Connecting the North is Easier Thanks to Cargo North
THUNDER BAY – PICKLE LAKE – ROUND LAKE FN – Getting into Northern communities with passengers, cargo or a combination of both has become far easier.
Cargo North has two Basler BT 67 aircraft that are now certified to also transport passengers to and from northern communities. Heading out of Thunder Bay, Pickle Lake or Sioux Lookout, with up to 16 passengers, or up to ten tons of freight or a combination this new service is going to make it far more feasible in the north for doing business.
The Basler BT 67 aircraft is the plane designed for the conditions faced in Northern Ontario, both in terms of weather conditions and in terms of runways. According to Frank Kelner, CEO of Cargo North, the Basler BT-67 is the right plane for the north.
Loading and Unloading the Basler
For the first day of service, the Cargo North crews were busy. Starting from Pickle Lake, loading the aircraft with supplies for Cat Lake First Nation, and then flying into Round Lake to pick up passengers for a charter flight to Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay for health care issues.
In Round Lake, people came out to tour the Cargo North Basler.
For Northern communities, having the ability to bring in large amounts of cargo, or that key combination of personnel and cargo is a game-changer.
For business, the ability for example to bring in a construction crew, survey crew, or mining crew along with their equipment is a major benefit.
An interesting tidbit, when flying with potato chips on board, it is important to fly at a lower altitude, under 5000 feet. Otherwise the bags of chips will ‘pop’ and the customers in the communities will have to suffer with stale chips.
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