January 2014

 

A6-EFJ Boeing 777-F1H (MSN 35610/1065) of Emirates SkyCargo (leased from DAE Capital), at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A6-EFJ Boeing 777-F1H (MSN 35610/1065) of Emirates SkyCargo (leased from DAE Capital), at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014.
*FIRST VISIT* and the first time a Boeing 777 freighter has visited Perth.
This one-off flight arrived as EK9820 from Sydney at 20:57 the previous night and departed to Dubai at 21:51 on this date as EK4850.
Parked at Bay 62, opposite the international terminal.
Photo © David Eyre
A6-EFJ Boeing 777-F1H (MSN 35610/1065) of Emirates SkyCargo (leased from DAE Capital), at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
A6-EFJ Boeing 777-F1H (MSN 35610/1065) of Emirates SkyCargo (leased from DAE Capital), at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014.
*FIRST VISIT* and the first time a Boeing 777 freighter has visited Perth.
This one-off flight arrived as EK9820 from Sydney at 20:57 the previous night and departed to Dubai at 21:51 on this date as EK4850.
Parked at Bay 62, opposite the international terminal.
Photo © Wilson
A6-EFJ Boeing 777-F1H (MSN 35610/1065) of Emirates SkyCargo (leased from DAE Capital), at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
A6-EFJ Boeing 777-F1H (MSN 35610/1065) of Emirates SkyCargo (leased from DAE Capital), at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014.
*FIRST VISIT* and the first time a Boeing 777 freighter has visited Perth.
This one-off flight arrived as EK9820 from Sydney at 20:57 the previous night and departed to Dubai at 21:51 on this date as EK4850.
Parked at Bay 62, opposite the international terminal.
Photo © Wilson
A6-EFJ Boeing 777-F1H (MSN 35610/1065) of Emirates SkyCargo (leased from DAE Capital), at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
A6-EFJ Boeing 777-F1H (MSN 35610/1065) of Emirates SkyCargo (leased from DAE Capital), at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014.
*FIRST VISIT* and the first time a Boeing 777 freighter has visited Perth.
This one-off flight arrived as EK9820 from Sydney at 20:57 the previous night and departed to Dubai at 21:51 on this date as EK4850.
Parked at Bay 62, opposite the international terminal.
Photo © Wilson
A6-EFJ Boeing 777-F1H (MSN 35610/1065) of Emirates SkyCargo (leased from DAE Capital), at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
A6-EFJ Boeing 777-F1H (MSN 35610/1065) of Emirates SkyCargo (leased from DAE Capital), at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014.
*FIRST VISIT* and the first time a Boeing 777 freighter has visited Perth.
This one-off flight arrived as EK9820 from Sydney at 20:57 the previous night and departed to Dubai at 21:51 on this date as EK4850.
Parked at Bay 62, opposite the international terminal.
Photo © Wilson
9V-STC Airbus A330-343X (MSN 986) of Singapore Airlines (leased from AWAS) at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9V-STC Airbus A330-343X (MSN 986) of Singapore Airlines (leased from AWAS) at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014.
Flight SQ224 to Singapore, taking off from runway 21 at 06:48.
Photo © David Eyre
9V-STC Airbus A330-343X (MSN 986) of Singapore Airlines (leased from AWAS) at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9V-STC Airbus A330-343X (MSN 986) of Singapore Airlines (leased from AWAS) at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014.
Flight SQ224 to Singapore, taking off from runway 21 at 06:48.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-FNR Fokker 100 (MSN 11488) of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, named “Lake Argyle” at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-FNR Fokker 100 (MSN 11488) of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, named “Lake Argyle” at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014.
Taxying out at 06:50 for departure on flight VA9253 to West Angelas iron ore mine.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-YFI Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41000/3963) of Virgin Australia, named “Porpoise Bay”, at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-YFI Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 41000/3963) of Virgin Australia, named “Porpoise Bay”, at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 06:52 as flight VA1723 to Karratha.
Photo © David Eyre
9M-XXM Airbus A330-343X (MSN 741) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC) at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9M-XXM Airbus A330-343X (MSN 741) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC) at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014.
Taxying out at 06:57 as flight D7 237 to Kuala Lumpur.
This was a recent addition to the AirAsia X fleet, and it has not yet been painted in their livery. It was previously leased by ILFC to Dragonair of Hong Kong as B-HWJ from 20 April 2006 to 8 June 2013. It was leased to AirAsia X from 31 July 2013. It made its first visit to Perth on 24 September 2013.
Photo © David Eyre
9M-XXM Airbus A330-343X (MSN 741) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC) at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9M-XXM Airbus A330-343X (MSN 741) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC) at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 07:06 as flight D7 237 to Kuala Lumpur.
This was a recent addition to the AirAsia X fleet, and it has not yet been painted in their livery. It was previously leased by ILFC to Dragonair of Hong Kong as B-HWJ from 20 April 2006 to 8 June 2013. It was leased to AirAsia X from 31 July 2013. It made its first visit to Perth on 24 September 2013.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-EBV Airbus A330-202 (MSN 1365) of Qantas (leased from CIT Aerospace), with Oneworld titles, named “Kangaroo Island” at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-EBV Airbus A330-202 (MSN 1365) of Qantas (leased from CIT Aerospace), with Oneworld titles, named “Kangaroo Island” at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014.
Seen at 07:09, just after pushback from Bay 14 at Terminal 4, for engine start, to depart as flight QF576 to Sydney.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-YIV Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 40698/4571) of Virgin Australia, named “Cylinder Beach”, at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-YIV Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 40698/4571) of Virgin Australia, named “Cylinder Beach”, at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014.
Arrived from Phuket as flight VA4148 at 06:11, and is seen here at 07:16 being pushed back from Bay 52 at the international terminal (Terminal 1) to be towed to domestic Terminal 3. It departed from there as VA1433 to Darwin at 08:29.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-YIV Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 40698/4571) of Virgin Australia, named “Cylinder Beach”, at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-YIV Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 40698/4571) of Virgin Australia, named “Cylinder Beach”, at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014.
Arrived from Phuket as flight VA4148 at 06:11, and is seen here at 07:16 being pushed back from Bay 52 at the international terminal (Terminal 1) to be towed to domestic Terminal 3. It departed from there as VA1433 to Darwin at 08:29.
Photo © David Eyre
PK-GFT Boeing 737-86N (MSN 38032/3869) of Garuda Indonesia (leased from GECAS), at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
PK-GFT Boeing 737-86N (MSN 38032/3869) of Garuda Indonesia (leased from GECAS), at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014.
Flight GA727 to Denpasar (Bali), taking off from runway 21 at 07:20.
Photo © David Eyre
Domestic Pier under construction and the new Bay 51 Airbus A380 gate at Terminal 1, and VH-VGH Airbus A320-232 (MSN 4495) of Jetstar at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
Domestic Pier under construction and the new Bay 51 Airbus A380 gate at Terminal 1, Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014.
Virgin Australia will relocate their current domestic operations from Terminal 3 to this new Domestic Pier at Terminal 1. Construction is now four months behind schedule and due to be completed in late October 2014. This will likely push its actual opening into January 2015, as various aspects of the new pier will need to be tested and staff training must be completed. The airline is unlikely to relocate during the busy period of Christmas 2014.
In the foreground is the recently-opened new Bay 51, which is the first of two aerobridges to enable the airport to better handle the Airbus A380. The aerobridges can also be used separately for two smaller aircraft. The second A380 gate is taking shape adjacent to this one, as part of the new international/domestic pier.
On the right is VH-VGH Airbus A320-232 (MSN 4495) of Jetstar, which arrived at 02:23 from Denpasar (Bali) as JQ117. It is parked at the new Bay 51A – passengers walk out onto the tarmac to board the aircraft.
Photo © David Eyre
M-AAES Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 605 (MSN 5810) of TAG Aviation (Asia), at Perth Airport - Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
M-AAES Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 605 (MSN 5810) of TAG Aviation (Asia), at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014
Arrived from Sydney on 25 January 2014 using radio callsign ‘TAGJET 22’, and departed to Jakarta-Halim on at 15:36, a few hours after this photo was taken, using the same callsign.
Photo © Wilson
VH-ZWH Cessna 208 Caravan I amphibious floatplane (MSN 20800399) of Avwest Pty Ltd at Perth Airport - Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
VH-ZWH Cessna 208 Caravan I amphibious floatplane (MSN 20800399) of Avwest Pty Ltd at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014.
Parked outside the Avwest hangar. This aircraft performed a water landing on the Swan River in Perth as part of the Australia Day Air Display a couple of days earlier, on 26 January 2014.
Ex N40203, N877AA.
Photo © Wilson
B-8202 Dassault Falcon 7X (MSN 159) of Deer Jet at Perth Airport - Tue 28 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
B-8202 Dassault Falcon 7X (MSN 159) of Deer Jet at Perth Airport – Tue 28 January 2014.
Seen here arriving from Shenzen (China) at 19:03. It departed to Adelaide on 31 January and Sydney on 3 February, reportedly connected with Chinese New Year celebrations.
Built in 2012, ex F-WWNC, ex N159FJ.
Photo © Wilson
ZS-SNG Airbus A340-642 (MSN 557) of South African Airways, over the northern suburbs of Perth - Mon 27 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
ZS-SNG Airbus A340-642 (MSN 557) of South African Airways, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Mon 27 January 2014.
Flight SA280 from Johannesburg, flying north east over the northern suburbs of Perth at 12:38, at an altitude of 3,100 feet, before turning right to join final approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21.
Photo © David Eyre
ZS-SNG Airbus A340-642 (MSN 557) of South African Airways, over the northern suburbs of Perth - Mon 27 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
ZS-SNG Airbus A340-642 (MSN 557) of South African Airways, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Mon 27 January 2014.
Flight SA280 from Johannesburg, flying north east over the northern suburbs of Perth at 12:38, at an altitude of 3,100 feet, before turning right to join final approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21.
Photo © David Eyre
ZS-SNG Airbus A340-642 (MSN 557) of South African Airways, over the northern suburbs of Perth - Mon 27 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
ZS-SNG Airbus A340-642 (MSN 557) of South African Airways, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Mon 27 January 2014.
The aircraft passed through a moist layer of air, and the faster, lower pressure air moving over the wing’s upper surface cooled the moisture below dewpoint, forming a condensation cloud above the wing. A good illustration of Bernoulli’s Principle in action.
Flight SA280 from Johannesburg, flying north east over the northern suburbs of Perth at 12:38, at an altitude of 3,100 feet, before turning right to join final approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21.
Photo © David Eyre
ZS-SNG Airbus A340-642 (MSN 557) of South African Airways, over the northern suburbs of Perth - Mon 27 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
ZS-SNG Airbus A340-642 (MSN 557) of South African Airways, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Mon 27 January 2014.
The aircraft passed through a moist layer of air, and the faster, lower pressure air moving over the wing’s upper surface mixed with the high pressure air flowing out from below the wing, which moves out around the tip to the top of the wing in a circular pattern called a wingtip vortex. As the vortex has a low-pressure core, it cools the moisture below dewpoint, forming a condensation trail at each wingtip.
Flight SA280 from Johannesburg, flying north east over the northern suburbs of Perth at 12:38, at an altitude of 3,100 feet, before turning right to join final approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-VFN Airbus A320-232 (MSN 5566) of Jetstar (leased from BOC Aviation Corp) – special “Celebrating 100 aircraft and over 100 million passengers” livery at Perth Airport - Mon 27 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
VH-VFN Airbus A320-232 (MSN 5566) of Jetstar (leased from BOC Aviation Corp) – special “Celebrating 100 aircraft and over 100 million passengers” livery at Perth Airport – Mon 27 January 2014.
Seen here at the International Terminal at 16:33 – it arrived at 15:20 as flight JQ121 from Denpasar (Bali).
This A320 was the first to be accepted by Jetstar Australia fitted with ‘sharklets’. Unveiled with special “Celebrating 100 aircraft and over 100 million passengers” colours at an official ceremony at Qantas Jet Base Melbourne on 14 April 2013.
Photo © Wilson
9V-OTE Boeing 777-212ER (MSN 28519/237) of Scoot, named “Scootalicious”, at Perth Airport – Mon 27 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
9V-OTE Boeing 777-212ER (MSN 28519/237) of Scoot, named “Scootalicious”, at Perth Airport – Mon 27 January 2014.
This aircraft was also used on the inaugural Scoot service to Perth, on 12 December 2013.
Seen here being prepared for departure back to Singapore at 19:04, as flight TZ7.
Photo © Wilson
9V-OTE Boeing 777-212ER (MSN 28519/237) of Scoot, named “Scootalicious”, at Perth Airport – Mon 27 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
9V-OTE Boeing 777-212ER (MSN 28519/237) of Scoot, named “Scootalicious”, at Perth Airport – Mon 27 January 2014.
This aircraft was also used on the inaugural Scoot service to Perth, on 12 December 2013.
Seen here at Bay 52, being prepared for departure back to Singapore at 19:04, as flight TZ7.
Photo © Wilson
VH-MAN / 232003 / 85 Nanchang CJ-6A (MSN 232003) owned by S & K Investments Pty Ltd at Jandakot Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-MAN / 232003 / 85 Nanchang CJ-6A (MSN 232003) owned by S & K Investments Pty Ltd at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Taking off from runway 24R at 15:50, as part of a formation of vintage aircraft at the Australia Day Air Display over the Swan River, Perth.
It wears Chinese Air Force (PLAAF) markings, having been formerly owned by them, and was built in 1962.
The CJ-6 is a Chinese version of the Russian-designed Yakovlev Yak-18A.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C (MSN F5C105) owned by Archibald Dudgeon at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C (MSN F5C105) owned by Archibald Dudgeon at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Taking off from runway 24R at 15:54 as part of a vintage aircraft formation in the Australia Day Air Display over Perth.
Built in 2005, ex N105KS. The WACO YMF is a modified version of the 1930s vintage WACO YMF, built to meet current FAA standards.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-OWD Pilatus PC-12/47E (MSN 1140) of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Western Operations), at Jandakot Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-OWD Pilatus PC-12/47E (MSN 1140) of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Western Operations), at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Taxying in after landing on runway 24R at 15:56.
Built in 2009, ex HB-FRN.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-WAH MBB-Kawasaki BK117B-2 (MSN 1051) of the WA Police Air Wing, named “Malcolm D Stornoway II”, at Jandakot Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-WAH MBB-Kawasaki BK117B-2 (MSN 1051) of the WA Police Air Wing, named “Malcolm D Stornoway II”, at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Taking off at 15:59, probably to patrol the shores of the Swan River, where hundreds of thousands of spectators gathered to watch the 2014 Australia Day Air Display and Skyworks fireworks display.
Callsign “POLAIR 61″. Based at Jandakot. Used for police patrol, high-speed pursuits, surveillance, search and rescue and officer deployment.
Fitted with a Star Safire III FLIR unit with downlink capabilities, Avalex digital recorder, Avalex moving map system, 4 monitors, Wulfsberg tactical radio, Nitesun search light and double lift 600lb rescue winch.
Built in 1990, ex JA6607.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-BTP / A17-744 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1075/T315) owned by Clark Rees, at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Taking off from runway 24R as part of a formation of vintage aircraft at the Australia Day Air Show over the Swan River, Perth.
Built in 1944. To RAAF in 1944 as A17-744
Registered 16.12.1955 as VH-BTP to H J C Hanrahan, Albany, WA.
Registered 12.9.1958 to R C Currell, Maylands, WA.
Registered 21.10.1959 to John Forrest Pty Ltd, Maylands, WA.
Crashed 20.7.1962 at Carnamah, WA – registration cancelled 8.1.1963.
Returned to register 21.12.1988 as VH-BTP to McAllister Prospecting Pty Ltd, Augusta, WA.
Regd 22.9.1993 to J.R.H. Nominees Pty Ltd, Como, WA.
Regd 6.2.1995 to Clark R Rees, Inglewood, WA.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-NOV De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1088) of Barry Markham at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-NOV De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (MSN DHA1088) of Barry Markham at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Taking off from runway 24R as part of a large formation of vintage aircraft, in the Australia Day Air Display over the Swan River, Perth.
Built in 1945. Allocated serial A17-757 with RAAF.
Registered 10.6.1955 to Royal Newcastle Aero Club as VH-RNQ. It was damaged on 27.2.1959, cancelled from the civil aircraft register on 27.12.1960 and sold for spares.
Restored 30.10.1991 as VH-NOV to Barry Markham.
Set a number of records in its class, when Barry flew it from Perth to London in April-June 1998, to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-JID / BOMBER610 Air Tractor AT-802 (MSN 802-0341) owned by Dunn Aviation, named “Chop”, at Jandakot Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-JID / BOMBER610 Air Tractor AT-802 (MSN 802-0341) owned by Dunn Aviation, named “Chop”, at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Taking off from runway 24R at 16:27 to perform a water bombing demonstration at the Australia Day Air Display over the Swan River, Perth.
Built in 2009.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-JID / BOMBER610 Air Tractor AT-802 (MSN 802-0341) owned by Dunn Aviation, named “Chop”, at Jandakot Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-JID / BOMBER610 Air Tractor AT-802 (MSN 802-0341) owned by Dunn Aviation, named “Chop”, at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Taking off from runway 24R at 16:27 to perform a water bombing demonstration at the Australia Day Air Display over the Swan River, Perth.
Built in 2009.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-ZWH Cessna 208 Caravan I amphibious floatplane (MSN 20800399) of Avwest Pty Ltd at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-ZWH Cessna 208 Caravan I amphibious floatplane (MSN 20800399) of Avwest Pty Ltd at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Taking off from runway 24R at 16:38, to make a water landing on the Swan River in Perth, as part of the Australia Day Air Display.
Ex N40203, N877AA.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-ZWH Cessna 208 Caravan I amphibious floatplane (MSN 20800399) of Avwest Pty Ltd at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-ZWH Cessna 208 Caravan I amphibious floatplane (MSN 20800399) of Avwest Pty Ltd at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Taking off from runway 24R at 16:38, to make a water landing on the Swan River in Perth, as part of the Australia Day Air Display.
