hide You are viewing an archived web page, collected at the request of University of Alberta using Archive-It. This page was captured on 16:57:30 Dec 08, 2010, and is part of the HCF Alberta Online Encyclopedia collection. The information on this web page may be out of date. See All versions of this archived page. Loading media information
Heritage Community Foundation Presents
Alberta Online Encyclopedia
table anchor table anchor table anchor
Alberta's Aviation Heritage
spacer    Home   |   About Us   |   Contact Us   |   Partners   |   Sitemap spacer
spacer History, Planes, People and Virtual HeritagespacerSearch Database Collections

Alberta Aviation Museum Tour


Okanagan Helicopters

Carl Agar’s expertise flying helicopters in the mountains received international attention between the end of the 1940s and the start of the 1950s. The way the military and commercial worlds viewed the aircraft’s use was changing.

In 1951, Agar’s company, now named Okanagan Helicopters limited, received a contract to assist the survey work being performed by the Aluminium Company of Canada at Kitimat, British Columbia. The work took weeks to complete, but without the support of helicopters, it would have carried on for years.

The headquarters of Okanagan Helicopters eventually moved to Vancouver and became one of the largest commercial helicopter companies in the world.

Agar was given many honours for his achievements. These included the Trans-Canada (McKee) Trophy in 1950, and the William J. Kossler Trophy presented by the American Helicopter Society, marking the first time the recipient was outside the United States. The American Helicopter Society gave Agar an Honorary Fellowship in 1959 and the Helicopter Association of America honoured Agar in 1963.

In 1962, Agar retired as president of Okanagan Helicopters and died in Victoria, British Columbia on 27 January 1968.


spacer    Copyright © 2004 Heritage Community Foundation All Rights Reserved spacer
Alberta's Aviation Heritage

Albertasource.ca | Contact Us | Partnerships
            For more on aviation in Alberta, visit Peel’s Prairie Provinces.
Copyright © Heritage Communty Foundation All Rights Reserved