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KENTING

Post by Trevor » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:27 am

Can anyone here shed some light on Kenting Aviation and its activities in the late 1970s and 80s. I believe it disappeared around 1986.

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Re: KENTING

Post by dhc# » Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:53 am

I think there is a Kenting DC 3 parked out on the tundra about 40-50 miles NE of YFB, I heard the story was that it crashed landed after running out of fuel on the way down from Clyde River(?) around 1974-75 (nobody got hurt). You might want to track down any older Borek or First Air pilots who might remember when Kenting was operating.
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Re: KENTING

Post by valleyboy » Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:42 am

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Re: KENTING

Post by Trevor » Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:31 pm

Mr. Google
Google doesn't answer everything.

The best I can find is that Kenn Borek bought Kenting for its northern operation (formerly Atlas Aviation), primarily with DC-3s in the mid-1970s. That's where dhc#'s DC-3 crash comes into play. Kenting used to have all sorts of survey airplanes (Canso, Navajo, Islander, etc.) doing survey under the Kenting Earth Sciences title. That name seems to have continued into the mid-1980s.

Can anyone shed light on what happened to them corporately?
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Re: KENTING

Post by Antique Pilot » Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:33 pm

dhc# wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:53 am
I think there is a Kenting DC 3 parked out on the tundra about 40-50 miles NE of YFB, I heard the story was that it crashed landed after running out of fuel on the way down from Clyde River(?) around 1974-75 (nobody got hurt). You might want to track down any older Borek or First Air pilots who might remember when Kenting was operating.
Kenting and/or Kenting Atlas had a few DC-3 accidents in the 1970’s:

1) CF-OOV, either Feb 12 or Apr 10, 1973. Date is unclear in my information. Location
N63/45 W68/33. Captain A.M
2) CF-OOY, Nov 3, 1975. 40 n of YFB at N64/25 W68/21. 23 passengers on board.
Captain A.W
3) CF-OOX, Nov 29, 1975, Igloolik
4) CF-DXO, May 22, 1976, Amundsen Ringess Island. Captain C.S

I do not know anything about the business activities, mergers, buy outs, etc.

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Re: KENTING

Post by pelmet » Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:25 pm

Well, they had a Canso that I remember seeing....

https://www.google.ca/search?q=kenting+ ... PY61ZkaGpM:

How would you like to fly with this contraption on the nose of the aircraft...

https://www.google.ca/search?q=kenting+ ... 1u-EU5SgpM:
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Re: KENTING

Post by helicopterray » Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:55 pm

My former bosses were from Kenting, but sadly, they have passed on.
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Re: KENTING

Post by beech 18 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:31 am

September 06, 2018

Edited.
Was already posted.
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Re: KENTING

Post by Otterkoch » Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:26 pm

Kenting Big Indian was a drilling company which owned Kenting. Aviation. Oil patch slowdown in the 80s caused the drilling company to sell its aviation division to borek as I understand. I flew dhc-6 KBI at borek. I always thought the registration was a Ken borek thing but it represented the drilling company but mike brown later clarified it was the drilling company that it was registered by.
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Re: KENTING

Post by flaps78 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:58 pm

While I do not know the history of Kenting Aviation I do know that they were Toronto (Malton) based. In 1972 Kenting Aviation purchased Atlas Aviation (Resolute Bay) from Weldy Phipps. Weldy (and St. Bernard - Brutus) stayed on to oversee the Kenting Atlas operation for a period of time. In 1973? Kenting changed it's name to Kenting Atlas Aviation. During 1972 Kenting Atlas (YRB) flew charters and did skeds out of RB primarily with DHC-6. Bradley Aviation (Carp Ont.) had the Polar Shelf contract flying DH-3, DHC-6,DC-3 , Super Cubs and helicopters. Ken Borek Air had 1 DHC-6 at the time (CF-ABW -flown by Merv Mc Caroll) based at Rae Point. Northward Aviation had a DHC-3, DHC-6 and a Helio Courier based in Eureka. Add to this , Wardair who would have a DHC-6 frequently in RB doing contract work. A busy time!
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Re: KENTING

Post by Kosiw » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:05 pm

Early 70's in the high arctic (especially YRB) was very busy in part due to a lot of oil exploration in the area.
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Re: KENTING

Post by co-joe » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:23 pm

Otterkoch wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:26 pm
Kenting Big Indian was a drilling company which owned Kenting. Aviation. Oil patch slowdown in the 80s caused the drilling company to sell its aviation division to borek as I understand. I flew dhc-6 KBI at borek. I always thought the registration was a Ken borek thing but it represented the drilling company but mike brown later clarified it was the drilling company that it was registered by.
Same company as Kenting High Tower? Had a friend who was a derrick hand there in the early 90's.
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Re: KENTING

Post by pelmet » Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:23 am

Kosiw wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:05 pm
Early 70's in the high arctic (especially YRB) was very busy in part due to a lot of oil exploration in the area.
PWA had 6 hercs apparently. Hard to imagine.
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Re: KENTING

Post by valleyboy » Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:40 am

I came across this -- interesting reading. All I know about Kenting , other than their survey stuff is that mid 70's they were likely the first attempt and scheduled service on Baffin Island. The operated DC-3's out of Frob and I believe they might of had a DC4 as well.(I have a recollection of seeing a pic of the aircraft parked on the ice in Greenland) It was short lived because Bradley moved in to Frob and eventually introduced the 748 in the early 80's

http://qcwa70.org/Mapping%20the%20Canad ... mizer).ppt
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Re: KENTING

Post by Old Dog Flying » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:42 am

Kenting did survey work on the Labrador coast with a couple of Supermarine Walrus amphibs. I have one on my website http://www.barneysairforce.com

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Re: KENTING

Post by fish4life » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:52 am

I’d be guilty of chasing metal if a company still used a P-38 for photo surveying
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Re: KENTING

Post by dhc# » Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:49 pm

Was it Kenting or ? that used Mosquito's for photo survey's across the north in the late 40's early 50's...as I recall back in the summer of 96 hauling pallets of what I thought was junk out of YRT ,until I had a closer look and realized there was a Merlin engine among the junk....all pieces of a Mosquito survey plane I was told...
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Re: KENTING

Post by flaps78 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:01 pm

dhc#

I think that you may be referring to Spartan Airways.
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Re: KENTING

Post by dhc# » Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:25 pm

I just googled Spartan and there is a Kenting connection according to this link...

https://sites.google.com/site/spartanairservices/


Ahhh thread drift....sometimes its useful :D
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Re: KENTING

Post by Antique Pilot » Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:57 pm

dhc# wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:49 pm
Was it Kenting or ? that used Mosquito's for photo survey's across the north in the late 40's early 50's...as I recall back in the summer of 96 hauling pallets of what I thought was junk out of YRT ,until I had a closer look and realized there was a Merlin engine among the junk....all pieces of a Mosquito survey plane I was told...
I believe the Merlin that you are referring to came from a Spartan Mosquito CF-HMR. Landed near Pelly Lake NWT July 10, 1956 after a prop runaway. Pilot Al MacNutt. There is a great write up on the event on Aviation Safety Netwotk.

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