Ex N40203, N877AA.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-FNS Beech D17S (GB-2) Staggerwing (MSN 3108) operated by Shine Air Pty Ltd, at Jandakot Airport, Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson.
VH-FNS Beech D17S (GB-2) Staggerwing (MSN 3108) operated by Shine Air Pty Ltd, at Jandakot Airport, Sun 26 January 2014.
Taxying out to take off from runway 24R at 16:56.
Built in 1942 for the US Navy as a Beech GB-2, with US Navy serial number 12342.
Handed over to US Navy on 12 December 1942. Based at NAS Pensacola (Florida), NAS Glenview (Illinois), NAS Pensacola (Florida), NAS Ellyson Field (Florida)
It was struck off charge on 30 June 1946.
In 1948, it was sold by US Navy disposals for $2060 to a new owner in North Carolina, registered as NC397.
By 1959 it was reregistered N1532M, and went through 20 owners over the next 40 years.
In 1990 it commenced a 10-year rebuild at Cincinnati-Lunken Airport, and finally flew again in 2001. At the 2001 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, it won the “Closed Cockpit Biplane Runner Up” award.
In July 2005, it was purchased by Tony Raftis, and handed over at Oshkosh. It was shipped to Australia and arrived at Tyabb, Victoria in December 2005.
On 9 February 2006, it was registered as VH-UUV to Tony Raftis. However, in August 2006, having been unsuccessful in finding an Australian buyer, the aircraft was flown from Moorabbin to Wangaratta for dismantling prior to being shipped in October 2006 from Melbourne back to the USA.
On 4 December 2006, it was registered N1532M again, to Tony Raftis /Provenance Fighter Sales Inc, Las Vegas, Nevada, and was based at French Valley, California.
The aircraft then found a new owner in Australia, and on 14 July 2007, was flown to Salinas, California, to be dismantled and shipped back to Australia. On 17 July 2007, it was cancelled from the US register as sold in Australia.
On 6 August 2007, it departed Oakland, California as cargo on board the ship Kookaburra I, arriving in Melbourne on 29 August 2007, and was trucked to Wangaratta, Victoria for assembly by Precision Aerospace.
On 7 September 2007 it was re-added to the Australian register, this time as VH-FNS to Mark Fitzgerald, Sydney NSW, to be operated by Airborne Aviation Pty Ltd, Camden NSW.
The aircraft was reassembled in late 2007 and based at Camden, NSW.
On 18 March 2010, it was acquired by Christopher Shine, Dardanup WA/Shine Air Pty Ltd, and on 9 July 2010, it departed Camden on delivery to its new owner in WA.
(History information by Geoff Goodall and www.beech17.net).
Photo © Keith Anderson.
VH-FNS Beech D17S (GB-2) Staggerwing (MSN 3108) operated by Shine Air Pty Ltd, at Jandakot Airport, Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson.
VH-FNS Beech D17S (GB-2) Staggerwing (MSN 3108) operated by Shine Air Pty Ltd, at Jandakot Airport, Sun 26 January 2014.
Taking off from runway 24R at 16:56.
Built in 1942 for the US Navy as a Beech GB-2, with US Navy serial number 12342.
Handed over to US Navy on 12 December 1942. Based at NAS Pensacola (Florida), NAS Glenview (Illinois), NAS Pensacola (Florida), NAS Ellyson Field (Florida)
It was struck off charge on 30 June 1946.
In 1948, it was sold by US Navy disposals for $2060 to a new owner in North Carolina, registered as NC397.
By 1959 it was reregistered N1532M, and went through 20 owners over the next 40 years.
In 1990 it commenced a 10-year rebuild at Cincinnati-Lunken Airport, and finally flew again in 2001. At the 2001 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, it won the “Closed Cockpit Biplane Runner Up” award.
In July 2005, it was purchased by Tony Raftis, and handed over at Oshkosh. It was shipped to Australia and arrived at Tyabb, Victoria in December 2005.
On 9 February 2006, it was registered as VH-UUV to Tony Raftis. However, in August 2006, having been unsuccessful in finding an Australian buyer, the aircraft was flown from Moorabbin to Wangaratta for dismantling prior to being shipped in October 2006 from Melbourne back to the USA.
On 4 December 2006, it was registered N1532M again, to Tony Raftis /Provenance Fighter Sales Inc, Las Vegas, Nevada, and was based at French Valley, California.
The aircraft then found a new owner in Australia, and on 14 July 2007, was flown to Salinas, California, to be dismantled and shipped back to Australia. On 17 July 2007, it was cancelled from the US register as sold in Australia.
On 6 August 2007, it departed Oakland, California as cargo on board the ship Kookaburra I, arriving in Melbourne on 29 August 2007, and was trucked to Wangaratta, Victoria for assembly by Precision Aerospace.
On 7 September 2007 it was re-added to the Australian register, this time as VH-FNS to Mark Fitzgerald, Sydney NSW, to be operated by Airborne Aviation Pty Ltd, Camden NSW.
The aircraft was reassembled in late 2007 and based at Camden, NSW.
On 18 March 2010, it was acquired by Christopher Shine, Dardanup WA/Shine Air Pty Ltd, and on 9 July 2010, it departed Camden on delivery to its new owner in WA.
(History information by Geoff Goodall and www.beech17.net).
Photo © Keith Anderson.
VH-BFY Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub (MSN 18-8109004) of Brian Colligridge / Air Ads at Jandakot Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-BFY Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub (MSN 18-8109004) of Brian Colligridge / Air Ads at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Seen here descending before hooking onto the towed advertising banner and climbing rapidly, (connected by a hook and wire to the tailwheel).
This aircraft can often be seen towing banners along the coast and Swan River. Today it was towing banners over the Swan River for the Australia Day Air Display and Skyworks fireworks display.
Built in 1981, ex N24410.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-BFY Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub (MSN 18-8109004) of Brian Colligridge / Air Ads at Jandakot Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-BFY Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub (MSN 18-8109004) of Brian Colligridge / Air Ads at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Seen here climbing rapidly, to lift a towed advertising banner (connected by a wire to the tailwheel).
This aircraft can often be seen towing banners along the coast and Swan River. Today it was towing banners over the Swan River for the Australia Day Air Display and Skyworks fireworks display.
Built in 1981, ex N24410.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-BFY Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub (MSN 18-8109004) of Brian Colligridge / Air Ads at Jandakot Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-BFY Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub (MSN 18-8109004) of Brian Colligridge / Air Ads at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Seen here climbing rapidly, to lift a towed advertising banner (connected by a wire to the tailwheel).
This aircraft can often be seen towing banners along the coast and Swan River. Today it was towing banners over the Swan River for the Australia Day Air Display and Skyworks fireworks display.
Built in 1981, ex N24410.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-KPB Beech Duke B60 (MSN P-466) of Fugro Spatial Solutions Pty Ltd at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-KPB Beech Duke B60 (MSN P-466) of Fugro Spatial Solutions Pty Ltd at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Modified with winglets and photographic survey equipment.
It was previously owned by Kevron Photographics, hence the registration beginning with “KP”.
Built in 1978, ex (TG-VAA), N2067B, VH-SGG.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-MRI Victa Airtourer 115 (MSN 158) owned by Susan Clarke and VH-WWA / A - 106 North American AT-6D Texan (MSN 78-7094) owned by Adrian Thomas, at Jandakot Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-MRI Victa Airtourer 115 (MSN 158) owned by Susan Clarke and VH-WWA / A – 106 North American AT-6D Texan (MSN 78-7094) owned by Adrian Thomas, at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Taking off from runway 24R at 17:13 to perform the “David and Goliath” formation aerobatics display at the Australia Day Air Display over the Swan River, Perth.
VH-MRI was built in Australia in 1965.
VH-WWA was built in 1942, ex 41-16716 US Army Air Force, FAP0106 Paraguayan Air Force, N6069H.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-XHV Gippsland Aeronautics GA8-TC320 Airvan (MSN GA8-TC 320-10-158) of WA Skydiving Academy, at Jandakot Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-XHV Gippsland Aeronautics GA8-TC320 Airvan (MSN GA8-TC 320-10-158) of WA Skydiving Academy, at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Taxying to runway 24R for takeoff at 17:19 to drop skydivers over Langley Park, Perth, as part of the Australia Day Air Display.
Built in 2010.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-XHV Gippsland Aeronautics GA8-TC320 Airvan (MSN GA8-TC 320-10-158) of WA Skydiving Academy, at Jandakot Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-XHV Gippsland Aeronautics GA8-TC320 Airvan (MSN GA8-TC 320-10-158) of WA Skydiving Academy, at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Taking off from runway 24R at 17:19 to drop skydivers over Langley Park, in Perth as part of the Australia Day Air Display.
Built in 2010.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-LCU Lancair LC42-550FG Columbia 350 (MSN 42075) owned by Barry West, of Kulin, WA, at Jandakot Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-LCU Lancair LC42-550FG Columbia 350 (MSN 42075) owned by Barry West, of Kulin, WA, at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014
Taking off from runway 24R at 17:28.
Built in 2005, ex N2510U.
The Columbia 350 is now produced by Cessna as the Cessna 350 Corvalis.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-EWA “RAC Rescue” Bell 412EP (MSN 36312) of the Department of Fire & Emergency Services (operated by CHC Helicopters) at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-EWA “RAC Rescue” Bell 412EP (MSN 36312) of the Department of Fire & Emergency Services (operated by CHC Helicopters) at Jandakot Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Taking off at 17:56 to perform a rescue demonstration at the Australia Day Air Show over the Swan River, Perth.
RAC Rescue’s primary role is to fly paramedics directly to an incident and then transport the injured patients directly to hospital. Its secondary role is to provide essential hospital transfers. It also undertakes ship to shore rescues, and responds to Emergency Position Radio Beacons (EPIRBs). The crew includes a pilot, air crew officer and St John Ambulance critical care paramedic. During critical hospital transfers, a doctor may also be on board.
RAC Rescue has to be ready to respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and flights can be airborne within 15 minutes of receiving a call. The helicopter is able to reach areas which are inaccessible to ambulances, and often halves response times. Since the service was established in August 2003, RAC Rescue has undertaken almost 3000 missions, saving the lives of several hundred people – mainly responding to major traffic crashes, but also undertaking searches, cliff and sea rescues.It is WA’s only dedicated emergency rescue helicopter service and can operate up to 200 kilometres from Perth, covering 90 percent of WA’s population.
VH-EWA was built in 2002, ex C-GBUP.
Photo © Keith Anderson
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with "THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK" special livery, at Perth Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” special livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
The livery features South Korean soccer player Park Ji-sung on the side and “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” titles in English on the left side and Korean on the right side. Park plays for English club Queens Park Rangers, which Air Asia chief Tony Fernandes owns. Park was previously the captain of the South Korean national team and is the most decorated Asian footballer in history. The aircraft was painted in the special livery following Air Asia’s launch of direct flights between Busan and Kuala Lumpur.
It is seen here on its second visit to Perth, on final approach to runway 21 at 15:09 as flight D7 232 from Kuala Lumpur. Its first visit was on the morning of the previous day, 25 Jan 2014, operating D7236/237.
The aircraft was originally leased to Dragonair of Hong Kong in 2005 as B-HWH, then leased to Air Asia X from 22 November 2013, and was painted in this livery in mid-January 2014.
Photo © Keith Anderson
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with "THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK" special livery, at Perth Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” special livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
The livery features South Korean soccer player Park Ji-sung on the side and “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” titles in English on the left side and Korean on the right side. Park plays for English club Queens Park Rangers, which Air Asia chief Tony Fernandes owns. Park was previously the captain of the South Korean national team and is the most decorated Asian footballer in history. The aircraft was painted in the special livery following Air Asia’s launch of direct flights between Busan and Kuala Lumpur.
It is seen here on its second visit to Perth, on final approach to runway 21 at 15:09 as flight D7 232 from Kuala Lumpur. Its first visit was on the morning of the previous day, 25 Jan 2014, operating D7236/237.
The aircraft was originally leased to Dragonair of Hong Kong in 2005 as B-HWH, then leased to Air Asia X from 22 November 2013, and was painted in this livery in mid-January 2014.
Photo © Keith Anderson
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with "THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK" special livery, at Perth Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” special livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
The livery features South Korean soccer player Park Ji-sung on the side and “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” titles in English on the left side and Korean on the right side. Park plays for English club Queens Park Rangers, which Air Asia chief Tony Fernandes owns. Park was previously the captain of the South Korean national team and is the most decorated Asian footballer in history. The aircraft was painted in the special livery following Air Asia’s launch of direct flights between Busan and Kuala Lumpur.
It is seen here on its second visit to Perth, on final approach to runway 21 at 15:09 as flight D7 232 from Kuala Lumpur. Its first visit was on the morning of the previous day, 25 Jan 2014, operating D7236/237.
The aircraft was originally leased to Dragonair of Hong Kong in 2005 as B-HWH, then leased to Air Asia X from 22 November 2013, and was painted in this livery in mid-January 2014.
Photo © Keith Anderson
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with "THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK" special livery, at Perth Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” special livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
The livery features South Korean soccer player Park Ji-sung on the side and “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” titles in English on the left side and Korean on the right side. Park plays for English club Queens Park Rangers, which Air Asia chief Tony Fernandes owns. Park was previously the captain of the South Korean national team and is the most decorated Asian footballer in history. The aircraft was painted in the special livery following Air Asia’s launch of direct flights between Busan and Kuala Lumpur.
It is seen here on its second visit to Perth, arriving at Bay 53 after landing at 15:09 as flight D7 232 from Kuala Lumpur. Its first visit was on the morning of the previous day, 25 Jan 2014, operating D7236/237.
The aircraft was originally leased to Dragonair of Hong Kong in 2005 as B-HWH, then leased to Air Asia X from 22 November 2013, and was painted in this livery in mid-January 2014.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with "THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK" special livery, at Perth Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” special livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
The livery features South Korean soccer player Park Ji-sung on the side and “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” titles in English on the left side and Korean on the right side. Park plays for English club Queens Park Rangers, which Air Asia chief Tony Fernandes owns. Park was previously the captain of the South Korean national team and is the most decorated Asian footballer in history. The aircraft was painted in the special livery following Air Asia’s launch of direct flights between Busan and Kuala Lumpur.
It is seen here on its second visit to Perth, arriving at Bay 53 after landing at 15:09 as flight D7 232 from Kuala Lumpur. Its first visit was on the morning of the previous day, 25 Jan 2014, operating D7236/237.
The aircraft was originally leased to Dragonair of Hong Kong in 2005 as B-HWH, then leased to Air Asia X from 22 November 2013, and was painted in this livery in mid-January 2014.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” special livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” special livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
The livery features South Korean soccer player Park Ji-sung on the side and “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” titles in English on the left side and Korean on the right side.
Park Ji-sung plays for English club Queens Park Rangers, which Air Asia chief Tony Fernandes owns. Park was previously the captain of the South Korean national team and is the most decorated Asian footballer in history.
The aircraft was painted in the special livery following Air Asia’s launch of direct flights between Busan (South Korea) and Kuala Lumpur.
It is seen here on its second visit to Perth – it arrived at 15:14 as flight D7 232 from Kuala Lumpur. It pushed back for departure back to Kuala Lumpur as D7233 at 16:23.
Its first visit was on the morning of the previous day, 25 Jan 2014, operating D7236/237.
The aircraft was originally leased to Dragonair of Hong Kong in 2005 as B-HWH, then leased to Air Asia X from 22 November 2013, and was painted in this livery in mid-January 2014.
Photo © Wilson
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” special livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” special livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
The livery features South Korean soccer player Park Ji-sung on the side and “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” titles in English on the left side and Korean on the right side.
Park Ji-sung plays for English club Queens Park Rangers, which Air Asia chief Tony Fernandes owns. Park was previously the captain of the South Korean national team and is the most decorated Asian footballer in history.
The aircraft was painted in the special livery following Air Asia’s launch of direct flights between Busan (South Korea) and Kuala Lumpur.
It is seen here on its second visit to Perth – it arrived at 15:14 as flight D7 232 from Kuala Lumpur. It pushed back for departure back to Kuala Lumpur as D7233 at 16:23.
Its first visit was on the morning of the previous day, 25 Jan 2014, operating D7236/237.
The aircraft was originally leased to Dragonair of Hong Kong in 2005 as B-HWH, then leased to Air Asia X from 22 November 2013, and was painted in this livery in mid-January 2014.
Photo © Wilson
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” special livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” special livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
The livery features South Korean soccer player Park Ji-sung on the side and “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” titles in English on the left side and Korean on the right side.
Park Ji-sung plays for English club Queens Park Rangers, which Air Asia chief Tony Fernandes owns. Park was previously the captain of the South Korean national team and is the most decorated Asian footballer in history.
The aircraft was painted in the special livery following Air Asia’s launch of direct flights between Busan (South Korea) and Kuala Lumpur.
It is seen here on its second visit to Perth – it arrived at 15:14 as flight D7 232 from Kuala Lumpur. It pushed back for departure back to Kuala Lumpur as D7233 at 16:23.
Its first visit was on the morning of the previous day, 25 Jan 2014, operating D7236/237.
The aircraft was originally leased to Dragonair of Hong Kong in 2005 as B-HWH, then leased to Air Asia X from 22 November 2013, and was painted in this livery in mid-January 2014.
Photo © Wilson
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” special livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” special livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
The livery features South Korean soccer player Park Ji-sung on the side and “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” titles in English on the left side and Korean on the right side.
Park Ji-sung plays for English club Queens Park Rangers, which Air Asia chief Tony Fernandes owns. Park was previously the captain of the South Korean national team and is the most decorated Asian footballer in history.
The aircraft was painted in the special livery following Air Asia’s launch of direct flights between Busan (South Korea) and Kuala Lumpur.
It is seen here on its second visit to Perth – it arrived at 15:14 as flight D7 232 from Kuala Lumpur. It pushed back for departure back to Kuala Lumpur as D7233 at 16:23.
Its first visit was on the morning of the previous day, 25 Jan 2014, operating D7236/237.
The aircraft was originally leased to Dragonair of Hong Kong in 2005 as B-HWH, then leased to Air Asia X from 22 November 2013, and was painted in this livery in mid-January 2014.
