C-FIDF ready for another season, at Flin Flon, Manitoba.
Photo: Dale Tiedeman © 07 May 2023 - Aird Archives
C-FIDF waiting out Covid 19.
Photo: Erin Fleck © 08 July 2020 - Aird Archives
C-FIDF loaded with snow at The Pas.
Photo: Rich Hulina © 08 February 2006 - Aird Archives
C-FIDF in current contemporary scheme, at Lynn Lake, MB.
Photo: Peter Liedtke © Summer 2003 - Aird Archives
C-FIDF at Sioux Lookout, Ontario.
Photo: Rich Hulina © Date unknown - Aird Archives
C-FIDF with Polar Bear Camps titles at Cochrane, Ontario.
Photo: Jean-Marie Magendie © May 1994 - Aird Archives
    My Painting is shown above, my photo below.  

"Definately a CAVU day"
Acrylic on canvas. 20" x 28"
NCA © 1992

Steve Konopelky's Beaver
C-FIDF c/n 1321
sets out from the dock at Lillabelle Lake, Cochrane, ON.
  Start of take off run, full power ! © Neil Aird
CF-IDF of White River at Hamilton - Mount Hope, Ontario
Photo: Nelson Hare © 10 April 1976 - Kenneth I. Swartz Collection


58-1996  N99870  CF-IDF



58-1996 US Army # 1876. L-20 No. 877. Command A-16. Delivered 23-Mar-1959. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

N99870 Canx 27-Apr-1973.

CF-IDF Sault Airways Ltd., Sault Ste Marie, QC. Regd Jun-1973. Canx prior to Certiicate of Airworthiness renewal dated 24-May-1975.

C-FIDF Regn format changed prior to 31-Dec-1976.

C-FIDF White River Air Services, Timmins, ON. Regd prior to Certiicate of Airworthiness renewal dated 24-May-1977.

C-FIDF Austin Airways Ltd., Timmins, ON.

C-FIDF Steve Konopelky / Konopelky Air Servic, Cochrane, ON. Regd 29-Oct 1979. Regd 04-Nov-1983. Canx 15-Jul-1997. Based Lillabelle Lake.

Accident: Anthead Lake, ON. Lat 49.58N, Long 80.39W. 27-Sep-1982. While on final to land on a lake surface, the pilot tried to pump the flaps from the climb to take-off position. He reported that the aircraft dropped rapidly and after landing heavily then bouncing, he recovered with power and made a normal touchdown. The flap system was found to have a significant hydraulic leak at the flap jack, in both the "flaps up" and "flaps down" position. It is suspected that this deficiency in the flap system contributed to the heavy landing.

Note: May 1994 also wearing Polar Bear Camp titles for Polar Bear Outfitters, which is owned by the Konopelky family.

C-FIDF McGavrock Lake Air Service Ltd., Lynn Lake, MBa. Regd 15-Jul-1997. Canx 29-May-2008. Regd 01-Apr-2009.

Accident: McGavock Lake, Manitoba. 22-Jul-2007. On landing in gusty conditions a float dug into the water. The aircraft overturned and came to rest overturned, submerged to the floats. The six occupants were able to egress from the aircraft with no serious injuries. One of the passengers dove back into the water to assist the pilot who reportedly had trouble exiting the aircraft. CADORS report 2007C2035.

C-FIDF Kississing Lake Lodge Inc., (t/a Wings over Kississing), Steinbach, MB. Based Flin Flon, MB. Regd 29-May-2008. Canx 01-Apr-2009.

C-FIDF McGavrock Lake Air Service Ltd., Lynn Lake, MB. Regd 01-Apr-2009.