Monday, October 30, 2006


"Today", in Pictures!

Today a major storm was supposed to "whack" Manitoba, and it eventually did. Our sched service, two airplanes, departed St. Andrews Airport this morning, and made all points north. Of course the storm arrived two hours early, and "diversions" were necessary for the southbound scheds. Walter Turbine Otter, C-FVQD, servicing Pauingassi and Little Grand Rapids, made it south to Silver Falls, and landed at Blue Water Aviation's Base. Caravan C-GNWV, servicing Bloodvein River and Poplar River, made our Base at Pine Dock, as the heavy snow was only about 20 miles south. Company van shuttles were dispatched to pick up southbound passengers, and although a slight inconvenience, everyone made their destination safe and sound, and that is the "prime directive". Anyways, I took the opportunity to snap some pics of Northway Aviation's Grand Caravan. Here is..........

......C-GNWV, before the clouds "opened up"! Posted by Picasa

Fine-looking "ship"! Posted by Picasa

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"Workhorse"! Posted by Picasa

Well-outfitted "office"! Posted by Picasa

Then, Doug "McLeod" Burton, who was flying NWV, and I, decided to take a ride to Matheson Island, to pick up some "overnight necessities" for Doug, as there is a store there. We would have to cross a channel between Matheson and the mainland by cable-ferry, operated by Manitoba Highways.

The Lake Winnipeg "self-propelled" barge, the "Poplar River", in the background, as Doug and I head across on the ferry. The weather is just starting to arrive. Posted by Picasa

As we approach the "Island", whitefish boats, high and dry for the season, greet us! Posted by Picasa

The cable ferry is the "C.F. Ingemar Carlson". Posted by Picasa

As we left the ferry, we were greeted by the WAMAIR Service and Outfitting sign, so we thought we would take a "tour" past their Float Base. We never expected to find.......... Posted by Picasa Otter!  Posted by Picasa

"Girl", it is October 30th! Get south like the geese, and get off "Unforgiving Lake Winnipeg"! Posted by Picasa

This is DHC-3 Otter, S/N 445, C-FRHW, owned by Venture Air, from Thompson, MB. One "frozen" ship! Posted by Picasa

We had to have a "peek" inside. Yup, "Standard Otter". Fantastic "pieces of iron"! We did our business, visited the "boys" at Wamair, returned by ferry, and cleaned off the Caravan before any precip froze to it. Tomorrow, we start again! Till next time,........"Adios"!  Posted by Picasa

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