June 2012

AIRCRAFT PHOTOS – June 2012

Sat 30 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

ZK-TLD Boeing 737-3B7(SF) (cn 23706/1499) of Toll Priority (Airwork New Zealand)

Landing on runway 03 at 16:20, using callsign “Toll Freight 15” from the Cocos Islands, which are located far off the northwest coast of Western Australia.

This aircraft was originally configured as a passenger aircraft, and was originally delivered to US Air as N389AU on 1 February 1998. It was later reregistered on 11 November 1998 as N520AU.

After conversion to freighter configuration, it was delivered to Toll Priority on 30 November 2007.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

9V-SYK Boeing 777-312 (cn 33375/505) of Singapore Airlines

Taxying out to take off from runway 03 as flight SQ226 to Singapore at 16:16.

Singapore Airlines has started using Boeing 777-300s on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoon SQ223/SQ226 services.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-ZPO Embraer 190AR_ERJ 190-100IGW (cn 19000321) of Virgin Australia, still in Virgin Blue colours, named “Portia Macquarie”

Landing on runway 03 as flight DJ719 from Adelaide at 15:53.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-XFC Airbus A330-243 (cn 1293) of Virgin Australia, named “Mooloolabah Beach”

Arriving on runway 03 as flight DJ559 from Sydney at 15:45.

Photos © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

9M-MTE Airbus A330-323X (cn 1243) of Malaysia Airlines

Landing on runway 03 at Perth Airport as flight MH125 from Kuala Lumpur at 15:33.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VYJ Boeing 737-838 (cn 34182/1842) of Qantas, named “Cann River”

Landing on runway 03 at 15:31 as flight QF913 from Karratha.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: OVER JANDAKOT AIRPORT

F-OLRA Boeing 777-29M LR (cn 40955/952) of Air Austral, named “Marcel Goulette”.

Flight UU952, which flies from Noumea (New Caledonia) to Sydney to Reunion Island, is seen here on the Sydney to Reunion Island leg, flying at 33,975 feet at a speed of 434 kts, on a heading of 281 degrees, near Jandakot Airport.

This service is to cease from 16 August 2012.

Photos © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-YRB WACO Aircraft YMF-F5C (cn F5C105) owned by Archibald Dudgeon.

Built in 2005, ex N105KS.

This aircraft was only recently registered in Australia, on 1 May 2012.

The WACO YMF is a modified version of the 1930s vintage WACO YMF, built to meet current FAA standards.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

N1222G Columbia Aircraft LC42-550FG Columbia 350SL (cn 42554) owned by Aircraft Guaranty Corp Trustee, Onalaska, Texas, USA, but operated by Fabian Lim of Singapore.

This aircraft was one of a few taking part in a “Downunder Fly Tour” organised by Wings Over Asia. It is seen here departing to Ayers Rock.

N1222G flew a slightly different route and schedule, part of which was:

  • 26 June: Lombok to Broome
  • 27 June: Broome to Shark Bay
  • 28 June: Shark Bay to Jandakot
  • 30 June: Jandakot to Ayers Rock
  • 1 July: Ayers Rock to Darwin
  • 2 July: Darwin to Bali

N1222G was built in 2006.

The Columbia 350 is a factory-produced derivative of the Lancair ES kitplane. The model number LC42-550FG stands for Lancair Certified, Model 42, Continental 550 engine, Fixed Gear.

These aircraft were assembled by Columbia Aircraft at Bend, Oregon, until the company was acquired by Cessna in 2007. The type is now produced as the Cessna 350 Corvalis.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-BOC Mooney M.20R Ovation (cn 29-0450) owned by Burlingame Nominees Pty Ltd

In the Royal Aero Club of WA hangar.

Built in 2006, ex N595MB

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-RWI DeHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 / Mk.22A
(cn C1/0164) of Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Inc

“80 years of R.A.C of W.A. 1929-2009”.

Built in 1950. Delivered to the Royal Air Force on 2.10.1950 as WB728.
Sold 22.6.1956(?) at No.9 Maintenance Unit, RAF Cosford.
Registered EI-AHP on 31.5.1956., sold in UK December 1956
Registered G-AOZU 21.2.1957 to Airways Aero Association Ltd, London, UK.
To Nigeria 14.11.1962 as 5N-AGP to Federal Government of Nigeria.
Registered G-AOZU on 2.5.1990 to Ronald H Cooper, Gamston Airport, Nottinghamshire, UK.
Registered 17.10.94 to Ronald H Cooper, Stow, Lincolnshire & Richard I Vaughan, Lower Broadheath, Worcester.
Uk registration cancelled 9.7.1997 as sold in Australia.

