As part of our commitment to deliver an efficient, affordable and reliable harbour to harbour seaplane service in the Channel Islands, we have just returned from meeting with Harbour Air and Gravitas Aviation in Vancouver, Canada. With a historic relationship with Harbour Air, we were invited to meet with their management to introduce Clear Harbour Airways and look at how the largest seaplane airline in the world operates and how their high standards of service can be brought to the Channel Islands.
Gravitas Aviation has expertise in the procurement of DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft being one of the world’s most active buyers of Twin Otters and we have been fortunate enough to work closely with Gravitas from the outset as we move closer to the acquisition of our first two planes.
Meetings were held at Harbour Air’s main base in Vancouver Harbour with Greg McDougall, the founder and CEO along with Peter Evans, the ex-President and now President of Harbour Air International Consulting and Steven Earle, President of Gravitas Aviation. We were also able to visit their maintenance facilities at Vancouver Airport as well as having a bit of downtime at the Flying Beaver, Harbour Air’s bar at their terminal next to Vancouver International Airport.
The weather was poor all week with torrential rain and the low cloud base you can get in coastal areas. Whilst we bemoaned with the lack of sunshine Harbour Air’s fleet operated throughout. Needless to say, the day after the departure the weather turned and friends in Vancouver were quick to show us we had taken the weather with us!
Our trip proved to be successful with Harbour Air requesting a site visit to the Channel Islands to look at our operations and to meet the regulators on both Islands. Discussions have been had in respect of personnel including pilots, maintenance crews and airline operations.
More to come!