North-Wright Airways or North Wright Air is an airline based in Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, Canada. It operates commuter services to several communities in the Northwest Territories, and charter services. Its main base is Norman Wells Airport and they operate the Norman Wells Water Aerodrome.[6][7]

North-Wright Airways
IATA ICAO Callsign
AOC #5732[2]
Operating basesNorman Wells Airport, Norman Wells Water Aerodrome
HubsNorman Wells
Focus citiesInuvik
Fleet size17,[3] at least 9[4]
Parent companyNorth Wright Air Limited
HeadquartersNorman Wells, Northwest Territories
A Pilatus PC-6 Porter

History edit

The airline was established in 1986 and used to be known since 1979 as Nahanni Air Services and North Wright Air.[6]

Destinations edit

As of November 2021, North-Wright Airways served the following destinations:[5]

Fleet edit

As of October 2023, North-Wright operates at least nine aircraft and has seventeen registered with Transport Canada:[4][3]

North-Wright Airways
Aircraft No. of aircraft
No. of aircraft
Variants Notes
Beechcraft 1900 4 4 1900D Up to 19 passengers
Cessna 185 1 185F 3 passengers, float and ski capable, not listed at North-Wright site
Cessna 206 n/a 2 Super Skywagon/Stationair U206 (C (Super Skywagon), F (Stationair), G (Stationair)) 5 passengers ski/floats
Cessna 207 n/a 4 207A Skywagon/Stationair 8 5 or 6 passengers
Cessna 208 Grand Caravan 2 208B 9 passengers, scheduled service
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 2 2 1–Series 100, 1–Series 300 16 to 18 passengers
Helio Courier 1 H-295 4 passengers, tundra tyres or wheel/skis, not listed at North-Wright site
Pilatus PC-6 Porter n/a 1 PC-6/B-H2 Up to 10 passengers
Total At least 9 17

Accidents edit

  • On 5 July 2004, a Twin Otter, C-FMOL, was departing a 1,500 ft (460 m) gravel runway just off the Canol Road west of Norman Wells. As they took off the aircraft was caught by a sudden crosswind and returned to the runway where the left wheel caught some willows that were growing onto the strip. The aircraft went off the end of the strip and the wing became detached. No one was killed or injured[8]
  • On 14 September 2005, a Cessna 207, C-FAWL, left Tulita Airport for Norman Wells. About 7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi) the aircraft, with one pilot and two passengers, went down into the muskeg and flipped over. The passengers were uninjured but the pilot had serious injuries.[9]
  • On 16 August 2006, a Cessna 337, C-FWHP, was flying from Fort Good Hope Airport to Norman Wells with one pilot and five passengers. the aircraft went overdue and a search was begun. The wreckage was found about 26 NM (48 km; 30 mi) east of Fort Good Hope. All passengers and the pilot were killed.[10]
  • On 16 July 2008, a Twin Otter was on final for Hook Lake when the aircraft stalled. The aircraft hit some trees near the shore of the lake but neither pilot was injured.[11]
  • On 20 May 2010, the wing of a Cessna 207, that was flying at a low altitude at Fort Good Hope Airport hit another North-Wright pilot. The pilot on the ground, William Bleach, who was filming at the time, died three days later. Parker James Butterfield, who was flying the C207, was sentenced to nine months and suspended from flying for two years.[12][13][14]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "ICAO Designators for Canadian Aircraft Operating Agencies, Aeronautical Authorities and Services" (PDF). Nav Canada. 2023-05-04. p. 5. Retrieved 2023-02-26. North Wright Air: NWL, NORTHWRIGHT
  2. ^ Transport Canada (2019-09-02), Civil Aviation Services (CAS) AOC.
  3. ^ a b c "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for North-Wright Airways". Transport Canada. Retrieved 2023-10-29.
  4. ^ a b c "Fleet". Retrieved 2023-10-29.
  5. ^ a b North-Wright Airways destinations
  6. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 56.
  7. ^ Nav Canada's Water Aerodrome Supplement. Effective 0901Z 26 March 2020 to 0901Z 22 April 2021.
  8. ^ "CADORS report for C-FMOL". Transport Canada.
  9. ^ "CADORS report for C-FAWL". Transport Canada.
  10. ^ "CADORS report for C-FWHP". Transport Canada.
  11. ^ "CADORS report for DHC-6 Twin Otter". Transport Canada.
  12. ^ Pilot pleads guilty to dangerous flying in film-shoot death
  13. ^ Sask. pilot gets 9-month sentence in N.W.T. death
  14. ^ ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 74509

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