Registered 15.7.1997 as VH-RWI to Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Inc.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

C-GSGA Cessna 208B Grand Caravan (cn 208B1228, ex N1084N), owned by Sander Geophysics Limited (Canada)

This aircraft was flown from Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) to Cairns, Queensland on 1 November 2011. It later moved to Latrobe Valley, Victoria. It first arrived at Jandakot on 16 December 2011, and has been based in WA since then.

When it first arrived, the aircraft had a magnetometer “stinger” boom attached under the tail. These are used for geophysical surveys, detecting variations in the Earth’s magnetic field caused by mineral bodies. The magnetometer has since been removed, and is visible inside the rear of the cabin.

Photos © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-ULW Cessna 182T Skylane (cn 18282307) owned by Airflite Pty Ltd

Built in 2011, ex N9311L. Registered VH-ULW on 11 January 2012.

The Cessna 182T has the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit.

** AAWA wishes to thank Airflite Pty Ltd for allowing us to view the aircraft. **

External photo © David Eyre

Cockpit photo © Keith Anderson

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-OCM Cessna 162 Skycatcher (cn 16200148) of Airflite Pty Ltd

The Cessna 162 Skycatcher is assembled by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation in China, and shipped to the USA for final assembly

VH-OCM is new. It was built in China in late 2011, shipped to the USA for final assembly and registered as N6028R to Weaver Aero International Inc of Moundridge, Kansas, USA. On 17 November 2011, the US registration was cancelled as the aircraft was shipped to Australia.

It arrived at local Cessna sales agent Airflite Pty Ltd at Jandakot dismantled in a shipping container. It was registered VH-OCM on 17 January 2012, but there were some delays and it was only recently rolled out after reassembly.

** AAWA wishes to thank Airflite Pty Ltd for allowing us to view the aircraft. **

Photos 1 – 3 & 5 © David Eyre

Photo 4 © Keith Anderson

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-YZW Piper PA-44-180 Seminole (cn 4496170) owned by Airflite Pty Ltd, but operated by China Southern West Australian Flying College

Built in 2003. Ex N5323Y, N53487, G-CCDA, N492AF, G-CFSA, YR-BFL. Registered VH-YZW on 22 December 2011.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-BFW Grob G-115C2 (cn 82042/C2) of China Southern West Australian Flying College

All of these Grob G-115C2 aircraft are owned by China Southern West Australian Flying College Pty Ltd.

The company trains pilots for China Southern Airlines – China’s largest airline, taking recruits with no flying experience and training them to multi-engine instrument-rated jet First Officers.

The fleet includes Grob G115C2 and G115D single engine trainers, leased Piper PA-44-180 Seminoles, an Embraer 500 Phenom 100 jet and a pair of Cessna 550 Citation II jets.

The college also owns and operates the Merredin aerodrome, which it has upgraded.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-BFY Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub (cn 18-8109004) owned by Brian Collingridge / Air Ads

This aircraft is used for advertising banner towing, usually along the beaches of Perth and along the Swan River.

Built in 1981, ex N24410.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-HTS Robinson R-22 Beta II (cn 4208) of Heliwest (Helibits Pty Ltd)

Photos © Keith Anderson

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-CAR Cessna 172R Skyhawk (cn 17280131) of the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Inc.

Built in 1997, ex N9858F.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-RWY Cessna A152 Aerobat (cn A1520889) of the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Inc.

Built in 1979, ex (N4761A), N1959C.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-AFN Fletcher Fu-24-950 (cn 224, ex ZK-EGB) owned by Acraman Holdings Pty Ltd, Uralla, NSW

This aircraft is used for geophysical survey work and has been fitted with a tail-mounted magnetometer “stinger”.

Photos © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-MFN Victa Airtourer 100 (cn 58) owned by Michael Trezise-Conroy

The Airtourer was an Australian-designed aircraft developed by Dr Henry Millicer (chief aerodynamicist at Government Aircraft Factory).

Victa (an Australian company which produced lawnmowers) decided to put the type into production, and the prototype of the Airtourer first flew on 12 December 1961. The first production Airtourer 100 flew in June 1962.

VH-MFN was built in 1964.

Victa built 170 aircraft, but could not compete against cheap American aircraft (Cessnas and Pipers) which flooded the market, so Victa ceased production of the aircraft. The production rights were later sold in New Zealand.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-VLN Eagle 150B (cn 018) owned by Steven Vojkovic

Built in 1998, ex VH-RQI.

The Eagle 150B is a development of the Eagle X-TS and it was conceived by Western Australian inventors Neil Graham and his father Deryck Graham.

