Air transportation in Nestor Falls was started back in the late forties by Red Swanton. He transported fishermen to Kay Lake and Kishkutena Lake with a Waco and a Fox Moth from the old base on Lake of the Woods known as Clearwater Air Service. In the early sixties Red sold his charter to Ralph Showalter when it then became Northwestern Flying Services.
The company changed hands a few more times up until 1987 when Jack and Mary Pope acquired the property changing the name to Northwest Flying Inc. Now some 30 years later the Pope family still operates the business under the ownership of Shane and Gina. We have our own hangar with a dedicated AME mechanic on staff who takes exceptional pride in maintaining our fleet of 6 aircarft. Several of our pilots have been with the company for many years and are among the best in the business.
More than 9000 twin engine Beech 18's were produced making this one of the most popular and reliable passenger transport aircraft of all time. Northwest Flying operates two Beech 18's with seating for 8.
C-FNKL has been with Northwest Flying for over 50 years accumulating over 15,000 flight hours on floats.