Our airplane is the De Havilland Beaver DHC-2 and it is such a great airplane. Built in Canada from 1947-1967 over 1600 of these marvelous airplanes were produced. It is a high-wing, propeller driven, tail wheel (conventional gear) airplane. Built to haul heavy loads and perform all types of tasks from float operations, to wheels, and even snow operations on wheel-skis. The original design came equipped with six passenger seats and a Pratt and Whitney 985 radial engine that used 100LL av gas and has 450 horsepower.
Our Beaver is a DHC-2 MK III. This version has a Pratt and Whitney PT-6 with 675 horsepower burns jet fuel. This is one of the most reliable power plants in aviation with minimal moving parts and the added horsepower allows us to operate at high altitudes on warm days. The beaver has been used for everything from military transport, Med-Evac flights, aerial application for crops and forests, freight hauling around the world, and tourism.
With the added horsepower of our airplane comes an additional three passenger seats and more available weight carrying capacity. We now have nine passenger seats or can take out some of the seats to haul all sorts of freight, fuel drums, supplies, camping gear, or really anything you can fit through the doors. The large windows allow for every passenger to have a great view of the amazing scenery.
The Beaver has STOL(short take-off and land) capabilities that makes it IDEAL as a bush plane and is the reason it is so popular in Alaska and Canada to provide transportation to the bush communities and also for tourism such as bear viewing and mountain climbing.