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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Herman Joseph "Slim" Knights
b- 1918
Slim was adopted so birth records are slim, no pun intended
d- Mar 1, 1989, at Matsqui BC

Thora and Slim Knights, 1952

1952, left- Slim Knights,
shaking hands with Russ Baker, right.

Slim was the Uncle of Grant Walker.
He married his dad Bud's younger sister, Thora Walker.

Slim was Operations Manager of
Associated Air Taxi
He lived at 2733 west 41st Ave in 1953.
He flew a single engine aircraft
on a daring mercy flight from Jervis Inlet
to Vancouver, end of Nov 1953.

Slim Knights and Jack Moul had a flying school
 at Sproat Lake, on Vancouver Island.
After the war, In 1946, with Jack Moul,
they started Port Alberni Airways.
ca 1948 they amalgamated with Bob Gayer's Company,
Associated Air Taxi

Slim was a WWII pilot like Moul.

Slim was one of 5, that started Conair Aviation Ltd.

From a blog online, (link below) his daughter, Karen, adds this info,
based on an online film and pictures,
of Slim piloting a Stranraer flying boat,
taking off with temporary dollies under it.
Herman "Slim" Knights was my father and I think this challenge was one of his favourites. Slim learned to fly in the RCAF. He piloted a Lancaster in WWII, and on his return to Canada flew with Queen Charlotte Airlines and Associated Air Taxi on the west coast before starting his own company with fellow ex pow Jack Moul called Port Alberni Airways. After that co was bought up by QCA and part of the group then rolled into PWA he was a bush pilot for awhile and did a brief stint at PWA before being fired for supporting the workers in a union dispute. He started 2 short lived companies at the old Vancouver airport- KCR and Tas, and spent each summer flying air tankers for Skyways. He ended his aviation career as one of the cofounders of Conair Aviation.
I hope she doesn't mind me using this info
as a form of tribute to her father.
Slim deserves to be in the Aviation Hall of Fame!
As we read here, he also flew for Skyway.

H. J. Knights
Executive Vice President
Conair Aviation Ltd. Business Card

Bottom of Slim Knight's notepad

Grant thought he started Conair with 2 others,
but records I have found, show 5 original owners.
Grant tells me Slim worked for Conair until his death.

Grant submitted this little tidbit
which kind of makes you wonder,
what were they thinking?
"I was told that (name withheld because I don't want to be sued)
was the man that gave pilots LSD,
 thinking it would help them hear radio calls better through the static. 
I know this was tried because my uncle was given it."

Unknown left and middle, Slim Knights right

Left- Robert B. "Bob" Gayer , right- Slim Knights
on Boundary Bay Beach

Slim Knights on left
Photo of him and his crew
after a night bombing run over Germany

Photos and info above, courtesy Grant Walker, CA,
from his father Thomas Raymond "Bud" Walker's Collection.

Slim Knights on right
Photo from Karen Knights, via Grant Walker, with thanks

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