Camping beside the Canso - April weather -30 degrees, cold and clear
A long day's work!
Wilderness workshop on the banks of Sitidgi Lake, NWT
Heading off across the lake.
Crossing the lake and heading for the Dempster Highway about 40 km away.
The Journey 
Inuvik, NWT to Fairview, AB
Approx. 2,750 km. by road to Inuvik and then 1500 km. 
on a NTCL barge up the MacKenzie River to Hay River, NWT - THEN 800 km. down the Mackenzie Highway by truck to Fairview, AB
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All donations are very much appreciated and will greatly assist with the reclamation of this historic aircraft.  Your help will assure its future as a flying museum, to be shared with everyone across the country that it served for almost 70 years.
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The Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society (FARS), a non-profit organization, was formed to be the operating wing of the Canso PBY-5A, C-FNJE.  FARS is currently coordinating the restoration of the Canso, raising funds to help rebuild the aircraft and planning to provide hangar space for FNJE and other historic aircraft. Upon completion of this restoration, FARS will organize demonstrations at airshows and community events to provide school children and the general public the opportunity to share in a part of Canada's rich history.

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WE HAVE ENGINES!
FARS is most grateful to the towns of St. Anthony and Stephenville, NL.  Through their spirit of Canadian neighborliness, some of the Canso Crew will travel to Newfoundland and exchange display engines and props for the excellent low time engines and props currently on Canso PBY FIZU, which is on display in the town of St. Anthony.
Click the links below for more on the story of the Newfoundland engines & props .......
Special thanks goes to Alvin Gregorash and Aero Recip of Winnipeg, Manitoba for supplying a runout Pratt and Whitney 1830 engine to FARS. Aero Recip's quick and gracious response to our request for a display engine to install in the town of St. Anthony's Canso, FIZU, has made a significant contribution towards getting NJE flying again.  Aero Recip carries on a long tradition of excellence in piston engne overhaul.
Contact them at  1-204-788-4765 or see their webpage:  www.GregorashAviation.com    .

"Fairview trades aircraft engines and history with Newfoundland" is how the headline reads in the latest adventure of the Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society (FARS), Canso Crew from Fairview, AB.  

On July 28, 2013 the Edmonton Journal carried an excellent article on the Great Canadian Aircraft Engine Exchange, written by Keith Gerein of the Journal staff.  A few years ago, Keith wrote another excellent story about the Canso FNJE regarding the recovery phase of the project.  That story ran in the Journal and subsequently in the Calgary Herald.  FARS is most appreciative of the Edmonton Journal and Keith Gerein for the interest and support.

To check out this story please click the link below to access the Edmonton Journal webpage:
May 16, 2013 - The Canso Crew is now in St. Anthony, Newfoundland! 

Brian & Karen Wilson and Norbert Luken left Fairview, AB on May 3, 2013, with two runout (display) Pratt and Whitney 1830 radial  aircraft engines loaded on a trailer, heading for St. Anthony, NL, as stage one of the Great Canadian Aircraft Engine Exchange.

Ten days later and with 6500 km's behind them the Crew and their cargo of engines and props arrived in St. Anthony, NL - tired, but happy to be there.  The rest of the FARS Canso Crew, Don & Marg Wieben and Joe and Jo-Anne Gans, arrived by air the same day.  Then the real work began - exchanging the built up display engines and props hauled from Fairview, for the two good serviceable engine and props, currently on St. Anthony's Canso PBY FIZU.  

It hasn't been all work, however, on Wednesday night the St. Anthony Chamber of Commerce hosted a "meet and greet" for the Crew, at which time a letter of greetings from the Town of Fairview and M.D. of Fairview, along with a commemorative plaque was presented to Mayor Simms of St. Anthony.  A similar letter of appreciation from  the Town and MD of Fairview  will be delivered to Mayor Tom O'Brien and the Town Council of Stephenville, on the return trip to western Canada.

The Canso Crew reports that the people of St. Anthony and all of Newfoundland have been incredibly helpful and friendly - that is certainly in keeping with the acts of generosity of St. Anthony and Stephenville in donating the engines and props to the Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society (FARS) Canso Project.
At the Fairview Canso Engine Shop - one of the runout P&W 1830 engine to be used in the engine swap with the low time St. Anthony/Stephenville, NL engines.
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The Fairview Canso Crew's first look at the Canso PBY FIZU as it sits on display in the Town of St. Anthony, NL.
Starting work on the Great Canadian Aircraft Engine Exchange - Don Wieben, Brian Wilson and Norbert Luken
St. Anthony's display aircraft - Canso PBY C-FIZU working on the engine exchange -  May 2013
C-FIZU Engine
Don Wieben, on behalf of the Town and Municipal District of Fairview, and Mayor Ernest Simms, of St. Anthony exchanging plaques commemorating the Great Canada Aircraft Engine Exchange.
Norbert Luken making a presentation to Mayor Simms, on behalf of the Municipal District of Fairview
Presenting the Municipal District of Fairview No. 136 flag to Mayor Ernest Simms of St. Anthony.
(L to R) Joe Gans, Jon-Anne Gans, Marg Wieben, Don Wieben, Karen Wilson, Brian Wilson, Norbert Luken and Mayor Ernest Simms.
June 13, 2013 - The Canso Crew is now back in Fairview, AB!

