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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
C-GKBO (3)
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Series 300


C-GKBO (3)

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

C-GDOX de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out date Dec-1980. First flight 15-Dec-1980.

• (G-BIDR) Ordered but not taken up by Brymon Airways, Plymouth, UK., Dec-1980.

C-GDOX Reported as delivered to Etty Aerospace International, Dec-1980.

C-GDOX Delivered to Dupont of Canada Explorations, Mississauga, ON., 19-Dec-1980. Canx 05-Jul-1984.

LN-WFF Sold to Wideröes Flyveselskap AS., Oslo, Norway. Named a/c "Silje" after girl born onboard 1985. Temp Regd 05-Jul-1984. Full regd 12-Jul-1984.

C-FTYU Sold back to de Havilland Canada Inc. ,Downsview, ON., 13-Jan-1995.

Note: Registration allocated but was not applied to the aircraft.

HP-1273APP Leased to Aeroperlas, Panama City, Panama. 22-Jan-1995 Canx May-1995

Note: Rolled out as such at Calgary, AB 22-Jan-1995 & departed 25-Jan-1995 on delivery to Panama.

C-GKBO (3) Kenn Borek Air, Calgary, AB. Regd 17-May-1995.

Note. Arrived Calgary, AB 21-May-1995 on delivery

Noted at Toronto Buttonville Airport with "Shoals" titles 26-May-1995.

C-GKBO (3) Leased to Air Tindi, Yellowknife, NT, 01-Jul-1995.

C-GKBO (3) Returned to Kenn Borek Air, Calgary, AB.,1995.

C-GKBO (3) Leased to Air Tindi, Yellowknife, NT., 05-May-1996.

C-GKBO (3) Returned to Kenn Borek Air, Calgary, AB., 29-Nov-1996.

C-GKBO (3) Leased to Harbour Air, Vancouver, BC., 04-Apr-1997.

C-GKBO (3) Returned to Kenn Borek Air, Calgary, AB., 24-Sep-1997.

C-GKBO (3) Leased to Shoals, 03-Dec-1999.

C-GKBO (3) Returned to Kenn Borek Air, Calgary, AB., 26-May-1999.

C-GKBO (3) Leased to Shoals, May-1999.

Note: Arrived at London Gatwick Airport (LGW), England. 2000-04-05 & Fairoaks 06-Apr-2000.

C-GKBO (3) Returned to Kenn Borek Air, Calgary, AB., 26-Apr-2000.

Noted at Santa Ana - John Wayne Airport / Orange County (SNA/KSNA), California, USA Aug-2002.

Note: Antarctica Amundsen Scott base visited during Dec-2004 & Jan-2005.

CADORS. 15-Apr-2005. The aircraft leased to Aklak Air by Kenn Borek was on a VFR flight from Sheep Creek NT to Inuvik/Shell Lake, NT and the flight crew did not report their arrival at Shell Lake and did not respond to radio calls. RCMP was tasked to search and located the aircraft parked at Shell Lake. Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction.

CADORS 08-Jun-2005. The aircraft arrived at Kugaaruk, NU after a VFR flight and the crew did not close their flight plan. Nav Canada began a communication search after the aircraft became overdue. North Bay FSS requested a ramp search at Kugaaruk and the aircraft was located parked on the ramp. Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction.

Note: Ferried to Antarctica Nov-2006 via Houston TX, Cayman Islands Guayaquil, Ecuador, Arica, Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas all Chile

CADORS 14-May-2007. The crew of a Kenn Borek DHC-6 Twin Otter air filed a VFR flight plan with North Bay FIC for a flight from Taloyoak to Resolute Bay. When the aircraft did not arrive at Resolute, a communications search ensued, and the company was contacted. It was determined that the aircraft was parked at Taloyoak and the crew had not informed ATC about the change, either on the RCO or by telephone. Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction.

CADORS 18-May-2008. TSB reported that the de Havilland DHC-6 series 300 Twin Otter, operated by Kenn Borek Air Ltd was on the landing roll on runway 17T at Resolute Bay, NU when a wind gust lifted the left wing and the right wingtip contacted the runway surface. The crew and passengers were not injured, and the aircraft sustained minor damage to the right wingtip and right outboard flap hanger. The aircraft is being flown on a ferry permit to Inuvik for repair.

CADORS 15-Apr-2010. The aircraft on wheel/skis operated by Kenn Borek Air, was inbound to Iqaluit when the crew reported that one ski was stuck in the down position. They originally indicated their intention to land on the runway with the ski in the down position and the presence of the emergency rescue firefighters was suggested and accepted. They later made the decision to land on the frozen bay 2 NM south of the airport and did so without further incident at 15:40z.

CADORS 07-May-2010. A Beech King Air 100 operated by Kenn Borek Air, was inbound to Iqaluit, NU and the crew contacted Iqaluit FSS on 122.2 at 17:00z and advised they had radio problems and planned a right downwind for Runway 17 via overhead. From 1700z to 1717z, there was interference on 122.2 and FSS was unable to contact the King Air on that frequency. A Kenn Borek DHC-6, called FSS at 17:10z inbound and the crew received the advisory and planned a left base for Runway 35. At 17:12z, the Twin Otter did a missed approach and joined a right downwind Runway 17 to accommodate the King Air which turned final to Runway 17. Both aircraft landed safely on Runway 17. Once the King Air was on the ground, the interference on 122.2 ceased.

