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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
C-GKBG
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733

Series 300

C-GKBG

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

• C-GKBG de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out date 08-Jan-1981. First flight 08-Jan-1981.

• C-GKBG Delivered to Kenn Borek Air, Calgary, AB., 28-Jan-1981.

Delivered in primer, and rolled out 22-Apr-1981 in Home Oil c/s.

• C-GKBG Leased to Home Oil, Calgary, AB., 22-Apr-1981.

• C-GKBG Returned to Kenn Borek Air, Calgary, AB., 22-Apr-1983.

• C-GKBG Leased to Air Inuit Ltd., Kuujjuaq, QC.  Jun-1983. Canx 19-Dec-1985.

• C-GKBG Air Inuit(1985) Ltd., Dorval, QC. Regd 28-Apr-1986. Canx 28-Mar-1988.

• C-GKBG Returned to Kenn Borek Air, Calgary, AB. Regd 26-May-1988.

• C-GKBG Leased to Adventure Network International, Nov-1988.

• C-GKBG Returned to Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB., Feb-1989.

• C-GKBG Leased to Empire Airways, Hayden Lake, ID., Aug-1990.

• C-GKBG Returned to Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB., Oct-1990.

• C-GKBG Leased to Empire Airways, Hayden Lake, ID., 28-Aug-1991.

• C-GKBG Returned to Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB., 30-Sep-1991.

• C-GKBG Leased to US Antarctic Programme, Nov-1991.

• C-GKBG Returned to Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB.,11-Feb-1992.

• C-GKBG Leased to US Antarctic Programme, 02-Oct-1993.

• C-GKBG Returned to Kenn Borek Air Ltd, Calgary AB, 1994.

• C-GKBG Leased to ?????, 1994.

• C-GKBG Returned to Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB., Sep-1994.

• C-GKBG Leased to US Antarctic Programme, 12-Oct-1994.

• C-GKBG Returned to Kenn Borek Air Ltd,, Calgary, AB,.1995.

• C-GKBG Leased to Harbour Air, Vancouver, BC., 05-Jun-1995.

• C-GKBG Returned to Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB., 21-Sep-1995.

• C-GKBG Leased to US Antarctic Programme, 28-Sep-1995.

• C-GKBG Returned to Kenn Borek Air Air, Calgary, AB., Apr-1996.

• C-GKBG Leased to US Antarctic Programme, 1996.

• C-GKBG Returned to Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB., 22-Feb-1997.

• C-GKBG Leased to Harbour Air, Vancouver, BC.,16-May-1997.

• C-GKBG Returned to Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB., Sep-1997.

• C-GKBG Leased to US Antarctic Programme, 13-Oct-1997.

• C-GKBG Returned to Kenn Borek Air Ltd, Calgary AB, 21-Feb-1998.

• C-GKBG Leased to Aklak Air, 1998.

• C-GKBG Returned to Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB., 30-Jul-1998.

• C-GKBG Leased to Harbour Air, Vancouver, BC., 31-Jul-1998.

• C-GKBG Returned to Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB., Oct-1998.

• C-GKBG Leased to Harbour Air, Vancouver, BC., 1999.

• C-GKBG Returned to Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB.  Date unknown.

• C-GKBG Leased to US Antarctic Programme, National Science Foundation, 20-Oct-1999.

Accident: Ross Ice Shelf, 472 kms from McMurdo Sound, 12-Dec-1999. The pilots had just dropped off two researchers from McMurdo at a small scientific station (AGO-6) on the South Pole when they prepared for a STOL,. 20deg flaps takeoff from the polar plateau located at an elevation of 7800 feet. During the takeoff the left ski dug into the snow causing the Twin Otter to swerve. The aircraft bounced into the air and struck a skidoo. The aircraft traveled for another 3000 feet before coming to rest. The three crew survived the accident. The wreckage was recovered and rebuilt.

Note: Returned to Seriesvice with Kenn Borek Air, Calgary AB, 30-Apr-2002.

