British Columbia, Canada
 Aircraft Companies,
 and Airplanes
 ca: 1920's to 2012

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Airline Companies
Queen Charlotte Airlines
Associated Air Taxi
Conair Aviation Ltd.
BC Air Lines Ltd.

BC Airways Ltd.
Pacific Western Airlines Ltd.
Trans Provincial Airlines Ltd.

Western Straits Air
Westinghouse Airways
Air Caledonia
Canadian Pacific Airlines
Pacific Airways Ltd.

Helicopter Companies
Okanagan Helicopters Ltd.

Transwest Helicopters (1965) Ltd.
Vancouver Island Helicopters
Northern Mountain Helicopters
Quantum Helicopters Ltd.

Aircraft Repair Shops
Associated Aero Services

Aircraft Sales Company
Vancouver Aircraft Sales Ltd.

Airport-Seaplane Bases
Patricia Bay, Catalina Graveyard

Sea Island

Pilots - Owners Bios
Herman Joseph "Slim" Knights
Robert Benjamin "Bob" Gayer
Arthur John "Jack" Moul
Ashton James Ward "Jim" Spilsbury
Ronald F. "Ron" Connelly
Leslie George "Les" Kerr
Francis Russell "Russ" Baker
John Francis "Jack" McMahon
Edward Percy Hector Wells
William Frederick "Bill" Waddington

BA Concord and RAF Red Arrows
May 1985, taken from QE II

Bristol Type 170 Freighter
First Around the World Flight

Corporate Jets
BC Tel-Telus

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Associated Aero Services

Same owners and same place as Associated Air Taxi

This was the Repair shop for the Company
they repaired their own planes here,
as well as other airlines at the time.
Grant Walker tells me that he wonders about flying,
from what he seen on some of the repairs made.
As a teenager he actually worked in this shop.
He has retold some of the stories and tales,
and I hope they check a little more closely these days.

Associated Air Service Hangar
Biplane, CF-CHW on the wing

Company sold to Russ Baker
See my Francis Russell "Russ" Baker Bio


Associated Aero Services
 Hangar, ca 1952

Note- Nice side view of CF-CHW
a de Haviland, DH82C, Tiger Moth
Production # DHC1162
Started life as RCAF # 5859 in Oct 23, 1941
Registered to West Kootenay Aero Club on Aug 20,1946,
from 1963 to 1975 this plane was not registered.
Then I found reference online that shows this plane was
registered to
Pitt Meadows Heritage Aviation Society
 of Pitt Meadows BC
then to a a lady in Maple Ridge BC in 1995.
Last seen at Pitt Meadows.

Post card to Bud Walker, July 20, 1952
Associated Aero Service, Sea Island, Vancouver.
from "Associated Coolies"
Jan, Bruce, Len and Ole
Catalina Field, Patricia Bay, Van Island BC
These fellows were over at Pat Bay
removing parts for the Catalina Cansos.
Grant Walker would like to contact these men today
as he spent time with them over there.

Associated dismantled the aircraft.
Grant isn't sure if they bought them,
or had a contract to dismantle them.

1952, planes in for repair

"Caribou" logo on Seabee, on left side of photo

Per Grant "Associated did not have a license to build planes,
but they could repair them.
so what they did was buy wrecks
 that had the manufacturers plate on them,
and build a plane around it."

From Grant Walker,
this group of great photos below,
from his Dad's Collection,
"This would be the Service Part of Associated.
The engine rebuild and electronics would be done
in the rear, or to the left of the hanger. 
All these shops were connected to the hanger.
The last three photo's are of planes in the hanger"

Engine Mechanical Repair Shop

Inside Electronics Shop

Door from Engine Repair Shop
to the Electronic Shop
Window between the 2 rooms.

Repairing a float in the Metal shop
sign above door, Engine Mechanical Shop

Back part of CF-EJL shown
RC-3, Republic Seabee
made by Republic Aviation Corp.
S/N- 571
Mar 31, 1947, delivered to MacLeod Aircraft Ltd.
Vancouver BC

There is another Seabee behind it,
with a small circle inside a larger circle, Company Logo.
Westinghouse Airways is the name.

Cabin and tail of CF-GNV.
Floats being worked on behind it.

Twin Engine Plane on floats,
looks like damage behind pilot, on roof,
as well as some engine, and float work being done.

More Bus Walker pics below,
showing the frame reconstruction.
Stretching fabric on wings, using dope/glue.
Grant Walker worked doing the dope work
and was paid .35 cents / hr. at age 15
From his experience he now doesn't fly,
since maybe there is a kid somewhere
working on the plane he will be using!
Makes a good point!


Some of the workers in 1952

Unknown on float plane without engine

Waco with engine problem

CF-AXE Fairchild 82A


photo taken 1952
Central Northern Airways, name on tail, 1952

Crashed into trees, damaged wings

Fuselage hauled by truck
to Associated Aero Services.

The Wing repairs were not paid for,
so it went to Public Auction

Auction sale for CF-AXE
G. W. Ross, auctioneer
According to list of owners
it was bought by Slim Knights.

Built Feb 8, 1936, s/n #40
Fairchild Aircraft Ltd, Longueuil, Quebec.
Only 12 of this specific model were built.
Grant Walker tells me it was terribly under powered.
His mother hated flying in it.
called a "boxcar" on some sites.

Ownership Details for CF-AXE
Canadian Airways Ltd, original owners, bought in 1936.
bought in 1938 by Arrow Airways Ltd., headquarters, The Pas, MB,
(one record says it crashed in 1940 then sold to Arrow)
Canadian Airways Ltd
Canadian Pacific Airlines
Central Northern Airways, out of Winnipeg, (after WWII)
Associated Air Taxi
(probably took ownership when bills not paid)
Herman Joseph "Slim" Knights (auction buyer?)
Uranium Corp of BC
Cascade AS (Cascade Airways?)

Fate of CF-AXE
Aug 12, 1955, floats torn off
after hitting something on Harrison Lake.

It had many accidents from an online search

External Links
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not my sites,
Links may or may not work in the future,

Wikipedia article, Specs

The photograph above was taken by Josephine Moore
at Bearskin Lake, Ontario
 while the plane was being repaired at Bearskin Lake, Ontario
in the early 1930's.
submitted Nov 5, 2013, by
Tom Moore, Grand Bend, Ontario


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