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2 hours ago, DGP said:

Can anyone remember how that Canadian thing came about...did it start at Ranger Heli and then spread?

Wasn't it Mr. Dobbin with the old Canadian banner buying Sealand and then buying Okanagan (or combining them?).  I was with Associated Helicopters at that time which was owned by Okanagan during the initial western assimilations.  When Ranger was being assimilated we were checking over some of their machines bringing them into the western operations.  That became a pandemic of it's own sorts eh?

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It doesn't quite fit the definition of privately owned company, but as an operator, I think Hydro One had some of the first commercial helicopters in Canada. A Bell 47 in 1949 was their first.  

Very close but not quite. Okanagan Air Services, which eventually became the CHC of today, was the first operator in Canada. Their first commercial flight was in 1947. VIH was founded in 1955 and Alf

Wasn't it Mr. Dobbin with the old Canadian banner buying Sealand and then buying Okanagan (or combining them?).  I was with Associated Helicopters at that time which was owned by Okanagan during the i

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9 hours ago, wcobra said:

Wasn't it Mr. Dobbin with the old Canadian banner buying Sealand and then buying Okanagan (or combining them?).  I was with Associated Helicopters at that time which was owned by Okanagan during the initial western assimilations.  When Ranger was being assimilated we were checking over some of their machines bringing them into the western operations.  That became a pandemic of it's own sorts eh?

I think Wcobra is pretty close here.  I came from the Lakeland camp, then buying Ranger then buying Northstar era, only to go bust and then gobbled up by Canadian.  

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Craig Dobbin formed Canadian Holding Company around 1986-87 and with the money he talked a bunch of Bay Street bankers into loaning him he bought Sealand (from himself) and Okanagan in 1987. That was the start, and then he added Toronto Helicopters, etc, etc.....

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“One **** of a ride” is an interesting read. More of a “how to borrow money to keep from going bankrupt and try to take over the world at the same time” book than anything but it sorts it all out. I have it here on my bookshelf but read it many years ago now and don’t remember all the details. 

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My buddy has the book...he said when the banks wanted to shut him down and repo the ships he said fill your boots...ships were all over the world and no Canadian pilots would be available to drive them out off the boonies or tell anyone where they were...they gave him more money!

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On 4/26/2020 at 9:28 AM, ThreePer said:

“One **** of a ride” is an interesting read. More of a “how to borrow money to keep from going bankrupt and try to take over the world at the same time” book than anything but it sorts it all out. I have it here on my bookshelf but read it many years ago now and don’t remember all the details. 

I'll have to check this out. I really like John Lawrence Reynolds' books on finance. The Naked Investor is a book I cite and revisit often.

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