Graham Swannell and John Roncz were then engaged to design

The single-seat prototype Eagle X-P1 was a taildragger based on the Rutan Quickie and first flown in 1984.

The Eagle X-TS (Two Seat) had tricycle gear and first flew in 1988, and this was later produced and marketed as the Eagle 150.

Eagle Aircraft entered liquidation in 1989, and development slowed, so the aircraft was not certified until 1993.

Eagle Aircraft was bought by a Malaysian company and production was moved from Fremantle to Malaysia in 1999, and the type was produced by Composites Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM).

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-KMB Whitney DW-200 Boomerang (cn B0003) of Minovation Pty Ltd

Minovation was a launch customer for this Australian-designed trainer, which is based on the Piper Tomahawk.

The aircraft were produced by Dean Wilson Aviation at Kingaroy Airport, Queensland, between 2007 and 2011, when the company was placed into receivership.

VH-KMB was the first Boomerang delivered.

The registration KMB stands for Karl and Min’s Boomerang – the owners of Minovation flying school.

Built in 2007 and registered VH-KMB on 18 December 2007.
Delivered 2 January 2008.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-FAS / A17-37 De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth (cn DHA34) of the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia Inc.

Built in 1942, ex A17-37,VH-RJA.

This aircraft was rebuilt after ditching into the Swan River in November 1995.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-REJ Cessna 177RG Cardinal (cn 177RG1125) of Air Australia International

Taking off from runway 06L.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-ZTT Grob G-115C2 (cn 82064/C2) of China Southern West Australian Flying College

China Southern West Australian Flying College Pty Ltd was established in 1993.

The company trains pilots for China Southern Airlines – China’s largest airline, taking recruits with no flying experience and training them to multi-engine instrument-rated jet First Officers.

The fleet includes Grob G115C2 and G115D single engine trainers, leased Piper PA-44-180 Seminoles, an Embraer 500 Phenom 100 jet and a pair of Cessna 550 Citation II jets.

The college also owns and operates the Merredin aerodrome, which it has upgraded.

Photos © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-BJS Cessna 150G (cn 15065195) owned by Kathleen Cole / Jandakot Flight Centre

Taking off from runway 06L.

Ex N3895J, VH-RXP.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-HUV Cessna 310Q (cn 310Q0726) owned by James Deale, of Busselton, WA.

It wears “Traveljoy Tours & Safaris” titles.

Built 1973, ex N4155.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-LOI Beech Baron 58 (cn TH-743) of Star Aviation Pty Ltd

Built 1976, ex N1824L

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-DUA / 608 Air Tractor AT-802 (cn 802-0366) owned by Dunn Aviation Pty Ltd, named “Magic”

Built in 2010, ex N8521E, EC-LHZ.

This aircraft is used for fire fighting, and has a hopper capacity of 3,150 litres.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

19-5097 Zenair CH-601 HDS Zodiac

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

HS-PTY SOCATA TB-21 Trinidad TC (cn 1473) of Kamthorn Aunhirunskul.

ex F-OHEB.

This Thailand-registered aircraft has been stored at Jandakot since at least 7 June 2003, awaiting sale, and its tyres are flat and the paint is starting to fade.

It was cancelled from the Thai register on 16 August 2006.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-IGX Cessna 152 (cn 15283287) of Air Australia International, named “Big Boy”.

Climbing after taking off from runway 06L.

Built in 1979, ex (N48217), N1843C. Registered VH-IGX on 25 September 1979.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

N42MY Grumman G-111 Albatross (cn G-464) owned by Mack McCormack (Bank of Utah as trustee)

This was the last Grumman Albatross built. A total of 418 Grumman Albatross aircraft were built between 1947 and 1961.

N42MY was built as a military Grumman UF-2 under the Military Aid Program (MAP), as the last of six ordered for the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF). For contractual purposes, it was allocated US Navy serial number 148329. It was delivered to the JMSDF on 5 May 1961, and allocated the JMSDF serial number 9056 – it also wore the US Navy serial 148329 on the rear fuselage. After 1962, it was re-designated as a Grumman HU-16D Albatross. See photo of the aircraft with the JMSDF in 1976: http://www.gonavy.jp/bbs1/img/2770.jpg

In the late 1970s/early 1980s, Grumman bought 57 ex-military Albatrosses for conversion to civil G-111 Albatross configuration, certified to conduct airline and charter operations. Around 1980, 9056/148329 was sold and registered N88999 – see 1980s photo: http://www.gonavy.jp/bbs1/img/2831.jpg .

