Wells Gray Air to close as of Oct. 15

After 20 years of offering scenic and charter flights, Fritz and Ursula Schaer have decided to terminate their business

Wells Gray Air owners Fritz and Ursula Schaer stand in front of their Cessna 182 Skylane near their airstrip in Upper Clearwater. After nearly 20 years of operation

Wells Gray Air owners Fritz and Ursula Schaer stand in front of their Cessna 182 Skylane near their airstrip in Upper Clearwater. After nearly 20 years of operation

After 20 years of offering scenic and charter flights, Upper Clearwater residents Fritz and Ursula Schaer have decided to terminate their business, Wells Gray Air Ltd., as of Oct. 15, 2014.

“Since 1995 we have performed more than 2,500 flights over Wells Gray Park and surrounding area, including hundreds of fire patrols for Kamloops Fire Centre,” Fritz said. “The flown distance during this time equals around 10 times around the earth!”

“We would like to thank all our passengers from Clearwater, Canada and the whole world for their confidence and their support,” said Ursula. “They used the chance to enjoy the beauty of our Wells Gray Park from a different perspective. Also many thanks to our close neighbours for enduring the inevitable noise during our takeoffs.”

The couple added that  they appreciated the excellent teamwork with Kamloops Fire Centre and Clearwater Fire Zone since 1997, when they started with fire patrols.

“We spent lots of idealism and time for our small two-person-business and we look back for an accident-free and interesting part of our life,” Fritz said.

“We will keep the aircraft and the airstrip for our private use and look forward for more freedom for camping and travelling in Canada and elsewhere, said Ursula.

The couple operated the business as a team, with Ursula providing passenger care, ticketing, and flight monitoring by radio, while

Fritz Schaer provided planning, piloting and technics.