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.