Entries by Rodney Kozar

Airworthy Norseman List 2021

AIRWORTHY NOORDUYN NORSEMAN as of 1 November 2021 Page 1 of 3 (Double) click the above PDF link for this years list. Note – As of October 24, the Transport Canada website has not been updated to show CF-BSB when doing a quick search so only 25 records will be found. The list (page 1 […]

Norseman Revivals!

There has been a flurry of Norseman activity lately as another Canadian winter approaches. This post will touch on three more exciting events that bode well for the continuation of Norseman activity in the skies. Joe McBryan of Buffalo Airways fame is a serious enthusiast of the type and for the last few years I […]

Airworthy List 2021

The annual listing of airworthy Norseman will be out later than usual this year. Transport Canada has made a major change with the civil aircraft register and no longer shows aircraft with a cancelled registration. Getting more specific, there are Norseman that exist, but their Certificate of Registration is cancelled so they no longer appear […]

The (dis)Information Age

We appear to live in a time when the volume of superfluous information has degraded quality or accuracy and this often leads to skimming as an instant answer is sought without attention to details. Technology addiction and information manipulation, one may argue, are becoming serious issues in society and we need to look deeper into […]

Down The Rabbit Hole

Identifying old airframes can be a lot of fun when a mystery is solved to one’s satisfaction and it can be a dive deeper into confusion at the same time! This was the case when visiting a museum storage facility at the end of April. The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada is waiting to […]

Noorduyn Serial 365

Steady progress is being made on the restoration of Norseman Mk VI, serial 365 last registered in Canada as CF-GLI until 2014. For some background on the project see; www.norsemanfestival.on.ca/norseman-pickers/ These recent photos were sent by Arno van der Holst of the Nederlands Transport Museum and show the top quality work that will send this Mk […]

Kississing update, Part two

Here is a brief update on the status of the other Norseman with Wings Over Kississing after a visit to Flin Flon, Manitoba on October 28, 2020. For some background information on the fleet, see Flin Flon Visit from November 2017 and CF-BHU was featured in last months post. The following is in order of production; C-GRZI, […]

Kississing update, Part one

The latest Norseman to return to commercial service is CF-BHU after extensive refurbishing started in 2019 into 2020. Operated by Wings Over Kississing in northern Manitoba, Canada, the floatplane was utilized for about two months in the later half of the season before freeze up. To avoid any confusion, this is the second Norseman to […]

One Century to the Next

On this day 95 years ago, the first aero engine developed by Pratt & Whitney (USA) was first run. This being the R-1340, a single row nine cylinder air cooled radial piston engine. Also known as the wasp series on the civilian side this family of engines ranged from 450 to 3,500 HP and eight […]

Canadian Norseman Extraordinaire!

If one Norseman exemplifies what the type is about and its connection to Canada perhaps that would be a Mark V model known as BSC. Serial N29-17 was registered as CF-BSC in June of 1946 for K. V. Gamble and Co, Toronto. This company went bankrupt before delivery and by August the new bush plane […]