Corilair

From Dominion of British Columbia
Corilair
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Headquarters 3050 Spit Road
Campbell River CR1 5CE
IATA code CR
ICAO code COR
Call sign CORILAIR
Hubs Campbell River Harbour Airport, Campbell River
Vancouver–Coal Harbour Water Airport, Vancouver
Services Scheduled domestic, charter

Corilair is a commercial airline in British Columbia offering domestic scheduled and charter services using seaplanes; it is BC's second-largest seaplane airline after Harbour Air.

Corilair serve seven domestic destinations.

History[edit]

Established 1988.

Incidents[edit]

  • 17 September 1994 DHBC-6 Twin Otter VB-COE (c/n C1041/1969), operating a charter flight from the Fish Egg Inlet logging camp to Pruth Bay located 16 nmi away, crashed on takeoff. As the aircraft climbed through 100 feet the flaps were retracted, when a violent pitch-up was experienced. The aicraft stalled, crashing into the water 100 feet offshore and sinking immediately; of the two crew and two passengers aboard, only the co-pilot survived. Investigation revealed that the elevator control cable failed at station 376 due to corrosion, causing the pilot to lose control of the aircraft; the corrosion had not been detected during the aircraft's last cable inspection.

Fleet[edit]

All aircraft are float-equipped.

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

BC-made aircraft[edit]

Note: a green background indicates an aircraft in service, a yellow background indicates a retired aircraft, and a pink background indicates an aircraft lost in an accident.

Type Registration C/n Blt Acquisition Disposal
DHBC-6 Twin Otter VB-COA C833 1966 1989, bought from Island International Airways in service
DHBC-6 Twin Otter VB-COB C834 1966 1989, bought from Island International Airways in service
DHBC-6 Twin Otter VB-COC C853 1966 1989, bought from Island International Airways in service
DHBC-6 Twin Otter VB-COD C912 1968 1989, bought from Island International Airways in service
DHBC-6 Twin Otter VB-COE C1041 1969 1989, bought from Island International Airways 1994, destroyed
DHBC-6 Twin Otter VB-COF C1042 1969 1989, bought from Island International Airways in service

Other aircraft[edit]

Type Registration C/n Blt Acquisition Disposal
DHC-3 Otter VB-COR 398 1960 1988, bought from Royal Canadian Air Force (Canada) 1992, converted to DHC-3/1000
DHC-3 Otter VB-COS 405 1960 1988, bought from Nakina Outpost Camps (Canada) 1991, converted to Turbo Otter
DHC-3 Otter VB-COT 355 1959 1988, Ministry of Natural Resources (Canada) 1994, converted to DHC-3/1000
DHC-3 Otter VB-COU 282 1959 1990, bought from Air Schefferville (Canada) 1993, converted to DHC-3/1000
DHC-3/1000 Otter VB-COR 398 1960 1992, converted to DHC-3/1000 with PZL ASz-62 engine in service
DHC-3/1000 Otter VB-COT 355 1959 1994, converted to DHC-3/1000 with PZL ASz-62 engine in service
DHC-3/1000 Otter VB-COU 282 1959 1994, converted to DHC-3/1000 with PZL ASz-62 engine in service
DHC-3T Vazar Turbo Otter VB-COS 405 1960 1991, converted to Turbo Otter in service
DHC-6 Twin Otter VB-COG 571 1977 1991, bought from BAC Leasing (UK) in service
DHC-6 Twin Otter VB-COH 435 1974 1992, bought from Flugfélag Ernir (Iceland) in service
DHC-6 Twin Otter VB-COI 679 1980 1992, bought from Sataircraft (Denmark) in service

Routes[edit]

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Entries with a green background indicates a destination in British Columbia.

Airport Service area Destination Aircraft Notes
Campbell River Harbour (XHC) Domestic Pender Harbour (XPH) Otter Continuing to Victoria
Tahsis (XTS) Twin Otter
Vancouver–Coal Harbour (XXH) Otter
Victoria Inner Harbour (XWH) Otter
Whistler–Green Lake (XGL) Otter
Nanaimo Harbour (XZN) Domestic Vancouver–Coal Harbour (XXH) Twin Otter
Victoria Inner Harbour (XWH) Twin Otter
Whistler–Green Lake (XGL) Otter
Pender Harbour (XPH) Domestic Campbell River Harbour (XHC) Otter Originating in Victoria
Vancouver–Coal Harbour (XXH) Otter
Victoria Inner Harbour (XWH) Otter Originating in Campbell River
Tahsis (XTS) Domestic Campbell River Harbour (XHC) Twin Otter
Victoria Inner Harbour (XWH) Twin Otter
Vancouver–Coal Harbour (XXH) Domestic Campbell River Harbour (XHC) Otter
Nanaimo Harbour (XZN) Twin Otter
Pender Harbour (XPH) Otter
Victoria Inner Harbour (XWH) Twin Otter
Whistler–Green Lake (XGL) Twin Otter
Victoria Inner Harbour (XWH) Domestic Campbell River Harbour (XHC) Otter via Pender Harbour
Nanaimo Harbour (XNZ) Twin Otter
Pender Harbour (XPH) Otter Continuing to Campbell River
Tahsis (XTS) Twin Otter
Vancouver–Coal Harbour (XXH) Twin Otter
Whistler–Green Lake (XGL) Twin Otter
Whistler–Green Lake (XGL) Domestic Campbell River Harbour (XHC) Otter
Nanaimo Harbour (XZN) Otter
Vancouver–Coal Harbour (XXH) Twin Otter
Victoria Inner Harbour (XWH) Twin Otter