FOKKER F27.6108QC FRIENDSHIP VH-FNQ
MSN 10315

 

 

Ansett-ANA / Ansett
1966 - 1989
Straits Air Freight Express
1989 - 1990
Rex Aviation (NZ)
1990 - 1996
Independent Air Freighters
1996 - 2000
AirCruising Australia
2001 - 2001

 

What is the F27QC?

The Longest Serving Aircraft in Ansett Ownership?

 



QAM thanks Steve Ferris of International Air Parts for the donation of two Dart engines and propellers as well as numerous instruments and other components.



PH-FKK
   
19OCT65
  Ordered by ANSETT-ANA. (Source: 7)
13DEC66
  Registered PH-FKK. Constructed as a Mk. 400 Version 4108. (Source: 3)
    Installed Rolls Royce Dart 532-7 s/n 13319 (port) and s/n 13320 (starboard) with Dowty Rotol R193/4-30-4/50 propellers. (Source: 12)
13DEC66
  Departed Schiphol at 1525 on its first flight as PH-FKK and returned to Schiphol at 1640 (1 hr 15 min). Crew: Captain A.P. (Jas) Moll (Fokker), Co-pilot S.R. (Sjoerd) Wolters (Fokker) and Engineer C. (Cees) Dik (Fokker)
(Source: 10 & 11) View log book
14DEC66
  Departed Schiphol at 1120 on its second flight as PH-FKK and returned to Schiphol at 1225 (1 hr 5 min). Crew: Captain Petrus Maria Laurentius Brey (Fokker), Co-pilot Henry (?) and Engineer Lambertus Hokke (Fokker).
(Source: 10) View log book

The names in the log book are difficult to read but retired Fokker employee, Cees Mechielsen, has provided the correct names which have been retrospectively added above. The captain and engineer were Fokker employees but the co-pilot was probably an ANSETT-ANA employee. It was customary for the first test flight to be performed by a Fokker crew but it was not unusual to include crew from the customer on subsequent flights. P. Brey and L. Hokke died in the crash of Pelita Air Service F27 PK-PFB at Malaybalay, Philippines on 27APR67. (Source: 11)

UPDATE 08APR14:
Former Ansett pilot Don Johnston advises that the co-pilot on the second flight would have been Capt Hank Henry (Airlines of NSW) who commanded the delivery flight. Other crew on the delivery flight were Capt. Ian Brown and Capt. R. Baker (Airlines of NSW) and Navigator P. Smith (ANSETT-ANA, Brisbane).
16DEC66
  Netherlands Certificate of Airworthiness No. 1470 issued to PH-FKK (VH-FNQ). (Source: 15)
17DEC66
  Registration cancelled. (Source: 8) (Source 3 has it as 20JAN67)
     
VH-FNQ
 
ANSETT-ANA / ANSETT
16DEC66
  Registered VH-FNQ to Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty. Ltd. (Total 40 passengers. 10 windows each side).
16DEC66
  CofR No 4860. (Source: 4)
16DEC66
  Delivered ex factory to ANSETT-ANA as VH-FNQ. (Source: 3)
17DEC66
  Departed Schiphol on delivery via Rome, Athens, Beirut, Damascus, Bahrain, Karachi, Delhi, Calcutta, Bangkok, Singapore, Jakarta, Denpasar, Darwin and Alice Springs.
24DEC66
  Arrived at Essendon, Vic. Crew: Capt. C.C.Henry, Capt. Ian Brown, Capt. R. Baker and Navigator P. Smith.
24DEC66
  Ferry time from Amsterdam 47 hrs 49 mins. (TT: 50:29) (Source: 12)
28DEC66
  Pre-service inspections and modifications commenced at Ansett-ANA, Essendon.

Air Navigation Orders Certified and/or Incorporated:
Aeroplane exits - mod.
Alternate Static Systems - inspection.
Airspeed indicators and Altimiters - calibration.
Yellow line altimeter - Installation.
Safety bell attachment Inspection and Mod.
Seat & Occupant restraint strength standards.
Portable fire extinguishers - Installation.
Landing gear audible warning device - Installation.
Automatic pilot limitation placard - Installation.
Fuel system - requirements.
Fuel valve controls - Modification.
Waste water outlet - Modification.
Engine oil tanks - Modification.
Aircraft Break-in points requirements.
Flying controls system - Duplicate inspection.
Safety belt and harness installation - Inspection.
Fuel tank filler cap - retaining chain.
Circuit breakers - Inspection.
Cargo & Baggage compartment lighting - Inspection.
Safety Harness - Installation.
Cargo & equipment restraint stowage.
Electrical system.
Aircraft compasses - Calibration and compensation.
Flexible hoses and hose assemblies. Inspection & Test.
Aircraft compressed air cylinders - filling, overhaulling, handling.
Electrical cables - approved modifications.
Aircraft Instruments - Overhaul & calibration.
Provision and use of oxygen.
Carriage of radio apparatus.
Carriage of emergency equipment in aircraft.
Cockpit check systems.
Carriage of persons.
Aircraft equipment. Basic operational requirements.
Indestructable Nameplate. (ANR 22)

