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Our Planes

Saltspring Air has a dependable fleet of deHavilland Beaver seaplanes.

Salt Spring Air Plane n SnowThe Beaver

The deHavilland Beaver or DHC- 2 was first flown in 1947.

The Beaver is one of the most successful single engine aircraft ever produced. It was in production from 1947-1964 and over 1657 aircraft were made. These aircraft can be configured for wheels, skies or floats.

See a cool clip early Beaver planeof the upcoming movie “The Immortal Beaver”

And a cool fact… one of our Beavers’ – C-FZZJ was, at one point, owned by deHavilland test pilot Russ Bannock.

See the following link to read all about Russ Bannock.

Beaver specifics

  • Power plant Pratt & Whitney R985 engine 450 hp.
  • Salt Spring Air SeaplaneTop speed 110 knots
  • Normal cruising speed 100 knots
  • Propeller is manufactured by Hartzell
  • 6 passenger capacity
  • Max. Gross weight 5090-5370 lbs.
  • Aircraft type – piston engine
  • Wingspan – 48 ft.
  • Range – 550 miles
  • Service ceiling – 10,000 ft.
  • Length: 10m
  • Height: 3.18m

Our aircraft are modified and outfitted with:

  • Pop out emergency windows (we were the first airline in North America to outfit our planes with this innovational emergency feature)
  • Extended baggage compartments and float hatches to accommodate luggage
  • Improved performance with Holmes extended engine mounts
  • 3 bladed props for increased speed and reduced noise
  • New interiors & ear protectors to maximize comfort
  • Bubble windows for good visibility on scenic tours
  • Equipped with GPS, 2 radios, and transponders to stay in constant contact with base operations