Kenn Borek Air

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Kenn Borek Air
Kenn Borek Air logo.jpg
IATA
4K
ICAO
KBA
Callsign
BOREK AIR[1]
Founded 1970
Hubs Calgary International Airport
Fleet size 47[2]
Parent company Kenn Borek Air Ltd.
Headquarters Calgary, Alberta
Key people Brian Crocker, Operations Manager
Wallace Dobchuk, Chief Pilot
Website www.borekair.com

Kenn Borek Air is an airline based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It operates regional passenger and cargo services, contract operations in the Arctic and Antarctic and aircraft leasing. Its main base is at the Calgary International Airport.[3] It charters aircraft for scientific expeditions, oil exploration, etc., and operates air ambulance services.

History[edit]

The airline began operations in 1970 with a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter providing air support for oil exploration activities in the Canadian Arctic. The company has been operating in Antarctica since 1985.[4]

On 26 April 2001, Kenn Borek Air used a DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft to rescue Dr. Ron Shemenski from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.[4][5][6][7] This was the first ever rescue from the South Pole during polar winter.[8] To achieve the range necessary for this flight, the Twin Otter was equipped with a special ferry tank.

In 2009, the company was commissioned to recover a crashed aircraft in the Antarctic, and employees spent 25 days in a makeshift camp to complete the project.[4]

The airline was used by the BBC during the filming of the documentary Frozen Planet (2011), which was narrated by David Attenborough, and one of its planes is seen in portions of the footage.

Operations[edit]

Kenn Borek Air offers a full service overhaul maintenance hangar in Calgary with routine maintenance being completed wherever the aircraft is located.

Destinations[edit]

As of January 2009, Kenn Borek Air operates services to the following domestic scheduled destinations in Nunavut as Unaalik Aviation:[9]

Kenn Borek also operates services to several communities in the Northwest Territories as Aklak Air:

Fleet[edit]

Loading at Cambridge Bay

According to Transport Canada the company had 47 aircraft registered as of 1 December 2011.[2] Kenn Borek Air operates aircraft equipped with wheels, floats, and skiis.

Kenn Borek Fleet
Aircraft No. of Aircraft
(TC list)[2]
Variants
Basler BT-67 7 DC-3T
Beechcraft 90 1 C90
Raytheon Beech B99 2 99, B99
Beechcraft 100 3 100, A100
Beechcraft 200 3 200
Raytheon Beech 1900 1 1900D
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 25 300

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 20 December 2007, Basler BT-67 C-FMKB was substantially damaged in a take-off accident at Mount Patterson, Antarctica when the take-off was attempted with insufficient speed for flight. Of the 12 people on board, only the co-pilot suffered minor injuries. Although both sets of undercarriage collapsed and the port wing was damaged, the aircraft was later repaired and returned to service.[5][14][15]
  • On 25 October 2010, Beechcraft King Air C-FAFD en route from Edmonton City Centre to Kirby Lake (CFR4), crashed 1.5 NM southeast of Kirby Lake (55 20.5N / 110 36.2W). One of the ten occupants on board was killed, four were seriously injured.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ TP143 - Air Traffic Designators
  2. ^ a b c Aircraft registered to Kenn Borek Air according to Transport Canada, search "Kenn Borek" on last search field, Owner Name
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 3 April 2007. p. 100. 
  4. ^ a b c d Canadian Press (23 January 2013). "Bad weather hampers search for 3 Canadians on plane missing in Antarctica". Global News. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c CTV News (23 January 2013). "Kenn Borek plane carrying three Canadians missing in Antarctica". CTV. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Bob Antol (April 2001). "The Rescue of Dr. Ron Shemenski from the South Pole". Bob Antol's Polar Journals. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  7. ^ "Doctor rescued from Antarctica safely in Chile". New Zealand Herald. 27 April 2001. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  8. ^ TRANSCRIPT (26 April 2001). "Plane With Dr. Shemenski Arrives in Chile". CNN. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  9. ^ KBA flight schedule
  10. ^ "C-FIQR Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "C-FCRW Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  12. ^ Flight International, 31 July 1982, p267 Retrieved on 23 July 2010.
  13. ^ "C-FQHF Accident report". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "C-FMKB Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  15. ^ "ANC08TA028". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  16. ^ "Northern Alta. plane crash kills 1". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  17. ^ "Hull-loss description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  18. ^ "Aircraft Missing in Antarctica". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  19. ^ Radio-Canada (23 January 2013). "Un avion transportant trois Canadiens est disparu en Antarctique" (in French). Station Radio-Canada. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "23 JAN 2013". Aviation Safety Network. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  21. ^ Associated Press (23 January 2013). "Flight carrying 3 Canadians missing in Antarctica". New Straits Times. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  22. ^ CTV News (26 January 2013). "Wreckage of missing plane found, crash deemed 'not survivable'". CTV News. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 

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