Brian & Karen Wilson got home with the two low time engines/props and a metalized trailing edge in tow, on June 3rd after traveling some 13,000 kms across Canada to St. Anthony, Newfoundland, and back. The rest of the Canso Crew, Norbert Luken, Don and Marg Wieben, Joe and Jo-Anne Gans flew home earlier.  They all reported a great time with tremendous help and support from the people of St. Anthony, and all over Newfoundland.

Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society (FARS) wants to express most sincere appreciation to those wonderful people of Newfoundland for their great act of neighborliness with their involvement with the Great Canadian Aircraft Engine Exchange.  

FARS also wants extend heartfelt thanks the people of Fairview and area (the Canso Crew members who stayed home) that also worked so hard to get the display engines/props and the traveling "billboard" ready for the exchange.

It was great to see the local governments in St. Anthony and Stephenville, Newfoundland and the Town of Fairview and Municipal District of Fairview No. 136, in Alberta, getting behind a project that will help to preserve a Canadian made historic aircraft to be shared as a flying museum with school kids and aviation enthusiasts across the country.

The "Great Canadian Aircraft Engines Exchange" is over for now.  The engines and props are back in Fairview in storage, waiting for the next big step.
Does anyone else see the resemblance? We sure did and presented Brittany, our AME summer student, with a Thank-You card showing the two posters along with our sincere appreciation for the summer of good work on the Canso project.
Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society (FARS) has had a very busy and productive spring/summer.  It started in April with the Great Canadian Aircraft Engine Exchange (see below), followed by FARS' application to the federal government's Hire-A-Student Program.  FARS was fortunate to be approved for  the program and very fortunate to be able to hire Brittany, an  Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) student from  Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek, BC.  It turned out very well, especially since several volunteers were needed to organize and supervise the various tasks Brittany took on.  As a result, a lot of work got done.  

Another great benefit was a classmate of hers showing up as a volunteer for a week.  It seems the reports back to the college must have been favourable because we've since had offers from one of Brittany's instructors and two of her graduated classmates to volunteer for the month of September.  We are looking forward to getting a lot more work done and FARS is most appreciative of these generous donations of time and energy.  

There's an African proverb that says, "It takes a village to raise a child".   Maybe, for our purposes, we could paraphrase this to say: "It takes a country to restore a Canso PBY."   At least it seems like that when you have hundreds of people from all across the country working to see this project completed. Be it through volunteering of their time and skills and-or donating money/gifts-in-kind, from Inuvik, NWT to St. Anthony and Stephenville, NL, every community that FARS has had contact with has  stepped up to make things work!  The expressions of interest and support that come in from around  the world are also helpful and greatly appreciated.


All donations are very much appreciated and will greatly assist with the reclamation of this historic aircraft.  
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It's been a big year for the restoration of 
Canso PBY 5-A, C-FNJE
Thanks to the good people of the Towns of St. Anthony and Stephenville, NL, after the GREAT CANADIAN AIRCRAFT ENGINE EXCHANGE, we have two engines with props back in Fairview. These two Newfoundland towns generously allowed FARS to exchange the serviceable engines/props from their Canso, which is on display in downtown St. Anthony, for timed out engines and props prepared for the swap. Our preliminary evaluation of the new engines appears very positive.  

The hydraulic systems are all checked out and working.

A number of the wings sections have been repaired and painted. Our AME Summer Student, from Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek, BC, worked out very well and lots of work got done this summer.

Most recently, we had another in the series of visits from our technical adviser, Rollie Hammerstedt, from Ontario.  Whenever Rollie is here we get a lot of high quality productive work done.  This trip was no exception and after a very thorough check of all the work and tasks completed, Rollie said he thought FARS would be able to finish the project in 2014.  
This is Great News!


Wildness Workshop - Sitidgi Lake, NWT, 2008
Photo above: February, 2014 - Joe Gans, with Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society (FARS) working at Greg Wieben's shop, doing a borescope inspection on the port engine. This was one of the serviceable engines brought back from St. Anthony, Newfoundland as part of the Great Canadian Aircraft Engine Exchange
CAN YOU HELP?
FARS needs help finding parts: The Gang Nut strips that we are looking for are numbered  MS21063-3-5 or Canso part number 28w5011. We need about 8 - 6ft strips.  
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