In 2012, we embarked on a project which came to be known as Twin Otter Archive. The goal was to build on the many years of tireless research of the de Havilland Canada family of aircraft by Mike Ody. My top interests had always been the Twin Otter, Dash-7 and Dash-8 types, so combining Mike's work with mine seemed a natural fit. Twin Otter Archive was built by myself, Neil Aird and Ian MacIntosh and featured the most comprehensive DHC-6 data base and photo collection anywhere. As all this was happening, I also developed the website Twin Otter Spotter, which served to compliment the Archive, featuring regular as it happens news on the DHC-6. In 2017 the process of merging both Twin Otter Spotter and Twin Otter Archive began, to compile a current and historic "one-stop" website on the Twin Otter. That website is Twin Otter World.
The launch of Dash8World in 2017 and Dash7World in 2018 continues the quest of developing Mike's material and photograph collection into Archival websites, this time on the DHC-8, Q400 and DHC-7 aircraft. Although I had lots of records and photos myself, moving forward with the project could not occurred without the assistance of Rob McNeil who kindly provided Mike's own records and photo collections. George Trussell was also kind enough to assist in getting the material to me, and that is much appreciated.
About the Sections of Dash 7 World archive
This is the equivalent of the Archive section of TwinOtterWorld, and the same as the Production History at Dash8World. A chronological history of each airframe, and photographs of the aircraft along the way. At the time of launch in 2018, all 113 aircraft histories are completed along with 500+ pictures, many of which are published for the first time.
At this point, activity within the DHC-7 fleet is minimal, but changes are entered as they become known.
It is important that when reading the aircraft production history files you are utilizing a platform with a screen width of 1280 pixels minimum. Otherwise the files lose their formatting.
The Latest Updates Page covers what changes have been made to the overall site. This includes notification of content changes to the production history, and new photographic additions.
How to Search
Using the search function on the Master Index Page will gather your query data from across all sections of the site.
If you are interested in contributing photos, please be in contact via the "contribute a photo" link on each history page, or the "contact the editor" form which can be found below. Photographs can be digital or scans, but should be good quality. Digital files should be a minimum size of 1024 X 683 pixels, or preferably even larger. Discreet watermarking is ok, but shouldn't obscure the aircraft. Contributed material will be credited accordingly, and the credit can be linked back to your own gallery or site.
This website is dedicated to our friend Michael J. Ody - "Mike"
APRIL 1939 – OCTOBER 2011
Mike Ody was a total aviation person. Raised in SW London with constant overhead activity from Croydon, Biggin Hill, Hendon, Northolt, London and other Airports, Mike joined the Air Cadets when he was 14 years old. He was soon hanging out at Croydon Airport in the evenings after doing his school home-work. With other lads from Croydon, Mike cycled to airfields all over England and Scotland which also allowed him to enjoy his second passion of cycling. His pride was a Claude Butler custom built machine.
On leaving school Mike joined Hawker Aircraft at Kingston upon Thames on an engineering apprenticeship program. This did not seem to fit well with Mike and he later volunteered to join the RAF for three years as an Air Movements Clerk when he was 18 years old. Mike served most of his time stationed at RAF Wildenrath, Germany. His experiences there stood him well as he was hired by Air India in 1961 as a Load Planner for their newly delivered Boeing 707s. A subsequent transfer to their Cargo Department led to what was to become his life time career path, Cargo Sales.
The late Sixties were to lead to two most important life decisions for Mike as in 1967 he emigrated to Canada where he settled in Montreal after a short stop in Toronto. There, after initially working for KLM Cargo Sales, Mike joined Alitalia Cargo Sales; his employer for the rest of his career with stops at Calgary and finally, Toronto. Mike thoroughly enjoyed his stay in Montreal and it was there that his second major decision occurred; he met and married Marion in 1969 with whom he later had three sons who along with his grand-children, miss him very much.
Mike had a deep interest in all aircraft types and their production histories but his passion was de Havilland Canada post-war types and in particular the DHC-6 Twin-Otter. He amassed a huge collection of photographs, slides and articles about the type and this forms the basis of this web-site that has been created in his memory.
Mike was also very interested in the Canadian Civil Aircraft Register and spent many hours recording and building a history of such. This research has been passed to his joint-collaborator and we hope to see it on another web-site at a future date.