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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 200HG™
C-GQKN
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Series 100 Converted to Series 200

PZ-TAV • C-GQKN • (C-GIAL)

C-GQKN

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

• PZ-TAV de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out 15-Dec-1967. First flight 06-Jan-1968.

• PZ-TAV SLM Surinaamse Luchtvaarrt Maatschppij / Surinam Airways, Paramaribo Delivered 05-Mar-1968.

• C-GQKN West Coast Air Services, Vancouver, BC. Regd 02-May-1979.

• (C-GIAL) Regd to Island Airlines, Campbell River, BC. Regd 10-May-1979 however canx by Transport Canada as ntu 10-Dec-1979.

• C-GQKN Leased to Airwest Airlines, Vancouver, BC. Regd Apr-1980.

• C-GQKN Merged into Air BC, Vancouver, BC. Regd 01-Nov-1980.

• C-GQKN Leased to Skywest Aviation, Clareholme, AB. Regd Jul-1983. Canx 07-Feb-1984.

Note: Operated by SkySports Skydiving, Claresholm, AB.

• C-GQKN Returned to Air BC, Vancouver, BC:

• C-GQKN Leased to Echo Bay Mines, Edmonton, AB. Regd 27-Jul-1983. Canx 05-Nov-1984.

• C-GQKN Returned to Air BC (f/n 606) Vancouver, BC. Regd 23-Sep-1983.

• C-GQKN Name changed to Air BC (Canadian Pacific Commuter) (f/n 606) Vancouver, BC. Regd 02-Oct-1983.

• C-GQKN J Pattinson Industries, Vancouver, BC. Canx 15-Aug-1984. Canx 09-Oct-1986

• C-GQKN Name changed to Air BC (Air Canada Connector) (f/n 605), Vancouver, BC Regd 26-Apr-1987. Later (f/n 066) later (f/n 606).

Accident: Victoria Harbour, BC 20-Feb-1989. On final approach for a water landing at Victoria Harbour, BC., the aircraft stalled and landed hard) Transported via sea & road transport to Vancouver on 23-Feb-1989 and withdrawn from use. It was then taken via road to Springbank, AB., for rebuilding by Ashe Aircraft Enterprises.

• C-GQKN Returned to service with Air BC in Dec-1989.

• C-GQKN Leased to Pacific Coastal Airlines, Vancouver, BC. Regd 20-Aug-1992. Canx 13-Oct-1992.

Flew Vancouver, BC - Port Hardy, BC 20-Aug-1992 on delivery.

• C-GQKN Returned to Air BC (Air Canada Connector) (f/n 606), Vancouver, BC. Regd 13-Oct-1992.

Flew Port Hardy, BC - Vancouver, BC 13-Oct-1992 on return.

• C-GQKN Leased to Pacific Coastal Airlines, Vancouver, BC. Regd 12-Feb-1993.

Flew Vancouver, BC - Port Hardy, BC 12-Feb-1993 on delivery

• C-GQKN Returned to Air BC (Air Canada Connector) (f/n 606), Vancouver, BC. Regd 25-Aug-1995. Canx 26-Feb-1996.

Flew Port Hardy, BC - Vancouver, BC 13-May-1993 on return. Withdrawn from use & stored at Vancouver, BC., 26-Aug-1995

• C-GQKN West Coast Air Services Ltd., Vancouver, BC. Regd 26-Feb-1996.

Note: Remained withdrawn from use at Vancouver until made airworthy in May-1997.

• C-GQKN West Coast Air Services Ltd., Vancouver, BC. Returned to service 05-May-1997. Canx 09-Jul-1999. Regd 30-Aug-2006 & 12-Aug-2010. 

Flew Vancouver, BC - Murrieta-French Valley, CA for overhaul by Ikhana Group circa Q2 2012 where it was

 converted to DHC-6-200HG format.

Flew Murrieta-French Valley, CA - Redding, CA - Vancouver, BC 10-Nov-2012 following overhaul.

