Air Tindi

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Air Tindi
Air Tindi Logo.svg
Founded 1988
Hubs Yellowknife Airport
Fort Simpson Airport
Fleet size 25,[1] 32[2]
Destinations 6
Parent company Discovery Air
Headquarters Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Key people Alasdair Martin (President)
View of three Air Tindi, Twin Otter airplanes, Yellowknife
Air Tindi airplane operating in winter

Air Tindi is an airline based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Now owned by Discovery Air, it operates scheduled and on demand charter services. Its main base is Yellowknife Airport and the airline was previously owned by the Arychuk family.[3] The name Tindi means "the big lake" or "Great Slave Lake" in the local native Tłı̨chǫ Yatiì language.


Air Tindi was established by two families, Alex Arychuk and his wife Sheila, and his brother Peter Arychuk and his wife Teri.[4] It began operations on 1 November 1988, with four float/ski aircraft. In 1990, it purchased its first De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter with the help of the Rae-Edzo Development Corporation, allowing the airline to expand and provide more services to the growing mining exploration industry. In 1991, Air Tindi merged with Latham Island Airways and acquired a further four aircraft in the process.[3] By mid-1992, Air Tindi was operating four Twin Otters on floats. In 1993, its first large aircraft was purchased, a DHC 4 Caribou for re-supply work with the mining industry. A DHC Dash 7 was acquired in 1996.

On 19 December 2006, Air Tindi was sold to Discovery Air (TSX at DA.A), a publicly traded holding company based in London, Ontario.[5] The founders originally maintained their positions with Air Tindi, but various corporate disagreements led to Alex Arychuk leaving as president, and departing the Discovery Air board.[6]

In August 2011 the Government of Nunavut announced that it had awarded a contract to Air Tindi and its partner Aqsaqniq, owned by Dennis Lyall, to provide medivac services to the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut. The current holder of the contract, Adlair Aviation, has appealed to the Nunavummi Nangminiqaqtunik Ikajuuti[7] and a decision was expected by 11 October 2011.[8][9] The decision to dismiss the appeal was made 29 October 2011 and the news released 31 October. Adlair was given an extension on their contract until the end of November 2011.[10]


Air Tindi operates services (subject to traffic demand) to the following domestic scheduled destinations (as of September 2014):[11]


As of 4 January 2013, Air Tindi had the following aircraft registered with Transport Canada and listed with Air Tindi:[1][2]

Air Tindi Fleet
Aircraft No. of Aircraft
(TC list)
No. of Aircraft
(AT list)
Variants Notes
Beechcraft 1900 1 1 1900D
Beechcraft Super King Air 8 7 Model 200, Model 200C, Model 300 All listed on the Air Tindi site as B200
Canadair CL600 3 2 CL-600
Cessna 208 5 3 208 Caravan, 208B Grand Caravan
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter 1 0 Not listed at the Air Tindi website
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 6 6 Series 200, Series 300
Dash 7 5 4 DHC-7-102, DHC-7-103
Learjet 35 3 2

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 4 October 2011, a Tindi owned Cessna Caravan en route from Yellowknife Airport to Lutselk'e Airport crashed about 25 km (16 mi) west of the community. There were, including the pilot, four people on the aircraft and two were reported killed. The condition of the two survivors was not disclosed but they had been sent to Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife.[12][13][14]

On 20 November 2014, an Air Tindi, Cessna Caravan was forced to land on the surface of Great Slave Lake approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) from the Yellowknife Highway (Highway 3). The plane was en route to Fort Simpson Airport from Yellowknife when it had to turn back due to weather. When the aircraft was about 40 km (25 mi) west of the city the pilot reported that the aircraft had icing. The aircraft was able to make a safe landing on the lake around 7:20 am and the pilot radioed Yellowknife to report that there were no major injuries. The plane was evacuated and they went to a nearby island where they were able to start a fire. Weather conditions were such that it wasn't until 11:30 am that three helicopters from Great Slave Helicopters, also part of Discovery Air, were able to get to the site to rescue the pilot and passengers. A freezing drizzle warning was in effect at the time of departure and the temperature was about −10 °C (14 °F), the wind chill −19 and snow occurring. The investigation is currently underway.[15][16][17][18][19]


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