N185HM is a 1974 Cessna A185F that spent its first 500 hours in Canada. It was purchased in like-new condition in 1984 by Paul Mattle, who at the time was an Anchorage-based Alaska Airlines Captain. He owned it for a few years and decided to sell, and knowing that Kurt Wien was looking for a low-time, damage-free C-185, I put the two in touch. Soon Kurt was the new owner. He had the power plant converted by Bon-Air to a Continental IO-550 and also designed the current paint scheme. Our friend Jan Stroh did a lot of the interior work. I purchased it in 1995. It’s a solid airplane that has brought me many years of great experiences and entertainment. I operate it on wheels, floats and skis, depending on the season.