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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
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Series 300

N5227 • VH-PGU • N934MA • C-GKBM (2) • 8Q-KBM • C-GKBM (2)


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

• N5227 de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out Apr-1970. First flight date unknown.

• N5227 Ferried to Australia by Floair Inc., Wichita, KS, May-1970.

• VH-PGU Ansett Airlines. Delivered 01-Jun-1970. Regd 05-Jul-1970 to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd. Initially based at Brisbane to operate Ansett Western Queensland servicesand later Rockhampton to serve Emerald and Clermont

Incident Rockhampton, QLD 29-Nov1971. Sustained significant damage during windstorm while parked Transported via road to Bankstown, NSW for repairs.

• VH-PGU Leased to MMA - MacRobertson Miller Airlines, Perth, WA. 08-Apr-1972.

Based in Derby to operate the Kimberley region services. Ferried to Perth in late Dec 1972 for a six day wing spar modification. Withdrawn from MMA use 16-Oct-1978. Stored Melbourne, Nov-1978. Canx 03-May-1979.

• VH-PGU Returned to Ansett Airlines. Oct-1978

Withdrawn from use at Melbourne, VIC. Nov-1978.

• N934MA Sold to MAC – Miami Aviation Corporation, Opa Locka, FL. Arrived and regd 22-May-1979.

• N934MA Sold to Metroflight Inc t/a Metroflight Airlines, Houston, TX. Regd 22-May-1979.

• N934MA Sold to Royale Airlines, Shreveport, LA. Regd 30-Sep-1985.

• N934MA Sold to Metroflight, Irving, TX. Regd Apr-1986.

• N934MA Leased (Transferred) to Sunaire, St Croix, USVI. Regd Apr-1986.

• N934MA Regd to Sunaire, St Croix, USVI (Aviation Associates, St Croix, USVI.) Aug 1987.

• N934MA Sunaire St Croix, USVI. (Metro Leasing Inc., Irving, TX.). Regd Mar-1989.

• N934MA Sunaire, Saint Croix, USVI [MCC Aircraft Leasing, McLean, VA] 27-Nov-1989.

• N934MA Sunaire Express, Saint Croix, USVI [MCC Aircraft Leasing, McLean, VA]. Regd Dec-1990.

• N934MA Leased to Aviation Associates, St Croix, USVI. Regd Mar-1989.

• N934MA MCC Aircraft Leasing Inc. Regd 27-Nov-1989.

• N934MA Leased to Aviation Associates. Regd 27-Nov-1989.

• N934MA Aviation Associates renamed Sunaire Express. St. Croix, USVI. Regd Dec-1990.

• N934MA Returned to MCC Aircraft Leasing Inc. Regd Nov 1994.

Withdrawn from use at Opa Locka, FL.and noted 05-Nov-1994.

• C-GKBM (2) Sold to Kenn Borek Air, Calgary, AB., 08-Dec-1994. Regd 25-Jan-1995.

• C-GKBM (2) Leased to Harbour Air, Vancouver, BC. Regd 24-Jun-1995.

• C-GKBM (2) Returned to Kenn Borek Air, Calgary, AB. Regd 03-Nov-1995. Canx 20-Dec-1995 on export to the Maldives.

• 8Q-KBM Leased to Maldivian Air Taxi, Male, Maldive Islands. Regd 20-Dec-1995.

• C-GKBM (2) Returned to Kenn Borek Air, Calgary, AB. Regd 02-May-1997.

• C-GKBM (2) Leased to Harbour Air, Vancouver, BC. Regd Jun-1997.

• C-GKBM (2) Returned to Kenn Borek Air, Calgary, AB. Regd 16-Nov-1997. Canx 10-Dec-1997.

• 8Q-MAI Wet leased to Maldivian Air Taxi, Male, Maldive Islands. Regd 20-Dec-1997.

• 8Q-MAI Re-regd to Maldivian Air Taxi, Male, MI. Regd 04-Jan-1998.

Note: Seen Mar 2008 and 2010 with a basic white overall scheme and gold nose and body stripe. Later in Jan 2012 back to Red and white scheme but with green trim stripe along fuselage under red top.

• 8Q-MAI Re regd 07-Nov-2011 Morgagee Seaplane Holdings A/S., Vedbaek, Denmark.

• 8Q-MAI Regd to Trans Maldivian Airways Pvt., Ltd., Male, Maldive Islands, 15-Aug-2013.

• Current •

N5227 at Downsview - CYZD.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 1969 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VH-PGU at Rockhampton - YBRK, Queensland.
Photos: Morning Bulletin © 29 November 1971 - Erik Johannesson Collection
VH-PGU of MMA at Adelaide - YPAD, South Australia.
Photo: Bob Wiseman © 15 October 1978 - Lange Higgerson Collection
VH-PGU stored at Melbourne - YMML, Victoria.
Photo: Unknown photographer © October 1978 - Michael J. Ody Collection
Photo: Unknown photographer © May 1979 - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
N-934MA poorly marked at Eagle Farm, Queensland.
Photo: Unknown photographer © July 1979 - John Rodger Collection - Aird Archives
Photo: N. Raith © February 1987 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N934MA working hard.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Michael J. Ody Collection
N934MA in SUNAIR EXPRESS colours at St. Thomas.
Photo: Erik Johannesson © 11 March 1992 - Michael J. Ody Collection
C-GKBM of HARBOUR AIR at Victoria Harbour.
Photos: Neil Aird © 15 October 1997
Photo: Unknown photographer © June 2006 - Michael J. Ody Collection
8Q-MAI at Kerudu, Maldive Islands.
Photo: Stephen John Rendle © 09 April 2009
8Q-MAI with slight change in colours.
Photo: Jeremy Denton © 04 April 2013
8Q-MAI now tma, landing at Maafushivaru.
Photo: Stephan Barth © 22 March 2022 - Aird Archives