The aircraft, which was formerly XP772 with the Army Air Corps, was acquired outright from the MOD disposals agency in September 2004.
Stripping of the airframe was carried out and a full inspection of its condition has been undertaken. In spite of some time in open storage, little corrosion was found. Repairs were affected where necessary and work carried out on the fuselage and cabin areas. The Pratt and Whitney R-985 engine has been overhauled in the USA and is in storage awaiting fitting at a later date.
With all systems to firewall complete, DHC2 Beaver G-DHCZ has recently emerged from the paint shop at ARC in a striking new civilian colour scheme. To bring the aircraft up to a much improved standard a new instrument panel with comprehensive avionics suite has been added, as well as panorama windows in the rear cabin and blister windows in the side entry doors, upgraded brakes, a total rewire and fitting of a custom made luggage bay. The cabin is to be trimmed in high grade leather and co-ordinated to compliment the exterior colour scheme. The Beaver had it's first post restoration flight early in 2011.
The Beaver, a “utility” aircraft which could operate from short, rough airstrips as well as on floats or skis was first flown by Russ Bannock in 1947 and was De Havilland Canadian subsidiary’s second indigenous aircraft design (the first being the DHC-1 Chipmunk). Like the Chipmunk, the Beaver became a huge international success with the majority of the 1,692 aircraft manufactured being exported to 63 countries. These operators have made the Beaver name synonymous with the Canadian reputation for hard working, rugged dependability. Over400 Beaver aircraft still live and work in Canada (several having been converted to turbine engines) and the capabilities of the machine are still hard to equal, thus ensuring continued use for many years to come. Its development led to the larger “King Beaver” (known as the Single Otter) and the world famous Twin Otter. In 1987 the Canadian Engineering Society gave the aircraft one of their ten outstanding engineering awards; it has even been depicted on a Canadian stamp and coin.