Photo © Wilson
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” special livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
9M-XXO Airbus A330-343X (MSN 692) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC), with “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” special livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
The livery features South Korean soccer player Park Ji-sung on the side and “THANK YOU CAPTAIN PARK” titles in English on the left side and Korean on the right side.
Park Ji-sung plays for English club Queens Park Rangers, which Air Asia chief Tony Fernandes owns. Park was previously the captain of the South Korean national team and is the most decorated Asian footballer in history.
The aircraft was painted in the special livery following Air Asia’s launch of direct flights between Busan (South Korea) and Kuala Lumpur.
It is seen here on its second visit to Perth – it arrived at 15:14 as flight D7 232 from Kuala Lumpur. It pushed back for departure back to Kuala Lumpur as D7233 at 16:23.
Its first visit was on the morning of the previous day, 25 Jan 2014, operating D7236/237.
The aircraft was originally leased to Dragonair of Hong Kong in 2005 as B-HWH, then leased to Air Asia X from 22 November 2013, and was painted in this livery in mid-January 2014.
Photo © Wilson
A7-BAA Boeing 777-3DZ ER (MSN 36009/676) of Qatar Airways (leased from Al Khattuya Leasing) in Oneworld livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Ian Moy
A7-BAA Boeing 777-3DZ ER (MSN 36009/676) of Qatar Airways (leased from Al Khattuya Leasing) in Oneworld livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Qatar Airways became part of the Oneworld airline alliance at midnight on 29 October 2013, and the airline painted two of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in Oneworld livery, A7-BAA and A7-BAB. A7-BAA was repainted at Dublin, Ireland and returned to Doha on 27 October 2013.
It is seen here operating flight QR900 from Doha at 17:28, on final approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21.
Photo © Ian Moy
A7-BAA Boeing 777-3DZ ER (MSN 36009/676) of Qatar Airways (leased from Al Khattuya Leasing) in Oneworld livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
A7-BAA Boeing 777-3DZ ER (MSN 36009/676) of Qatar Airways (leased from Al Khattuya Leasing) in Oneworld livery, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Qatar Airways became part of the Oneworld airline alliance at midnight on 29 October 2013, and the airline painted two of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in Oneworld livery, A7-BAA and A7-BAB. A7-BAA was repainted at Dublin, Ireland and returned to Doha on 27 October 2013.
It is seen here operating flight QR900 from Doha, taxying in to park at the International Terminal at 17:38.
Photo © Wilson
ZK-OKB Boeing 777-219ER (MSN 34376/537) of Air New Zealand, at Perth Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
ZK-OKB Boeing 777-219ER (MSN 34376/537) of Air New Zealand, at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014
Flight NZ176 to Auckland, seen after pushback for departure at 17:52.
Photo © Wilson
9V-OTB Boeing 777-212ER (MSN 28508/83) of Scoot, named “Big Yella Fella” – at Perth Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
9V-OTB Boeing 777-212ER (MSN 28508/83) of Scoot, named “Big Yella Fella” – at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014.
Seen here at 19:11, preparing for departure back to Singapore as flight TZ7.
Photo © Wilson
9V-OTB Boeing 777-212ER (MSN 28508/83) of Scoot, named “Big Yella Fella” – at Perth Airport - Sun 26 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
9V-OTB Boeing 777-212ER (MSN 28508/83) of Scoot, named “Big Yella Fella” – at Perth Airport – Sun 26 January 2014
Seen here at 19:11, preparing for departure back to Singapore as flight TZ7.
Photo © Wilson
HS-TBB Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1269) of Thai Airways International, named “Phrae”, at Perth Airport - Sat 25 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
HS-TBB Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1269) of Thai Airways International, named “Phrae”, at Perth Airport – Sat 25 January 2014.
Taxying out to runway 03, to take off at 09:24 as flight TG484 to Bangkok.
Photo © Matt Hayes
HS-TBB Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1269) of Thai Airways International, named “Phrae”, at Perth Airport - Sat 25 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
HS-TBB Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1269) of Thai Airways International, named “Phrae”, at Perth Airport – Sat 25 January 2014.
Taxying out to runway 03, to take off at 09:24 as flight TG484 to Bangkok.
Photo © Matt Hayes
PK-AZF Airbus A320-216 (sharklets) (MSN 5706) of AirAsia Indonesia with “8000th Airbus” decal, at Perth Airport – Sat 25 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
PK-AZF Airbus A320-216 (sharklets) (MSN 5706) of AirAsia Indonesia with “8000th Airbus” decal, at Perth Airport – Sat 25 January 2014.
This was the 8,000th Airbus aircraft to be produced and has a decal on the forward fuselage denoting this. It was delivered new to the airline on 3-4 August 2013.
Landing on runway 03, as flight QZ8418 from Denpasar (Bali) at 09:31.
Photo © Matt Hayes
B-LAE Airbus A330-343X (MSN 850) of Cathay Pacific at Perth Airport - Fri 24 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
B-LAE Airbus A330-343X (MSN 850) of Cathay Pacific at Perth Airport – Fri 24 January 2014.
At Bay 55, shortly after arriving at 0620 as flight CX137 from Hong Kong.
Photo © David Eyre
B-LAE Airbus A330-343X (MSN 850) of Cathay Pacific at Perth Airport - Fri 24 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
B-LAE Airbus A330-343X (MSN 850) of Cathay Pacific at Perth Airport – Fri 24 January 2014.
At Bay 55, shortly after arriving at 0620 as flight CX137 from Hong Kong.
Photo © David Eyre
9V-STS Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1157) of Singapore Airlines (leased from LCI) at Perth Airport - Fri 24 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9V-STS Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1157) of Singapore Airlines (leased from LCI) at Perth Airport – Fri 24 January 2014.
Flight SQ224 to Singapore, starting to taxy out for departure at 06:45.
Photo © David Eyre
9V-STS Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1157) of Singapore Airlines (leased from LCI) at Perth Airport - Fri 24 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9V-STS Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1157) of Singapore Airlines (leased from LCI) at Perth Airport – Fri 24 January 2014.
Flight SQ224 to Singapore, starting to taxy out for departure at 06:45.
Photo © David Eyre
9V-STS Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1157) of Singapore Airlines (leased from LCI) at Perth Airport - Fri 24 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9V-STS Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1157) of Singapore Airlines (leased from LCI) at Perth Airport – Fri 24 January 2014.
Flight SQ224 to Singapore, starting to taxy out for departure at 06:45.
Tail of B-6542 Airbus A330-232 of China Southern is in the foreground.
Photo © David Eyre
9V-STS Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1157) of Singapore Airlines (leased from LCI) at Perth Airport - Fri 24 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9V-STS Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1157) of Singapore Airlines (leased from LCI) at Perth Airport – Fri 24 January 2014.
Flight SQ224 to Singapore, taking off from runway 21 at 06:53.
Photo © David Eyre
PK-GFF Boeing 737-8U3 (MSN 36436/3370) of Garuda Indonesia at Perth Airport - Fri 24 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
PK-GFF Boeing 737-8U3 (MSN 36436/3370) of Garuda Indonesia at Perth Airport – Fri 24 January 2014.
Flight GA727 to Denpasar (Bali), taxying out for departure at 07:02.
Photo © David Eyre
PK-GFF Boeing 737-8U3 (MSN 36436/3370) of Garuda Indonesia at Perth Airport - Fri 24 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
PK-GFF Boeing 737-8U3 (MSN 36436/3370) of Garuda Indonesia at Perth Airport – Fri 24 January 2014.
Flight GA727 to Denpasar (Bali), taxying out for departure at 07:02.
Photo © David Eyre
9M-XXP Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1481) of AirAsia X, at Perth Airport - Fri 24 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9M-XXP Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1481) of AirAsia X, at Perth Airport – Fri 24 January 2014.
* FIRST VISIT TO PERTH *
AirAsia’s newest A330, first flown on 13 November 2013 as F-WWYX, delivered to AirAsia X as 9M-XXP on 9-10 January 2014, only two weeks before this photo. It entered service the day after delivery on 11 January 2014, and today was its first visit to Perth.
It is seen here parked at Bay 54 at 06:48, before departure at 07:29 as flight D7 237 to Kuala Lumpur.
Photo © David Eyre
9M-XXP Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1481) of AirAsia X, at Perth Airport - Fri 24 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9M-XXP Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1481) of AirAsia X, at Perth Airport – Fri 24 January 2014.
* FIRST VISIT TO PERTH *
AirAsia’s newest A330, first flown on 13 November 2013 as F-WWYX, delivered to AirAsia X as 9M-XXP on 9-10 January 2014, only two weeks before this photo. It entered service the day after delivery on 11 January 2014, and today was its first visit to Perth.
It is seen here parked at Bay 54 at 06:48, before departure at 07:29 as flight D7 237 to Kuala Lumpur.
Photo © David Eyre
9M-XXP Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1481) of AirAsia X, at Perth Airport - Fri 24 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9M-XXP Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1481) of AirAsia X, at Perth Airport – Fri 24 January 2014.
* FIRST VISIT TO PERTH *
AirAsia’s newest A330, first flown on 13 November 2013 as F-WWYX, delivered to AirAsia X as 9M-XXP on 9-10 January 2014, only two weeks before this photo. It entered service the day after delivery on 11 January 2014, and today was its first visit to Perth.
It is seen here climbing after takeoff from runway 21 at 07:29 as flight D7 237 to Kuala Lumpur.
Photo © David Eyre
9M-XXP Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1481) of AirAsia X, at Perth Airport - Fri 24 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9M-XXP Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1481) of AirAsia X, at Perth Airport – Fri 24 January 2014.
* FIRST VISIT TO PERTH *
AirAsia’s newest A330, first flown on 13 November 2013 as F-WWYX, delivered to AirAsia X as 9M-XXP on 9-10 January 2014, only two weeks before this photo. It entered service the day after delivery on 11 January 2014, and today was its first visit to Perth.
It is seen here climbing after takeoff from runway 21 at 07:29 as flight D7 237 to Kuala Lumpur.
Photo © David Eyre
N493MC Boeing 747-47UF (MSN 29254 / 1179) of Atlas Air (operated for Qantas Freight) at Perth Airport - Thu 23 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
N493MC Boeing 747-47UF (MSN 29254 / 1179) of Atlas Air (operated for Qantas Freight) at Perth Airport – Thu 23 January 2014
Arrived from Dubai World Center at 05:37 today as ‘GIANT 5410’, seen here parked at Bay 56. It departed at 16:40 as ‘GIANT 5423’ to Tianjin, China.
Photo © Wilson
N493MC Boeing 747-47UF (MSN 29254 / 1179) of Atlas Air (operated for Qantas Freight) at Perth Airport - Thu 23 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
N493MC Boeing 747-47UF (MSN 29254 / 1179) of Atlas Air (operated for Qantas Freight) at Perth Airport – Thu 23 January 2014
Arrived from Dubai World Center at 05:37 today as ‘GIANT 5410’, seen here parked at Bay 56. It departed at 16:40 as ‘GIANT 5423’ to Tianjin, China.
Photo © Wilson
9V-TRL Airbus A320-232 (sharklets) (MSN 5721) of Tigerair Singapore at Perth Airport - Tue 21 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
9V-TRL Airbus A320-232 (sharklets) (MSN 5721) of Tigerair Singapore at Perth Airport – Tue 21 January 2014
Delivered to Tigerair on 1 August 2013 with the old Tiger Airways livery and older-style A320 wingtip fences, this aircraft was retrofitted with sharklets and the new Tigerair livery on 12 November 2013.
It is seen here during pushback and engine start at 17:21 as flight TR2715 to Singapore.
Photo © Wilson
VH-VHP Beech 390 Premier 1A (MSN RB-175) owned by at Perth Airport - Tue 21 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
VH-VHP Beech 390 Premier 1A (MSN RB-175) owned by Rate (Australia) Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Tue 21 January 2014
*FIRST VISIT*
Rate (Australia) produces and maintains airport aerobridges, so this visit may be connected with Perth Airport’s redevelopment work.
Arrived from Essendon via Adelaide and Ceduna, landing at Perth at 16:01. Departed at 10:15 the next morning to Adelaide and Essendon.
The aircraft’s fuselage is constructed from carbon fiber/epoxy honeycomb composites, whilst the wing is made from aluminium.
Built in 2007, ex N71865.
Photo © Wilson
VH-CGF Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV (MSN 1083) & VH-CCC Gulfstream Aerospace G-V (MSN 581) of Crown Melbourne Ltd at Perth Airport - Tue 21 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
VH-CGF Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV (MSN 1083) & VH-CCC Gulfstream Aerospace G-V (MSN 581) of Crown Melbourne Ltd at Perth Airport – Tue 21 January 2014
Crown Melbourne operates casino and hotel complexes in Melbourne and Perth, with joint venture casinos in Macau.
VH-CGF: Built in 1988. Ex N1761Q, HB-ITZ, VH-CCC. Arrived from Macau on 20 January 2014 at 09:06, and departed to Melbourne Tullamarine on 22 January 2014.
VH-CCC: Arrived from Macau on 20 January at 08:45 and departed to Singapore shortly after, at 10:05. It returned to Perth at 13:54 on 21 January and departed to Melbourne Tullamarine on 22 January 2014. This aircraft has an interesting past, as it is allegedly a former CIA jet used to transport suspected terrorists to undisclosed locations for extraordinary rendition or to CIA prisons. Built in 1999, ex N581GA, N379P, N8068V, N44982, N126CH.
Photo © Wilson
VH-CCC Gulfstream Aerospace G-V (MSN 581) of Crown Melbourne Ltd at Perth Airport - Tue 21 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
VH-CCC Gulfstream Aerospace G-V (MSN 581) of Crown Melbourne Ltd at Perth Airport – Tue 21 January 2014
Crown Melbourne operates casino and hotel complexes in Melbourne and Perth, with joint venture casinos in Macau.
Arrived from Macau on 20 January at 08:45 and departed to Singapore shortly after, at 10:05. It returned to Perth at 13:54 on 21 January and departed to Melbourne Tullamarine on 22 January 2014.
This aircraft has an interesting past, as it is allegedly a former CIA jet used to transport suspected terrorists to undisclosed locations for extraordinary rendition or to CIA prisons.
Built in 1999, ex N581GA, N379P, N8068V, N44982, N126CH.
Photo © Wilson
VH-CGF Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV (MSN 1083) of Crown Melbourne Ltd at Perth Airport - Tue 21 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
VH-CGF Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV (MSN 1083) of Crown Melbourne Ltd at Perth Airport – Tue 21 January 2014
Crown Melbourne operates casino and hotel complexes in Melbourne and Perth, with joint venture casinos in Macau.
Built in 1988. Ex N1761Q, HB-ITZ, VH-CCC. Arrived from Macau on 20 January 2014 at 09:06, and departed to Melbourne Tullamarine on 22 January 2014.
Photo © Wilson
9V-OTD Boeing 777-212ER (MSN 28510/90) of Scoot, named “Maju lah” at Perth Airport - Mon 20 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
9V-OTD Boeing 777-212ER (MSN 28510/90) of Scoot, named “Maju lah” at Perth Airport – Mon 20 January 2014
Seen here at 19:04, preparing for departure back to Singapore as flight TZ7.
Photo © Wilson
9V-OTD Boeing 777-212ER (MSN 28510/90) of Scoot, named “Maju lah” at Perth Airport - Mon 20 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
9V-OTD Boeing 777-212ER (MSN 28510/90) of Scoot, named “Maju lah” at Perth Airport – Mon 20 January 2014
Seen here at 19:04, preparing for departure back to Singapore as flight TZ7.
Photo © Wilson
A7-BAG Boeing 777-3DZ ER (MSN 36014/819) of Qatar Airways, named “Littoriya”, over the northern suburbs of Perth - Sat 18 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A7-BAG Boeing 777-3DZ ER (MSN 36014/819) of Qatar Airways, named “Littoriya”, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Sat 18 January 2014.
Flight QR900 from Doha, at 3,100 feet, heading East South East to join the final approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21.
Photo © David Eyre
A6-EGT Boeing 777-31HER (MSN 35600/1024) of Emirates, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Sat 18 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A6-EGT Boeing 777-31HER (MSN 35600/1024) of Emirates, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Sat 18 January 2014.
Flight EK420 from Dubai at 3,400 feet over the northern suburbs, heading east at 3,800 feet to join final approach to runway 21 at Perth Airport at 17:24.
Photo © David Eyre
Bush fire in the north eastern suburb of Brabham - Sun 19 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
Bush fire in the north eastern suburb of Brabham – Sun 19 January 2014.
The fire was reported at 3.56pm and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services subsequently announced that the cause is suspicious.
The blaze burnt through 29 hectares of bushland and farmland between Harrow Street, Lord Street, Park Street and West Swan Road in Brabham.
140 firefighters were sent to the scene, with 55 appliances and aerial crews.
DFES confirmed that the fire was contained and controlled, but the fire was difficult to extinguish because it was burning in peat underground, and would smoulder for a number of days.
Photo © Matt Hayes
N234PH / HELITAC673 Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter (MSN 28050) of McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Brabham – Sun 19 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
N234PH / HELITAC673 Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter (MSN 28050) of McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Brabham – Sun 19 January 2014.
A bush fire in the north eastern suburb of Brabham was first reported at 3.56pm and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services subsequently announced that the cause was suspicious.
The blaze burnt through 29 hectares of bushland and farmland between Harrow Street, Lord Street, Park Street and West Swan Road in Brabham, near Whiteman Park and the disused Caversham Airfield, and threatened homes in the area.
140 firefighters were sent to the scene, with 55 appliances and aerial crews. Later that night, DFES confirmed that the fire was contained and controlled, but the fire was difficult to extinguish because it was burning in peat underground, and would smoulder for a number of days.
N234PH is one of six Bell 214B1 BigLifters leased for the 2013/14 WA bush fire season (October 2013 – April 2014). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
Built in 1977. Ex N5750L, N234PH, 756 (Royal Air Force of Oman), VH-LYH.
Photo © Matt Hayes
N49732 / HELITAC672 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter (MSN 28005) of McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Brabham – Sun 19 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
N49732 / HELITAC672 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter (MSN 28005) of McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Brabham – Sun 19 January 2014.