• C-GQKN West Coast Air Services Ltd., Vancouver, BC. Re regd 25-Sep-2012.  Returned to service Jan-2013.

Incident 8ml N of Victoria Int ernational Airport 31-Mar-2000 A Cessna 172, registration N8522U, serial number 17252422, was en route from Arlington, Washington, to Nanaimo, British Columbia. The aircraft was flying under visual flight rules (VFR) at 4500 feet above sea level on a north westerly heading. On initial contact, the Victoria, British Columbia, terminal airspace (YYJ) terminal controller assigned a transponder code, radar identified the flight, and approved the flight to proceed as requested to Nanaimo. About one minute later, a West Coast Air de Havilland DHC-6 (Twin Otter), call sign C606, serial number 94, checked in with the YYJ terminal controller. The Twin Otter was radar identified and approved to proceed to Victoria Harbour at 4,500 feet above sea level on a south-southwesterly heading.

Another controller reported for duty at this time. The first transmission received by the new controller when he took over the Victoria VFR traffic advisory frequency was an advisory from the Cessna pilot stating that he was descending because of a Twin Otter. At about 10:18 Pacific daylight time, the Cessna and the Twin Otter came into proximity of each other, necessitating evasive action by the Cessna pilot. The Twin Otter pilot did not see the Cessna in time to take evasive action.

Note: Nov-2012 Repainted by Upper Valley Aviation, Chilliwack, BC.

Flew 10-Nov-2012 Murietta-French Valley, - Redding-Municipal, CA - Vancouver-International, BC

• C-GQKN West Coast Air Services Ltd., Richmond, BC. Canx 03-Jan-2017.

• C-GQKN Transferred to Harbour Air Ltd., Richmond, BC. Mar 2016. Regd 03-Jan-2017.

Note: 01-Mar-2017. Re-entered service after being repainted into Harbour Air colours.

Note: Harbour Air titles and logos and floats removed and departed Vancouver International on 01-Dec-2019.

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PZ-TAV of SLM getting TLC at Paramaribo.
Photo: Unknown photographer © January 1976 - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-GQKN at Coal Harbour - CYXH, Vancouver.
Photo: Kenneth I Swartz © August 1979 - Michael J. Ody Collection
C-GQKN at Vancouver - CYVR on beaching gear.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 22 December 1979 - Michael J. Ody Collection
C-GQKN at Vancouver - CYVR, with AirBC titles applied.
Photo: Gary Vincent © March 1981
C-GQKN on wheels.
Photo: Anthony J. Hickey © September 1983 - Michael J. Ody Collection
C-GQKN in AirBC livery, fleet number 606.
Photo: Unknown photographer © June 1985 - Michael J. Ody Collection
C-GQKN at Coal Harbour - CYXH, Vancouver. Fleet number 605.
Photo: D. Dunsmore © August 1987 - Michael J. Ody Collection
C-GQKN at Vancouver - CYVR, with fleet number 066.
Photo: Michael J. Ody © 15 November 1989
C-GQKN at Sechelt - Porpoise Bay, British Columbia.
Tight spots - no problem.
Photos: Neil Aird © 17 October 2002
C-GQKN at Victoria in the Inner Harbour.
Photo: Dietmar Schreiber © June 2009 - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-GQKN in new livery, at Vancouver South - CYVR.
Photo: BCAVPICS © 17 December 2012
C-GQKN on line at Victoria Harbour.
Photo: Thomas Woodtli © 19 March 2013
C-GQKN landing Vancouver.
Photo: Dirk Septer © 03 November 2013
C-GQKN at work and rest in Coal Harbour - CXH.
Photos: Ron Kosys © 03 June 2013 - Aird Archives
Photo: Ron Kosys © 05 June 2013 - Aird Archives
C-GQKN a grand portrait.
Photo: Scott McGeachy © 25 May 2016
C-GQKN still earning her keep with HARBOUR AIR titles.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 05 August 2016
C-GQKN heading out for Victoria.
Photo: Lenn Bayliss © 08 August 2017