5,830 hours

29-May-1967  6,412 hours

17-May-1968  7,034 hours

11-May-1969  7,574 hours

01-May-1970  8,408 hours

04-May-1971  9,133 hours

18-Apr-1972  9,620 hours

10-May-1973  10,215 hours

24-May-1974  10,842 hours

23-May-1975  11,363 hours

18-Jun-1977  12,070 hours

17-Jul-1978  12,497 hours

12-Jul-1979  12,775 hours

14-Jul-1980  13,068 hours

07-Jul-1981  13,344 hours

15-Jul-1982  13,871 hours

22-Jul-1983  14,194 hours

• N999AK St. Cloud Aviation, Anchorage, AK. Regd 30-Aug-1984.

• N1785R St. Cloud Aviation, Anchorage, AK. Re-regd Apr-1985.

Accident: Unknown location, 13-Aug-1988. Aircraft hit unmarked submerged concrete block while water taxiing. Impact tore a hole in left float.

Incident: Unknown location 30-Aug 1988. Engine noise whilst water taxiing. Returned to shore and found all cylinder hold down studs on No.5 cylinder sheared. Cylinder and piston damaged beyond repair.

• N1785R Kunkler Kornfield, Anchorage, AK. On USCAR at 03-Feb-1990.

• N1785R Chelatna Lake Lodge Inc., Anchorage, AK. Regd 02-May-1990. Operated by Willow Air Services. Canx 10-Apr-2006,

Airworthiness Cert: 18-Aug-1994.

Accident: Yenta River at the mouth of Lake Creek, Skwenta, AK, 18-Aug-1994. Aircraft operated by Willow Air, trading as Northern Alps Inn. The certificated commercial pilot and one passenger were preparing to depart a river area on a non-scheduled CFR part 135 fishing/guide cross-country flight. The pilot applied engine power to move the float equipped airplane from a sand bar onto the river. As the airplane began to move, the right horizontal stabilizer struck a tree stump, damaging the stabilizer spar and fuselage. See Airworthiness date! ANC94LA113

Complete narrative ANC94LA113

Accident: Yenta River at the mouth of Lake Creek, Skwenta, AK, 18-Aug-1994

On August 18, 1994, at 1830 Alaska daylight time, a float equipped de Havilland DHC-2 (Beaver) airplane, N1785R, owned by the Chelatna Lake Lodge, and operated by Willow Air Service dba. Northern Alps Inc., collided with a tree stump while taxiing for takeoff on the Yetna River at the mouth of Lake Creek. The commercial certificated pilot-in-command and his one passenger, the sole occupants, were not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The non-scheduled 14 CFR Part 135 fishing/guide flight last departed Willow, Alaska at 1700 and the intended destination was the area in which the mishap occurred. The pilot reported that visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area in which the accident occurred and a company flight plan was in effect.

The pilot reported that while powering up to taxi off of a sandbar the right horizontal stabilizer collided with a tree stump. According to the pilot/operator report submitted by the pilot, his total aeronautical experience consists of about 1,700 hours, of which 200 were accrued in the accident aircraft make and model. In the preceding 90 and 30 days prior to the accident, the report lists a total of 200 and 65 hours respectively flown.

• N1785R Regal Air, Anchorage, AK. Dates currently unknown.

• N1785R Willow Air t/a Northern Alps Inn, Willow, AK. Dates currently unknown.

• N1785R SAK LLC Anchorage, AK. Regd 02-May-2007. Canx 03-Jul-2009.

• N1785R Sportsman’s Leasing LLC,. Anchorage, AK. Reserved 15-Jul-2009. Regd 16-Sep-2009.

• A/W 18-Feb-2014.

N987SP Sportsman's Leasing LLC., Anchorage, AK • Regd 18-Sep-2009.

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