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 Air Taxi Ltd.

Robert Benjamin "Bob" Gayer
started Associated Air Taxi Ltd. in 1946
His wife Louise was General Manager of the Company.

ca1948 he amalgamated with Port Alberni Airways
started by Jack Moul and
Slim Knights

Associated Air Taxi was bought by
Central British Columbia Airways Ltd. in 1953
Late 1952 PWA applied to the Air Transport Board
to buy Associated Air Taxi Ltd. of Vancouver

Central BC Airways Ltd. was founded in 1946
in Ft. St. James in Northern BC.
1953 this became Pacific Western Airlines, PWA
operated by Francis Russell "Russ" Baker

1952, left-
Herman Joseph "Slim" Knights,
shaking hands with Russ Baker, right.
Slim was the Uncle of Grant Walker.
He married Bud's younger sister, Thora Walker.
photo taken by Bud Walker
Looks like front of Associated's G44 Widgeon.

Grant worked for Associated, the summer of 1958.

Front Desk, Associated Air Taxi

CF-GHY  single engine plane
CF-GHY was an Aeronca Sedan (model 15AC) per Dave Hilchie, see below.

Photos above ca 1951-52,
taken at Sea Island, Richmond BC
by Thomas Raymond "Bud" Walker

Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
opened in 1931 on Sea Island

1954, Sea Island

 Noorduyn Norseman V
1954, Sea Island
Ayce and Grant Walker
sons of the photographer Bud Walker.
If you look at this photo

from my Kemano Beach page
I believe it is the same plane with rudder damage.

Unknown man, holding "Fly Associated" Sign

Associated Air Taxi, Austin Delivery Van, taken 1952
"Richmond 1551" on the door,
which was the Company Phone Number.
from online search 1948-1950, A40 10CWT van, is closest
A= Austin, 40 = 40 Hp
Dinky Toys made a #472 copy of this van.

Using a Farm Tractor to push planes around
Delivery Austin Van on left
Grumman G44 Widgeon on right

Pilots / Owners

Owner- Robert Benjamin "Bob" Gayer
See my Robert Benjamin "Bob" Gayer page

Herman Joseph "Slim" Knights
See my Herman Joseph "Slim" Knights page

Ronald F. "Ron" Connelly and Denny McCartney
flew for Associated

Pilot George W. Lutz, of Vancouver, was sued
after an accident May 9, 1949, by widow and children
of Lorne Thomas McLean, who was awarded $47,900 in damages
McLean was a 33 year old Logging superintendent
plane crash landed at Bond Point, Vancouver Island.
Pilot broke both his legs, but he lived.

Pilot Ken Kirk of 2348 E 49th st,
rescued a logger on a boat in Bute Inlet, Sept 21, 1950

Pilot Stu Phillip flew an Eronca Sedan aircraft
on a mercy mission, June 1952

Pilot, Dave Floyd, and Al Grieg, both of Sea Island,
flew a mercy flight
Jan 16, 1952 from Britannia Mines to Vancouver
He flew a Waco ambulance Plane

Pilot Ken Quest, age 24, flew Jan 4, 1952
made a mercy flight from Squamish

Captain Albert E. Wehner of Jervis Inlet, and
Pilot Lawrence Walter "Larry" Mantie of Vancouver,
b-1926  in Saskatoon SK
d- Aug 22, 1985 Powell River BC
 (see contributed note below on this man)
were rescued by the SS Princess Elizabeth, Feb 27, 1950
they were flying a light Aeronca, amphibious plane.
They were flying from Nelson Island,
where Capt. Wehner was living, to Vancouver.
Wehner was a German born Scientist,
who was seeking gold treasures,
all around the world, at that time.

Pilot Dennis Pierce made a medical flight
from Cracroft island, Oct 1948

An Assoc. Air Taxi Norseman plane was forced down
over Mathieson Channel,  it was flying
from Kemano to Vancouver, with 7 passengers.

Pilot Mac Willard flew a mercy flight June 1951

Received a phone call and email from Dennis McMahon
Apr 25, 2012 and he informed me that his father
John Francis "Jack" McMahon worked for Bob Gayer,
at Associated Air Taxi.

Ad from Jack McMahon's file from Denny

This information made Grant remember another name
Emerson Wallace, who worked at Associated.
He was a WWII Fighter Pilot.
He had a wife Pat, and a son.
According to Grant he was always a happy guy. Stocky build.


Associated CF-BQH
Twin engine plane, Beech A-18A
Plane identified by Lars Opland, with thanks

I think this is CF-BQH landing or taking off
on the Fraser River, at Sea Island

Side of an Associated Air Taxi plane
I think it is CF-BQH above
 Pilot, name unknown

Associated Air Taxi
G44 Grumman Widgeon

Associated Air Taxi
and Associated Aero Services Display
ca 1951-52

A Cessna Crane was flown from Sea Island,
Aug 1950.

Norseman CF-GVT, operated by Assoc Air Taxi
destroyed four miles west of Lulu Island, BC. on June 26, 1952.
Pilot had engine trouble after he stopped to fix a gas cap.
He set off a flare to call for help,
it landed on the plane and burnt it up.

CF-BDL, Left- in hangar for repairs
right- On floats ready to fly
CF-BDL, Waco ZQC-6 custom
Forced landing in trees due engine failure
 near Garibaldi Stn,. BC Apr 13, 1953

CF-BDP, Waco, ZQC-6 custom
withdrawn from use Aug 10, 1952
It was used in an old movie "Bush Pilot" per Lars Opland

Bud Walker beside Associated
G44 Grumman Widgeon airplane

Unknown plane in front of hangar
Then this info came in from Dave Hilchie, Cumberland BC

Re. your interesting site, the "unknown airplane in front of hangar" pictures, near the bottom of the page, is an Avro Anson Mk V. These were WWII training aircraft used by the RCAF and several hundred were licensed for civilian use after the war. The aircraft in the photo has additional window area added in the nose, most likely for aerial photography work.
They were useful and well liked in general but due to an all plywood construction were reduced to a handful still operating by the early sixties. There's one flyable Anson left in this country, with the Museum people in Hamilton. The mark fives had Wasp Junior engines, which eventually became more valuable than the aircraft, due to deterioration of the plywood airframe and no doubt ex-Anson engines are still flying on Beavers etc.
Also the pilot Lawrence Mantie mentioned halfway down the page was well known and highly respected around the Vancouver area. He was the Chief Pilot for Crown Zellerbach for decades, flying their Goose CF-BAE for many thousands of hours. Tragically he died in a takeoff accident at Powell River airport in his private Harvard circa 1985, after he had retired from CZ.

note- British Aeroplane Engines Ltd. behind this hangar.

Republic Seabee entering the water
 at Sea Island ramp

Close-up of pilot's window

Changed Grumman Goose notations above,
to the G44 Grumman Widgeon,
smaller brother to the Goose.
The Widgeon was a 5 passenger airplane.
The Goose was 8 passengers.
Change per email from Mark Williston, Sept 30, 2015
His father flew for a few of the Companies
on this site.

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