Actually hovering (not landed) whilst refilling its water tank from a tiny water dam (not visible behind the grass), whilst fighting a bush fire in the north eastern suburb of Brabham. The fire was first reported at 3.56pm and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services subsequently announced that the cause was suspicious.
The blaze burnt through 29 hectares of bushland and farmland between Harrow Street, Lord Street, Park Street and West Swan Road in Brabham, near Whiteman Park and the disused Caversham Airfield, and threatened homes in the area.
140 firefighters were sent to the scene, with 55 appliances and aerial crews. Later that night, DFES confirmed that the fire was contained and controlled, but the fire was difficult to extinguish because it was burning in peat underground, and would smoulder for a number of days.
N49732 is onme of six Bell 214B-1s of McDermott Aviation based in WA for the 2013/14 bush fire season (October – April). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
Built in 1976. Ex N49732, 101 (Royal Air Force of Oman), 751(Royal Air Force of Oman).
Photo © Matt Hayes
N49732 / HELITAC672 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter (MSN 28005) of McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Brabham – Sun 19 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
N49732 / HELITAC672 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter (MSN 28005) of McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Brabham – Sun 19 January 2014.
Climbing after refilling its water tank from a tiny water dam, whilst fighting a bush fire in the north eastern suburb of Brabham. The fire was first reported at 3.56pm and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services subsequently announced that the cause was suspicious.
The blaze burnt through 29 hectares of bushland and farmland between Harrow Street, Lord Street, Park Street and West Swan Road in Brabham, near Whiteman Park and the disused Caversham Airfield, and threatened homes in the area.
140 firefighters were sent to the scene, with 55 appliances and aerial crews. Later that night, DFES confirmed that the fire was contained and controlled, but the fire was difficult to extinguish because it was burning in peat underground, and would smoulder for a number of days.
N49732 is onme of six Bell 214B-1s of McDermott Aviation based in WA for the 2013/14 bush fire season (October – April). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
Built in 1976. Ex N49732, 101 (Royal Air Force of Oman), 751(Royal Air Force of Oman).
Photo © Matt Hayes
N49732 / HELITAC672 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter (MSN 28005) of McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Brabham – Sun 19 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
N49732 / HELITAC672 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter (MSN 28005) of McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Brabham – Sun 19 January 2014.
Climbing after refilling its water tank from a tiny water dam, whilst fighting a bush fire in the north eastern suburb of Brabham. The fire was first reported at 3.56pm and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services subsequently announced that the cause was suspicious.
The blaze burnt through 29 hectares of bushland and farmland between Harrow Street, Lord Street, Park Street and West Swan Road in Brabham, near Whiteman Park and the disused Caversham Airfield, and threatened homes in the area.
140 firefighters were sent to the scene, with 55 appliances and aerial crews. Later that night, DFES confirmed that the fire was contained and controlled, but the fire was difficult to extinguish because it was burning in peat underground, and would smoulder for a number of days.
N49732 is onme of six Bell 214B-1s of McDermott Aviation based in WA for the 2013/14 bush fire season (October – April). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
Built in 1976. Ex N49732, 101 (Royal Air Force of Oman), 751(Royal Air Force of Oman).
Photo © Matt Hayes
N49732 / HELITAC672 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter (MSN 28005) of McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Brabham – Sun 19 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
N49732 / HELITAC672 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter (MSN 28005) of McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Brabham – Sun 19 January 2014.
Descending to hover over a tiny water dam, to refill its water tank whilst fighting a bush fire in the north eastern suburb of Brabham. The fire was first reported at 3.56pm and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services subsequently announced that the cause was suspicious.
The blaze burnt through 29 hectares of bushland and farmland between Harrow Street, Lord Street, Park Street and West Swan Road in Brabham, near Whiteman Park and the disused Caversham Airfield, and threatened homes in the area.
140 firefighters were sent to the scene, with 55 appliances and aerial crews. Later that night, DFES confirmed that the fire was contained and controlled, but the fire was difficult to extinguish because it was burning in peat underground, and would smoulder for a number of days.
N49732 is onme of six Bell 214B-1s of McDermott Aviation based in WA for the 2013/14 bush fire season (October – April). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
Built in 1976. Ex N49732, 101 (Royal Air Force of Oman), 751(Royal Air Force of Oman).
In the background is N234PH / HELITAC673, also approaching to refill its tank.
Photo © Matt Hayes
N49732 / HELITAC672 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter (MSN 28005) of McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Brabham – Sun 19 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
N49732 / HELITAC672 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter (MSN 28005) of McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Brabham – Sun 19 January 2014.
Climbing after refilling its water tank from a tiny water dam, whilst fighting a bush fire in the north eastern suburb of Brabham. The fire was first reported at 3.56pm and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services subsequently announced that the cause was suspicious.
The blaze burnt through 29 hectares of bushland and farmland between Harrow Street, Lord Street, Park Street and West Swan Road in Brabham, near Whiteman Park and the disused Caversham Airfield, and threatened homes in the area.
140 firefighters were sent to the scene, with 55 appliances and aerial crews. Later that night, DFES confirmed that the fire was contained and controlled, but the fire was difficult to extinguish because it was burning in peat underground, and would smoulder for a number of days.
N49732 is onme of six Bell 214B-1s of McDermott Aviation based in WA for the 2013/14 bush fire season (October – April). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
Built in 1976. Ex N49732, 101 (Royal Air Force of Oman), 751(Royal Air Force of Oman).
Photo © Matt Hayes
A small dam used for refilling firefighting helicopters at Whiteman Park – Sun 19 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
A small dam used for refilling firefighting helicopters at Whiteman Park – Sun 19 January 2014.
A bush fire in the north eastern suburb of Brabham was first reported at 3.56pm and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services subsequently announced that the cause was suspicious.
The blaze burnt through 29 hectares of bushland and farmland between Harrow Street, Lord Street, Park Street and West Swan Road in Brabham, near Whiteman Park and the disused Caversham Airfield, and threatened homes in the area.
140 firefighters were sent to the scene, with 55 appliances and aerial crews. Later that night, DFES confirmed that the fire was contained and controlled, but the fire was difficult to extinguish because it was burning in peat underground, and would smoulder for a number of days.
This tiny dam in Whiteman Park was used by Helitacs to refill their water tanks.
Photo © Matt Hayes

VH-FIZ Beech King Air B300 (350i) (cn FL-779) of AeroPearl (Pearl Aviation Australia), operated for Airservices Australia, at Perth Airport – Fri 17 January 2014. Photo © Ian Moy
VH-FIZ Beech King Air B300 (350i) (cn FL-779) of AeroPearl (Pearl Aviation Australia), operated for Airservices Australia, at Perth Airport – Fri 17 January 2014.
On final approach to runway 21 at 17:30. Used for conducting airways calibration flights.
Photo © Ian Moy
9V-OTB Boeing 777-212ER (MSN 28508/83) of Scoot, named “Big Yella Fella” at Perth Airport - Fri 17 January 2014. Photo © Ian Moy
9V-OTB Boeing 777-212ER (MSN 28508/83) of Scoot, named “Big Yella Fella” at Perth Airport – Fri 17 January 2014.
Flight TZ8 from Singapore, on final approach to runway 21 at 17:56.
Photo © Ian Moy
9V-OTB Boeing 777-212ER (MSN 28508/83) of Scoot, named “Big Yella Fella” at Perth Airport - Fri 17 January 2014. Photo © Ian Moy
9V-OTB Boeing 777-212ER (MSN 28508/83) of Scoot, named “Big Yella Fella” at Perth Airport – Fri 17 January 2014.
Flight TZ8 from Singapore, on final approach to runway 21 at 17:56.
Photo © Ian Moy
CS-TQY Airbus A340-313X (MSN 190) of Hi Fly at Perth Airport - Thu 16 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
CS-TQY Airbus A340-313X (MSN 190) of Hi Fly at Perth Airport – Thu 16 January 2014.
Arrived around 6:45am on an Australian Defence Force charter from Al Minhad Air Base, UAE, callsign ‘AUSY2’.
Ex 9V-SJJ of Singapore Airlines and A6-ERQ of Emirates.
Photo © Wilson
A7-BAA Boeing 777-3DZ ER (MSN 36009/676) of Qatar Airways (leased from Al Khattuya Leasing) in Oneworld livery, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Tue 14 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A7-BAA Boeing 777-3DZ ER (MSN 36009/676) of Qatar Airways (leased from Al Khattuya Leasing) in Oneworld livery, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Tue 14 January 2014.
Qatar Airways became part of the Oneworld airline alliance at midnight on 29 October 2013, and the airline painted two of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in Oneworld livery, A7-BAA and A7-BAB. A7-BAA was repainted at Dublin, Ireland and returned to Doha on 27 October 2013.
It is seen here operating flight QR900 from Doha at 17:31, flying north east at 4,800 feet before turning right to join final approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21.
Photo © David Eyre
A7-BAA Boeing 777-3DZ ER (MSN 36009/676) of Qatar Airways (leased from Al Khattuya Leasing) in Oneworld livery, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Tue 14 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A7-BAA Boeing 777-3DZ ER (MSN 36009/676) of Qatar Airways (leased from Al Khattuya Leasing) in Oneworld livery, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Tue 14 January 2014.
Qatar Airways became part of the Oneworld airline alliance at midnight on 29 October 2013, and the airline painted two of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in Oneworld livery, A7-BAA and A7-BAB. A7-BAA was repainted at Dublin, Ireland and returned to Doha on 27 October 2013.
It is seen here operating flight QR900 from Doha at 17:31, flying north east at 4,800 feet before turning right to join final approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21.
Photo © David Eyre
A7-BAA Boeing 777-3DZ ER (MSN 36009/676) of Qatar Airways (leased from Al Khattuya Leasing) in Oneworld livery, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Tue 14 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A7-BAA Boeing 777-3DZ ER (MSN 36009/676) of Qatar Airways (leased from Al Khattuya Leasing) in Oneworld livery, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Tue 14 January 2014.
Qatar Airways became part of the Oneworld airline alliance at midnight on 29 October 2013, and the airline painted two of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in Oneworld livery, A7-BAA and A7-BAB. A7-BAA was repainted at Dublin, Ireland and returned to Doha on 27 October 2013.
It is seen here operating flight QR900 from Doha at 17:31, flying north east at 4,800 feet before turning right to join final approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-VXA Boeing 737-838 (MSN 29551/1042) of Qantas, named “Broome”, with “Now it’s on our turf” cricket special livery, at Perth Airport – Mon 13 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
VH-VXA Boeing 737-838 (MSN 29551/1042) of Qantas, named “Broome”, with “Now it’s on our turf” cricket special livery, at Perth Airport – Mon 13 January 2014.
On 8 November 2013, Qantas unveiled this special livery on VH-VXA, depicting a cricket ball knocking the wickets off stumps and the titles “Now it’s on our turf”, to promote The Ashes cricket tournament in Australia’s 2013/14 Summer.
Seen here parked at Terminal 4 at 08:22 shortly before departure as QF912 to Karratha.
Photo © Wilson
VH-VXA Boeing 737-838 (MSN 29551/1042) of Qantas, named “Broome”, with “Now it’s on our turf” cricket special livery, at Perth Airport – Mon 13 January 2014.
VH-VXA Boeing 737-838 (MSN 29551/1042) of Qantas, named “Broome”, with “Now it’s on our turf” cricket special livery, at Perth Airport – Mon 13 January 2014.
On 8 November 2013, Qantas unveiled this special livery on VH-VXA, depicting a cricket ball knocking the wickets off stumps and the titles “Now it’s on our turf”, to promote The Ashes cricket tournament in Australia’s 2013/14 Summer.
Seen here parked at Terminal 4 at 08:22 shortly before departure as QF912 to Karratha.
Photo © Wilson
VH-VXA Boeing 737-838 (MSN 29551/1042) of Qantas, named “Broome”, with “Now it’s on our turf” cricket special livery, at Perth Airport – Mon 13 January 2014.
VH-VXA Boeing 737-838 (MSN 29551/1042) of Qantas, named “Broome”, with “Now it’s on our turf” cricket special livery, at Perth Airport – Mon 13 January 2014.
On 8 November 2013, Qantas unveiled this special livery on VH-VXA, depicting a cricket ball knocking the wickets off stumps and the titles “Now it’s on our turf”, to promote The Ashes cricket tournament in Australia’s 2013/14 Summer. Note that the decal has partially peeled off the fuselage, over the wing.
Seen here taxying out to runway 21at 08:36 as QF912 to Karratha.
Photo © Wilson
VH-YIU Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 40699/4560) of Virgin Australia, named “Middleton Beach”, at Perth Airport - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
VH-YIU Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 40699/4560) of Virgin Australia, named “Middleton Beach”, at Perth Airport – Sun 12 January 2014.
Note the non-standard grey-coloured nose cone.
Later departed at 10:49 as flight VA4149 to Phuket.
Photo © Wilson
VH-EGU (FIREBIRD 620) Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel Soloy SD2 (MSN 3201) of Helicopter Logistics, leased from Pacific Crown Helicopters, leased to Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Warradale Park, Landsdale - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-EGU (FIREBIRD 620) Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel Soloy SD2 (MSN 3201) of Helicopter Logistics, leased from Pacific Crown Helicopters, leased to Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Warradale Park, Landsdale – Sun 12 January 2014.
Temporarily deployed to Landsdale for refuelling, this took off a short time later to coordinate fire fighting at a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
This Squirrel features panoramic windows and cabin doors, and was converted when in the USA with a Soloy SD2 kit, which included replacing the original Turbomeca Arriel engine with a Honeywell LTS101-700D-2 engine.
It was previously painted all over with a stars and stripes American flag and used for scenic flights by Las Vegas Helicopters (see http://www.airliners.net/photo/Las-Vegas-Helicopters/Eurocopter-AS-350B-2-Ecureuil/0827674/L/ ). In 2007, it was sold to Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters for scenic flights, and painted with this rainbow livery.
It is owned by Queensland-based Pacific Crown Helicopters, but has been based at Jandakot for the past month, operating as a “FIREBIRD 620″ for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services – these aerial command and control helicopters coordinate firefighting operations.
Built in 1999, ex N5225A, N616LV, XA-SCL, N616LV.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-EGU (FIREBIRD 620) Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel Soloy SD2 (MSN 3201) of Helicopter Logistics, leased from Pacific Crown Helicopters, leased to Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Warradale Park, Landsdale - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-EGU (FIREBIRD 620) Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel Soloy SD2 (MSN 3201) of Helicopter Logistics, leased from Pacific Crown Helicopters, leased to Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Warradale Park, Landsdale – Sun 12 January 2014.
Temporarily deployed to Landsdale for refuelling, this took off a short time later to coordinate fire fighting at a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
This Squirrel features panoramic windows and cabin doors, and was converted when in the USA with a Soloy SD2 kit, which included replacing the original Turbomeca Arriel engine with a Honeywell LTS101-700D-2 engine.
It was previously painted all over with a stars and stripes American flag and used for scenic flights by Las Vegas Helicopters (see http://www.airliners.net/photo/Las-Vegas-Helicopters/Eurocopter-AS-350B-2-Ecureuil/0827674/L/ ). In 2007, it was sold to Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters for scenic flights, and painted with this rainbow livery.
It is owned by Queensland-based Pacific Crown Helicopters, but has been based at Jandakot for the past month, operating as a “FIREBIRD 620″ for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services – these aerial command and control helicopters coordinate firefighting operations.
Built in 1999, ex N5225A, N616LV, XA-SCL, N616LV.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-EGU (FIREBIRD 620) Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel Soloy SD2 (MSN 3201) of Helicopter Logistics, leased from Pacific Crown Helicopters, leased to Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Warradale Park, Landsdale - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-EGU (FIREBIRD 620) Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel Soloy SD2 (MSN 3201) of Helicopter Logistics, leased from Pacific Crown Helicopters, leased to Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Warradale Park, Landsdale – Sun 12 January 2014.
Temporarily deployed to Landsdale for refuelling, this took off a short time later to coordinate fire fighting at a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
This Squirrel features panoramic windows and cabin doors, and was converted when in the USA with a Soloy SD2 kit, which included replacing the original Turbomeca Arriel engine with a Honeywell LTS101-700D-2 engine.
It was previously painted all over with a stars and stripes American flag and used for scenic flights by Las Vegas Helicopters (see http://www.airliners.net/photo/Las-Vegas-Helicopters/Eurocopter-AS-350B-2-Ecureuil/0827674/L/ ). In 2007, it was sold to Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters for scenic flights, and painted with this rainbow livery.
It is owned by Queensland-based Pacific Crown Helicopters, but has been based at Jandakot for the past month, operating as a “FIREBIRD 620″ for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services – these aerial command and control helicopters coordinate firefighting operations.
Built in 1999, ex N5225A, N616LV, XA-SCL, N616LV.
Photo © David Eyre
N234PH / HELITAC673 Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter (MSN 28050) of McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Warradale Park, Landsdale - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
N234PH / HELITAC673 Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter (MSN 28050) of McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Warradale Park, Landsdale – Sun 12 January 2014.
Temporarily parked at Landsdale for refuelling. It later departed to fight a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
One of six Bell 214B1 BigLifters leased for the 2013/14 WA bush fire season (October 2013 – April 2014). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
Built in 1977. Ex N5750L, N234PH, 756 (Royal Air Force of Oman), VH-LYH.
Photo © David Eyre
N234PH / HELITAC673 Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter (MSN 28050) of McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Warradale Park, Landsdale - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
N234PH / HELITAC673 Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter (MSN 28050) of McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Warradale Park, Landsdale – Sun 12 January 2014.
Temporarily parked at Landsdale for refuelling. It later departed to fight a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
One of six Bell 214B1 BigLifters leased for the 2013/14 WA bush fire season (October 2013 – April 2014). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
Built in 1977. Ex N5750L, N234PH, 756 (Royal Air Force of Oman), VH-LYH.
Photo © David Eyre
N234PH / HELITAC673 Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter (MSN 28050) of McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Warradale Park, Landsdale - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
N234PH / HELITAC673 Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter (MSN 28050) of McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Warradale Park, Landsdale – Sun 12 January 2014.
