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by bobo
Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Cessna 172 on floats - upgrade?
Replies: 14
Views: 2299

Re: Cessna 172 on floats - upgrade?

Dunno - never flew it on skis. I flew GRTI (the one mentioned above,) for two seasons on floats out on the coast. It's what you would call a 'gentleman's' float plane...much more forgiving than an 185, but not as good a performer, either. Can't speak to its performance hot/high, as I was at sea lev...
by bobo
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Barkley-Grow
Replies: 150
Views: 96900

Re: Barkley-Grow

The video that Blakey posted earlier with the Barkley Grow on floats being identified by the narrator, is actually a beech 18. The Barkley Grow rudders have a fin sticking out of them horizontally and the beech has no fin sticking out of the rudder. Also the shape of the nose is different along with...
by bobo
Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Junkers W34
Replies: 43
Views: 16845

Re: Junkers W34

Is this the one that crashed landing at a HBC post on Kaganagamani Lake north of Lake Nipigon?
by bobo
Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Parking Brake on the Runway
Replies: 63
Views: 4434

Re: Parking Brake on the Runway

Many years ago when I was putting in hours towards my commercial in Fort William at the Superior Airways Flying school I was in a group of fellow students visiting the tower when a Beech 18 on wheels flown by O J Wieben (owner of Superior Airways) was landing. He had ferried the surplus A/C from Sas...
by bobo
Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:05 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Legends of the North at Pickle Lake-Jack Hooker Memorial
Replies: 8
Views: 7231

Re: Legends of the North at Pickle Lake-Jack Hooker Memorial

Oops, sorry about that. I was mixing John Parsons up with John Peacock.
by bobo
Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:03 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Legends of the North at Pickle Lake-Jack Hooker Memorial
Replies: 8
Views: 7231

Re: Legends of the North at Pickle Lake-Jack Hooker Memorial

John Parsons is still around although he is fighting a battle with cancer. He spends his summers at his home in Ontario and his winters in the Caribbean. I had an email from him recently.
by bobo
Sat Aug 13, 2016 7:52 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Superior Airways Makenzie Lake, Armstrong, ON
Replies: 5
Views: 3531

Re: Superior Airways Makenzie Lake, Armstrong, ON

I have a few from my Superior days but none specifically dealing with Pickle Lake or the fish packing plant. From your question I'm not sure what photos you need.
by bobo
Sun Jul 17, 2016 5:39 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Superior Airways Makenzie Lake, Armstrong, ON
Replies: 5
Views: 3531

Re: Superior Airways Makenzie Lake, Armstrong, ON

I flew for Superior from 1968-1972 with most of that time being based in Nakina 100 miles east of Armstrong. Superior did have a summer (floats) base on Makenzie Lake during that time period. The winter operation (skis) was moved to the airport on the east side of Armstrong. I always went to the air...
by bobo
Sat Aug 08, 2015 8:07 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Superior Airways
Replies: 312
Views: 185475

Re: Superior Airways

I left Superior in March 1972 and had been in Nakina since 1969. CF-IVA never operated there during that time period, as the Beaver assigned there was CF-FHO. I do note that the photo was taken by the fire wall that separated the two halves of the hangar in Fort William Where IVA is sitting is in th...
by bobo
Sat Feb 14, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Aircraft on Lake by Kasabonika
Replies: 46
Views: 5271

Re: Aircraft on Lake by Kasabonika

Liquid Charlie-You are right on in your comparison of the old days to now. Back in the 60s-70s, when I was flying in NWO we would not have ever left on a trip without making sure we had the correct survival gear on board. And map reading all the time we would have known exactly where we were when we...
by bobo
Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:10 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Superior Airways
Replies: 312
Views: 185475

Re: Superior Airways

Nakina was 82 when I was based there.
by bobo
Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:40 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: External loads...canoes...any photos?
Replies: 31
Views: 8426

Re: External loads...canoes...any photos?

