N490K at 5Z9 - Lake Brooks, Alaska.
Photo: Todd Boettcher © 18 July 2018
N490K enjoying a fall sunset at Lake Hood.
Photo: Ben Cogger © 30 September 2014
N490K wintering over at Merrill Field, Anchorage.
Photo: Ben Cogger © 24 January 2013
N490K now has the long nose conversion and Alaska door.
Photo: Fred Wallis © 07 May 2007
N490K busy in springtime.
Photos: Nigel Hitchman © 24 May 2005 (top) - 23 May 2005 (bottom)
N490K hunkers down for winter at Lake Hood.
Photo: Fred Wallis © 03 November 2004
N513F supporting the Iditarod at Nome.
Photo: Bill Foster © 17 March 1997 - via Matt Foster
N513F gets some routine maintenance.
Photo: via Tony Clarke © August 1996 - Aird Archives
N513F minus rudder, tailplane, wing tips etc.
Photo: © oops - I forget!
C-GRCX at Vancouver, British Columbia.
Photo: Gary Vincent © August 1981
N513F in Vancouver - became leased as C-FRCX.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © July 1980


57-6165 • N513F • C-GRCX



57-6165 US Army # 1832. L-20 No 835. Command A-14. Delivered 21-Oct-1958. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

57-6165 Stored at MASDC., Davis Monthan AFB., AZ. 14-Jan-1972 to 13-May-1975. PCN (Product Control Number) HS 076.

N513F Department of Fish & Game, Olympia, WA. Dates unknown.

N513F General Aircraft, Seattle, WA. Dates unknown.

N513F Harold J. Hanson, Seattle, WA. Regd Feb-1978. (Harold J. Hansen owned General Aircraft Supplies, Seattle, WA).

Accident: Bettles, AK. 20 Jul 1978. Failure to abort take off from wet, soft ground caused aircraft to collide with dirt bank. Pilot and three passengers uninjured. Aircraft substantially damaged. ANC78FAA31

Entries preceded by dates are extracts from Canadian Department of Transport archives.

27-Jul-1981 Allotment of Registration C-GRCX; DHC-2 c/n 1268, Burrard Air Ltd, Port Moody. BC.

20-Aug-1981 Application for Certificate of Registration by Burrard Air Ltd.

21-Aug-1981 Certificate of Registration issued to Burrard Air Ltd., (under lease from Harold J. Hansen).

22-Aug-1981 Certificate of Airworthiness issued.

C-GRCX Burrard Air Ltd., Port Moody, BC. (On Lease from Harold J Hansen). 21-Aug-1981. Canx 21-Jul-1982.

15-Aug-1982 Application for Certificate of Registration by Air B.C. Ltd., (operating as AirBC), Richmond, BC.

16-Aug-1982 Lease Agreement; Harold J. Hansen, Seattle, WA., to Air B.C. Ltd., Richmond BC, 16-Aug-1982-31-Aug-1983

08-Sep-1982 Certificate of Registration issued to Air B.C. Ltd., Richmond BC (under lease from Harold J. Hansen)

C-GRCX Air BC Ltd., Richmond, BC. Regd 08-Sep-1982. Canx 07-Oct-1982.

10-May-1983 Lease Agreement; Harold J. Hansen, Seattle WA to North Coast Vacations (1983) Ltd., Maple Ridge, BC.

May-1983  Application for Certificate of Registration by North Coast Vacations (1983) Ltd., Maple Ridge, BC.

10-May-1983 Certificate of Registration issued to North Coast Vacations (1983) Ltd., Maple Ridge, BC. (under lease from Harold J. Hansen)

C-GRCX North Coast Vacations, Maple Ridge, BC. Regd 27-Jul-1981.

C-GRCX Canx 23-Feb-1984 on CCAR on return to USA.

Total hours since new as recorded in Canadian Department of Transport archives

20-Aug-1981   8,535 hours

07-Jul-1982   8,584 hours

N513F Paul Claus dba., Claus Outdoor Adventures, Chitina, AK. Regd Mar-1984 & 09-Jan-1985. Canx 31-Jan-1991.

N513F Ultima Thule Inc., (Pronounced Ultimah Toolie). Regn date currently unknown. Canx 06-Aug-2001. Company run by Claus family.

Accident: Bryson’s Bar Airstrip, AK. 19-Sep-1992. Pilot/owner of lodge operating the aircraft landed at 1,200 foot river bar strip and loaded 4 passengers and light cargo in 'no More than 10 minutes.The take off was aborted just prior to the planned takeoff when pilot reported lack of acceleration with normal engine power. Overrun into trees beyond airstrip, and the collision with trees substantially damaging the aircraft. Pilot noted 10 to 15 knot tailwind following accident. ANC92LA176.

Total hours: at Sep-1992, 10,063 hours.

N513F John Swinko, Anchorage, AK. Regd. 29-Aug-2001. Canx 03-Nov-2003.

Accident: Kenai, AK. 24-Aug-2003. On August 24, 2003, about 1500 AK daylight time, the aircraft sustained substantial damage following a loss of control while landing at a private airstrip, located approximately 25 miles northwest of Kenai, AK. The solo commercial pilot/airplane owner was not injured. The Title 14, CFR Part 91 personal flight operated in visual meteorological conditions without a flight plan. The flight departed the Lake Hood Strip, Anchorage, AK, about 1330, and the destination was the private airstrip. During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge (IIC) on August 25, at 1415, the pilot related he was landing to the south on the gravel-surfaced airstrip. He said there was a direct crosswind from the east at 5 to 10 knots, and shortly after he lowered the tailwheel during the landing roll, he lost control of the airplane and it ground-looped to the left. He reported that the right landing gear leg was bent, and the right wing was snapped-off about 4 feet inboard from the wingtip. He said there were no preaccident mechanical problems with the airplane. NTSB report ANC03LA102.

Total Hours: 12,133 hours at Aug-2003.

N513F Katmai Air LLC., Anchorage, AK. Regd 07-Nov-2003. Canx 12-Jan-2004.

N490K Katmai Air Leasing LLC., Anchorage, AK. (Katmai Air LLC., Brooks Camp, AK.) Regd 15-Jan-2004.

Airworthiness date: 01-Aug-2007 Category -  Standard restricted.

Accident: King Salmon, AK. 05-Oct-2009. The pilot reported he was departing to the east with a 5-knot tailwind, in a float-equipped aircraft. He said that the purpose of the flight was to demobilise a remote fishing lodge at the end of the season. The pilot reported that during the takeoff run he realised that the aircraft would not become airborne before reaching the departure end of the lake, and he closed the engine throttle in an attempt to abort the takeoff. The floats struck the shoreline, and the aircraft came to rest on the shore, about 75 yds from the lake, sustaining substantial damage to the right wing. The pilot indicated that there were no pre-accident mechanical problems with the aircraft and in his written report to the NTSB he attributed the accident to “pilot error.” ANC10CA001.