In 1981, it was rebuilt by Grumman as a civilian G-111 Albatross, at a cost of US$1.2 million. Although Grumman thought that there was a market for 200 G-111s, only 13 were converted – 12 for Resorts International and one (this aircraft) for Conoco Oil/ Pelita Air Service. It can seat 23 but is certified to carry up to 28 people.

The aircraft was registered in Indonesia as PK-PAM with Pelita Air Service, flying on behalf of the Conoco oil company. It was based in Singapore, and used in support of offshore drilling in a 28-seat configuration.

On 6 March 1992, the aircraft was registered N26PR to Paragon Ranch, Broomfield, Colorado. By 1996, N26PR was owned by Mirabella Yachts Inc, Palm Beach, Florida – Sep 1996 photo: http://www.abpic.co.uk/photo/1064553/

On 8 December 1997, Mirabella Yachts reregistered the aircraft as N42MY. It was based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Florida and at Fort Pierce Airport, Florida. Here is a 2003 photo: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Grumman-G-111-Albatross/0457395/L/&sid=aac86aa3f09e8f84dbe6e378e17e8e90
On 21 January 2009, N42MY was registered to Sherman Aircraft Sales and advertised for sale – initially at $995,000, and later at US$795,000, based at West Palm Beach Airport, Florida, with a total of 4,433 flying hours.

In March 2012, N42MY was acquired by Australian businessman Mack McCormack, but registered to the Bank of Utah as trustee. It was flown to Salt Lake City, Utah, for inspections and repainting. It then flew to North County Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida and on 25 March 2012, it flew to the Port of Palm Beach at Lake Worth Inlet to be loaded onto the ship MV Suomigracht for transport to Australia. Photos of N42MY being loaded aboard: http://www.superyacht-australia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Sevenstar.png ).

It was shipped to Newcastle, NSW, arriving on 20 April 2012, and was flown to Newcastle Airport. On 23 April 2012, the aircraft flew from Bankstown to Sydney Harbour, where it landed and water-taxied past the Opera House to the former flying boat base at Rose Bay, before taking off again and returning to Bankstown.

On 25-26 April 2012, it flew across to Perth Airport. On 27 April 2012, N42MY took off from Perth Airport, flew along the Swan River, and ten minutes later landed and took off in Matilda Bay. Matilda Bay was once the base for US Navy and RAAF Catalina flying boats during World War Two. N42MY then flew to Rottnest Island and landed in Thompson Bay, then took off and flew to RAAF Base Pearce.

Mr McCormack plans to base the Albatross in Broome and use the aircraft to fly tourist and charter flights in and around the Kimberley region of Western Australia, including the Horizontal Waterfalls, Montgomery Reef, Prince Region and off the coast at Rowley Shoals.

Photos and history © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-TQA Aero Commander 500U
(cn 1660-13) of Tex Onsite Pty Ltd, Lilydale, Victoria.

Ex (N6525V), N255Q, N41WW, N775CB, C-FCCB, N141WW, C-FWPR, J8-VBG, N432TA

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-EYG Beech 65-B80 Queen Air (cn LD-334) owned by SAATAS Pty Ltd, Parafield, South Australia

Built in 1967, ex N7834L.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-FWF Beech V35A Mk 2 Bonanza (cn D-8827) owned by Paul Yates.

Built in 1968, ex N2830B

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-FJI Fuji FA-200-180 Aero Subaru (cn FA-200-203) owned by Rolf Schatzmann / Rolf Air.

Built in 1972, ex D-EIDK. First registered in Australia on 7 November 2006.

The Fuji FA-200 Aero Subaru was designed by Fuji Heavy Industries in Japan. A total of 275 were built between March 1968 and 1986.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-BKH American Champion 8GCBC Scout (cn 483-2006) of the Department of Environment and Conservation

The Department of Environment and Conservation uses a fleet of American Champion 8GCBC Scout aircraft as fire spotter aircraft for forest patrols in the south-west of WA.

They are based at Bunbury, Dwellingup and Manjimup, and fly across areas set each day according to the forecast fire weather conditions.

The aircraft fly more hours during the hotter months (around 3,500 hours) due to the increased fire risk. They also supervise waterbombing operations in the south-west, relaying information to fire controllers regarding the fire’s behaviour to assist in firefighting and ensuring the safety of fire crews.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-IBY Cessna 210L Centurion (cn 21060696) owned by Ozshore Aviation

This aircraft is used for geophysical survey work and has been fitted with a tail-mounted magnetometer “stinger”.

