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All donations are very much appreciated and will greatly assist with the reclamation of this historic aircraft.  

Welcome to the The Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society (FARS) website.  Dedicated to the restoration of a historic World War II Patrol Bomber - Canso PBY-5A.

Please check out the buttons, on the left, which will lead you to the history, goals and aspirations of our non-profit organization.  
Where is the Canso Shop?    


Fairview, Alberta,Canada ---
FARS was formed to be the operating wing of the Canso PBY-5A, C-FNJE. The Society 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, aviation enthusiasts and the general public the opportunity to share in a part of Canada's rich history.
April 24th 2016  
Exciting news this week - the airframe of Canso PBY-5A, FNJE has been rolled out of the shop and reunited with the 104 foot wing - after almost eight years!  

A great day for Canso PBY-5A, FNJE!

Also a great day for Canadian History!

And a really great day for everyone involved!!
The Fairview Post had a great article this past week on the background and update of the project.  Please check it out at the link below: 


Rodney Kozar, FARS member and former co-pilot of C-FNJE, was in town on days off from his job fighting wild fires at Fort McMurray and stopped for a visit with some of the Canso Crew.

Rodney currently flies one of the CL-215 water bomber tankers for the Alberta Government, following in his father's footsteps as a Canso pilot and a water bomber fire fighter.


FIRST ENGINE UP!
There's been lots of excitement the last few weeks – the wing went on, the rudder was put back in place, both engines were mounted and finally Canso PBY 5-A, C-FNJE almost made it to the Fairview Airport, Tuesday night, June 7th, 2016.

The work-bee lasted until 2:00 AM when the Crew dragged the Canso through a canola field, then loaded it onto an old modified seed drill mover and pulled it sideways down the municipal road for 1½ miles until they encountered a low-hanging power line and a too-tall tail on the Canso!  

A couple of hours and a lot of ingenuity later, under the power line it went and continued up the road. Another mile further the Canso was unloaded from the drill transport and back on its own wheels to head across another grain field.

You can just imagine the look on the faces of passersby, that next morning, when they saw that big old plane sitting there along the highway, in a field, a half a mile from the airport!

In the light of day the journey continued, down the highway for a half a mile, stopping traffic for 20 minutes, and onto the country road where the Canso Crew had to clear some trees to make the 100 foot right-of-way just a little bigger to accommodate the 104 foot wing span.  It's amazing how many trees there are in just 4 extra feet!  Then back through another field and onto the runway at the airport, just when the rain started. What a break that it held off that long!

Getting ready to move FNJE from the Canso Shop to the Fairview Airport
Testing the modified seed drill mover to see if it would work to haul the Canso sideways.
Loaded on the drill mover
Photo Left to Right: Doug Roy, Cameron Guillemaud  and Don Wieben
On the move!
That was close.  Good thing there wasn't another coat of paint on the wing float!
Across the canola field of Keith Gans.
On the MD road and ready to load the Canso on the drill mover.
Jim Allan and Greg Wieben
WARNING: Objects may appear smaller when viewed through mirror
Brian Wilson and Miles Schlichter discuss strategy
The tail tells the tale - too close to the powerline
Later that night moving through Ron and Gord Heck's land
We like the night life!
That's it for tonight Folks!
Heading for the Airport Wednesday June 8, 2016
"On the road again"
Off the highway and onto the MD Road towards the Fairview Airport
Sometimes things move very fast
The Crew is catching up!
Hopefully we get there before the rain starts!
A brush with a bush!
Getting closer - travelling across Greg and Bev Wieben's field
On the tarmac - yes!
Brian Wilson brings it home!
The Canso is just tucking Henry Dechant's 180 under it's wing.
Let's get hitched!
A look out from inside the dry terminal building.
The Canso is at the Fairview Municipal Airport, in front of the new terminal building.
Click on any photo below to start the slide show of the trip from the Wilson farm shop to the Fairview Airport
Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society (FARS) had a great opportunity to share the fruits of all the efforts that have gone into the restoration of the Canso PBY with the aviation community and local people at the Father's Day Fly-In Breakfast on Sunday, June 19, 2016.  

It was a very successful and enjoyable morning. The weather was great, the food was great, we had 26 landings including 2 helicopters. Of course, FARS was delighted to have the Canso there on location and proud to show it off to the more than 400 visitors. The cars were lined up half way back to Fairview. Next year we will maybe need to get a shuttle for a park and ride.

A big attraction to the event was the Grand Opening of new Fairview Air Terminal, a cooperative venture between the M.D. of Fairview # 136, the Town of Fairview and the County of Clearhills.

Other highlights of the morning were visits from Stars Air Ambulance helicopter, Alberta Sustainable Resources (SRD) Fire Attack Team, from Peace River, in another helicopter and the visit from a CL-215T Alberta water bomber, fresh from the wildfires at Fort McMurray. It was very impressive to see that big modern water tanker there on the tarmac in front of its predecessor, the Canso PBY-5A.




For a slide show of the Father's Day Fly-In event please check out this link below: 
https://sway.com/zeMwzqGDTuqfkjCB
Arrival at the Fairview Airport via ground transport, in preparation for the Father's Day Fly-In Breakfast
Gov't of Alberta CL-215T Airtanker with Canso PBY in the background

Membership Drive:  We would be very pleased to have you renew or join the Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society!  

Our membership has been the driving force behind FARS, to date, and the membership will take the project into the future.  

It will be the FARS members that take the Canso to the people and keep the proud history of this aircraft alive.

Memberships are available from any of the FARS directors or by mailing FARS, Box 78, Fairview, AB  T0H 1L0. We'll  be happy to send your membership card to you.

One year membership: $20, or three year membership: $50

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Canso PBY-5A, C-FNJE loading water circa 1997
Canso PBY-5A, C-FNJE, as tanker 702, loading water for forest fire fighting in the Northwest Territories.  Photos provided by Rodney Kozar, FARS member and former co-pilot on FNJE in 1997, with Buffalo Air.  Rodney is currently a pilot of the Alberta Government's CL-215T's stationed at Slave Lake, AB and responding to wildfires across the country.