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THE MAIN BASE

 

The Mars Home Sproat Lake

Harry Follas photo
The Facilities
Photo by: Stephan Borham

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The main base of operations for Flying Tankers is situated on Sproat Lake near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island.  Integrated maintenance, operations and administration are housed in modern facilities and the company is virtually self-sufficient in all respects.

Maintenance for the aircraft is carried out at the main base and, to support the huge job of maintaining the huge aircraft and the rest of the fleet.  Two hangars are fitted with a full range of maintenance resources including machining, welding and metal fabrication shops, a component overhaul shop, stores, a paint/refinishing cell and all of the ancillary equipment needed to ensure the continued airworthiness of the aircraft.  A large inventory of spare parts and components is maintained.  Spare Mars engines, sufficient in number to support the program for many years, are stored in pressurized containers while two engines are kept in a built-up state for quick engine changes should the need arise.

Bulk tanks for the storage of aviation and turbine fuel as well as gel and foam concentrate are situated at the main base.

In addition to the Mars aircraft, our fleet also includes a Sikorski S76 (which is called the "Bird Dog" because of it's roll as the spotter aircraft).

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT DURING FIRE SEASON ACCESS OR CONTACT CAN BE RESTRICTED.

  While Sproat Lake is situated in the heart of the coastal forest industry, it is also a well-known tourist and vacation area.  A steady stream of aircraft buffs, tourists and the curious from around the world visit the facility to see the Mars, fill their photo and video albums, purchase Mars memorabilia and enjoy the surroundings.


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COULSON FLYING TANKERS

The Coulson Group of Companies
Corporate Offices

4890 Cherry Creek Road
Port Alberni BC, Canada V9Y - 8E9
Tel: 250.724.7600
Fax: 250.723.7766