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Harbour Air DHC2 Beaver

Aircraft of the Month: DHC-2 Beaver

With #floatplanefriday taking social media by storm, we thought we would team up with our partners at Harbour Air Seaplanes and highlight a legendary aircraft they frequently fly that is also known as "the workhorse of the north". The de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver has helped shape our country by providing access to regions that can't be reached by other modes of travel, and provides passengers at YVR quick, easy access to destinations up and down the coast.

In 1947, the de Havilland Aircraft Company of Canada introduced the DHC-2 Beaver aircraft, a single-engined, high-wing, propeller-driven, short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft that quickly built a reputation as a legendary bush plane. The Beaver is also used for cargo and passenger service, aerial application (crop dusting and aerial topdressing), and has been widely adopted by armed forces as a utility aircraft.

Due to its importance in the development of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mint commemorated the Beaver on a special edition Canadian quarter in November 1999.


Capacity: 6 passengers
Length: 10 metres
Height: 3.18 metres
Wingspan: 14.67 metres
Speed: 180 km/h
Power: 450 hp
Maximum Altitude: 3000 metres
Empty weight: 1,361 kgs
Gross weight: 2,313 kgs

Fun Fact: every five years Harbour Air completely overhauls and rebuilds each of their Beavers with help from their hard-working Aircraft Maintenance Engineers.

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