The DeHavilland Beaver was first flown on August 16, 1947.
By the year 1967, a 1657 Beavers were built as land planes, seaplanes, and amphibians. While the U.S. Army was the initially the main user of the Beaver, the plane is currently flown in a civilian capacity, where it’s considered by many as the “best bush plane ever built”.
The workhorse of the air
The Beaver, often dubbed the workhorse of the air, was singled out in 1947 as one of Canada’s ten greatest engineering achievements in the past 100 years. It was specifically designed for the rugged conditions of the North Country, such as Southeast Alaska.
Taquan Air DeHavilland Beaver
The rugged Taquan Beaver is equipped with a Pratt & Whitney R985 supercharged 9 cylinder radial engine which puts out 450 horsepower. This has proven to be the best possible combination for testing the Southeastern Alaska environment and for providing the experience of a true Alaskan bush plane ride. At Taquan Air, we take active steps in keeping the most modern fleet of Beavers in the world.
The Taquan Beaver fleet have been entirely overhauled into a like-new condition. This process includes re-skinning 80% of the fuselage, extending the cabin, adding an extra window seat, refurbishing all mechanical systems, upgrading the instrument panel, completely up-grading the wiring, installing four additional windows, putting in a new interior, rebuilding the floats, replacing the engine and repainting the aircraft.
Industry Leading Maintenance Program
The Maintenance Department’s primary role at Taquan Air is to carefully scrutinize and maintain the aircraft fleet in the timeliest and most efficient manner possible. A team of highly experienced and trained maintenance technicians, an excellent working environment and extensive parts and tooling inventory accomplishes this. Taquan Air maintains a policy of adherence to the highest FAA Aircraft Maintenance Standards and routinely exceeds those standards.
All routine maintenance, preventative maintenance, and alterations to the aircraft, engines, propellers and appliances are performed in accordance with FAA regulations, manufacturer’s service bulletins, airworthiness directives, and the highest quality maintenance practices.