Kenn Borek Air
Kenn Borek Air is an airline based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It operates regional passenger and cargo services, contract operations in the Arctic and Antarctic and aircraft leasing. Its main base is at Calgary International Airport. It charters aircraft for scientific expeditions, oil exploration, etc., and operates air ambulance services.
|Founded||1966 (as Vic Turner Ltd)|
|AOC #||Canada: 2273|
United States: WJKF060F
|Hubs||Calgary International Airport|
|Destinations||5 (as Aklak Air)|
|Parent company||Kenn Borek Air Ltd.|
|Key people||Brian Crocker, Operations Manager|
Wallace Dobchuk, Chief Pilot
The airline was established in 1966 as Vic Turner Ltd which operated a single de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter providing air support for oil exploration activities in the Canadian Arctic. Renamed Kenn Borek Air after being purchased by Borek Construction in 1971, the company acquired the Aklavik Flying Services which was founded in April 1947 by Michael Zubko operating a single Aeronca Champion at that time. In 1975 Kenn Borek acquired Kenting Atlas Aviation which was established in 1947 as Atlas Aviation then renamed to Kenting Aviation in 1972.
On 26 April 2001, Kenn Borek Air used a DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft to rescue Dr. Ronald Shemenski from the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station. This was the first ever rescue from the South Pole during polar winter. To achieve the range necessary for this flight, the Twin Otter was equipped with a special ferry tank.
In 2009, the company was commissioned to recover a crashed aircraft in the Antarctic, and employees spent 25 days in a makeshift camp to complete the project.
In June 2016 the company assisted in removing two sick workers from Antarctica during the polar winter. Two Twin Otter aircraft were used and successfully completed the mission. The crew, Capt. Wally Dobchuk, first officer Sebastian Trudel and maintenance engineer Michael McCrae were honoured for their heroism by Aviation Week.
Kenn Borek Air offers a full service overhaul maintenance hangar in Calgary with routine maintenance being completed wherever the aircraft is located.
|Aircraft||No. of aircraft||Variants||Notes|
|Beechcraft Super King Air||4||Model B200, Model B200GT|
|de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter||21||DHC-6 Series 100, DHC-6 Series 300|
|Douglas DC-3||9||DC-3C, DC-3A-S1C3G, DC3C-S4C4G||Three are piston engine and six are Basler BT-67 turboprops|
|Viking Air DHC-6||1||Series 400|
The Transport Canada list includes a DHC-6 Twin Otter both with cancelled certificates.
Accidents and incidentsEdit
- On 28 February 1977, Douglas C-47A C-FIQR crashed near Saglone, Quebec.
- On 23 December 1977, DHC-6 C-FABW crashed near Nanisivik Airport, Nunavut. Damaged beyond repair. 2 crew and 6 passengers were killed. Probable cause was a flap rod failure.
- On 18 September 1978, Douglas C-47A C-FCRW was damaged beyond economic repair in a landing accident at Komakuk Airport, Northwest Territories.
- On 7 May 1982, Douglas C-47A C-FQHF overran the runway at Calgary International Airport following an aborted take-off. The aircraft was damaged beyond economic repair.
- On 20 December 2007, Basler BT-67 C-FMKB was substantially damaged in a take-off accident at Mount Patterson Antarctica when the take-off was attempted with insufficient speed for flight. Of the 12 people on board, only the co-pilot suffered minor injuries. Although both sets of undercarriage collapsed and the port wing was damaged, the aircraft was later repaired and returned to service.
- On 25 October 2010, Beechcraft King Air C-FAFD en route from Edmonton City Centre to Kirby Lake (CFR4), crashed 1.5 NM southeast of Kirby Lake (55 20.5N / 110 36.2W). One of the ten occupants on board was killed, four were seriously injured.
- On 4 November 2010, a hangar fire at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport destroyed three aircraft owned by Kenn Borek Air and operated by Aklak Air. They were de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter C-GZVH, Beechcraft King Air C-GHOC and Beechcraft 99 C-FKBK.
- On 23 January 2013, an ELT activated in Antarctica, in the Queen Alexandra Range. On board C-GKBC (c/n:650), the DHC-6 Twin Otter skiplane were 3 Canadians. The plane had been en route from the South Pole's Amundsen–Scott US station to Terra Nova Bay's Zucchelli Italian station, operating under the auspices of the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development The aircraft was found on 25 January 2013. It had impacted Mount Elizabeth at the 13,000-foot level. The New Zealand helicopter rescue team which spotted the wreckage reported that the accident was not survivable.
- TP143 - Air Traffic Designators
- Transport Canada (2019-09-05), Civil Aviation Services (CAS) AOC. wwwapps.tc.gc.ca.
- "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". av-info.faa.gov. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
- "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for Kenn Borek Air". Transport Canada. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
- Aklak Air Schedule
- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 3 April 2007. p. 100.
- "Vic Turner Ltd". Airline History. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
- "Member Profiles". Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
- "Kenting Atlas Aviation". Airline History. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
- Canadian Press (23 January 2013). "Bad weather hampers search for 3 Canadians on plane missing in Antarctica". Global News. Archived from the original on 19 February 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- CTV News (23 January 2013). "Kenn Borek plane carrying three Canadians missing in Antarctica". CTV. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- Bob Antol (April 2001). "The Rescue of Dr. Ron Shemenski from the South Pole". Bob Antol's Polar Journals. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- "Doctor rescued from Antarctica safely in Chile". New Zealand Herald. 27 April 2001. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- TRANSCRIPT (26 April 2001). "Plane With Dr. Shemenski Arrives in Chile". CNN. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- "Kenn Borek rescue mission evacuates pair to Chile from South Pole". CBC News. 22 June 2016.
- Jen DiMascio (3 March 2017). "Kenn Borek Air Crew Wins 2017 Laureate for Heroism". Aviation Week & Space Technology.
- Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Aircraft Details DHC-6, C-GKBC, Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Aircraft Details DHC-6, C-GZVH
- "C-FIQR Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
- "C-FCRW Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- Flight International, 31 July 1982, p267 Retrieved on 23 July 2010.
- "C-FQHF Accident report". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
- "C-FMKB Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
- "ANC08TA028". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
- "Northern Alta. plane crash kills 1". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
- "Hull-loss description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
- "Aircraft Missing in Antarctica". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- Radio-Canada (23 January 2013). "Un avion transportant trois Canadiens est disparu en Antarctique" (in French). Station Radio-Canada. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- "ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 C-GKBC Mount Elizabeth". Aviation Safety Network. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
- "Flight carrying 3 Canadians missing in Antarctica". New Straits Times. Associated Press. 23 January 2013. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- CTV News (26 January 2013). "Wreckage of missing plane found, crash deemed 'not survivable'". CTV News. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
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