Temporarily parked at Landsdale for refuelling. It later departed to fight a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
One of six Bell 214B1 BigLifters leased for the 2013/14 WA bush fire season (October 2013 – April 2014). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
Built in 1977. Ex N5750L, N234PH, 756 (Royal Air Force of Oman), VH-LYH.
Photo © David Eyre
P2-MLJ / HELITAC674 Bell 214B1 BigLifter (MSN 28066) owned by McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services at Warradale Park, Landsdale - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
P2-MLJ / HELITAC674 Bell 214B1 BigLifter (MSN 28066) owned by McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services at Warradale Park, Landsdale – Sun 12 January 2014.
Note that the bubble window is only fitted on the left side of the helicopter, and it is flown from the left seat.
Temporarily parked at Landsdale for refuelling, it later departed to fight a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
One of six Bell 214B1 BigLifters leased for the 2013/14 WA bush fire season (October 2013 – April 2014). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
P2-MLJ: Built in 1981, ex N2179R, JA9304, N4410N, C-GTWG, F-GJKZ, N214JL.
Photo © David Eyre
P2-MLJ / HELITAC674 Bell 214B1 BigLifter (MSN 28066) owned by McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services at Warradale Park, Landsdale - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
P2-MLJ / HELITAC674 Bell 214B1 BigLifter (MSN 28066) owned by McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services at Warradale Park, Landsdale – Sun 12 January 2014.
Temporarily parked at Landsdale for refuelling, it later departed to fight a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
One of six Bell 214B1 BigLifters leased for the 2013/14 WA bush fire season (October 2013 – April 2014). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
P2-MLJ: Built in 1981, ex N2179R, JA9304, N4410N, C-GTWG, F-GJKZ, N214JL.
Photo © David Eyre
P2-MLJ / HELITAC674 Bell 214B1 BigLifter (MSN 28066) owned by McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services at Warradale Park, Landsdale - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
P2-MLJ / HELITAC674 Bell 214B1 BigLifter (MSN 28066) owned by McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services at Warradale Park, Landsdale – Sun 12 January 2014.
Temporarily parked at Landsdale for refuelling, it later departed to fight a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
One of six Bell 214B1 BigLifters leased for the 2013/14 WA bush fire season (October 2013 – April 2014). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
P2-MLJ: Built in 1981, ex N2179R, JA9304, N4410N, C-GTWG, F-GJKZ, N214JL.
Photo © David Eyre
P2-MLJ / HELITAC674 Bell 214B1 BigLifter (MSN 28066) owned by McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services at Warradale Park, Landsdale - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
P2-MLJ / HELITAC674 Bell 214B1 BigLifter (MSN 28066) owned by McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services at Warradale Park, Landsdale – Sun 12 January 2014.
Temporarily parked at Landsdale for refuelling, it is seen here departing to fight a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
One of six Bell 214B1 BigLifters leased for the 2013/14 WA bush fire season (October 2013 – April 2014). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
P2-MLJ: Built in 1981, ex N2179R, JA9304, N4410N, C-GTWG, F-GJKZ, N214JL.
Photo © David Eyre
N234PH / HELITAC673 (MSN 28050) and P2-MLJ / HELITAC674 Bell 214B1 BigLifter (MSN 28066) of McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Warradale Park, Landsdale - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
N234PH / HELITAC673 (MSN 28050) and P2-MLJ / HELITAC674 Bell 214B1 BigLifter (MSN 28066) of McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Warradale Park, Landsdale – Sun 12 January 2014.
Temporarily parked at Landsdale for refuelling, these helicopters were departing to fight a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
Two of six Bell 214B1 BigLifters leased for the 2013/14 WA bush fire season (October 2013 – April 2014). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
N234PH: Built in 1977. Ex N5750L, N234PH, 756 (Royal Air Force of Oman), VH-LYH.
P2-MLJ: Built in 1981, ex N2179R, JA9304, N4410N, C-GTWG, F-GJKZ, N214JL.
Photo © David Eyre
P2-MLJ / HELITAC674 Bell 214B1 BigLifter (MSN 28066) owned by McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services at Warradale Park, Landsdale - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
P2-MLJ / HELITAC674 Bell 214B1 BigLifter (MSN 28066) owned by McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services at Warradale Park, Landsdale – Sun 12 January 2014.
Temporarily parked at Landsdale for refuelling, it is seen here departing to fight a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth, blowing pieces of grass towards the camera. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
One of six Bell 214B1 BigLifters leased for the 2013/14 WA bush fire season (October 2013 – April 2014). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
P2-MLJ: Built in 1981, ex N2179R, JA9304, N4410N, C-GTWG, F-GJKZ, N214JL.
Photo © David Eyre
C-FXNI / HELITAC677 Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter (MSN 28022) of McDermott Aviation (leased from East West Helicopters, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada) and VH-YUQ / FIREBIRD623 Eurocopter AS355F-1 Twin Squirrel (MSN 5057) owned by McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Glen Forrest Oval, Glen Forrest, east of Perth - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
C-FXNI / HELITAC677 Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter (MSN 28022) of McDermott Aviation (leased from East West Helicopters, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada) and VH-YUQ / FIREBIRD623 Eurocopter AS355F-1 Twin Squirrel (MSN 5057) owned by McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Glen Forrest Oval, Glen Forrest, east of Perth – Sun 12 January 2014.
Refuelling at Glen Forrest Oval whilst fighting a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
C-FXNI: One of six Bell 214B1 BigLifters leased for the 2013/14 WA bush fire season (October 2013 – April 2014). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity. Built in 1978, ex N400MS, HK-3410X, N214RM, N214GL.
VH-YUQ: The FIREBIRD aerial command and control helicopters coordinate firefighting operations. VH-YUQ has been used in this role in other States of Australia in the past.Built in 1981, ex N281AP, N117LB.
Photo © Matt Hayes
C-FXNI / HELITAC677 Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter (MSN 28022) of McDermott Aviation (leased from East West Helicopters, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada) and VH-YUQ / FIREBIRD623 Eurocopter AS355F-1 Twin Squirrel (MSN 5057) owned by McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Glen Forrest Oval, Glen Forrest, east of Perth - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
C-FXNI / HELITAC677 Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter (MSN 28022) of McDermott Aviation (leased from East West Helicopters, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada) and VH-YUQ / FIREBIRD623 Eurocopter AS355F-1 Twin Squirrel (MSN 5057) owned by McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Glen Forrest Oval, Glen Forrest, east of Perth – Sun 12 January 2014.
Refuelling at Glen Forrest Oval whilst fighting a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
C-FXNI: One of six Bell 214B1 BigLifters leased for the 2013/14 WA bush fire season (October 2013 – April 2014). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity. Built in 1978, ex N400MS, HK-3410X, N214RM, N214GL.
VH-YUQ: The FIREBIRD aerial command and control helicopters coordinate firefighting operations. VH-YUQ has been used in this role in other States of Australia in the past.Built in 1981, ex N281AP, N117LB.
Photo © Matt Hayes
N234PH / HELITAC673 Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter (MSN 28050) of McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, near Parkerville, east of Perth - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
N234PH / HELITAC673 Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter (MSN 28050) of McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, near Parkerville, east of Perth – Sun 12 January 2014.
Fighting a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
One of six Bell 214B1 BigLifters leased for the 2013/14 WA bush fire season (October 2013 – April 2014). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
Built in 1977. Ex N5750L, N234PH, 756 (Royal Air Force of Oman), VH-LYH.
Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (MSN 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Glen Forrest Oval, Glen Forrest, east of Perth - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (MSN 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Glen Forrest Oval, Glen Forrest, east of Perth – Sun 12 January 2014.
Refuelling at Glen Forrest Oval whilst fighting a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
This firefighting helicopter can release up to 9,500 litres of water or fire retardant in a single drop, compared to 2,700 litres for the leased Bell 214B-1 helicopters of McDermott Aviation. It has visited WA before for the 2011/12 fire season, and was based at Jandakot. There were some issues with basing the helicopter at Jandakot, so it was initially proposed to base the S-64 at Stoneville in the hills east of Perth, before the airfield at Serpentine was selected.
N243AC was built in 1967 as a Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe (civil designation S-64A) for the US Army and allocated military serial 67-18420. It was delivered to the US Army in August 1967, serving with the following units:
273 Aviation Company; 273 Assault Support Helicopter Company “Superhooks”; 478 Heavy Helicopter Company “Hurricanes”; 62 Aviation Company; 85 Division Training; NASA, Langley Field (loaned in 1973); 478 Aviation Company (Heavy Helicopter); Pennsylvania National Guard. Stored at the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Centre (AMARC), at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona until 8 April 1994 it was sold to Lenair Corp, and registered N22696 on 27 June 1994. On 23 January 1997, it was re-registered as N544CH to Columbia Helicopters International. On 2 December 2002 it was sold to Erickson Air-Crane Inc. and reregistered as N243AC on 10 January 2003. It was converted to an S-64E in October 2010.
Photo © Matt Hayes
P2-MSA / HELITAC676 Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter (MSN 28065) of McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Glen Forrest Oval, Glen Forrest, east of Perth - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
P2-MSA / HELITAC676 Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter (MSN 28065) of McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Glen Forrest Oval, Glen Forrest, east of Perth – Sun 12 January 2014.
Refuelling at Glen Forrest Oval whilst fighting a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
One of six Bell 214B1 BigLifters leased for the 2013/14 WA bush fire season (October 2013 – April 2014). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
Built in 1981, ex DU-104 (Dubai Air Force), 124 (Dubai Air Force), N28065.
Photo © Matt Hayes
VH-EGU (FIREBIRD 620) Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel Soloy SD2 (MSN 3201) of Helicopter Logistics, leased from Pacific Crown Helicopters, leased to Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Glen Forrest Oval, Glen Forrest, east of Perth - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
VH-EGU (FIREBIRD 620) Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel Soloy SD2 (MSN 3201) of Helicopter Logistics, leased from Pacific Crown Helicopters, leased to Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Glen Forrest Oval, Glen Forrest, east of Perth – Sun 12 January 2014.
Departing after refuelling at Glen Forrest Oval whilst coordinating fire fighting at a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
This Squirrel features panoramic windows and cabin doors, and was converted when in the USA with a Soloy SD2 kit, which included replacing the original Turbomeca Arriel engine with a Honeywell LTS101-700D-2 engine.
It was previously painted all over with a stars and stripes American flag and used for scenic flights by Las Vegas Helicopters (see http://www.airliners.net/photo/Las-Vegas-Helicopters/Eurocopter-AS-350B-2-Ecureuil/0827674/L/ ). In 2007, it was sold to Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters for scenic flights, and painted with this rainbow livery.
It is owned by Queensland-based Pacific Crown Helicopters, but has been based at Jandakot for the past month, operating as a “FIREBIRD 620″ for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services – these aerial command and control helicopters coordinate firefighting operations.
Built in 1999, ex N5225A, N616LV, XA-SCL, N616LV.
Photo © Matt Hayes
VH-XRG / FIREBIRD 625 Eurocopter Bo-105LS-A3 (MSN 2037) of Heliwest, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Glen Forrest Oval, Glen Forrest, east of Perth - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
VH-XRG / FIREBIRD 625 Eurocopter Bo-105LS-A3 (MSN 2037) of Heliwest, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Glen Forrest Oval, Glen Forrest, east of Perth – Sun 12 January 2014.
Refuelling at Glen Forrest Oval whilst fighting a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
The FIREBIRD aerial command and control helicopters coordinate firefighting operations. Fitted with Wescam MX-15i high definition FLIR turret, laser mapper and microwave transmitter. Used as an aerial command and control helicopter to coordinate firefighting operations.
Built in 1991, ex N30702, JA6678, N727WW, C-FRIQ.
Photo © Matt Hayes
VH-XRG / FIREBIRD 625 Eurocopter Bo-105LS-A3 (MSN 2037) of Heliwest and VH-YUQ / FIREBIRD623 Eurocopter AS355F-1 Twin Squirrel (MSN 5057) owned by McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Glen Forrest Oval, Glen Forrest, east of Perth - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
VH-XRG / FIREBIRD 625 Eurocopter Bo-105LS-A3 (MSN 2037) of Heliwest and VH-YUQ / FIREBIRD623 Eurocopter AS355F-1 Twin Squirrel (MSN 5057) owned by McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Glen Forrest Oval, Glen Forrest, east of Perth – Sun 12 January 2014.
Refuelling at Glen Forrest Oval whilst fighting a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
The FIREBIRD aerial command and control helicopters coordinate firefighting operations.
VH-XRG: Fitted with Wescam MX-15i high definition FLIR turret, laser mapper and microwave transmitter. Used as an aerial command and control helicopter to coordinate firefighting operations. Built in 1991, ex N30702, JA6678, N727WW, C-FRIQ.
VH-YUQ: Built in 1981, ex N281AP, N117LB.
Photo © Matt Hayes
VH-YUQ / FIREBIRD623 Eurocopter AS355F-1 Twin Squirrel (MSN 5057) owned by McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Glen Forrest Oval, Glen Forrest, east of Perth - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
VH-YUQ / FIREBIRD623 Eurocopter AS355F-1 Twin Squirrel (MSN 5057) owned by McDermott Aviation, on contract to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Glen Forrest Oval, Glen Forrest, east of Perth – Sun 12 January 2014.
Refuelling at Glen Forrest Oval whilst fighting a major bushfire in the hills east of Perth. The fire was believed to have started at Granite Road in Parkerville about 11am, caused by a by a fallen power pole on private property. The fire had 20-metre high flames, moving very quickly, and was not contained until Monday night. It burned through 250 hectares, destroying 55 homes in Stoneville, Parkerville and Mt Helena, causing one death and destroying power poles which led to power blackouts affecting hundreds of homes for several days. The weather was hot and windy, with a temperature of 41 degrees C.
More than 1.5 million litres of water was dropped on the fire by water-bombing helicopters. 385 firefighters and 100 appliances were involved in fighting the blaze.
With catastrophic fire conditions across most of Western Australia on that weekend, firefighters had battled 200 fires, including six major fires.
The FIREBIRD aerial command and control helicopters coordinate firefighting operations. VH-YUQ has been used in this role in other States of Australia in the past.Built in 1981, ex N281AP, N117LB.
Photo © Matt Hayes

A6-EGY Boeing 777-31HER (MSN 41080/1039) of Emirates over the northern suburbs of Perth - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A6-EGY Boeing 777-31HER (MSN 41080/1039) of Emirates over the northern suburbs of Perth – Sun 12 January 2014.
Flight EK420 from Dubai, flying northeast at 3,200 feet over the northern suburbs of Perth at 17:26, turning right to join the approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21.
Photo © David Eyre
A6-EGY Boeing 777-31HER (MSN 41080/1039) of Emirates over the northern suburbs of Perth - Sun 12 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A6-EGY Boeing 777-31HER (MSN 41080/1039) of Emirates over the northern suburbs of Perth – Sun 12 January 2014.
Flight EK420 from Dubai, flying northeast at 3,200 feet over the northern suburbs of Perth at 17:26, turning right to join the approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21.
Photo © David Eyre
N234PH / HELITAC673 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter (MSN 28050) of McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Jolimont – Sat 11 January 2014. Photo © Bruce Bramwell
N234PH / HELITAC673 Bell 214B-1 BigLifter (MSN 28050) of McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Jolimont – Sat 11 January 2014.
Dropping water onto a bush fire in Jolimont (water was collected from Herdsman Lake). The fire started between Selby Street and Underwood Avenue in Jolimont just before midday, moving slowly in a north-westerly direction. Perth experienced a hot day with the temperature reaching 44 degrees Celsius. Although there was no threat to lives or homes from the fire, a large amount of smoke forced the closure of a number of roads and nearby residents lost power. Sixty career fire fighters and volunteers from nine stations and brigades succeeded in containing the fire, with 30 remaining through the night to finish extinguishing it. The fire burned through 30 hectares of bushland in just over two hours.
Leased for the 2013/14 WA bush fire season (October 2013 – April 2014). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
N234PH: Built in 1977. Ex N5750L, N234PH, 756 (Royal Air Force of Oman), VH-LYH.
P2-MLJ: Built in 1981, ex N2179R, JA9304, N4410N, C-GTWG, F-GJKZ, N214JL.
Photo © Bruce Bramwell
N234PH/HELITAC 673 (MSN 28050) and P2-MLJ / HELITAC674 (MSN 28066) Bell 214B-1 BigLifter of McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Herdsman Lake, near Churchlands, Perth – Sat 11 January 2014.
N234PH / HELITAC673 (MSN 28050) and P2-MLJ / HELITAC674 (MSN 28066) Bell 214B-1 BigLifter of McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Herdsman Lake, near Churchlands, Perth – Sat 11 January 2014.
Collecting water from Herdsman Lake, to fight a bush fire in Jolimont. The fire started between Selby Street and Underwood Avenue in Jolimont just before midday, moving slowly in a north-westerly direction. Perth experienced a hot day with the temperature reaching 44 degrees Celsius. Although there was no threat to lives or homes from the fire, a large amount of smoke forced the closure of a number of roads and nearby residents lost power. Sixty career fire fighters and volunteers from nine stations and brigades succeeded in containing the fire, with 30 remaining through the night to finish extibguishing it. The fire burned through 30 hectares of bushland in just over two hours.
Leased for the 2013/14 WA bush fire season (October 2013 – April 2014). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
N234PH: Built in 1977. Ex N5750L, N234PH, 756 (Royal Air Force of Oman), VH-LYH.
P2-MLJ: Built in 1981, ex N2179R, JA9304, N4410N, C-GTWG, F-GJKZ, N214JL.
Photo © Bruce Bramwell
N234PH / HELITAC673 (MSN 28050) and N1073W / HELITAC671 (MSN 28012) Bell 214B-1 BigLifter of McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Herdsman Lake, near Churchlands, Perth – Sat 11 January 2014. Photo © Bruce Bramwell
N234PH / HELITAC673 (MSN 28050) and N1073W / HELITAC671 (MSN 28012) Bell 214B-1 BigLifter of McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services, at Herdsman Lake, near Churchlands, Perth – Sat 11 January 2014.
