Canada 2009
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Copyright Ruud Leeuw Photos © R.Leeuw

It was only a short drive, on the beautiful and warm sunday morning of 11Oct09, from Montreal-St.Hubert Airport to the airstrip and seaplane base of Saint Mathias-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.
There is a maintenance base here, bringing in bushplanes and floatplanes for overhaul, modifications and routine maintenance. I received a warm welcome and was allowed to wander around freely, indeed had a friendly chat with some of the people present.

This one, deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver C-FZUR, confused me at first... Tailnumber C-FZUR now refers to a Cirrus SR22 (c/n 3463)...
But I found the answer on the tailnumber has been applied incorrectly and should read C-FZVR.
C-FZVR is c/n 639.
C-FZVR was registered to '1067901 Alberta Ltd' of Whitecourt,Alberta on 12Apr05. has its full history thus:
• Delivered 03/09/54
• N2734A Egyptian American Oil Company
• N563 Amerada Petroleum Corp of Libya, Tripoli, Libya • USCAR 1970
• CF-ZVR overflew Exeter, UK., 21/03/71
• Newfoundland & Labrador Airways, 05/71
• Labrador Airways Ltd., Goose Bay, NFLD • Goose Bay Air Service, 04/83
• C-FZVR Provincial Express Inc., Goose Bay, NFLD
• Air Labrador - Wings of the North, Goose Bay, NFLD
• Labrador Airways Ltd., Goose Bay, LB • Regd 21/01/92
• Blue Water Aviation Services Ltd., Pine Falls, MB • Based Silver Falls, MB
• Regd 30/04/97 • Canx 12/09/97
• Northern Dene Airways Ltd., Prince Albert, SK • Based Stoney Rapids, SK • Canx 11/03/98
• Air Thelon Ltd., Yellowknife, NT • Regd 06/05/98
• Pierre Brossard, Brossard, QC • Based Beloeil, QC
• Regd 18/05/2001
C-FZUR deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver

DHC-2 Mk.1 - c/n 639 - N2734A, N563, CF-ZVR, C-FZVR.
There was a large variety of aircraft to be seen here today at St. Mathias-sur-Richelieu.
Air Tractor AT-402A C-GMNP (c/n 402A-1086)
of Helico Service, Rougemont,QUE
Reg'd 18Dec08

Cessna 185E C-FRSL c/n 18502040, reg'd to
A Cie de Plomberie & Chauffage Paul Smith Inc
since 24Feb87.


Piper PA-12 C-FNCM (c/n 12-1333) was registered to Gerard St.Laurent of Noyan,Que on 19Mar87 but seems no longer current.

Piper PA-22-160 C-FIIF (c/n 22-6175)
Jean-Guy Paquin (Quebec,QUE)
Cessna A188B C-GWWK (c/n 18802959T)
Western Ag-Air Ltd (Ormiston, SAS)
DeHavilland Canada DHC-2 CF-GYJ (cn133)
Delco Aviation Ltee (St.Hippolyte, QUE)
Cessna 305C CF-APM c/n 24602,
'120312 Canada Inc.', since 06Oct03


Beavers of the dry
'Jésus est le Chemin'


CF-GYJ c/n 133 (see
DHC-2 Beaver at St.Mathias, Quebec
DHC-2 C-FZVR c/n 639


Restoration of Aeronca Super L3B C-FEQA (43-27093) is nearing completion after many years of work and dedication. It has since been registered to Yvon Guertin of Marieville,QUE since 24Nov09.


Piper J3C-65 C-FICC (c/n 20887), registered to J.Paquin of Charlesbourg,QUE. See also C-FIIF above.


Cessna Ce.185A C-FSJW (c/n 185-0407) needs some more work...



Across the road is the seaplane base, with a number of floatplanes on dry land
C-FHJW DeHavilland Canada DHC-2 Mk.1 C-FHJW (c/n 590) of Hubert Laurin (St.Mathias,QUE) R12Mar98.

This DHC-2 Beaver was delivered on 29Apr1954 as CF-HJW to Aerial Photo Co. Ltd. Next owner was Propair Lt้e. in Quebec.
Registration was revised to C-FHJW for Alexandair Inc. (Las des Rapides / Sept ๎les, Quebec). Proclaimed for sale during Feb94 for $119,000.
Registered 17Dec97 for Les Placements J S G P Inc. (Laval-des-Rapides, Quebec) and to Hubert Laurin of St.Mathias on 12Mar98.
[Source and more photos:]



Piper PA-18S-150 C-FNNF (c/n 18-3666).
Normand Durivage, Montreal,QUE

Piper PA-18-150 C-GARZ (18-7509046)
Piper PA-18A-150 C-FQYF (c/n 18-4944)


Piper PA-18A-150 C-FQYF (c/n 18-4944), Guy Bernier (St.Mathias,QUE), R13Jun97.


Floatplanes at St. Mathias-sur-Richelieu
Piper PA-18 C-FSRP (c/n 18-7395), Simon Thibault (Otterburn Park, QUE), R21Apr09



Floatplanes at St. Mathias-sur-Richelieu


Cessna A185F C-GDNO (c/n 18502898), Georges Brossard (St.Bruno, QUE), R17Jul91



de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver C-GNKR (c/n 331), Air Tunilik Inc. (Montreal,QUE), R04Jun04.

This Beaver was delivered on 01Aug52, with serial 51-16538 to the USAF (designated an L-20).
Civil service started with tailnumber N5698 and was subsequently exported to Canada in 1975.
As C-GNKR it became registered during June 1975 to Rogerson's Enterprises of Port Loring, Ontario.
Registered on 21Oct91 to Excavation J. Baillargeon Inc. of Boucherville, Qu้bec and based at Based St-Denis,QUE.
Then to Nordplus 1998 Lt้e. (Qu้bec,QUE),R26Aug2003.
Now owned since 04Jun04 by Air Tunilik Inc. of Saint-Bruno,QUE.  [Source & more photos:]


DHC-2 Beaver: bushplane magnifique!



Consolidated Vultee / Stinson 108 C-FJAE (c/n 108-722), André Ethier (St.Basile Le Grand,QUE) R25Jun09

The Stinson 108 was a popular general aviation aircraft produced by the Stinson division of the American airplane company Consolidated Vultee, from immediately after World War II to 1950.
It was developed from the prewar Model 10A Voyager.
Stinson was bought by Piper Aircraft. All Stinson models 108, 108-1, 108-2, 108-3 and 108-4 aircraft were built by Stinson at Wayne, Michigan. When Stinson sold the type certificate to Piper in 1948, approximately 325 airplanes of the 5,260 model 108's built by Stinson were complete but unsold. These 325 model 108's went to Piper as part of the sale. Piper then sold that inventory as the Piper-Stinson over the next few years.
[Source: Wikipedia]




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