Weaver Aircraft Company “WACO” CF-AYS: is an example of one of the smaller types of bush aircraft in the 1930s-1950s in western Canada. The aircraft under restoration operated out of Flin Flon and The Pas and was owned by Arrow Airways of Flin Flon. Arrow Airways was eventually purchased by James A. Richardson and Canadian Airways and eventually became a part of Canadian Pacific Airlines. Target completion date 2011.
Work is proceeding on AYS, mostly sheet metal fabrication, cowlings, lower fuselage panels and rudder/stabilizer and landing gear fairings. Fin, rudder, stabilizer and elevators have been installed. The fuel tanks have been repaired and installed. Forward fuselage fairings have been fabricated and installed, as has the windshield. The seats have been upholstered and are ready for installation. The engine is being readied for installation and a propeller has been acquired and is being overhauled. Wing struts still have to be made and the wings await painting. The WACO was moved into the display hangar for visitor viewing during final assembly. Due to space restrictions, the WACO will not likely have its wings permanently fitted in the coming year.
The Waco awaits final painting, although only the wings remain unpainted. The engine has been installed and work on the cowling is in process. Wing struts were manufactured by our engine crew and they await only final painting. Landing gear fairings were fabricated and are ready to go on. Windshield was completed and installed. The wings and struts were trial fitted and removed for final painting. If we can manage to get the wings painted, this aircraft could be completed this year.