Collecting water to fight a bush fire in Jolimont. The fire started between Selby Street and Underwood Avenue in Jolimont just before midday, moving slowly in a north-westerly direction. Perth experienced a hot day with the temperature reaching 44 degrees Celsius. Although there was no threat to lives or homes from the fire, a large amount of smoke forced the closure of a number of roads and nearby residents lost power. Sixty career fire fighters and volunteers from nine stations and brigades succeeded in containing the fire, with 30 remaining through the night to finish extinguishing it. The fire burned through 30 hectares of bushland in just over two hours.
Leased for the 2013/14 WA bush fire season (October 2013 – April 2014). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
N234PH: Built in 1977. Ex N5750L, N234PH, 756 (Royal Air Force of Oman), VH-LYH.
N1073W: Built in 1976, ex 105(Royal Air Force of Oman), 755(Royal Air Force of Oman).
Photo © Bruce Bramwell
P2-MLJ / HELITAC674 Bell 214B1 BigLifter (MSN 28066) owned by McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services at Herdsman Lake, near Churchlands, Perth – Sat 11 January 2014. Photo © Bruce Bramwell
P2-MLJ / HELITAC674 Bell 214B1 BigLifter (MSN 28066) owned by McDermott Aviation, leased by Department of Fire and Emergency Services at Herdsman Lake, near Churchlands, Perth – Sat 11 January 2014.
Climbing after collecting water from Herdsman Lake, to fight a bush fire in Jolimont. The fire started between Selby Street and Underwood Avenue in Jolimont just before midday, moving slowly in a north-westerly direction. Perth experienced a hot day with the temperature reaching 44 degrees Celsius. Although there was no threat to lives or homes from the fire, a large amount of smoke forced the closure of a number of roads and nearby residents lost power. Sixty career fire fighters and volunteers from nine stations and brigades succeeded in containing the fire, with 30 remaining through the night to finish extibguishing it. The fire burned through 30 hectares of bushland in just over two hours.
P2-MLJ is one of six Bell 214s leased for the 2013/14 WA bush fire season (October 2013 – April 2014). The Bell 214B is the most powerful (2950 SHP) single engine helicopter in the world, fitted with the Isolair ‘Tsunami” Belly Tank, with 2,700 Litres capacity.
Built in 1981, ex N2179R, JA9304, N4410N, C-GTWG, F-GJKZ, N214JL.
Photo © Bruce Bramwell
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Jolimont – Sat 11 January 2014. Photo © Bruce Bramwell
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Jolimont – Sat 11 January 2014.
Releasing water onto a bush fire at Jolimont, in Perth’s western suburbs. The water was refilled from nearby Herdsman Lake.
The fire started between Selby Street and Underwood Avenue in Jolimont just before midday, moving slowly in a north-westerly direction. Perth experienced a hot day with the temperature reaching 44 degrees Celsius. Although there was no threat to lives or homes from the fire, a large amount of smoke forced the closure of a number of roads and nearby residents lost power. Sixty career fire fighters and volunteers from nine stations and brigades succeeded in containing the fire, with 30 remaining through the night to finish extinguishing it. The fire burned through 30 hectares of bushland in just over two hours.
This firefighting helicopter can release up to 9,500 litres of water or fire retardant in a single drop, compared to 2,700 litres for the leased Bell 214B-1 helicopters of McDermott Aviation. It has visited WA before for the 2011/12 fire season, and was based at Jandakot. There were some issues with basing the helicopter at Jandakot, so it was initially proposed to base the S-64 at Stoneville in the hills east of Perth, before the airfield at Serpentine was selected. They stored their equipment in some shipping containers, but within a week of basing there, someone broke in. A lot of expensive firefighting and aircraft equipment was stolen and damaged. Two of the alleged thieves have since been arrested by Police.
N243AC was built in 1967 as a Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe (civil designation S-64A) for the US Army and allocated military serial 67-18420. It was delivered to the US Army in August 1967, serving with the following units:
273 Aviation Company; 273 Assault Support Helicopter Company “Superhooks”; 478 Heavy Helicopter Company “Hurricanes”; 62 Aviation Company; 85 Division Training; NASA, Langley Field (loaned in 1973); 478 Aviation Company (Heavy Helicopter); Pennsylvania National Guard. Stored at the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Centre (AMARC), at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona until 8 April 1994 it was sold to Lenair Corp, and registered N22696 on 27 June 1994. On 23 January 1997, it was re-registered as N544CH to Columbia Helicopters International. On 2 December 2002 it was sold to Erickson Air-Crane Inc. and reregistered as N243AC on 10 January 2003. It was converted to an S-64E in October 2010.
Photo © Bruce Bramwell
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Jolimont – Sat 11 January 2014. Photo © Bruce Bramwell
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Jolimont – Sat 11 January 2014.
Releasing water onto a bush fire at Jolimont, in Perth’s western suburbs. The water was refilled from nearby Herdsman Lake.
The fire started between Selby Street and Underwood Avenue in Jolimont just before midday, moving slowly in a north-westerly direction. Perth experienced a hot day with the temperature reaching 44 degrees Celsius. Although there was no threat to lives or homes from the fire, a large amount of smoke forced the closure of a number of roads and nearby residents lost power. Sixty career fire fighters and volunteers from nine stations and brigades succeeded in containing the fire, with 30 remaining through the night to finish extinguishing it. The fire burned through 30 hectares of bushland in just over two hours.
This firefighting helicopter can release up to 9,500 litres of water or fire retardant in a single drop, compared to 2,700 litres for the leased Bell 214B-1 helicopters of McDermott Aviation. It has visited WA before for the 2011/12 fire season, and was based at Jandakot. There were some issues with basing the helicopter at Jandakot, so it was initially proposed to base the S-64 at Stoneville in the hills east of Perth, before the airfield at Serpentine was selected. They stored their equipment in some shipping containers, but within a week of basing there, someone broke in. A lot of expensive firefighting and aircraft equipment was stolen and damaged. Two of the alleged thieves have since been arrested by Police.
N243AC was built in 1967 as a Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe (civil designation S-64A) for the US Army and allocated military serial 67-18420. It was delivered to the US Army in August 1967, serving with the following units:
273 Aviation Company; 273 Assault Support Helicopter Company “Superhooks”; 478 Heavy Helicopter Company “Hurricanes”; 62 Aviation Company; 85 Division Training; NASA, Langley Field (loaned in 1973); 478 Aviation Company (Heavy Helicopter); Pennsylvania National Guard. Stored at the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Centre (AMARC), at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona until 8 April 1994 it was sold to Lenair Corp, and registered N22696 on 27 June 1994. On 23 January 1997, it was re-registered as N544CH to Columbia Helicopters International. On 2 December 2002 it was sold to Erickson Air-Crane Inc. and reregistered as N243AC on 10 January 2003. It was converted to an S-64E in October 2010.
Photo © Bruce Bramwell
VH-VCJ Airbus A319-132LR (MSN 1880) of Skytraders at Perth Airport – Thu 9 January 2014. Photo © Clyde Lannan
VH-VCJ Airbus A319-132LR (MSN 1880) of Skytraders at Perth Airport – Thu 9 January 2014.
“SNOWDROP 2″ on final approach to runway 21 at 17:38 on an Australian Government charter, possibly to transport asylum seekers.
Photo © Clyde Lannan
A6-ETN Boeing 777-3FXER (MSN 39689/1086) of Etihad, at 35000 feet over the northern suburbs of Perth – Wed 8 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A6-ETN Boeing 777-3FXER (MSN 39689/1086) of Etihad, at 35000 feet over the northern suburbs of Perth – Wed 8 January 2014.
Flight EY460 from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne, flying over the northern suburbs of Perth at 13:08, at an altitude of 35000 feet and speed of 525 knots, heading 118 degrees.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-XZD Boeing 737-838 (MSN 39368/4400) of Qantas, named “Moranbah” over West Swan – Wed 8 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-XZD Boeing 737-838 (MSN 39368/4400) of Qantas, named “Moranbah” over West Swan – Wed 8 January 2014.
On approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21 at 14:40 as flight QF1095 from Newman.
Photo © David Eyre
9M-XXM Airbus A330-343X (MSN 741) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC) over West Swan – Wed 8 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9M-XXM Airbus A330-343X (MSN 741) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC) over West Swan – Wed 8 January 2014.
On approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21 at 14:44 as flight D7 232 from Kuala Lumpur.
This was a recent addition to the AirAsia X fleet, and it has not yet been painted in their livery. It was previously leased by ILFC to Dragonair of Hong Kong as B-HWJ from 20 April 2006 to 8 June 2013. It was leased to AirAsia X from 31 July 2013. It made its first visit to Perth on 24 September 2013.
Photo © David Eyre
9M-XXM Airbus A330-343X (MSN 741) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC) over West Swan – Wed 8 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9M-XXM Airbus A330-343X (MSN 741) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC) over West Swan – Wed 8 January 2014.
On approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21 at 14:44 as flight D7 232 from Kuala Lumpur.
This was a recent addition to the AirAsia X fleet, and it has not yet been painted in their livery. It was previously leased by ILFC to Dragonair of Hong Kong as B-HWJ from 20 April 2006 to 8 June 2013. It was leased to AirAsia X from 31 July 2013. It made its first visit to Perth on 24 September 2013.
Photo © David Eyre
9M-XXM Airbus A330-343X (MSN 741) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC) over West Swan – Wed 8 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9M-XXM Airbus A330-343X (MSN 741) of AirAsia X (leased from ILFC) over West Swan – Wed 8 January 2014.
On approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21 at 14:44 as flight D7 232 from Kuala Lumpur.
This was a recent addition to the AirAsia X fleet, and it has not yet been painted in their livery. It was previously leased by ILFC to Dragonair of Hong Kong as B-HWJ from 20 April 2006 to 8 June 2013. It was leased to AirAsia X from 31 July 2013. It made its first visit to Perth on 24 September 2013.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-VQA Airbus A320-232 (MSN 3783) of Jetstar (leased from Macquarie AirFinance), over West Swan – Wed 8 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-VQA Airbus A320-232 (MSN 3783) of Jetstar (leased from Macquarie AirFinance), over West Swan – Wed 8 January 2014.
On approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21 at 14:51 as flight JQ970 from Melbourne.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-VND Airbus A320-232 (MSN 3296) of Tigerair Australia, over West Swan – Wed 8 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-VND Airbus A320-232 (MSN 3296) of Tigerair Australia, over West Swan – Wed 8 January 2014.
Now wearing the revised Tigerair livery, following a recent repaint in the Philippines.
On approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21 at 15:34 as flight TT184 from Melbourne.
Photo © David Eyre
HS-TBD Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1338) of Thai Airways, named “Phayao”, over West Swan – Wed 8 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
HS-TBD Airbus A330-343X (MSN 1338) of Thai Airways, named “Phayao”, over West Swan – Wed 8 January 2014.
On approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21 at 15:44 as flight TG481 from Bangkok.
Photo © David Eyre
9M-MTD Airbus A330-323X (MSN 1234) of Malaysia Airlines, over West Swan – Wed 8 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9M-MTD Airbus A330-323X (MSN 1234) of Malaysia Airlines, over West Swan – Wed 8 January 2014.
On approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21 at 15:47 as flight MH125 from Kuala Lumpur.
Photo © David Eyre
A7-BAB Boeing 777-3DZER (MSN 36103/686) of Qatar Airways, in Oneworld livery, at Perth Airport – Tue 7 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
A7-BAB Boeing 777-3DZER (MSN 36103/686) of Qatar Airways, in Oneworld livery, at Perth Airport – Tue 7 January 2014.
Qatar Airways became part of the Oneworld airline alliance at midnight on 29 October 2013, and the airline painted two of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in Oneworld livery, A7-BAA and A7-BAB. A7-BAB was flown to Dublin on 30 October 2013 for maintenance and to be repainted in Oneworld livery. It returned to Doha on 10 November 2013.
It is seen here at 22:38, preparing to depart as flight QR901 to Doha.
Photo © Wilson
PK-AZF Airbus A320-216 (sharklets) (MSN 5706) of AirAsia Indonesia with "8000th Airbus" decal, at Perth Airport - Sat 4 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
PK-AZF Airbus A320-216 (sharklets) (MSN 5706) of AirAsia Indonesia with “8000th Airbus” decal, at Perth Airport – Sat 4 January 2014.
This was the 8,000th Airbus aircraft to be produced and has a decal on the forward fuselage denoting this. It was delivered new to the airline on 3-4 August 2013.
This was its second visit to Perth, about to push back for engine start as QZ8419 to Denpasar at 10:13.
It first visited the previous day, when it operated the new extra daily QZ8414/8415 service in the afternoon between Perth and Denpasar. AirAsia now has five daily services on this route.
Photo © Wilson
PK-AZF Airbus A320-216 (sharklets) (MSN 5706) of AirAsia Indonesia with "8000th Airbus" decal, at Perth Airport - Sat 4 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
PK-AZF Airbus A320-216 (sharklets) (MSN 5706) of AirAsia Indonesia with “8000th Airbus” decal, at Perth Airport – Sat 4 January 2014.
This was the 8,000th Airbus aircraft to be produced and has a decal on the forward fuselage denoting this. It was delivered new to the airline on 3-4 August 2013.
This was its second visit to Perth, about to push back for engine start as QZ8419 to Denpasar at 10:13.
It first visited the previous day, when it operated the new extra daily QZ8414/8415 service in the afternoon between Perth and Denpasar. AirAsia now has five daily services on this route.
Photo © Wilson
VH-OVE Hawker 800XP (MSN 258366) owned by AP Jets Pty Ltd (leased from Asia Pacific Jets Pte Ltd, Singapore), at Perth Airport - Sat 4 January 2014.
VH-OVE Hawker 800XP (MSN 258366) owned by AP Jets Pty Ltd (leased from Asia Pacific Jets Pte Ltd, Singapore), at Perth Airport – Sat 4 January 2014.
This was previously based at Perth when it was owned by Avwest as VH-ZUH.
It arrived from Denpasar (Bali) at 07:52, and departed at 20:08 to Seletar (Singapore).
Built in 1998, ex (CS-MAI not taken up), N1133N, N894CA, VH-ZUH.
Photo © Wilson
VH-XZJ Boeing 737-838 (MSN 39365/4669) of Qantas, in “Mendoowoorrji”” Aboriginal art livery, at Perth Airport – Sat 4 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
VH-XZJ Boeing 737-838 (MSN 39365/4669) of Qantas, in “Mendoowoorrji”” Aboriginal art livery, at Perth Airport – Sat 4 January 2014.
Qantas painted this aircraft in a special Aboriginal art colour scheme, called “Mendoowoorrji”, based on the work of the late Aboriginal artist Paddy Bedford. It is the fifth Qantas aircraft to wear an indigenous art colour scheme, though there were actually only four designs.
Seen just after pushback and engine start, for departure as QF792 to Darwin at 08:34.
Photo © Wilson
VH-XZJ Boeing 737-838 (MSN 39365/4669) of Qantas, in “Mendoowoorrji”” Aboriginal art livery, at Perth Airport – Sat 4 January 2014. Photo © Wilson
VH-XZJ Boeing 737-838 (MSN 39365/4669) of Qantas, in “Mendoowoorrji”” Aboriginal art livery, at Perth Airport – Sat 4 January 2014.
Qantas painted this aircraft in a special Aboriginal art colour scheme, called “Mendoowoorrji”, based on the work of the late Aboriginal artist Paddy Bedford. It is the fifth Qantas aircraft to wear an indigenous art colour scheme, though there were actually only four designs.
Seen just after pushback and engine start, for departure as QF792 to Darwin at 08:34.
Photo © Wilson
Northam Airport (YNTM) - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre.
Northam Airport (YNTM) – Fri 3 January 2014.
View from the road approaching the airport. The single asphalt runway 14/32, measures 950m x 30m, running left to right in front of the hangars and apron in this view.
The airport was established in 1971, when the Northam Aero Club and Northam Town and Shire Councils purchased land on the edge of Northam town for an airport. The Northam Aero Club designed and constructed the airport. Levelling of the proposed airstrip was underway by June 1971, and it was officially opened by the Regional Director of the Department of Civil Aviation on 14 November 1971. Northam Aero Club held a 21-year lease from the Northam Town Council and the Northam Shire, which was renewed for a further 21 years in early 1991.
Besides Northam Aero Club, the West Australian Balloon and Airship Club (WABAC), aircraft maintenance company Northam Air Services, and an agricultural operator Taurus Aviation are also based there, along with a number of privately-owned aircraft. The airport is also visited by flight training companies and occasionally by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and DFES water bombers.
Northam Airport was the starting and finishing point for Claude Meunier when he flew around the World in 1996 in his Aerostar VH-XRD. Record-setting balloonist Steve Fossett also used Northam Airport as the starting point for his fourth and fifth solo attempts to fly around the world in the balloon “Spirit of Freedom” in 2002.
Photo © David Eyre
Northam Airport (YNTM) - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre.
Northam Airport (YNTM) – Fri 3 January 2014.
View from the road approaching the airport. The single asphalt runway 14/32, measures 950m x 30m, running left to right in front of the hangars and apron in this view.
The airport was established in 1971, when the Northam Aero Club and Northam Town and Shire Councils purchased land on the edge of Northam town for an airport. The Northam Aero Club designed and constructed the airport. Levelling of the proposed airstrip was underway by June 1971, and it was officially opened by the Regional Director of the Department of Civil Aviation on 14 November 1971. Northam Aero Club held a 21-year lease from the Northam Town Council and the Northam Shire, which was renewed for a further 21 years in early 1991.
Besides Northam Aero Club, the West Australian Balloon and Airship Club (WABAC), aircraft maintenance company Northam Air Services, and an agricultural operator Taurus Aviation are also based there, along with a number of privately-owned aircraft. The airport is also visited by flight training companies and occasionally by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and DFES water bombers.
