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PostPosted: January 11th, 2011, 11:47 am 
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It seems that unless a group can fill up a Twin Otter on T wheels there is no way for a solo or a tandem crew to fly out of Inuvik.

In the late 90's there was a float Cessna 185 with decent rates. Seems the business was sold out to a larger operator.

Anyone know of commercial small float plane operating out of Inuvik?
The internet has not been of much help.

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 Post subject: Re: Inuvik; seeking small float plane operator
PostPosted: January 12th, 2011, 12:20 pm 
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Hi Gerald.

I know it is some distance away, but have you contacted North Wright Air in Norman Wells? If they can't do it, they might know somebody who will.
(867) 587-2288 Fax: (867) 587-2962 info@north-wrightairways.com


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 Post subject: Re: Inuvik; seeking small float plane operator
PostPosted: January 12th, 2011, 1:58 pm 
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For what it's worth...

I flew out of inuvik with Olav who you could contact at this web site
http://www.arcticchalet.com/

If he's not currently flying, at least he aught to know who is.


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PostPosted: January 13th, 2011, 8:50 am 
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Thanks for your replies.

Oldntired,
I wanted to fly out of Inuvik if possible. I want to drive to Inuvik as the last time up North I ended up in Yellowknife and 1/2 of my gear in Vancouver.

Rolf,
I did not contact Olaf because I was told he has retired from flying. I will get in touch with him anyways.

Cheers,

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 Post subject: Re: Inuvik; seeking small float plane operator
PostPosted: January 13th, 2011, 9:17 am 
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Last time I was Inuvik, I believe Olaf had a son that was flying as well. Too bad he's retired, he was one of the best pilots I've flown with.

I've experienced the landing in one place with the gear going elsewhere too. They couldn't get all my gear on the plane to Inuvik... too many supplies being sent up so my gear came the next day but at least it arrived. Had to shuffle my plans and do the bush flight a day later but as it turned out I couldn't have flown on the day I'd planned anyway as there were bush fires in the area and all the planes had been pressed into service fighting fires.

I did a trip once that had my fly commercial into Vancouver and then take a shuttle flight to my final destination. I got to where I wanted but my gear continued on the plane to Japan. Didn't get it back for several days.

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Thanks for your replies.

Oldntired,
I wanted to fly out of Inuvik if possible. I want to drive to Inuvik as the last time up North I ended up in Yellowknife and 1/2 of my gear in Vancouver.

Rolf,
I did not contact Olaf because I was told he has retired from flying. I will get in touch with him anyways.

Cheers,

GG


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 Post subject: Re: Inuvik; seeking small float plane operator
PostPosted: January 13th, 2011, 10:02 am 
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North Wright Air flies a Cessna 185 or 206 out of Inuvik during the summer depending on demand. They had both in town in late summer 2007, the year of my Horton trip. But you may have to wait until late in the Spring to find out what they will have in Inuvik as part of their fleet.


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 Post subject: Re: Inuvik; seeking small float plane operator
PostPosted: January 13th, 2011, 11:34 am 
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Gerald, I didn't know you could drive to Inuvik?

Also, I avoid airline baggage mixups by freighting stuff by road/barge ahead of time. It also turns out cheaper than paying the airline freight surcharges. And you get an added benefit of not needing to worry about stoves, fuel etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Inuvik; seeking small float plane operator
PostPosted: February 26th, 2011, 12:36 am 
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Try Northwright Airways based out of Norman Wells; they have a satellite office in Inuvik. They may still operate a Cessna 185 with floats based out of Inuvik. We flew back from the mouth of the Anderson about 3 years ago with them. Carolyn sorts out the charters 867-587-2288 or email: charters@north-wrightairways.com


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 Post subject: Re: Inuvik; seeking small float plane operator
PostPosted: February 26th, 2011, 7:25 am 
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Thanks for the info ncm.
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 Post subject: Re: Inuvik; seeking small float plane operator
PostPosted: February 26th, 2011, 12:01 pm 
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Gerald;
Options flying to Inuvik:
just thinking about getting there at the same time as your gear.



Air North flies in there with Hawker Siddley 748 (one bigger than a 747 ) they now have a 737 equipped to fly into gravel strips so may start using a 737 on their flip into Inuvik (paved)
First Air 737
Canadian North 737
You would have to fly out of Edmonton.

Or as you say driving the Dempster which is a great adventure in itself. :thumbup:

Hugh

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 Post subject: Re: Inuvik; seeking small float plane operator
PostPosted: February 26th, 2011, 2:45 pm 
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Thanks Hugh,

On a previous flight to Inuvik with my gear there was no problem. It was a Air Canada/Air North flight with transfer in Edmonton.

My problems occurred another time on a Air Canada/Air North flight to Yellowknife. My gear ended up in Vancouver. I had to wait in Edmonton for 48 hours. Charter to Thelon was delayed for 2 days.

Cheers,

Gerald

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