Just southwest of the Ignace airport on Osaquan lake in Ontario sits Northland Aircraft Service owned by Gord and Eleanor Hughes.
With a passion for “rag and tube” bush planes, Gord has restored many of the Norseman that survive in the 21st century. He believes it is still the best choice out there for most utility transport applications in its class. Around the yard and in the shop are skis, fuselage airframes, wing spars, parts and drawings to help operators or museums keep these stalwart workhorses alive. Being a knowledgable expert on the type, Gord also takes questions about all things Norseman from fans worldwide who occasionally stop by to meet him in person.
So what airplane does Gord use when the need arises to take his business farther afield? Well, you guessed it, a Norseman of course! For over three decades, Mark IV CF-DTL (serial 57) has served Northland well and incorporates modifications that he has developed and used on many rebuild projects.
In the fall of 2016, during a quick visit by the author, no less than 10 distinct Norseman were noted and Gord jokes that Ignace, Ontario deserves the claim to being “The Norseman Capital of the World”!
- C-FFUU/serial 74 in for winter maintenance.
- CF-GJN/serial 797 available for sale.
- CF-JEC/serial 469 pending sale.
- CF-FOX/serial 340 available for sale or lease.
- CF-HAU/serial 398 fuselage airframe.
- CF-FCU/serial 837 fuselage airframe.
- C-FBHZ/serial N29-13 (Mark V) wing only.
- N1121B/serial 241 fuselage only on wheels.