Northam Airport was the starting and finishing point for Claude Meunier when he flew around the World in 1996 in his Aerostar VH-XRD. Record-setting balloonist Steve Fossett also used Northam Airport as the starting point for his fourth and fifth solo attempts to fly around the world in the balloon “Spirit of Freedom” in 2002.
Photo © David Eyre
Northam Airport (YNTM) - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre.
Northam Airport (YNTM) – Fri 3 January 2014.
View of hangars and apron. There is a second row of hangars behind this.
The airport was established in 1971, when the Northam Aero Club and Northam Town and Shire Councils purchased land on the edge of Northam town for an airport. The Northam Aero Club designed and constructed the airport. Levelling of the proposed airstrip was underway by June 1971, and it was officially opened by the Regional Director of the Department of Civil Aviation on 14 November 1971. Northam Aero Club held a 21-year lease from the Northam Town Council and the Northam Shire, which was renewed for a further 21 years in early 1991.
Besides Northam Aero Club, the West Australian Balloon and Airship Club (WABAC), aircraft maintenance company Northam Air Services, and an agricultural operator Taurus Aviation are also based there, along with a number of privately-owned aircraft. The airport is also visited by flight training companies and occasionally by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and DFES water bombers.
Northam Airport was the starting and finishing point for Claude Meunier when he flew around the World in 1996 in his Aerostar VH-XRD. Record-setting balloonist Steve Fossett also used Northam Airport as the starting point for his fourth and fifth solo attempts to fly around the world in the balloon “Spirit of Freedom” in 2002.
Photo © David Eyre
Aircraft parked at Northam Airport (YNTM) - Fri 3 January 2014: VH-WNS Cessna 150M (MSN 15078543) owned by Wade Sambell, Roebourne, WA. VH-UMD Cessna R172K Hawk XP II (MSN R1722195) owned by Najara Enterprises Pty Ltd, Grass Valley, WA. VH-JVR Cessna U206G Stationair II (MSN U20604795) operated by Lindsay Joyce, Albany, WA. VH-DKR Cessna 182G Skylane (MSN 18255298) owned by Hillman Farm Skydivers Inc. VH-JXI Cessna 172M Skyhawk II (MSN 17267407) named 'Susy Marie', owned by Errol Croft, Goomalling, WA. VH-NRC Cessna 172P Skyhawk II (MSN 17275006) owned by Norwest Air Work Pty Ltd, Exmouth, WA. VH-PRY Cessna 172P Skyhawk II (MSN 17274315) operated by Norwest Air Work Pty Ltd, owned by Eric Roulston, Exmouth, WA. VH-FES Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II (MSN 28-8216015) owned by Pearce Flying Club Inc, based at RAAF Pearce, WA. VH-UFH Cessna 172N Skyhawk II (MSN 17270650) owned by Clitech Pty Ltd, Darlington, WA. Photo © David Eyre
Aircraft parked at Northam Airport (YNTM) – Fri 3 January 2014:
VH-WNS Cessna 150M (MSN 15078543) owned by Wade Sambell, Roebourne, WA.
VH-UMD Cessna R172K Hawk XP II (MSN R1722195) owned by Najara Enterprises Pty Ltd, Grass Valley, WA.
VH-JVR Cessna U206G Stationair II (MSN U20604795) operated by Lindsay Joyce, Albany, WA.
VH-DKR Cessna 182G Skylane (MSN 18255298) owned by Hillman Farm Skydivers Inc.
VH-JXI Cessna 172M Skyhawk II (MSN 17267407) named ‘Susy Marie’, owned by Errol Croft, Goomalling, WA.
VH-NRC Cessna 172P Skyhawk II (MSN 17275006) owned by Norwest Air Work Pty Ltd, Exmouth, WA.
VH-PRY Cessna 172P Skyhawk II (MSN 17274315) operated by Norwest Air Work Pty Ltd, owned by Eric Roulston, Exmouth, WA.
VH-FES Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II (MSN 28-8216015) owned by Pearce Flying Club Inc, based at RAAF Pearce, WA.
VH-UFH Cessna 172N Skyhawk II (MSN 17270650) owned by Clitech Pty Ltd, Darlington, WA.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-WNS Cessna 150M (MSN 15078543) owned by Wade Sambell, of Roebourne, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-WNS Cessna 150M (MSN 15078543) owned by Wade Sambell, of Roebourne, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) – Fri 3 January 2014.
Built in 1976, ex N704EB.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-UMD Cessna R172K Hawk XP II (MSN R1722195) owned by Najara Enterprises, Grass Valley, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-UMD Cessna R172K Hawk XP II (MSN R1722195) owned by Najara Enterprises, Grass Valley, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) – Fri 3 January 2014.
This aircraft has a pair of loudspeakers mounted on the wing support strut, perhaps for cattle mustering.
Built in 1977, ex N1480V, N1770C.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-JVR Cessna U206G Stationair (MSN U20604795) operated by Lindsay Joyce / Joyce Air (Magnate Pty Ltd), of Albany, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) - Fri 3 January 2013. Photo © David Eyre
VH-JVR Cessna U206G Stationair (MSN U20604795) operated by Lindsay Joyce / Joyce Air (Magnate Pty Ltd), of Albany, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) – Fri 3 January 2013.
Built in 1978, ex N733UX, C6-BEO, N2239X, ZK-MAL, ZK-FLD.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-DKR Cessna 182G Skylane (MSN 18255298) owned by Hillman Farm Skydivers Inc at Northam Airport - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-DKR Cessna 182G Skylane (MSN 18255298) owned by Hillman Farm Skydivers Inc at Northam Airport – Fri 3 January 2014.
Built in 1964, ex N2098R.
Hillman Farm Skydivers Inc. was established in 1975 and is the longest continuously running skydiving club in Western Australia.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-JXI Cessna 172M Skyhawk II (MSN 17267407) named 'Susy Marie', owned by Errol Croft, of Goomalling, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre.
VH-JXI Cessna 172M Skyhawk II (MSN 17267407) named ‘Susy Marie’, owned by Errol Croft, of Goomalling, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) – Fri 3 January 2014.
Built in 1976, ex N73368.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-NRC Cessna 172P Skyhawk II (MSN 17275006) owned by Norwest Air Work Pty Ltd, of Exmouth, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-NRC Cessna 172P Skyhawk II (MSN 17275006) owned by Norwest Air Work Pty Ltd, of Exmouth, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) – Fri 3 January 2014.
Still has partial titles on the cabin door from its previous owner, Naracoorte Aero Club.
Built in 1981, ex N54588.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-PRY Cessna 172P Skyhawk II (MSN 17274315) operated by Norwest Air Work Pty Ltd, owned by Eric Roulston, Exmouth, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-PRY Cessna 172P Skyhawk II (MSN 17274315) operated by Norwest Air Work Pty Ltd, owned by Eric Roulston, Exmouth, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) – Fri 3 January 2014.
Built in 1980, ex (N51472 not taken up), N1890C.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-FES Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II (MSN 28-8216015) owned by Pearce Flying Club Inc, at Northam Airport - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre.
VH-FES Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II (MSN 28-8216015) owned by Pearce Flying Club Inc, at Northam Airport – Fri 3 January 2014.
Built in 1982, ex N8415P.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-UFH Cessna 172N Skyhawk II (MSN 17270650) owned by Clitech Pty Ltd, of Darlington, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-UFH Cessna 172N Skyhawk II (MSN 17270650) owned by Clitech Pty Ltd, of Darlington, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) – Fri 3 January 2014.
Built in 1978, ex N739ML.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-FVK Jodel D.11 (MSN W11) owned by Geoffrey Winsor, Greenwood, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) - Fri 3 January 2013. Photo © David Eyre
VH-FVK Jodel D.11 (MSN W11) owned by Geoffrey Winsor, Greenwood, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) – Fri 3 January 2013.
Built in 1972.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-PDA Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee C (MSN 28-2808) owned by Edward Pitt, of Merredin, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-PDA Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee C (MSN 28-2808) owned by Edward Pitt, of Merredin, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) – Fri 3 January 2014.
Built in 1965.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-TLL Ted Smith Aerostar 601P (MSN 61P-0239-037) owned by Bruce Symes, of Welshpool, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-TLL Ted Smith Aerostar 601P (MSN 61P-0239-037) owned by Bruce Symes, of Welshpool, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) – Fri 3 January 2014.
Though still registered, this Aerostar had been withdrawn from use for at least six years at the date of this photo, and is parked in bushland near the taxiway, north west of the hangars.
On 10 February 2008, this aircraft was substantially damaged at Northam by another aircraft. During a touch and go, Cessna 172R Skyhawk VH-CFG became airborne while the flaps were retracting and the aircraft sank back to the runway when the flaps were fully retracted. The aircraft veered off the runway and struck a drum prior to colliding with parked Aerostar VH-TLL, damaging the nose section. VH-CFG was later repaired and is flying again.
Built in 1975, ex N90431.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-TLL Ted Smith Aerostar 601P (MSN 61P-0239-037) owned by Bruce Symes, of Welshpool, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-TLL Ted Smith Aerostar 601P (MSN 61P-0239-037) owned by Bruce Symes, of Welshpool, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) – Fri 3 January 2014.
Though still registered, this Aerostar had been withdrawn from use for at least six years at the date of this photo, and is parked in bushland near the taxiway, north west of the hangars.
On 10 February 2008, this aircraft was substantially damaged at Northam by another aircraft. During a touch and go, Cessna 172R Skyhawk VH-CFG became airborne while the flaps were retracting and the aircraft sank back to the runway when the flaps were fully retracted. The aircraft veered off the runway and struck a drum prior to colliding with parked Aerostar VH-TLL, damaging the nose section. VH-CFG was later repaired and is flying again.
Built in 1975, ex N90431.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-TLL Ted Smith Aerostar 601P (MSN 61P-0239-037) owned by Bruce Symes, of Welshpool, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-TLL Ted Smith Aerostar 601P (MSN 61P-0239-037) owned by Bruce Symes, of Welshpool, WA, at Northam Airport (YNTM) – Fri 3 January 2014.
Though still registered, this Aerostar had been withdrawn from use for at least six years at the date of this photo, and is parked in bushland near the taxiway, north west of the hangars.
On 10 February 2008, this aircraft was substantially damaged at Northam by another aircraft. During a touch and go, Cessna 172R Skyhawk VH-CFG became airborne while the flaps were retracting and the aircraft sank back to the runway when the flaps were fully retracted. The aircraft veered off the runway and struck a drum prior to colliding with parked Aerostar VH-TLL, damaging the nose section. VH-CFG was later repaired and is flying again.
Built in 1975, ex N90431.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-DGM Cessna 172F Skyhawk (MSN 17252026) owned by Paul Pedretti, at Northam Airport - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-DGM Cessna 172F Skyhawk (MSN 17252026) owned by Paul Pedretti, Bayswater, WA, at Northam Airport – Fri 3 January 2014.
Parked in grass near second row of hangars.
Built in 1964, ex (N8126U not taken up).
Photo © David Eyre
VH-DJK Cessna 177B Cardinal (MSN 17701980) owned by Rowland Green of Wannamal, WA at Northam Airport - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-DJK Cessna 177B Cardinal (MSN 17701980) owned by Rowland Green of Wannamal, WA at Northam Airport – Fri 3 January 2014.
Parked in grass near second row of hangars.
Built in 1973, ex N34754.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-DJK Cessna 177B Cardinal (MSN 17701980) owned by Rowland Green of Wannamal, WA at Northam Airport - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-DJK Cessna 177B Cardinal (MSN 17701980) owned by Rowland Green of Wannamal, WA at Northam Airport – Fri 3 January 2014.
Parked in grass near second row of hangars.
Built in 1973, ex N34754.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-DJK Cessna 177B Cardinal (MSN 17701980) owned by Rowland Green of Wannamal, WA at Northam Airport - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-DJK Cessna 177B Cardinal (MSN 17701980) owned by Rowland Green of Wannamal, WA at Northam Airport – Fri 3 January 2014.
Parked in grass near second row of hangars.
Built in 1973, ex N34754.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-CEU Piper PA-28-235 Cherokee 235 (MSN 28-10658) owned by Howard J Pietersie, Northam, WA at Northam Airport (YNTM) - Fri 3 January 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-CEU Piper PA-28-235 Cherokee 235 (MSN 28-10658) owned by Howard J Pietersie, Northam, WA at Northam Airport (YNTM) – Fri 3 January 2014.
Built in 1965, ex VH-CFU.
Photo © David Eyre
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014.
This firefighting helicopter can release up to 9,500 litres of water or fire retardant in a single drop, compared to 2,700 litres for the leased Bell 214B-1 helicopters of McDermott Aviation. It has visited WA before for the 2011/12 fire season, and was based at Jandakot. There were some issues with basing the helicopter at Jandakot, so it was initially proposed to base the S-64 at Stoneville in the hills east of Perth, before the airfield at Serpentine was selected. They stored their equipment in some shipping containers, but within a week of basing there, someone broke in. A lot of expensive firefighting and aircraft equipment was stolen and damaged. Two of the alleged thieves have since been arrested by Police.
N243AC was built in 1967 as a Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe (civil designation S-64A) for the US Army and allocated military serial 67-18420. It was delivered to the US Army in August 1967, serving with the following units:
273 Aviation Company; 273 Assault Support Helicopter Company “Superhooks”; 478 Heavy Helicopter Company “Hurricanes”; 62 Aviation Company; 85 Division Training; NASA, Langley Field (loaned in 1973); 478 Aviation Company (Heavy Helicopter); Pennsylvania National Guard. Stored at the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Centre (AMARC), at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona until 8 April 1994 it was sold to Lenair Corp, and registered N22696 on 27 June 1994. On 23 January 1997, it was re-registered as N544CH to Columbia Helicopters International. On 2 December 2002 it was sold to Erickson Air-Crane Inc. and reregistered as N243AC on 10 January 2003. It was converted to an S-64E in October 2010.
Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014.
This firefighting helicopter can release up to 9,500 litres of water or fire retardant in a single drop, compared to 2,700 litres for the leased Bell 214B-1 helicopters of McDermott Aviation. It has visited WA before for the 2011/12 fire season, and was based at Jandakot. There were some issues with basing the helicopter at Jandakot, so it was initially proposed to base the S-64 at Stoneville in the hills east of Perth, before the airfield at Serpentine was selected. They stored their equipment in some shipping containers, but within a week of basing there, someone broke in. A lot of expensive firefighting and aircraft equipment was stolen and damaged. Two of the alleged thieves have since been arrested by Police.
N243AC was built in 1967 as a Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe (civil designation S-64A) for the US Army and allocated military serial 67-18420. It was delivered to the US Army in August 1967, serving with the following units:
273 Aviation Company; 273 Assault Support Helicopter Company “Superhooks”; 478 Heavy Helicopter Company “Hurricanes”; 62 Aviation Company; 85 Division Training; NASA, Langley Field (loaned in 1973); 478 Aviation Company (Heavy Helicopter); Pennsylvania National Guard. Stored at the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Centre (AMARC), at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona until 8 April 1994 it was sold to Lenair Corp, and registered N22696 on 27 June 1994. On 23 January 1997, it was re-registered as N544CH to Columbia Helicopters International. On 2 December 2002 it was sold to Erickson Air-Crane Inc. and reregistered as N243AC on 10 January 2003. It was converted to an S-64E in October 2010.
Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014.
This firefighting helicopter can release up to 9,500 litres of water or fire retardant in a single drop, compared to 2,700 litres for the leased Bell 214B-1 helicopters of McDermott Aviation. It has visited WA before for the 2011/12 fire season, and was based at Jandakot. There were some issues with basing the helicopter at Jandakot, so it was initially proposed to base the S-64 at Stoneville in the hills east of Perth, before the airfield at Serpentine was selected. They stored their equipment in some shipping containers, but within a week of basing there, someone broke in. A lot of expensive firefighting and aircraft equipment was stolen and damaged. Two of the alleged thieves have since been arrested by Police.
N243AC was built in 1967 as a Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe (civil designation S-64A) for the US Army and allocated military serial 67-18420. It was delivered to the US Army in August 1967, serving with the following units:
273 Aviation Company; 273 Assault Support Helicopter Company “Superhooks”; 478 Heavy Helicopter Company “Hurricanes”; 62 Aviation Company; 85 Division Training; NASA, Langley Field (loaned in 1973); 478 Aviation Company (Heavy Helicopter); Pennsylvania National Guard. Stored at the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Centre (AMARC), at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona until 8 April 1994 it was sold to Lenair Corp, and registered N22696 on 27 June 1994. On 23 January 1997, it was re-registered as N544CH to Columbia Helicopters International. On 2 December 2002 it was sold to Erickson Air-Crane Inc. and reregistered as N243AC on 10 January 2003. It was converted to an S-64E in October 2010.
Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014.
This firefighting helicopter can release up to 9,500 litres of water or fire retardant in a single drop, compared to 2,700 litres for the leased Bell 214B-1 helicopters of McDermott Aviation. It has visited WA before for the 2011/12 fire season, and was based at Jandakot. There were some issues with basing the helicopter at Jandakot, so it was initially proposed to base the S-64 at Stoneville in the hills east of Perth, before the airfield at Serpentine was selected. They stored their equipment in some shipping containers, but within a week of basing there, someone broke in. A lot of expensive firefighting and aircraft equipment was stolen and damaged. Two of the alleged thieves have since been arrested by Police.
N243AC was built in 1967 as a Sikorsky CH-

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Seen here arriving from Shenzen (China) at 19:03. It departed to Adelaide on 31 January and Sydney on 3 February, reportedly connected with Chinese New Year celebrations.
Built in 2012, ex F-WWNC, ex N159FJ.
Photo © Wilson

54A Tarhe (civil designation S-64A) for the US Army and allocated military serial 67-18420. It was delivered to the US Army in August 1967, serving with the following units:
273 Aviation Company; 273 Assault Support Helicopter Company “Superhooks”; 478 Heavy Helicopter Company “Hurricanes”; 62 Aviation Company; 85 Division Training; NASA, Langley Field (loaned in 1973); 478 Aviation Company (Heavy Helicopter); Pennsylvania National Guard. Stored at the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Centre (AMARC), at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona until 8 April 1994 it was sold to Lenair Corp, and registered N22696 on 27 June 1994. On 23 January 1997, it was re-registered as N544CH to Columbia Helicopters International. On 2 December 2002 it was sold to Erickson Air-Crane Inc. and reregistered as N243AC on 10 January 2003. It was converted to an S-64E in October 2010.