Perterdillon: I love the photo of the Norseman with the boat tied on the side, but you state that you fly them with the stern forward yet the photo shows the boat bow forward. Am I confused or? I have seen this done many times and flown other types of float planes with external loads and always flew...
by bobo
Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:59 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Superior Airways
Replies: 2
Views: 2581

Re: Superior Airways

Baron, Boy would I ever like to attend however cannot do so because of the timing and distances involved. I flew for Superior from 1968 till 1972 out of Pays Platt , Port Arthur/Fort William, Nakina and a little out of Pickle Lake and Wiebenville. 180's, Beavers and Beech 18's. If there is anything ...
by bobo
Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:12 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Superior Airways
Replies: 312
Views: 185475

Re: Superior Airways

Kurt, As per usual you explained the procedure exactly. I never tied a safety rope to the float fitting as my fear was that if the boat rack system failed I wanted the boat to depart the aircraft not be swinging around and bashing into the belly or floats. I have seen some strange things flown on th...
by bobo
Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:00 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Bellanca Aircruiser
Replies: 13
Views: 3012

Re: Bellanca Aircruiser

I remember her well. When I first started with Superior Airways in 1968 OJ sent me to Pickle Lake to be the swamper on the Otter that he had. The otter was there to replace the Beech 18 while it had both engines changed. The huge Hooker Bellanca was unreal to a neophyte like me. I can still remember...
by bobo
Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:35 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Hey old guys.
Replies: 43
Views: 4261

Re: Hey old guys.

When I got my private pilot license in 1964 I paid $14.00 dual and $10.00 solo. At that time the government gave you $350.00 when you got your license. Those were the good old days.
by bobo
Fri Jan 03, 2014 1:27 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Beech 18s... are they operated on wheels during winter?
Replies: 3
Views: 1091

Re: Beech 18s... are they operated on wheels during winter?

Back in the 1960's and 1970's Beech 18s were used extensively on ski's during the winter months by several bush operators in NW Ontario. I flew for Superior Airways and put a lot of hours on CF-VCE which was never overated on floats. It went from wheels in the summer to ski's in the winter. Do a sea...
by bobo
Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Superior Airways
Replies: 312
Views: 185475

Re: Superior Airways

Kurt, Your wealth of information and the size of your photo collection continue to amaze me. I wish now (almost 40 years later) that I had carried a camera with me and recorded some of the aircraft, people and places I saw when I flew for Superior. Keep up the good work. You are the historian for th...
by bobo
Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Superior Airways
Replies: 312
Views: 185475

Re: Superior Airways

beech18
Thanks for being so diligent in recording the history of Superior Airways and Severn Enterprises. It brings back a lot of memories of my time at Superior. Keep up the good work Kurt.
Bob
by bobo
Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Superior Airways
Replies: 312
Views: 185475

Re: Superior Airways

Beech 18 I can add a few more details about GBX. In the late 60's probably 69 GBX which was being flown by Mr Wieben's son-in-law Pete Taylor, trying to land on the lake at Armstrong was stalled about 15 feet above the ice and crashed down driving the left gear leg through the fuselage and almost th...
by bobo
Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:02 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Otter (Twotter) C-FGQK, information on where and when
Replies: 7
Views: 961

Re: Otter (Twotter) C-FGQK, information on where and when

billiet
I knew you would get help from the lads at Avcanada. Good work! :smt008
by bobo
Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:55 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: What can the letters CF-APP on plane tell me about the aircr
Replies: 12
Views: 1724

Re: What can the letters CF-APP on plane tell me about the a

BillieT
Great job of detective work to get all the clues put together. Some of us old timers appreciate learning "The rest iof the story".
by bobo
Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:44 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: What can the letters CF-APP on plane tell me about the aircr
Replies: 12
Views: 1724

Re: What can the letters CF-APP on plane tell me about the a

BillyT
I was right on it being an otter and above the tree line. Steve Taylor, The Otter Flogger, has a wealth of information about anything Otter related. I am not sure if he is a member of AVCanada or not.
by bobo
Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:31 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Musicians Killed in Aircraft Accidents
Replies: 32
Views: 4622

Re: Musicians Killed in Aircraft Accidents

Patsy Cline in a 172? into the side of a mountain.
by bobo
Fri May 25, 2012 6:05 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Superior Airways
Replies: 312
Views: 185475

Re: Superior Airways

Oxi,
The Superior Airways beech 18 is talking about no longer exists. The new Superior Airways is just that, new. Hopefully the new company is better to work for than the old.
I survived the old and learned a lot.

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