In the fall of 1934, Robert Noorduyn felt that it was time to design and produce an aircraft for the Canadian market in which a Canadian operator with existing talents, equipment and facilities could make money, and it should be a high wing monoplane to facilitate loading and unloading of passengers and cargo at seaplane docks and airports. The first Norseman was flight tested on floats 14 November 1935. The history of this aircraft manufacturing company can be found at the Noorduyn Norseman website.