Ex N1661X.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-AFO Aerospatiale AS350B Squirrel (cn 1105) of Helicopter Resources

This helicopter is used in the Antarctic, and has a logo painted on the door saying
“AURORA FLIGHT ANTARCTIC CRUISE 2011-2012”

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-LLX Cirrus SR20 (cn 1389) owned by Bazdale Investments Pty Ltd

Built in 2004, ex N81246, VH-MMG

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-CJK Cirrus SR22 G3 GTS Turbo (cn 2642) owned by Glenbreck Pty Ltd

Built 2007, ex N118GT.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-EPO Beech G58 Baron (cn TH-2335) of Singapore Flying College

This aircraft is new – it was built in 2012 and registered on 18 June 2012. Ex N8085U.

The G58 Baron is equipped with a Garmin glass cockpit.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-EPV Beech G58 Baron (cn TH-2333) of Singapore Flying College

This aircraft is new – it was built in 2012 and registered on 23 April 2012. Ex N8103U.

The G58 Baron is equipped with a Garmin glass cockpit.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-SXR Cirrus SR22 (cn 408) owned by Hui Tan

Built 2002, ex N805C.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-MGS Beech Bonanza G36 (cn E-3796) owned by Graham Shields / Lingray Nominees Pty Ltd

This aircraft is fitted with wingtip fuel tanks.

Built in 2007, ex N796SA.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-MQS Beech Bonanza A36 (cn E-666) owned by Graham Shields

Graham has now acquired a new Bonanza G36 (VH-MGS) with Garmin glass cockpit – see above photo.

Built in 1975, ex N9716S, VH-MGS.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-NZO Robinson R22 Beta II (cn 4362) of Heliwest (Helibits Pty Ltd)

Ex N41777.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-OZO Cessna 404 Titan (cn 404-0653) of Ozshore Aviation (leased from Stamford Park Investments Pty Ltd)

Built in 1980, ex N5317J, VH-SON, P2-ALG.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-WDE Beech Baron D55 (cn TE-728) of The Aeroplane Company

Built 1969, ex N8003R

The Aeroplane Company ceased operations on 22 December 2010, and this aircraft was withdrawn from use.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-PFD Piper PA-23-250 Aztec D (cn 27-4432)
of Jamieson A Santos, Tamworth, NSW.

** NOTE: This ordinary-looking aircraft has a very interesting past.**

Built in 1969 ex N13786, (VH-CUX). Registered on 5 August 1970 as VH-PFD.

On 5 Mar 2008, this aircraft was seized by Police as it had been used to smuggle drugs to Jandakot from New South Wales.

Police seized the largest ever haul of methylamphetamine in WA – 22 kg of methylamphetamine and 35,000 ecstasy tablets, worth $77 million.

The 37-year-old pilot from NSW and his 24-year-old passenger were charged with serious drug offences and bail was refused.

The news reports said police believed that the aircraft had visited WA about once a month for at least the previous six months.

It has been parked at Jandakot ever since.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-KGX Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II (cn TC-326) of Casair

This aircraft was built in December 1979, and registered N1007G.

On 30 May 1980, it was registered VH-KDQ to Kendell Airlines. It was sold to Jetcraft in 1995 and reregistered as VH-UUK on 18 October 1995. On 15 January 1997, it was reregistered VH-KGX to AJG Pty Ltd, was operated for a time by Fitzroy Aviation Queensland.

It was registered to Casair (Complete Aviation Services) on 14 August 2000.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-WGX Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II (cn TC-312) of Casair

This aircraft was built in September 1979, and registered N1015B. In October 1979, it was delivered to Stillwell Aviation in Australia.

On 20 March 1980, it was registered as VH-WGX, and over subsequent years, it served with Williams Airlines, Inter-City Airlines, Air Queensland, Bush Pilots Airways, Kendell Airlines, Robert Halpin, Avtex Air Services.

It was registered to Casair on 21 June 2006.

Casair conducts FIFO (Fly In Fly Out) operations for resources companies, freight and charter flights.

Scheduled FIFO flights include Fortnum Gold Mine (near Meekatharra) and Balfour Downs Mine (East Pilbara, between Newman and Woodie Woodie).

Photos © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-SCY Robinson R22 Beta II (cn 4458, ex VH-OBN) of Rotorvation Helicopter Services (Heysen Gums Pty Ltd)

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-FAY Cessna 208B Grand Caravan (cn 208B0884) of Fugro Airborne Surveys Pty Ltd

This aircraft is used for geophysical survey work and has been fitted with a tail-mounted magnetometer “stinger”.

Built in 2001. Ex N51984, N1291K, XA-…, N1171, C-GJQV.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-FKQ American Champion 8KCAB Decathlon
(cn 971-2004) of Advanced Cockpit Flight Training (ACFT),
(leased from Fighter Combat International Pty Ltd), operated for Edith Cowan University (ECU)
.

