9/02/2010

Sag Lake Welcomes Back the Past - (C-FYCX)

A deHavilland DHC-3 Otter is cool.  An Otter with a turbine engine is cool as well.  But the fact that turbine Otter C-FYCX is docked on my lake makes it the coolest Otter ever.  It's been a long time since I've seen an Otter on Sag Lake; ever since the Canadian Customs station closed there's been a significant reduction in airplane traffic to the lake.  But once again, a DCH-3 is snuggled up to the Customs dock, wearing a whiny PT6A in place of the original R-1340 radial.  I think they call this progress..... 
C-FYCX holds serial number 44, and has undergone a Vazar turbine conversion.  It now has a PT6A engine that produces 750 s.h.p.  This airplane is really quiet, although it still makes the distinct whine of a turbine, which is always a thrilling sound to hear.  I guess I hear enough raspy radials that I can appreciate another kind of engine once in a while, particularly since it powers such an awesome airplane.   C-FYCX is owned and operated by Wilderness North outfitters, offering fly-in fishing adventures, based in Armstrong Ontario. Their website is very comprehensive and features a great photo gallery of the airplanes.
Seeing this Otter on Saganaga Lake takes me back to a time when airplanes of all makes and models were common on the lake, and while I still love airplanes as much now as I did then, I usually have to travel a bit farther to see them these days.  I really need to turn my resort into a fly-in outfitter....
My dad sitting left seat.  A PT6 Powell.  
All photos courtesy of Sherry Powell

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey - I am really happy to find this. great job!

Anonymous said...

Laura...Where are U?