Winter Wings

Air Labrador retains skilled pilots who are well versed in dealing with hazardous winter weather. Here, one of its de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300s, C-FGON (c/n 369), basks on the ramp at Black Tickle, 165 miles (305km) east of the carrier’s Goose Bay base, during a bright but windy day.

Canada is often considered to be something of a picturesque winter wonderland. Cold weather months bring peculiar beauty to boreal bush and barren Arctic grounds. But the story is decidedly different for airlines and bush plane operators, where winter delivers additional costs, much hard work and increased hazards for their aviators, particularly in the barely inhabited northern regions. Away from major airports and facing rudimentary airfields lacking paved runways and electronic landing aids, pilots, mechanics and passengers must learn to live with extreme cold, deep snow and long winter darkness.

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