Built in 2004, ex N298PC.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-JLK Pilatus PC-12 (cn 126) of Acestar Holdings Pty Ltd

Built in 1995 and initially registered as HB-FQR on 20.11.1995, then to Zimbabwe as to Z-KEN on 20.2.1996, and VH-JLK 6.9.2002.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

SIAI-Marchetti S-211 aircraft which were formerly owned by the Republic of Singapore Air Force and based at RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth. Replaced by the Pilatus PC-21 turboprop trainer in 2008, the S-211s were trucked to Jandakot and offered for sale by IAP Group. Some have joined the Australian civil aircraft register and others have gone to Italy and the USA. Six have not yet been sold.
Left to right:

394 / VH-DQJ (cn 025/02-015)

389 (registered VH-BZX but not painted as such) (cn 013/02-010)

345 (registered VH-CJU but not painted as such) (cn 037/02-026)

398 (cn 029/02-019)

347 (cn 039/02-028)

392 (cn 023/02-013)

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

389 (registered VH-BZX but not painted as such)
SIAI-Marchetti S-211 (cn 013/02-010) owned by Royston Ferris, Mona Vale, NSW

Minus its nose cone.

Formerly owned by the Republic of Singapore Air Force and based at RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth. Replaced by the Pilatus PC-21 turboprop trainer in 2008, the S-211s were trucked to Jandakot and offered for sale by IAP Group.

Some have joined the Australian civil aircraft register and others have gone to Italy and the USA. Six have not yet been sold.

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-VRI Vulcanair P.68R (cn 430) operated by Michael Kirkley of Wynyard, Tasmania, but owned by R M Leopad Sdn Bhd of Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This is a retractable gear version of the Partenavia (later Vulcanair) P.68.

Built in 2009, ex I-PDVA, (N168VR).

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-KZO Robinson R22 Beta II (cn 4288) of Heliwest (Helibits Pty Ltd)

Photo © David Eyre

Sat 30 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-OOB Robinson R44 Raven I (cn 1816) of Heliwest (Helibits Pty Ltd)

Photo © David Eyre

Sun 24 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

3B-NBM Airbus A330-202 (cn 883) of Air Mauritius, named “Tronchetia”

Flight MK941 to Mauritius, lining up for takeoff from runway 03 at 13:21.

Air Mauritius currently operate twice per week between Mauritius and Perth, on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Photo © Ian Moy

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

A6-EGA Boeing 777-36N ER (cn 38984/861) of Emirates

Flight EK420 from Dubai on final approach to runway 21 at 17:20

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-XUB Embraer 120ER Brasilia (cn 120181) of Skippers Aviation

Flight JW1941 from Meekatharra on final approach to runway 21 at 17:09.

Photo © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-INT Cessna 550 Citation II (cn 550-0102) of Revesco Aviation

Arriving from Telfer, on final approach to runway 21 at 16:59.

Photo © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-EBM Airbus A330-202 (cn 1061) of Qantas, named “Tamar Valley”

Flight QF777 from Melbourne, on final approach to runway 21 at 16:55.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-LWY Cessna 441 Conquest (cn 441-0262) of Caper Pty Ltd

Arriving from Exmouth, on final approach to runway 21 at 16:46.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VYA Boeing 737-838 (cn 33762/1532) of Qantas, named “Narooma”

QF585 from Adelaide, on final approach to runway 21 at 16:39.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VGR Airbus A320-232 (cn 4257) of Jetstar

JQ968 from Melbourne, on final approach to runway 21 at 16:27.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-XFB Airbus A330-243 (cn 372) of Virgin Australia, named “Cable Beach”

Flight DJ559 from Sydney, on final approach to runway 21 at 16:23.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VXA Boeing 737-838 (cn 29551/1042) of Qantas, named “Broome”

QF1073 from Broome, on final approach to runway 21 at 15:43.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VXK Boeing 737-838 (cn 33481/1160) of Qantas, named “Katherine”.

QF913 from Karratha on final approach to runway 21 at 15:23.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VGH Airbus A320-232 (cn 4495) of Jetstar

Flight JQ109 from Denpasar (Bali) on final approach to runway 21 at 15:15.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

9M-MKJ Airbus A330-322 (cn 119) of Malaysia Airlines

Flight MH125 from Kuala Lumpur, on final approach to runway 21 at 15:12.

