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Tuesday, July 31, 2012


I was fortunate to provide a charter flight for Sask Power to Wellington Lake recently. I had to wait for the engineers so I had the plant engineer give me a tour while doing his rounds of the day. Rounds of the day means doing a tour of 3 power generating stations that were built many years earlier by the Mining Company and community of Uranium City. The pictures above are the Otter parked at the dock on Wellington Lake. The picture just below that is of the body of water above Wellington with a water supply tunnel for the water turbines. The difference in elevation between these lake is approximately 70 feet producing 33PSI at the turbines. 
 Although difficult to see the top portion of this picture shows a V built of steel which is approximately 16ft in diameter. This is the water supply from the above lake into the two turbines at Wellington Lake. Although the stations were built for the mining company, the mine was shut down in the 80's leaving the stations with operating management or a need for the production of the power.
So, Sask Power purchased the stations from the mining company for 1 dollar subject to the supply of power to the communities in the future if necessary. Sask Power agreed and invested into the stations which now produce power into the provincial grid from the North going South.
 This picture above is split in two (side by side) showing a gate valve that when closed stops the wtare supply to the generators. The one on the left is extended and open while the right one is closed to the generator. These Generators are vertical shaft turbines made bt Allis Chalmers. The first one was installed ion the early 30's with the second the follow 7 years later.
The above picture shows the casing of the water turbines after installation. The top half which was the first installation has a rivetted casing made of steel which was not cast. The lower casing was cast with a flange and bolted together. Each turbines was rated for 3000HP.  


This morning I delivered a food supply to a Geologist Group on Nevins Lake. I stopped for a cup of coffee and they showed me around the camp. This picture is a side view of the Cook Tent and an inside photo. With the weather really great we could sit outside to enjoy a few minutes in the bright sun.
The above photo shows a front view of the cook tent and the lower portion is a picture I took from inside the tent while the crew was having fresh pizza which I just delivered. What a great picture from their Kitchen Window.

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Yesterday at 3:30PM received a call from the dispatcher requesting I complete a flight for the fire fighters to Collins Bay. The day before a crew was taken into the fire which at the time was very small, but with the winds picking up throughout the day the fire grew out of control. Mine sites close by were evacuvated to Points North in the afternoon.
Above a Bell 205 with a bucket was actively trying to put out this small portion of the fire because this was just North of the larger fire and I needed to put down to drop off the fire crews I had on board.
This was the shoreline on a small lake where I need to land with the Turbo Otter. Just behind me when this photo was taken was the much larger fire actively being worked on by 3- CL-215 water bombers with the Birddogs, 3 Helicopters and Corvair tankers were returning to LaRonge for reloading of chemical to assist in dropping the loads on Sub Stations and critical areas for the mine sites. This location was as close as we could get to the fire itself and from the sand beach where I dropped the crew the Helicopters would relocate the crews closer to work the fire.

Saturday, July 28, 2012


Well, in the last 3 weeks most available aircraft or pilots have been either working on moving fire fighters or geological camps. Above is a photo I took from 2000 ft and much higher I would lose site of the ground below. From the Northern borders of Saskatchewan south to LoRange fires have been very active. With lightning storms moving through with little rain over the last month has created area of great size to be burnt.

Monday, July 9, 2012

NT Canoe Trip from Norway

 This morning I took this load of packs and Canoes to Ivanhoe Lake in the Northwest Territories. The 4 gentlemen were from Norway and this was the first day of a 5 week trip.
This is a photo of the gear unloaded and on the beach at Ivanhoe Lake. I used a Scott Lake Lodge location where they have the boats parked. Ivanhoe Lake is used for daily fly-outs for trophy pike fishing. 
This photo is of the 4 canoers and myself on the beach at Ivanhoe Lake. Before my departure we arranged a pick up at Rennie Lake which is approximately 75 miles North of this location. The pick up date will be August 13th. I will update their trip at that time.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Last night at 9:00PM I had with me Edward Sarcher who is one of our dockhands at Stony Rapids and we were on our way back from Ennadai Lake which is at the West side of Nunavut. We left Stony Rapids at 5:30PM and flew to Rochon Lake to pick up the Aurora Geologists and move them to the second camp. The Picture was taken from 10,000ft. We had great clear skies at Annadai Lake and Stony Rapids was clearing when we left.

Sunday, July 1, 2012



At Stony Rapids we have the Twin Otter C-FSCA. The captain is Craig Burton. Transwest operates 4 Twin Otters, 2 on floats and two on wheels. Seating capacity is 15, but a nice load is 10-12 with gear on floats.


 At 7:00 AM today I started out on a 175 mile trip across Northern Saskatchewan part of the Northwest Territories and into Nunavut. The destination was Rochon Lake. Aurora Exploration was the customer with two geologists planning to spend a few days on the island claimed by the company many years before. Prior to departure from Stony Rapids a beautiful Beech 18 flew in and landed while I was taxiing out.
This picture was taken 25 minutes before arriving at the destination. The big body of water to the right is Kasba Lake. When the photo was taken I was over the Lodge known as North of 60. 
I found a great spot on the Northwest corner of the island with a smooth flat rock where I nosed in the Otter. This picture shows the Otter and the supplies for this week. I go back later in the week and move the geologists further North, approximately 190 miles from Stony Rapids.