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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Ashton James Ward "Jim" Spilsbury
b- Oct 8, 1905,  Findern, Derbyshire, England
Birth registered Jan-Mar 1906, Burton Reg dist
d- Apr 20, 2003, in West Vancouver, age 97,
after a brief illness.

Jim Spilsbury was a radio repairman
 from Savary Island.
He founded Queen Charlotte Airlines
to service his coastal radios.

He also operated a floating Radio Lab
50ft diesel powered, 37 ton, "Blithe Spirit"
which he bought in Oct 1955
1956 he was manufacturing 15, 25 and 100 watt
High Frequency Radio Transmitters

His Radio Company became
Spilsbury Communications Ltd.

He also became an acclaimed pastel painter.
the covers on 2 of his books
are from his paintings.

In 1957 he went into a car dealership business,
selling a midget BMW Isetta, for $1050.00
13 hp, sounds like the smart car reborn.
The whole front of the car opened for the door.

Family History

Family immigrated in 1907 to Canada.
Started out in Whonnock.
1911 the family moved to Savary Island, BC
Spilsbury family's old home stands at the T of the wharf and the road.
He later moved to the Horseshoe Bay area.

By age 17 he made his first Crystal Radio set,
and from there, his radio career grew.

Received Order of BC, see link below,
and the 50th Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee
of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Father- Ashton Willmot Spilsbury
b- bet May-June 1871, Burton Reg dist., Findern, Derbyshire, England
d- July 12, 1960 in North Vancouver
attended Willington Village School, Willington, Derbyshire
at age 9.
Appointed Justice of the Peace in 1903 in New Westminster.
Mother- Alice Maud Blizard
b- 1871, London England, (Tipperary Ireland in one record)
d- Feb 3, 1957, North Vancouver BC, age 88
daughter of George Blizard, and Fanny Newman
Ashton and Alice, married Sept 1, 1897 in BC

Grandfather- Benjamin Ward "Governor" Spilsbury
Church of England Clergyman
Grandmother- Hannah Warren Smallwood


Spilsbury's first book,
"Spilsbury's Coast

and his last book,
"Spilsbury's Album"

tell his story, in text and pictures.
All by Harbour Publishing

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His Early Photo here,

Order of BC, 1993

His first plane, 1935, CF-AWK, Waco

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