CADORS 25-Apr-2011. The aircraft was operating VFR and inbound to Rankin Inlet NU when the crew received an airport advisory which included visibility 3/4 Statute Mile , Ice Crystals, Blowing Snow. They acknowledged and continued with a VFR approach to Rankin Inlet and landed safely at 15:28z. METAR at Rankin Inlet on 25th of the month at 1,300hours Visibility 3/4 Statute Mile, Ice crystals and Blowing Snow, Sky clear.

Note: Ferried to Antarctica between 23-Oct-2011 and 01-Nov-2012 via Calgary, Colorado Springs Brownsville, TX, Libreville, Costa Rica, Guayaquil, Ecuador, Arica, Chile, Punta Arenas, Chile and Patriot Hills Antarctica. Alleged Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) infraction presuming conditions not VFR.

Flew 04-Mar-2013 Calgary, AB - Cambridge Bay, NU.

Accident 05-May-2013. Unknown location in Greenland. C-GKBO of Kenn Borek had an accident in Greenland (actual location unknown at the moment) on 05-May-2013. It suffered substantial damage when the nose gear ski hit a rock during taxi after landing. The nose gear collapsed. Two crew unhurt.

Ferried: 27-Oct-2013 Calgary, AB - Denver-Centennial, - McAllen-Miller Int'l., TX. Then 28-Oct-2013 McAllen-Miller Int'l., TX - Liberia, Costa Rica Looks like en route to Antarctica.

Returned: From Antarctica. 17-Feb-2014 via Liberia, Costa Rica - McAllen-Miller, TX. Then 18-Feb-2014 McAllen-Miller, TX - Denver-Centennial, CO.

Flew 20-Oct-2014 Calgary-Int'l., AB - Denver-Centennial, CO - McAllen-Miller Int'l., TX 21-Oct-2014 McAllen-Miller Int'l., TX - Liberia, Costa Rica.

Flew 24-Feb-2015 Liberia, Costa Rica - McAllen-Miller, TX. 25-Feb-2015 McAllen-Miller, TX - Cheyenne, WY 26-Feb-2015 Cheyenne, WY - Calgary, AB

Flew 06/08-Nov-2015 Calgary-Int'l, AB - Denver-Centennial, CO - Galveston-Scholes, TX - Roatan, Honduras

Flew 03-Mar-2016 Roatan - Dallas, TX 04-Mar-2016 Dallas, TX - Gillette, WY returning from Antarctica.

Flew 14/15-Jun-2016 Calgary-Int'l, AB - Denver-Centennial, CO - McAllen-Miller Int'l, TX – Liberia bound for Antarctica.

Incident: Kenn Borek has launched their third rescue mission into the Antarctic winter, this time to bring an employee of the Lockheed Martin Antarctic Support group out for critical medical treatment. Successful rescue.

Flew 29-Jun-2016 Roatan - Dallas-Addison, TX - Denver-Centennial, CO on return from Antarctica.

Flew Roatan - Dallas-Addison, TX 08-Feb-2017 and on 09-Feb-2017 Dallas-Addison, TX – Gillette WY returning to Calgary from Antarctica.

Flew Calgary-Int’l, AB - Denver-Centennial, CO - McAllen-Miller, TX - Liberia - Guayaquil - Arica - Concepcion 01/05-Nov-2018 en route to Antarctica.

Flew via Concepcion 11-Feb-2019 and Roatan - Dallas-Addison, TX - Gillette, WY - Calgary-Int’l, AB 15/16-Feb-2019 returning from Antarctic

Flew Calgary International – Casper-Natrona – McAllen-Miller Liberia  08/09 Nov-2019 en route to Antarctica for the 2019/2020 season.


Latest update

• Revised Format and updated data and two images added 19-Apr-2020 •

C-GDOX at Smithers - CYYD, British Columbia.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Michael J. Ody Collection
LN-WFF at Calgary - CYYC, Alberta.
Photo: Anthony J. Hickey © January 1995 - Michael J. Ody Collection
HP-1273APP Wow, that's some long registration!
Photo: Anthony J. Hickey © February 1995 - Michael J. Ody Collection
C-GKBO of Air Tindi at Yellowknife.
Photo: Henry Tenby © 17 May 1996
C-GKBO at work in Antarctica.
Photo: Shawn Erikson © 07 January 2009
C-GKBO in action.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-GKBO at head quarters, Calgary - CYYC.
Photo: Roger Botting © 06 September 2013 - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-GKBO departs Denver.
Photo: Braden Hicks © 27 October 2013 - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-GKBO near Margaret Lake, Yukon.
Photo: Daniel Case © 02 July 2015
C-GKBO with SHOALS titles.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Date unknown - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-GKBO at Calgary - CYYC.
Photo: Trevor McTavish © 17 April 2020 - Aird Archives