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.
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
Sheldon Christensen, 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
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.