You don't see one of these every day in Iqaluit. It is an EADS 'Warszawa - Okecie' S.A. PZL-104MA Wilga 2000. Quite a powerful, multipurpose aircraft. Built in Poland by PZL, they're used for everything from towing gliders, to training, to border patrol. The Canadian Air Cadet program had purchased one PZL-104MA, and was planning to buy more, but EADS is apparently no longer making it.
TF-RED (good choice of call sign, given the brilliant paint job), is now owned in Iceland. RED dropped by Iqaluit for a fuel stop on June 12, 2011. Needless to say, it turned quite a few heads at the fuel pumps. Specs here. Behind RED you can see the tail top First Air's B767 freighter.
After seeing TF-RED in June, it was a treat to see another Wilga stopping by in July. N909CC is a 1985 PZL-104 WILGA 80, featuring the Ivchenko AI-14 9 cylinder rotary engine. Hadn't seen one of these in a long, long time. N909CC was up from California.
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