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The DHC 2 Beaver Experience Over Whistler

Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:06 pm

If you haven't read part one it is here.
Adelaide To Vancouver Air NZ A320 & 777 Premium Ec (by ryan h Aug 27 2011 in Trip Reports)

Green Lake, British Columbia
Date: Saturday 31 July 2011
Seat: next to the pilot
Aircraft: DHC-2 Beaver
Registration: C-FMXS

Dad and I were looking around the Whistler area to see what's there.

Then we saw some floatplanes on the other side of a lake. So after going over and having a look, we saw an early model of the Beaver, still with a radial engine, not a turboprop conversion, like you will often see nowadays.

Turns out to be Whistler Air on Green Lake.


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Quickly made the decision that we were going flying, however there is a minimum of three passengers required for the flight, so dad said he will pay the difference for the third person. Shows how determined we were to get on that plane.

Soon got going, I was sat in the front next to the pilot, and dad was sat in the back.

Water was calm so taxi and take off was smooth. Did not realize how high the nose was on take off, so could not see much ahead, only to the side.


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Conditions were cloudy and there was bad weather on the way.

Was a bit bumpy in places, but that is expected in the mountains.

Flew over whistler and numerous lakes, can't remember all the names. One was Lake Garibaldi, I think the pilot said that it is something like 1000 feet deep.


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Most of the area is wildlife park or national park, well something like that, so hasn't been built on.

Was surprised as it is summer in Canada, that some of the mountains still had snow on their peaks.


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Was now time to head back to Green Lake.

Was probably the smoothest landing I have experienced. I don’t think I felt the landing. It was only the wake of the floats in the water that I knew we were down.


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Dad and I after the flight.

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The pilot did say afterwards that with two aircraft enthusiasts on board, he did not want to give us a rough landing.

We hung around to see a cessna 208 caravan take off and the Beaver take off on another flight, before stocking up on Whistler Air t shirts and hats.


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The Beaver is off again.

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So that caps off my first Beaver flight.

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RE: The DHC 2 Beaver Experience Over Whistler

Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:19 am

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RE: The DHC 2 Beaver Experience Over Whistler

Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:48 am

Hi Ryan,

great report with many nice pictures, definitely something special! The scenery looks awesome.


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RE: The DHC 2 Beaver Experience Over Whistler

Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:06 pm

Very nice! Reminds me of a DHC2 flight that I took with my dad in Seattle on Kenmore Air. Gotta love the classics!

Thanks for sharing,

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RE: The DHC 2 Beaver Experience Over Whistler

Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:17 pm

Thanks. Always wanted to go to Whistler. How much do they charge for the flight?
 
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RE: The DHC 2 Beaver Experience Over Whistler

Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:50 pm

Hi

Nice to see a private plane report on here. And especially one on a DSH2-Beaver, I believe it's the first time we see one of these in the trip reports.


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RE: The DHC 2 Beaver Experience Over Whistler

Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:24 pm

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 5):
Thanks. Always wanted to go to Whistler. How much do they charge for the flight?

Since there was not enough people for a normal flight, ended up hiring the plane which cost $500 an hour. Was not going to let that stop us.
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RE: The DHC 2 Beaver Experience Over Whistler

Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:57 pm

Hi!

Many thanks for the report. I like flying the Kenmore Air beaver in flight simulator so can only imagine how cool a real one must be. Some very nice inflight pics in there. Nice to see something low and slow to balance out all the pics of diet cokes at 30,000ft!

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RE: The DHC 2 Beaver Experience Over Whistler

Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:05 am

Pierre, could not agree more. It is good people put their trip reports up for us to read, but there is only so much of that I can read.
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RE: The DHC 2 Beaver Experience Over Whistler

Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:21 am

Cool! Note that aircraft was actually leased from Harbour Air for the summer, and is still in their colors. That Caravan used to be in a funky orange scheme previously belonging to Slate Falls Airways - hence the reg'o.

The Whistler Air color scheme is quite amazing
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Quoting ryan h (Thread starter):
we saw an early model of the Beaver, still with a radial engine, not a turboprop conversion, like you will often see nowadays

Fortunately, the majority of the Beaver's around here anyway are still powered by the original R985 radial. I like the ones with the original 2 blade prop, they make a lot more noise on full power! The 3 bladed props are a lot quieter, most have this, the Tofino ones are the exception. The only commercial operator that has the Turbo III'shere is Seair, plus Kenmore in WA have a couple I think. Most Turbo III's are private or corporate, from what I understand its a bit like owning a Porsche, great for a toy, but a bit too expensive for day to day slogging on the coast. Kenworth have one based at YVR, as did Telus until recently replaced by a Kodiak.

However, the Otter is almost exclusively turboshaft powered around here, I dont think I have ever seen a radial one. There are still two or three operating in Ontario & Manitoba I think. Most here have the PWC PT6A, but there are some with the Garrett TPE331 and even the Polish PZL engine.
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RE: The DHC 2 Beaver Experience Over Whistler

Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:53 am

Later in the trip, spent some time at the downtown Vancouver terminal and saw the whistler air Beaver there. I think it is the best colour scheme I have seen on a Beaver so far.

Although I did not see any radial engined Otters in Canada, Volcanic Air Safaris in New Zealand had one when I saw it in 2006.
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