Instead of the new A330-323X aircraft in new colours normally used on the Kuala Lumpur – Perth route, today we had one of Malaysia Airlines’ older A330-322 aircraft in the old colours. This one is over 16 years old, having been delivered in December 1995.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-QPD Airbus A330-303 (cn 574) of Qantas, named “Port Macquarie”

QF577 from Sydney on final approach to runway 21 at 15:04

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-XFD Airbus A330-243 (cn 1306) of Virgin Australia, named “Bells Beach”

DJ685 from Melbourne on final approach to runway 21 at 15:01.

This aircraft is new, having been delivered on 26 April 2012 – the second of three brand new A330s to join their fleet in the last few months. It entered service on 14 May 2012.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-NXN Boeing 717-231 (cn 55095/5087) of QantasLink

QF1829 from Port Hedland, on final approach to runway 21 at 14:54.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-XFQ De Havilland Canada DHC-8-106 Dash 8 (cn 306) of Skippers Aviation

Arriving from Geraldton at 14:47, on final approach to runway 21.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-OGP Boeing 767-338ER (cn 28153/615) of Qantas, named “Forbes”

QF769 from Melbourne on final approach to runway 21 at 14:37.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-OGO Boeing 767-338ER (cn 25577/550) of Qantas, named “Unity”

QF651 from Brisbane on final approach to runway 21 at 14:30.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-EKG Beech 1900D (cn UE-135, ex ZS-SSY) of Shine Aviation

Arriving from Geraldton, on final approach to runway 21 at 14:05.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-NJI BAE Systems Avro 146-RJ100 (cn E3265) of Cobham Aviation

Arriving from Barrow Island, on final approach to runway 21at 13:51.

This aircraft was delivered to Perth on 4 June 2012 and performed its first service on 6 June 2012 from Perth to Coondewanna and return.

Since then it has operated exclusively on the Perth to Barrow Island run, taking FIFO (Fly In Fly Out) workers to Chevron’s Gorgon Liquified Natural Gas project, Australia’s largest resources project.

This aircraft is 16 years old, and served with Turkish Airlines and Riau Airlines (Indonesia). Ex G-6-265,
TC-THO, G-CDRK, PK-RAZ, VH-NBK.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-XFC Airbus A330-243 (cn 1293) of Virgin Australia, named “Mooloolabah Beach”

Arriving as flight DJ553 from Sydney at 11:49.

Due to close proximity of workers constructing new aircraft parking areas (see behind the aircraft), it had to shut down its engines and be towed into Bay 19A to offload its passengers.

The last two photos show the aircraft taking off runway 21 as flight DJ560 to Sydney at 13:18.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-EBN Airbus A330-202 (cn 1094) of Qantas, named “Clare Valley”

Seen at Bay 14 at 12:34, after arriving as flight QF485 from Melbourne.

The other two photos show the aircraft taking off from runway 21 as flight QF802 to Melbourne at 13:12.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-NXR Boeing 717-2BL (cn 55168/5118) of QantasLink

Seen taking off runway 21 to the Fortescue Metals Group iron ore mine at Cloudbreak at 13:08.

Photos 2 and 3 show the aircraft returning from Cloudbreak at 17:22, on final approach to runway 21.

ex N904ME Mexicana Click. Delivered to QantasLink on 2 Apr 2012 as N904ME in full QantasLink colours. Registered VH-NXR on 10 Apr 2012.

Note that like the other recently delivered 717 VH-NXJ, it does not have the “eyebrow” windows on the cockpit. This saves on weight and maintenance costs.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-OGM Boeing 767-338ER (cn 25575/451) of Qantas, named “Bundaberg”

QF598 to Brisbane, climbing from runway 21 at 13:05.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VYB Boeing 737-838 (cn 33763/1534) of Qantas, named “Cape Otway”

Flight QF1000 to Karratha climbing from runway 21 at 12:59.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 22 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-EBP Airbus A330-202 (cn 1174) of Qantas, named “Ningaloo Valley”

Flight QF580 to Sydney, seen during pushback and engine start at 12:31.

Photos © David Eyre

Sat 16 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

C-GSGA Cessna 208B Grand Caravan (cn 208B1228, ex N1084N), owned by Sander Geophysics Limited (Canada)

This aircraft was flown from Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) to Cairns, Queensland on 1 November 2011. It later moved to Latrobe Valley, Victoria. It first arrived at Jandakot on 16 December 2011, and has been based in WA since then.

When it first arrived, the aircraft had a magnetometer “stinger” boom attached under the tail. These are used for conducting geophysical surveys, detecting variations in the Earth’s magnetic field caused by mineral bodies. The magnetometer has since been removed.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Sat 16 June 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-FJP Embraer 500 Phenom 100 (cn 50000237,
ex PT-TDL) of China Southern West Australian Flying College Pty Ltd, based at Jandakot.