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

• C-GKBG Details of leases and movement unclear between 2002 & 2013.

• C-GKBG Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB.

Ferried 08-Oct-2012 Calgary, AB - Colorado Springs, CO - Brownsville, TX 09-Oct-2012 Brownsville, TX - Liberia, Costa Rica on its way to Antarctica for the 2012/2013 season.

Ferried 20-Feb-2013 Liberia, Costa Rica (MRLB) to Brownsville, TX 21-Feb-2013 Brownsville, TX - Denver-Centennial, CO. 22-Feb-2013 Denver-Centennial, CO - Calgary, AB. Returning from Antarctica.

Return to the Antarctic.25-Sep-2013 Calgary, AB - Denver-Centennial, - Lubbock-Smith Int'l, TX. 26-Sep-2013 Lubbock-Smith Int'l, TX - Brownsville, TX - Liberia, Costa Rica.

Flew 28-Feb-2014 McAllen-Miller, TX - Denver-Centennial, CO - Calgary, AB. On return from Antarctica.

Ferried 17-Oct-2014 Calgary, AB - Denver-Centennial, CO) 17-Oct-2014 Calgary, AB - Denver-Centennial, CO - McAllen-Miller, TX 18-Oct-2014 McAllen-Miller, TX - Liberia, Costa Rica.

Ferried 09-Feb-2015 McAllen-Miller, Cheyenne, WY -Calgary, AB.

Ferried 01-Oct-2015 Calgary-Int'l, AB - Colorado Springs, CO.

Flew Roatan - Dallas, TX (ADS) -Billings, MT - Calgary-Int'l, AB 24-Feb-2016 returning to Canada from Antarctica.

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

Note 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.

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

Ferried 06-Jul-2016 Calgary-Int'l, AB - Vancouver, BC and noted next day on floats These were subsequently removed the next day and the aircraft returned to Calgary Int’l on 16-Jul-2016.

Ferried 12-Oct-2016 Flew Calgary-Int'l, AB - Denver-Centennial, CO - McAllen-Miller, TX 15/18-Oct-2016. flew Liberia - Guayaquil - Arica - Concepción - Punta Arenas and on to Antarctica.

Ferried Flew Roatan - Dallas-Addison, TX - Gillette, WY - Calgary-Int'l, AB 25/26-Feb-2017. Arrived Calgary on return from Antarctica.

Ferried Flew 21-Oct-2017 Calgary McAllen Miller, Hildago, TX– Liberia. en route to Antarctica.

Ferried Flew Calgary-Int’l, AB - Colorado Springs, CO - McAllen-Miller, TX - Liberia 03/04-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 Antarctica.

Flew Calgary-Int’l, AB - Denver-Centennial, CO - McAllen-Miller, TX - Liberia 02/03-Oct-2019 en route to Antarctica.

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C-GKBG factory new, at Calgary - CYYC, Alberta.
Photo: Michael J. Ody © March 1981
C-GKBG of home oil after painting, at Calgary - CYYC, Alberta.
Photo: Anthony J. Hickey © June 1981 - Michael J. Ody Collection
C-GKBG at Calgary - CYYC, Alberta.
Photo: Dave Dunsmore © May 1988 - Michael J. Ody Collection
C-GKBG with U.S. ANTARCTIC PROGRAM titles, at Calgary.
Photo: Dave Dunsmore © November 1988 - Michael J. Ody Collection
C-GKBG / 24 in EMPIRE AIRLINES titles at Redding - KRDD, California.
Photo: Fred Barnes © 05 August 1990 - Michael J. Ody Collection
C-GKBG wearing suitable footwear at Calgary.
Photo: Anthony J. Hickey © February 1992 - Michael J. Ody Collection
C-GKBG at Calgary - CYYC, Alberta.
Photo: Roger Botting © 04 September 2013 - Erik Johannesson Collection