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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 200
N203SF
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Series 200

N4443 • CF-JCL • C FJCL • N141FS • C-FJCL

N203FS

• Registration • Activity and details of Owner/Operator and other historical information

• N4443 de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out 07-Sep-1968. First flight 19-Sep-1968.

• N4443 Interior Airways, (Interior Air Taxi) Fairbanks, AK, Delivered 29-Oct-1968.

• N4443 Leased to North Air, Fairbanks, AK. Regd Sep-1970.

• CF-JCL Trans North Turbo Air, Whitehorse, NT. Regd Nov-1972.

• CF-JCL Gateway Aviation, Edmonton, AB. Regd 1974.

• C-FJCL Re. Regd Gateway Aviation, Edmonton, AB. Regd Dec 1977.

• C-FJCL West Coast Air Services, Vancouver BC. Regd May-1978.

• C-FJCL Re named Air BC, BC. Regd 01-Nov-1980.

• C-FJCL Air BC (CP Commuter) (fln 608), BC. Regd 02-Oct-1983.

• C-FJCL Jim Pattison Industries, Vancouver, BC. Canx 21-Oct-1986.

• C-FJCL Air BC (AC Connector), BC.  (fln 608 later fln 062 later fln 602). Regd 26-Apr-1987. Canx 18-Dec-1992.

• C-FJCL Withdrawn by Air BC (AC Connector) & stored Vancouver, BC. 21-Oct-1992.

• C-FJCL Ashe Aircraft Entr, Springbank, AB. Regd 18-Dec-1992. Canx & Del 05-Jul-1993.

• N141FS Alberta Aircraft Leasing, Calgary, AB. Regd 02-Apr-1993.

• N141FS Alberta Aircraft Leasing, Las Vegas, NV. Regd 06-Apr-1993.

• C-FJCL Four Star Aviation, San Juan, PR. Regd 04-Jun-1993.

• C-FJCL Ashe Aircraft Entr, Springbank ,AB. Regd 07-Jul-1994 & Canx 07-Jul-1994.

• C-FJCL Leased to Regionnair, Chevery, PQ. Regd 07-Jul-1994. Canx 01-Mar-2000.

• N203SF Skydive Factory Inc., East Rochester, NH. Regd 01-Mar-2000.

Airworthiness date: 12-Apr-2000.

• N203SF Desert Sand Aircraft Leasing, Carson City, NV. Regd 26-May-2004. Operated by Skydive Spaceland of Rosharon, Texas.

Incident: 29-Jun-2008. On June 29, 2008, about 12:50 central daylight time, a de Havilland DHC-6-200, N203SF, owned by Desert Sand Aircraft Leasing Company Inc., piloted by an airline transport rated pilot, sustained substantial damage during descent when the airplane's flight controls bound near Baldwin, Wisconsin. The pilot declared an emergency. The pilot and 14 parachutists departed on the parachute operations flight. Twelve parachutists exited the airplane before the incident. The pilot and two remaining parachutists reported no injuries. The flight was operating under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 with no flight plan filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The local flight originated from Baldwin Airport, near Baldwin, Wisconsin, about 12:40. The pilot's reported he had initiated an idle power, descending tight right turn to a heading of 090 degrees. The airspeed before the turn was approximately 70 KIAS [knots indicated airspeed] and at rollout less than 100 KIAS, which was below the maneuvering speed of 126 KIAS. During the roll out, the ailerons where effortlessly brought to about 7/8 of full left travel at which point it felt like some part went "over top dead center." The pilot made an immediate full force attempt to bring the ailerons back to neutral but failed. The pilot said that a lot of play was apparent in the aileron controls. With full right force on the yoke, the plane appeared to not roll left. The passenger in the copilot seat was told that a problem existed and was asked to help push the wheel down on the right. The combined effort allowed for a non-rolling flight. Throughout these attempts to control the roll, the nose down attitude was sustained. Elevator control was not affected, but bringing the nose up raised the concern of inducing a left hand roll. Before reaching approximately 4,000 feet mean sea level (MSL), 3,000 feet above ground level (AGL) the pilot raised the nose of the airplane. Subsequently, the aircraft started to roll left. A maximum force input did not level the wings. As the aircraft reached 90 degrees of left bank, another more concerted attempt at controlling the aircraft was initiated. With the airspeed slowed, full power on the left engine, full right rudder, and full force right aileron input, the pilot was able to establish nearly wings level, straight flight. The pilot made "mayday" calls, which were relayed by another airplane. The airplane diverted to Saint Paul, Minnesota. The passenger in the copilot's seat, unable to no longer provide physical input to help maintain control, was replaced by one of the parachutists sitting in the back of the airplane. Once the parachutist was in the seat, the pilot asked him to "give it all you've got." His input together with the pilots? brought the ailerons back to neutral. The pilot stated that there were no observed anomalies with the airplane prior to the flight. An examination of the airplane on-scene, to include the aileron and flap systems, showed damage consistent with an in-flight overload.

• N203SF Direct Aviation LLC.Reno, NV. Regd 08-Jan-2013 Operated by Skydive Midwest.

Flew 11-Jan-2013 St. Louis-Downtown (KCPS) - Sturtevent, WI (C89).

• N692DA Direct Aviation LLC., Reno, NV. Reserved 16-Mar 2018. Registered 13-Nov-2018.

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N4443 of INTERIOR at Toronto, Ontario.
Photo: Unknown photographer © November 1968 - Michael J. Ody Collection
CF-JCL with GATEWAY AVIATION, at Edmonton - Municipal, Alberta.
Photo: John Kimberley © June 1976 - Kenneth I. Swartz Collection
Photo: John Kimberley © January 1977 - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-FJCL at Vancouver without titles.
Photo: Unknown photographer © June 1978 - Michael J. Ody Collection
C-FJCL new GATEWAy livery, again, at Edmonton - Municipal, Alberta.
Photo: John Kimberley © May 1978 - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-FJCL with West Coast Air, at Vancouver's Coal Harbour base.
Photo: John Kimberley © July 1979 - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-FJCL getting a make over at Vancouver.
Photo: John Kimberley © April 1980 - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-FJCL with West Coast Air titles, at Vancouver - CYVR.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 26 July 1980 - Michael J. Ody Collection
C-FJCL with AirBC titles and colours.
Photo: John Kimberley © September 1983 - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-FJCL/062 with red AirBC titles and colours.
Photo: John Kimberley © September 1989 - Erik Johannesson Collection
N203SF of Skydive Spaceland, at Rosharon, Texas.
Photo: J. S. Devore © October 2009 - Erik Johannesson Collection
N203SF of Skydive Midwest, at Luling, Texas.
Photo: Jarrod Wilkening © 25 March 2017