Photo © Matt Hayes (taken with permission of aircrew)[/caption]

 

N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014.
This firefighting helicopter can release up to 9,500 litres of water or fire retardant in a single drop, compared to 2,700 litres for the leased Bell 214B-1 helicopters of McDermott Aviation. It has visited WA before for the 2011/12 fire season, and was based at Jandakot. There were some issues with basing the helicopter at Jandakot, so it was initially proposed to base the S-64 at Stoneville in the hills east of Perth, before the airfield at Serpentine was selected. They stored their equipment in some shipping containers, but within a week of basing there, someone broke in. A lot of expensive firefighting and aircraft equipment was stolen and damaged. Two of the alleged thieves have since been arrested by Police.
N243AC was built in 1967 as a Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe (civil designation S-64A) for the US Army and allocated military serial 67-18420. It was delivered to the US Army in August 1967, serving with the following units:
273 Aviation Company; 273 Assault Support Helicopter Company “Superhooks”; 478 Heavy Helicopter Company “Hurricanes”; 62 Aviation Company; 85 Division Training; NASA, Langley Field (loaned in 1973); 478 Aviation Company (Heavy Helicopter); Pennsylvania National Guard. Stored at the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Centre (AMARC), at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona until 8 April 1994 it was sold to Lenair Corp, and registered N22696 on 27 June 1994. On 23 January 1997, it was re-registered as N544CH to Columbia Helicopters International. On 2 December 2002 it was sold to Erickson Air-Crane Inc. and reregistered as N243AC on 10 January 2003. It was converted to an S-64E in October 2010.
Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014.
This firefighting helicopter can release up to 9,500 litres of water or fire retardant in a single drop, compared to 2,700 litres for the leased Bell 214B-1 helicopters of McDermott Aviation. It has visited WA before for the 2011/12 fire season, and was based at Jandakot. There were some issues with basing the helicopter at Jandakot, so it was initially proposed to base the S-64 at Stoneville in the hills east of Perth, before the airfield at Serpentine was selected. They stored their equipment in some shipping containers, but within a week of basing there, someone broke in. A lot of expensive firefighting and aircraft equipment was stolen and damaged. Two of the alleged thieves have since been arrested by Police.
N243AC was built in 1967 as a Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe (civil designation S-64A) for the US Army and allocated military serial 67-18420. It was delivered to the US Army in August 1967, serving with the following units:
273 Aviation Company; 273 Assault Support Helicopter Company “Superhooks”; 478 Heavy Helicopter Company “Hurricanes”; 62 Aviation Company; 85 Division Training; NASA, Langley Field (loaned in 1973); 478 Aviation Company (Heavy Helicopter); Pennsylvania National Guard. Stored at the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Centre (AMARC), at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona until 8 April 1994 it was sold to Lenair Corp, and registered N22696 on 27 June 1994. On 23 January 1997, it was re-registered as N544CH to Columbia Helicopters International. On 2 December 2002 it was sold to Erickson Air-Crane Inc. and reregistered as N243AC on 10 January 2003. It was converted to an S-64E in October 2010.
Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014.
This firefighting helicopter can release up to 9,500 litres of water or fire retardant in a single drop, compared to 2,700 litres for the leased Bell 214B-1 helicopters of McDermott Aviation. It has visited WA before for the 2011/12 fire season, and was based at Jandakot. There were some issues with basing the helicopter at Jandakot, so it was initially proposed to base the S-64 at Stoneville in the hills east of Perth, before the airfield at Serpentine was selected. They stored their equipment in some shipping containers, but within a week of basing there, someone broke in. A lot of expensive firefighting and aircraft equipment was stolen and damaged. Two of the alleged thieves have since been arrested by Police.
N243AC was built in 1967 as a Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe (civil designation S-64A) for the US Army and allocated military serial 67-18420. It was delivered to the US Army in August 1967, serving with the following units:
273 Aviation Company; 273 Assault Support Helicopter Company “Superhooks”; 478 Heavy Helicopter Company “Hurricanes”; 62 Aviation Company; 85 Division Training; NASA, Langley Field (loaned in 1973); 478 Aviation Company (Heavy Helicopter); Pennsylvania National Guard. Stored at the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Centre (AMARC), at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona until 8 April 1994 it was sold to Lenair Corp, and registered N22696 on 27 June 1994. On 23 January 1997, it was re-registered as N544CH to Columbia Helicopters International. On 2 December 2002 it was sold to Erickson Air-Crane Inc. and reregistered as N243AC on 10 January 2003. It was converted to an S-64E in October 2010.
Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014.
This firefighting helicopter can release up to 9,500 litres of water or fire retardant in a single drop, compared to 2,700 litres for the leased Bell 214B-1 helicopters of McDermott Aviation. It has visited WA before for the 2011/12 fire season, and was based at Jandakot. There were some issues with basing the helicopter at Jandakot, so it was initially proposed to base the S-64 at Stoneville in the hills east of Perth, before the airfield at Serpentine was selected. They stored their equipment in some shipping containers, but within a week of basing there, someone broke in. A lot of expensive firefighting and aircraft equipment was stolen and damaged. Two of the alleged thieves have since been arrested by Police.
N243AC was built in 1967 as a Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe (civil designation S-64A) for the US Army and allocated military serial 67-18420. It was delivered to the US Army in August 1967, serving with the following units:
273 Aviation Company; 273 Assault Support Helicopter Company “Superhooks”; 478 Heavy Helicopter Company “Hurricanes”; 62 Aviation Company; 85 Division Training; NASA, Langley Field (loaned in 1973); 478 Aviation Company (Heavy Helicopter); Pennsylvania National Guard. Stored at the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Centre (AMARC), at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona until 8 April 1994 it was sold to Lenair Corp, and registered N22696 on 27 June 1994. On 23 January 1997, it was re-registered as N544CH to Columbia Helicopters International. On 2 December 2002 it was sold to Erickson Air-Crane Inc. and reregistered as N243AC on 10 January 2003. It was converted to an S-64E in October 2010.
Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014.
This firefighting helicopter can release up to 9,500 litres of water or fire retardant in a single drop, compared to 2,700 litres for the leased Bell 214B-1 helicopters of McDermott Aviation. It has visited WA before for the 2011/12 fire season, and was based at Jandakot. There were some issues with basing the helicopter at Jandakot, so it was initially proposed to base the S-64 at Stoneville in the hills east of Perth, before the airfield at Serpentine was selected. They stored their equipment in some shipping containers, but within a week of basing there, someone broke in. A lot of expensive firefighting and aircraft equipment was stolen and damaged. Two of the alleged thieves have since been arrested by Police.
N243AC was built in 1967 as a Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe (civil designation S-64A) for the US Army and allocated military serial 67-18420. It was delivered to the US Army in August 1967, serving with the following units:
273 Aviation Company; 273 Assault Support Helicopter Company “Superhooks”; 478 Heavy Helicopter Company “Hurricanes”; 62 Aviation Company; 85 Division Training; NASA, Langley Field (loaned in 1973); 478 Aviation Company (Heavy Helicopter); Pennsylvania National Guard. Stored at the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Centre (AMARC), at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona until 8 April 1994 it was sold to Lenair Corp, and registered N22696 on 27 June 1994. On 23 January 1997, it was re-registered as N544CH to Columbia Helicopters International. On 2 December 2002 it was sold to Erickson Air-Crane Inc. and reregistered as N243AC on 10 January 2003. It was converted to an S-64E in October 2010.
Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
N243AC / HELITAC741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64022), named “Marty”, owned by Erickson Air-Crane, on contract to DFES (Department of Fire & Emergency Services) at Serpentine Airfield (YSEN) – Thu 2 January 2014.
This firefighting helicopter can release up to 9,500 litres of water or fire retardant in a single drop, compared to 2,700 litres for the leased Bell 214B-1 helicopters of McDermott Aviation. It has visited WA before for the 2011/12 fire season, and was based at Jandakot. There were some issues with basing the helicopter at Jandakot, so it was initially proposed to base the S-64 at Stoneville in the hills east of Perth, before the airfield at Serpentine was selected. They stored their equipment in some shipping containers, but within a week of basing there, someone broke in. A lot of expensive firefighting and aircraft equipment was stolen and damaged. Two of the alleged thieves have since been arrested by Police.
N243AC was built in 1967 as a Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe (civil designation S-64A) for the US Army and allocated military serial 67-18420. It was delivered to the US Army in August 1967, serving with the following units:
273 Aviation Company; 273 Assault Support Helicopter Company “Superhooks”; 478 Heavy Helicopter Company “Hurricanes”; 62 Aviation Company; 85 Division Training; NASA, Langley Field (loaned in 1973); 478 Aviation Company (Heavy Helicopter); Pennsylvania National Guard. Stored at the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Centre (AMARC), at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona until 8 April 1994 it was sold to Lenair Corp, and registered N22696 on 27 June 1994. On 23 January 1997, it was re-registered as N544CH to Columbia Helicopters International. On 2 December 2002 it was sold to Erickson Air-Crane Inc. and reregistered as N243AC on 10 January 2003. It was converted to an S-64E in October 2010.
Photo © Matt Hayes
VH-FOI (left) AgustaWestland A119 Koala (MSN 14523, ex N823VG, ZK-ITR, ZK-ITP) and VH-ELR (right) Eurocopter AS350BA Squirrel Soloy Super D1 (MSN 2151, ex JA9790) of Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc, at Fremantle Heliport (YFTL) – Wed 1 January 2014.
VH-FOI (left) AgustaWestland A119 Koala (MSN 14523, ex N823VG, ZK-ITR, ZK-ITP) and VH-ELR (right) Eurocopter AS350BA Squirrel Soloy Super D1 (MSN 2151, ex JA9790) of Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc, at Fremantle Heliport (YFTL) – Wed 1 January 2014.
VH-ELR:
This 1988-build Squirrel was converted by Soloy to replace the original French-built Turbomeca Arriel turboshaft engine with a US-built Textron Lycoming LTS-101-600-A3A turboshaft.
This is used as the South-West Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter, callsign ‘LIFESAVER 9’ and it is based seasonally at Busselton, to respond to emergency incidents across the South-West region. It performs coastal patrols between Bunbury and Augusta seven days a week patrols during the summer season, from 23 November 2013 to 3 February 2014. The highly-trained crew look for vessels and people in distress, incidents on beaches, rip currents and marine life, including sharks. It can conduct rescues and provide support to other emergency services such as the WA Police.
The service is funded by the State Government of Western Australia and Westpac, who have been supporters of Surf Life Saving for 40 years.
VH-FOI:
This is used as the Perth Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter, callsign ‘LIFESAVER 8’ and it is based at Fremantle Heliport.
Perth Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter was launched in December 2008 funded by the State Government of Western Australia and Westpac, who have been supporters of Surf Life Saving for 40 years. It responds to emergency incidents across the greater metropolitan area and performs coastal patrols of the Perth metropolitan area between Yanchep and Mandurah, including Rottnest Island.
Operated on behalf of Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc by AVWest. It was named “John Roberts AO” at a ceremony at Fremantle Heliport on 21 December 2011 attended by WA Premier Colin Barnett and millionaire Tim Roberts, Principal of AVWest. The A119 was named after Tim Roberts’ late father, John Roberts. John Roberts founded the major construction company Multiplex, and was a strong supporter of Surf Life Saving, and was a patron for the North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club. The Roberts family continues to support Surf Life Saving by supporting the operation of this helicopter.
Both helicopters carry a crew consisting of a Pilot; Air Crew Officer; and a Rescue Crew Officer. Communications equipment includes a mobile phone, Air-band radios, Marine VHF radio, WA Police radio. Each can be fitted with a rescue winch with cable length of 50 metres, capable of lifting 205 kg.
Photo © Matt Hayes
VH-ELR Eurocopter AS350BA Squirrel Soloy Super D1 (MSN 2151, ex JA9790) of Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc, (leased from Surf Life Saving Queensland Inc), at Fremantle Heliport (YFTL) – Wed 1 January 2014.
VH-ELR Eurocopter AS350BA Squirrel Soloy Super D1 (MSN 2151, ex JA9790) of Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc, (leased from Surf Life Saving Queensland Inc), at Fremantle Heliport (YFTL) – Wed 1 January 2014.
This 1988-build Squirrel was converted by Soloy to replace the original French-built Turbomeca Arriel turboshaft engine with a US-built Textron Lycoming LTS-101-600-A3A turboshaft.
This is used as the South-West Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter, callsign ‘LIFESAVER 9’ and it is based seasonally at Busselton, to respond to emergency incidents across the South-West region. It performs coastal patrols between Bunbury and Augusta seven days a week patrols during the summer season, from 23 November 2013 to 3 February 2014. The highly-trained crew look for vessels and people in distress, incidents on beaches, rip currents and marine life, including sharks. It can conduct rescues and provide support to other emergency services such as the WA Police.
It carries a crew consisting of a Pilot; Air Crew Officer; and a Rescue Crew Officer. Communications equipment includes a mobile phone, Air-band radios, Marine VHF radio, WA Police radio. It can be fitted with a rescue winch with cable length of 50 metres, capable of lifting 205 kg.
The service is funded by the State Government of Western Australia and Westpac, who have been supporters of Surf Life Saving for 40 years.
Photo © Matt Hayes
VH-ELR Eurocopter AS350BA Squirrel Soloy Super D1 (MSN 2151, ex JA9790) of Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc, (leased from Surf Life Saving Queensland Inc), at Fremantle Heliport (YFTL) – Wed 1 January 2014.
VH-ELR Eurocopter AS350BA Squirrel Soloy Super D1 (MSN 2151, ex JA9790) of Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc, (leased from Surf Life Saving Queensland Inc), at Fremantle Heliport (YFTL) – Wed 1 January 2014.
This 1988-build Squirrel was converted by Soloy to replace the original French-built Turbomeca Arriel turboshaft engine with a US-built Textron Lycoming LTS-101-600-A3A turboshaft.
This is used as the South-West Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter, callsign ‘LIFESAVER 9’ and it is based seasonally at Busselton, to respond to emergency incidents across the South-West region. It performs coastal patrols between Bunbury and Augusta seven days a week patrols during the summer season, from 23 November 2013 to 3 February 2014. The highly-trained crew look for vessels and people in distress, incidents on beaches, rip currents and marine life, including sharks. It can conduct rescues and provide support to other emergency services such as the WA Police.
It carries a crew consisting of a Pilot; Air Crew Officer; and a Rescue Crew Officer. Communications equipment includes a mobile phone, Air-band radios, Marine VHF radio, WA Police radio. It can be fitted with a rescue winch with cable length of 50 metres, capable of lifting 205 kg.
The service is funded by the State Government of Western Australia and Westpac, who have been supporters of Surf Life Saving for 40 years.
Photo © Matt Hayes
VH-ELR Eurocopter AS350BA Squirrel Soloy Super D1 (MSN 2151, ex JA9790) of Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc, (leased from Surf Life Saving Queensland Inc), at Fremantle Heliport (YFTL) – Wed 1 January 2014.
VH-ELR Eurocopter AS350BA Squirrel Soloy Super D1 (MSN 2151, ex JA9790) of Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc, (leased from Surf Life Saving Queensland Inc), at Fremantle Heliport (YFTL) – Wed 1 January 2014.
This 1988-build Squirrel was converted by Soloy to replace the original French-built Turbomeca Arriel turboshaft engine with a US-built Textron Lycoming LTS-101-600-A3A turboshaft.
This is used as the South-West Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter, callsign ‘LIFESAVER 9’ and it is based seasonally at Busselton, to respond to emergency incidents across the South-West region. It performs coastal patrols between Bunbury and Augusta seven days a week patrols during the summer season, from 23 November 2013 to 3 February 2014. The highly-trained crew look for vessels and people in distress, incidents on beaches, rip currents and marine life, including sharks. It can conduct rescues and provide support to other emergency services such as the WA Police.
It carries a crew consisting of a Pilot; Air Crew Officer; and a Rescue Crew Officer. Communications equipment includes a mobile phone, Air-band radios, Marine VHF radio, WA Police radio. It can be fitted with a rescue winch with cable length of 50 metres, capable of lifting 205 kg.
The service is funded by the State Government of Western Australia and Westpac, who have been supporters of Surf Life Saving for 40 years.
Photo © Matt Hayes
VH-FOI AgustaWestland A119 Koala (cn 14523, ex N823VG, ZK-ITR, ZK-ITP) of Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc, at Fremantle Heliport (YFTL) – Wed 1 January 2014.
VH-FOI AgustaWestland A119 Koala (cn 14523, ex N823VG, ZK-ITR, ZK-ITP) of Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc, at Fremantle Heliport (YFTL) – Wed 1 January 2014.
This is used as the Perth Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter, callsign ‘LIFESAVER 8’ and it is based at Fremantle Heliport.
Perth Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter was launched in December 2008 funded by the State Government of Western Australia and Westpac, who have been supporters of Surf Life Saving for 40 years. It responds to emergency incidents across the greater metropolitan area and performs coastal patrols of the Perth metropolitan area between Yanchep and Mandurah, including Rottnest Island.
Operated on behalf of Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc by AVWest. It was named “John Roberts AO” at a ceremony at Fremantle Heliport on 21 December 2011 attended by WA Premier Colin Barnett and millionaire Tim Roberts, Principal of AVWest. The A119 was named after Tim Roberts’ late father, John Roberts. John Roberts founded the major construction company Multiplex, and was a strong supporter of Surf Life Saving, and was a patron for the North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club. The Roberts family continues to support Surf Life Saving by supporting the operation of this helicopter.
It carries a crew consisting of a Pilot; Air Crew Officer; and a Rescue Crew Officer. Communications equipment includes a mobile phone, Air-band radios, Marine VHF radio, WA Police radio. Each can be fitted with a rescue winch with cable length of 50 metres, capable of lifting 205 kg.
Photo © Matt Hayes

 

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