Slate Falls Airway's Cessna Caravan Floatplane
Just after getting home from a tour in Africa, I returned a
call from Vern Hollett, the owner of Slate Falls Airways based in Sioux
Lookout, Ontario. Slate Falls was running two Otters, a Beaver, and a
couple of Cessna for their mostly summer operation servicing the northern
native communities and flying the fishermen into their own fly-out fishing
camps. When an opportunity to get a good buy on a Caravan floatplane came
up, Vern couldn't resist. He decided to go for it and bring in the
relatively expensive Caravan to replace one of his aging single Otters.
The pilots I had the time to fly with were serious in learning, keen in their interest, and certainly well qualified in what they were undertaking. These pilots renewed my belief that Canadian bush pilots are the best in the world. Of course, then, I am biased. I would like to thank them for their hospitality. I would especially like to thank John, the Beaver pilot, for the great ride he gave my seven year son, Logan, from the front seat. I would also like to thank Vern for the fishing trip. Logan caught a walleye on the second cast of his young sport fishing career. After a quick look and release, we enjoyed seeing the walleye swim away to be caught again another day.
Article by John S Goulet
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