Great Lakes Air is the proud new owner of a Britten-Norman BN2A-26 piston Islander, which was sold by Britten-Norman's regional office in Miami. The aircraft is to be operated under FAR 135 and will keep passengers and freight on the move during winter months.
Great Lakes Air is an American fixed base operator and charter airline based in Mackinac County airport in St. Ignace, Alpena and Rogers City in Michigan. Great Lakes Air began its air charter service from Mackinac, serving various destinations throughout the state.
During the winter months, between mid-December and April, the lakes are frozen, cutting off Mackinac Island and Bois Blanc Island and preventing workers from reaching houses and tourist attractions in need of winter repairs, as well as stopping mail and freight. During those four months, Great Lakes Air operates a six-minute flight from 0630 to 1800 that also delivers post and other essentials; in the winter of 2018/19 it moved around 12,000 lbs of freight.
President of Great Lakes Air, Brad Shriner, was impressed by the Islander's capabilities when he visited another FBO, Island Airways, across the State: “The Islander is a fantastic aircraft; it can carry a higher number of passengers and larger amount of freight than the aircraft we have currently, and with greater fuel economy. It's going to be a great addition to our fleet and is ideal for our mission.”
The Great Lakes Islander has been upgraded and is fitted with a Garmin G600 GTN glass suite with PFD/MFD represented on a 10 inch landscape display.