King Air 350
The King Air 300C (Also known as the B350) is a twin engine turboprop, capable of travelling over 3000km between fuel stops. The B300C is a Cargo Door version, offering a standard air stair door as well as an impressive 52 inch wide cargo door. Based in Edmonton, CanWest Air utilizes the B350C exclusively for Air Ambulance Operations, and has custom retrofitted the aircraft to accommodate both standard medevac services as well as a specialty bariatric patient configuration, with a capacity of transporting up to 850lb bariatric patients. Adding to the diversity of the role, the B350 is capable of simultaneously transporting two NICU specialty stretchers and a full specialty NICU support team.
CanWest Air’s B350 has also been equipped with new composite Raisbeck swept 5-bladed propellers, adding to the aircraft climbing and cruising speeds as well as take off and landing performance, while decreasing the sound impact on the occupants. These new propellers also come with added service life between overhauls, making them an ideal kit to compliment medevac services.
King Air 250
One size smaller than the B350C, The King Air 250 line is also a pressurized, twin turboprop aircraft. CanWest Air currently operates 7 B250GT, and 1 B250CGT (Cargo Door equipped) aircraft. Flying with the latest Proline Fusion Avionics package, the B250 fleet complements the B350 in offering Air Ambulance availability across the province of Alberta.
CanWest Air’s B250 fleet has been retrofitted with the Centex Halo gross upweight kits, bringing a higher take off and landing weight and increased range with larger payloads.
In 2021, the CanWest King Air 250 fleet started another series of upgrades, installing Raisbeck Enhanced performance leading edges to go with the previously installed crown wing lockers and aft strakes, as well as conversion to the Raisbeck 5 blade swept propellers, further increasing performance ability of this versatile aircraft.
Cessna Grand Caravan
The C208B is an unpressurized, single engine turboprop, with the ability to successfully operate from a variety of unimproved surfaces.
CanWest Air has an upgraded, two-aircraft Caravan fleet equipped with Hartzell Propellers, AeroAcoustics Payload Extender Systems for greater carrying capacity and range extension, high output Boom Beam HID landing and taxi lights for greater hazard detection, and Aerotwin folding passenger seats for configuration versatility. Cockpit upgrades include SkyTrac Satellite tracking and Garmin 650/750 GPS systems for increased margins of safety.
The CanWest Air Caravan Fleet conducts passenger charters, cargo work including mail, forestry, and groceries, as well as BLS medevac services to unimproved “patch” airstrips in North-Western Alberta, and can operate on forestry charters from any forestry base in the province.
Cessna 337 Skymaster
With it’s twin piston engine centerline thrust and high wing visibility, the Cessna 337 Skymaster is prized for Forestry operations involving fire detection, patrol and bird dog functions.
Acquired in 2015, CanWest’s fleet of C337 aircraft was overhauled nose to tail and brought up to the CanWest best practice standard, installing overhauled engines and propellers where required, all new windows and paint, fresh interiors and seats, and a completely new avionics package including Garmin GPS, Latitude live GPS tracking and Technisonic FM radios for ground communications.
At the close of fiscal year 2021, CanWest Air has 3 Cessna 337 aircraft in the fleet. These aircraft are flown in support of contracts for wildfire management as well as wildlife studies over winter months.
Cessna 206 Stationair
The Cessna 206 is a single piston engine aircraft that are the workhorses of our Northern Fleet. The fleet of 6 aircraft includes U206E, F and G models, denoting differences in models produced over the years.
The Cessna 206 Fleet are the half ton trucks of aviation. Not too fast, not too slow, capable of a sizeable load but equally able to carry 5 passengers plus the captain, these machines are the workhorse of the North.
Chartered out for passengers or cargo, patient transportation, mail, groceries, forestry smoke patrols and crew movements, the Cessna 206 can be configured between roles in minutes by our trained flight crews and can quickly be ready for dispatch in any role.