Arctic Sunwest Charters

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Arctic Sunwest Charters
Arctic Sunwest de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo
IATA ICAO Callsign
- - Arctic Sunwest
Founded 1989
Hubs Yellowknife Airport
Parent company Ledcor Group of Companies
Headquarters Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada,
62°27′59″N 114°24′55″W / 62.46639°N 114.41528°W / 62.46639; -114.41528Coordinates: 62°27′59″N 114°24′55″W / 62.46639°N 114.41528°W / 62.46639; -114.41528
FASV an Arctic Sunwest de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo undergoing regular maintenance

8199400 Canada Inc. operating as Arctic Sunwest Charters was a charter airline based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.[1] It operated passenger and cargo charter services in Canada's Arctic, with wheel, ski and float equipped aircraft. Its main base was Yellowknife Airport and also operated a float base on Great Slave Lake near the Yellowknife Water Aerodrome.[2][3]


The airline was established in 1989 and was created from the Aviation Division of RTL-Robinson Enterprises.[2] On the 31 August 2012, Arctic Sunwest Charters became part of the Ledcor Group of Companies.[3] In 2013 it was fully integrated into its affiliate Summit Air.


The company was certified by Transport Canada as an Approved Maintenance Organization with aircraft maintenance engineers. They had 52,000 sq ft (4,800 m2) of hangar space available and provided maintenance services to other airlines.[4]


As of October 2012 the Arctic Sunwest Charters fleet consisted of the following aircraft:

Arctic Sunwest Fleet
Aircraft No. of Aircraft Variants Idents Notes
Beechcraft Model 99 1 GASW 12 passengers. No longer in TC database
Beechcraft King Air 1 100 series FASN 7 passengers. Now owned by Island Express Air
de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver 2 DHC-2 MK. III FOEV, FOPE 8 passengers, skis, amphibious. Now part of Summit Air.
de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo 2 DHC-5A FASV, FASY Cargo up to 18,000 lb (8,200 kg), the only civil Buffalo aircraft operating in Canada[5] Now part of Summit Air.
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 3 100 series, 300 series FASQ, FTFX, FTXQ Combi, 19 passengers or 3,300 lb (1,500 kg), floats, skis, tundra tires. Now part of Summit Air.
de Havilland Canada Dash 8 2 DHC-8-102 FASC, GASB Combi, 37 passengers or 7,428 lb (3,369 kg). Now part of Summit Air.
Piper PA-31 Navajo 2 PA-31-350 FKCL, FSWN 8 passengers. Now part of Summit Air.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 22 September 2011, a float equipped Arctic Sunwest Twin Otter, that had been charted by Avalon Rare Metals, crashed while landing at Yellowknife Water Aerodrome. The Twin Otter, GARW, was inbound from Thor Lake and carried seven passengers and two crew. All seven of the passengers were injured and both pilots were killed.[6][7][8]


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