Entries by Rodney Kozar

Retro DRD

35mm slides collector Dan Wilch recently came across this rare picture of CF-DRD in 1954 when operated by Ontario Central Airlines. The setting appears to be Howey Bay where OCA had a secondary base in Red Lake while the main focus for flight ops was at Kenora, Ontario. OCA used DRD from 1953 to 1958, […]

Keep them Flying?

There are only a couple places left in Canada with a sizeable cache of Norseman airframes and parts. Buffalo Airways’ location at the Red Deer airport, Alberta is presently home to six stripped down airframes salvaged or collected over the years by owner and Norseman aficionado Joe McBryan. Not only does Joe personally fly his […]

Look more, Find more

Continuing the theme from the previous post about many inactive Norseman for every flying one, for example here is the present status in the Province of Manitoba, Canada according to my research. Many of these Norseman have already appeared in the blog so this will be a short overview with links provided to said blogs. […]

‘Til Rust Do Us Part

For every active airworthy Norseman in the world there are probably five in various states of non flying status from immaculate museum restorations to fuselage airframes one trip away from the scrapheap. On March 21, 1995 C-FKAS literally landed in the water after a spreader bar float failure near Chemainus, British Columbia. Unfortunately for serial […]

CF-BSH / N45TG

In northern Minnesota at the Baudette airport sits Norseman serial N29-23, N45TG. Having remained on the ground for well over a decade out in the open this Mark V is definitely starting to show deterioration from the elements. Unlike many Norseman, this postwar model spent its life with only a handful of operators and mostly […]

Showstopper

CF-ZMX is the first Norseman to be repaired since the violent hailstorm that hit Red Lake in July of 2017 only one week after the festival.  Recently seen in storage at its Selkirk, Manitoba wintertime home, ZMX (serial #669) is looking factory fresh. In fact, Park Rapids Aviation of Minnesota did such a precise, beautiful […]

JEC Update

Work is progressing slow and steady at Northland Aircraft in Ignace, Ontario on the restoration of Norseman CF-JEC. Not having flown for many years and being outside in the weather has deteriorated the fabric and now some woodwork of the wings needs to be replaced. Originally plans were to have the airplane flying to its […]

BSB Northern Tour

Recently CF-BSB made a tour “north of sixty” and next float season of 2019 might see this Mk V model return to the Yellowknife area. Owner, Tom Phinney normally has the aircraft overwinter at Riverside Aircraft Maintenance in Selkirk, Manitoba. The only other Norseman flying in that area of Canada is Joe McBryan’s CF-SAN and […]

Hanging out in Cowtown

In a somewhat unusual setting and geographic local, a Mk V Norseman can be seen in downtown corporate Calgary, Alberta, Canada. CF-MAM, serial N29-26 started out with the Manitoba Government Air Service in September 1946. A civil, post WW II model it spent most of its working life with various operators in the Province of […]

Festival 2018

With CF-ZMX not ready in time to participate in this years festival we had no Norseman arrive for the flypast!  Also, sometimes logistics come into play during the busy summer flying season and it can be a challenge to have aircraft in the right place at the right time so only three floatplanes were present. […]