Taxying in at 14:01.

This Brazilian designed and built jet is used to train airline pilots for China Southern Airlines, and was delivered on 18 January 2012.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Fri 15 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

9M-MTF Airbus A330-323X (cn 1281) of Malaysia Airlines

On final approach to runway 21 at 15:10 as flight MH125 from Kuala Lumpur

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 15 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VQZ Airbus A320-232 (cn 2292) of Jetstar

On final approach to runway 21 at 15:46 as flight JQ109 from Denpasar (Bali).

Photo © David Eyre

Fri 15 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-MXD Cessna 560 Citation Encore + (cn 560-0807) of Maxem Aviation

On final approach to runway 21 at 15:39, arriving from Leonora.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 15 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-ZPC Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW)
(cn 19000170) of Virgin Australia, named “Jilla-blue”, still wearing the old Virgin Blue colours.

On final approach to runway 21 at 15:35 as flight DJ717 from Adelaide.

Photo © David Eyre

Fri 15 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-NXJ Boeing 717-2BL (cn 55166/5116) of QantasLink

On final approach to runway 21 at 15:22 as flight QF1825 from Newman.

This only recently joined the QantasLink fleet. It was previously N902ME with Mexicana Click, and was delivered on 8 May 2012 as N902ME in QantasLink colours. Registered 11 May 2012 as VH-NXJ.

Note that like the other recently delivered 717 VH-NXR, it does not have the “eyebrow” windows on the cockpit. This saves on weight and maintenance costs.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 15 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VXG Boeing 737-838 (cn 30901/1102) of Qantas, named “Port Douglas”

On final approach to runway 21 at 15:14 as flight QF1063 from Kalgoorlie.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 15 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-XFQ De Havilland Canada DHC-8-106 Dash 8 (cn 306) of Skippers Aviation

Taking off runway 21 at 14:50 on a flight to Denham.

Photo © David Eyre

Fri 15 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VYH Boeing 737-838 (cn 34180/1815) of Qantas, named “Queanbeyan”

Taking off runway 21 at 14:47 as flight QF916 to Karratha.

Photo © David Eyre

Fri 15 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-FND Fokker 50 (cn 20129) of Skywest, named “Shire of Shark Bay”

Taking off runway 21 at 14:34 as flight XR145 to Esperance.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 15 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

PK-GMF Boeing 737-8U3 (cn 30140/3129) of Garuda Indonesia, leased from DAE Capital

Taking off runway 21 at 14:28 as flight GA725 to Denpasar (Bali).

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 15 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VXC Boeing 737-838 (cn 30897/1049) of Qantas, named “Gippsland”

Taking off runway 21 at 14:19 as flight QF1114 to Port Hedland.

Photo © David Eyre

Fri 15 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VZZ Boeing 737-838 (cn 39445/4010) of Qantas (leased from CIT Aerospace), named “Walpole”

Taking off runway 21 at 14:09 as flight QF1088 to Newman.

This is Qantas’ newest 737, having made its first flight on 14 April 2012 and was delivered to Qantas on 25 April 2012.

Photos © David Eyre

Fri 15 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VZV Boeing 737-838 (cn 34189/3856) of Qantas, named “Palm Cove”

Taking off runway 21 at 14:07 as flight QF904 to Karratha.

Photos © David Eyre

Sun 3 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

PK-GMW Boeing 737-8U3 (cn 38069/4026) of Garuda Indonesia

** FIRST VISIT TO PERTH**

Garuda’s newest 737 – made its first flight on 23 April 2012, delivered to Garuda during 7-8 May 2012.

Landing on runway 03 at 13:15 as flight GA724 from Denpasar (Bali).

Photos © Michael Davis

Sat 2 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

ZK-TLE Boeing 737-3S1(SF) (cn 24834/1896) of Airwork, operated for Toll Priority

On final approach to runway 21 at 16:00 as flight TFR15 from the Cocos Islands.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Sat 2 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

9M-MTC Airbus A330-323X (cn 1229) of Malaysia Airlines

Photo 1: On final approach to runway 21 at 14:57 as flight MH125 from Kuala Lumpur.

Photo 2: Going around after a missed approach due to high tailwinds.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Sat 2 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

9V-SYF Boeing 777-312 (cn 30868/360) of Singapore Airlines

On finals to runway 21 at 14:33 as flight SQ223 from Singapore.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Sat 2 June 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

ZS-SNA Airbus A340-642 (cn 410) of South African Airways

On finals to runway 21 at 12:52 as flight SA280 from Johannesburg.

Photo © Keith Anderson

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