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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
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Series 300



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

• C-GEOA (2) de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out date Aug-1981. First flight 11-Aug-1981.

• VP-FAZ Delivered to BAS-British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK. 29-May-1981.

Incident Rothera Station, Antarctica, 18-Nov-1981 Sustained major damage (again) when it was torn from its tie-down ropes and overturned during gale force winds at the Rothera Station. It was dismantled and shipped to the U.K. Aircraft was repaired at Fairoaks, UK using parts from MSN 546 VP-FAW which had sustained more significant damage in the same incident, and was deemed to be beyond economical repair. Following rebuilding, VP-FAZ returned to Service with BAS on 10-Oct-1983.

Accident: Fossil Bluff, Antarctica, 13-Feb-1985. Damaged nose oleo and airframe damaged in take-off where summer ice melt had caused an uneven surface, Temporary repairs carried out by a Canadian engineer in Antarctica which allowed it to be ferried back (with skis removed to reduce drag) to the UK. Arrived back in the UK 27-Mar-1987.

Note: Mar-2013 Based at Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway for survey work and operating for the Natural Environment Research Council, (see photo).

Ferried 28-Feb-2012 Cozumel, Mexico - Brownsville, TX 29-Feb-2012 Houston-Sugarland, TX - Liberal, KS - Casper, WY  01-Mar-2012 Casper, WY - Calgary-International, AB.

Ferried 17-Apr-2014 Keflavik, Iceland - Prestwick, UK - Cambridge, UK.

Ferried 07-Nov-2017. Flew Springbank Casper Natrona, WY, – Garden City – Sugar Land, TX, – Roatan, Honduras – Panama City, Panama, Tocuman, Panama – Guayaquil, Ecuador en route to Antarctica.

Ferried Springbank, AB - Casper-Natrona, WY 11-Oct-2018 en route to Antarctica.

Note: Carries the name “Ice Cold Katy”.

Note. Seen by ISM over Cambridge, UK. Late Sep-2019. Perhaps visiting old friends.

Flew Springbank, AB – Casper-Natrona, WY on 28-Oct-2019 at the start of its delivery to Antarctica for the 2019-2020 season

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Photo: Anthony J. Hickey © November 1991 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VP-FAZ at Port Stanley - SFAL, Falkland Islands.
Photo: Gus Liney © 17 October 2002 - Aird Archives
VP-FAZ at Duxford - EGSU, UK.
Photo: Andy Tee © 09 July 2013
VP-FAZ landing at Prestwick - EGPK. Crew training.
Photo: John © 12 August 2013
VP-FAZ at Longyearbyen, Norway.
Photo: Photographer unknown © Date unknown