Spartan operated a diverse fleet of aircraft and helicopters that included Ansons, Venturas, a Lancaster, P-38 Lightnings, Mosquitos, Cansos, DC-3s, Bell 47s and Vertols plus a variety of smaller fixed-wing aircraft.
Airworthy June 2014 as C-FHMJ. Photo: George Hunter
I am writing a detailed history of Canadian aerial survey company Spartan Air Services Limited of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Operations included aerial photography from low to high level; magnetometer, scintillometer, electromagnetic, SHORAN and APR surveys; and a wide range of helicopter services, mainly in support of the mining and petroleum sectors.
As well as operating throughout Canada, Spartan aircraft ranged widely around the world with operations in the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Belize, British Guiana, Trinidad, Grand Bahamas, Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Togo, the Seychelles, Iran, India, Malaya, the Philippines, Laos and the Mekong River basin.
Some of these operations were conducted in partnership with Canadian Aero Service, a subsidiary of the US survey company, Aero Service Corp.
The period covered by the book will be from Spartan's formation in August 1946 until Spartan-Aero was taken over by Kenting Aviation at the beginning of 1973.
I would very much like to make contact with former Spartan employees and their families to learn of their Spartan connections and to share information.
A wish list, including some desired Spartan contacts, appears on the next page.
Please contact me via email.
Robert M Stitt
Last updated: April 24, 2016