About SFA


Happy 64th birthday, SFA! 1955-2019!


It all started with a pair of PA-18 Super Cubs...


Slate Falls Airways started life as the Slate Falls Trading Company in 1955. Until the 1960's we transported furs and fish from the north with our fleet of two, 2-seat Super Cubs. In time, we began evolving into tourist flying and air ambulance service throughout the north. Our fur-and-fish operations were based at the community of Slate Falls, Ontario; about 60 miles north of Sioux Lookout. In the 1960's we moved our operations to Sioux Lookout, Ontario and in 1969 changed our name to Slate Falls Airways to better reflect our ever-expanding services. The company has been evolving ever since, and we continue to be a versatile presence in the Northern Ontario aviation industry.


Slate Falls Airways has operated everything from Douglas DC-3's to Taylorcrafts, SeaBees to Twin Otters, and Queen Airs to Beech 18's. We even operated a Piper Aztec on floats! Although we no longer offer air ambulance service, we still offer regular passenger and non-emergency medical transportation along with air charters, tourist flying and sightseeing adventures. While pilots, maintenance engineers and senrior staff have all come and gone through the years, the staple of the big orange airplanes remain on Pelican Lake welcoming you to Sioux Lookout!



Present Day SFA


In the early 2000's Slate Falls Airways operated six airplanes in a fleet that only moderately resembles our current one. Our piston-powered DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter has since been converted to Pratt & Whitney turbine power, we've parted ways with our speedy little Cessna 210 Centurion and have also bid farewell to our Cessna 208 Caravan that went to live on the west coast of Canada. In 2008 we replaced the departed Caravan (aptly registered C-GSFA) with a second DHC-3T Turbo Otter.


Today, we operate a fleet of five aircraft equipped with floats in the summer, and wheels, wheel-skis or tundra gear in the winter. Our current fleet includes two 4-seat Cessna 206 Stationairs, one 6-seat DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver and two 9-seat DeHavilland DHC-3T Turbo Otters.


Learn more about our aircraft fleet



The crew that makes it all possible


Slate Falls Airways couldn't operate without the diverse knowledge base we have in our staff. We accept only the very best and demand that all our staff meet our performance standards and expectations so that you will have a safe, professional flight experience


Our current crew:

Matt Cairns, CEO & Operations Manager

Jamie Davies, DHC-2 / DHC-3T pilot, Chief Pilot

Matt McClelland, DHC-2 pilot, Director of Maintenance

Greg Weatherbee, AME

Richard Hulina, DHC-3T pilot

Kevin Boyes, DHC-2 / DHC-3T pilot

Turner Thomson, DHC-2, DHC-3T pilot

Kate Larose, C206 / DHC-2 pilot

Samantha Grano, C206 pilot

Judy Boles, Administrative Assistant

Learn more about career opportunities at Slate Falls Airways.





Slate Falls Airways is more than just an airline; we also have our own Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO). Our engineering staff do a great job keeping our shiny orange fleet of airplanes in top shape all year round. Our 4,800 square foot aircraft hangar in Sioux Lookout is located right at the floatplane base, allowing easy maintenance year-round.

Our Locations:

Primary base

(seaplane / skiplane operations)

29 Wellington St., Sioux Lookout ON, P8T 1A3

Look for the big blue airplane hangar behind the Pelican Lake Sandwich Company

*Complimentary WiFi and device charging station*



Seasonal base

(airport operations)

5 Airport Road (next to the main terminal building)
Look for the grey building with orange & yellow sign, straight ahead as you come off the highway. Also look for a giant orange sign out front!


  Free WiFi at this location  

Contact Us:

Toll Free* 1-800-375-0369

Local 1-807-737-3640

Fax 1-807-737-1097

*Canada only



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Office hours 8:00am-5:00pm

Office may open earlier or close later

depending on flight operations.

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 Last updated  11 August 2020

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