The first flight was at Longeuil, Quebec on June 11, 1946 with certification in September at 6300 lbs. CF-BQC was first and it was joined by EIL, EIM and EIN at Nickel Belt Airways in Sudbury, Ontario. With some modification and strengthening the plane was recertified at 6800 lbs. on floats and later, with optional Mayson & Campbell pneumatic pedestals, at 6500 lbs. on skis. Shortly after the company entered bankruptcy due to a series of events including the loss of a twin engine trainer contract for the RCAF, the news that OPAS had decided on the Beaver and serious financial loses arising out of the company’s pre-fabricated house building venture. The twelve aircraft which had been sold were completed and the tools and residual inventory taken over by Nickel Belt.
In Saskatchewan one Husky with the air ambulance service was JATO equipped. In the 1950s, four aircraft were converted as Super Huskys F-11-2 with a 550 HP Alvis Leonides 503/8 engine and an 11 foot de Haviland three bladed prop. This brought the gross weight to 7920 lbs., the disposable load to 2800 lbs. and increased the cruising speed from 130 to 145 mph.
Pilot Don McIntyre summed up the Husky "It was the best bush plane I ever flew". .
|#1||CF-BQC||Nickel Belt Airways|
|#2||CF-EIL||Nickel Belt Airways, now C-GCYV|
|#3||CF-EIM||Nickel Belt Airways|
|#4||CF-EIN||Nickel Belt Airways|
|#6||CF-EIP||Nickel Belt Airways|
|#7||CF-EIQ||Nickel Belt Airways|
|#12||CF-EIR||Nickel Belt Airways|