Modifications Incorporated:
Modified bolt for gearbox side mounts.
Rear compressor bearing scavenge filter - Installation of magnets.
Reduction gear scavenge filter.
Fuel trim lever.
Modified sealing of fuel flow transmitter.
Oil seal backup ring.
"Parker" F27 Pressure Refuelling Unit.
Introduction of refuelling restrictor.
Modified sealing of Pressure refuelling unit.
Pressure refuelling unit improved locking of caps.
Marking of panel containing magnetic fuel level indicator.
Graviner fire detector system, installation of bulkhead coupling.
Main landing gear upline identification.
Godfrey Cabin supercharger oil metering unit and bearing cover plate attach. Mod.
Adaptor - Cabin supercharger oil filter housing.
F27 pneumatic system modified charging connection.
Modified bolting of flanges of check valve.
MS type connectors for auto pilot.
Emergency bell installation.
P.A. Hi-Lo switch.
Cabin call buzzer installation.
Retaining clip - audio panel.
Voice recorder external bulk erase switch.
Control pedestal plug replacement.
Circuit breaker panel markings.
Inverter Bendix Type 1518 - Modification.
Alternator testing provisions.
Revised alternator cooling.
Modified external power connection.
Modified buffet power supply.
Replacement of firewire connector washers.
Connector installation in aileron trim actuator wire bundle.
Rheostat control for cockpit roof light.
Cockpit white instrument lighting.
Anti-collision light, wiring revision.
F27 Landing lights introduction of metal anti-glare strip.
Propeller controls colour coding of firewall connectors.
Cockpit warning light. Altered colours for propeller lights.
Propeller below low lock warning lights revised lamp holder.
Revision of engine synchroscope indicator.
Tachometer generator plug change.
Modification of tacho generators for interchangeability.
Modified cable connection to bus bars.
Improved guard for ignition switches.
De-modification of H.E. ignition unit.
Cockpit speaker wiring.
Audio switching unit - muting circuit revision.
Altered colour on V.O.R. indicator needle.
Metal refuelling placard.
L.E. De-icer boots. Introduction of protective coating.
Protective painting of wing & Spar in nacelle.
Indestructable nameplate.
Weight placard holder.
"No Admittance" placard for front compartment.
Break-in Points (Black Line)
Nose wheel steering switch placard.
Emergency exit placards.
Forward cargo compartment new loading information placards.
Removal of engine data placards.
Cockpit placards, Installation fuel flow and approach climb placards.
Rolls Royce Engine Data Plate & Holder installation.
Cockpit check list.
Installation of hand cuffs and baton.
Relocation of 1st Officer's microphone hook.
Cup holders in cockpit.
Fuel contents form holder.
Blind flying screen.
Third crew seat ashtray.
1st Officer note pad holder.
Rumbold F27 Pilot Seats.
Modification of armrests.
Installation of sun visors.
Installation of speed weight indicator.
Cockpit equipment, stowage for manuals.
Cockpit furnishings. Installation of coat hangers.
Installation second hostess seat.
Bassinet fittings and stowage.
Magazine stowage boxes.
Cabin curtain divider.
Stretcher access modification.
Buffet - palletised installation.
Carry on toilet bucket.
Freight compartment equipment. Installation of sick bag container.
Protective cover for alternator panels.
Shade for cargo compartment light.
Stowage compartment in pneumatic cupboard door.
Emergency procedure holders.
Emergency first aid kits.
Pneumatic compartment door. Incorporation of wing nut type dzus fasteners.
Portable fire extinguishers.
Modified gust lock handle track.
Covers for cargo compartment light.
New type anti collision light.
Installation of hand torches in cockpit.
Emergency lighting - hostess torch.
Compass correction card holder.
A.D.F. performance - improvement.
Passenger portable oxygen installation.
Improved stowage of pilot's oxygen bottle straps.
Rubber buffers for door tracks.
Replacement of toilet door lock mechanism.
Fuselage structure - drain holes Mod.
Gyro - Horizon, Ferranti I Installation.
Auto pilot, modifications and adjustment.
Auto pilot control lead disconnect plugs.
Sperry AL30J airspeed & altitude units.
Introduction of flexible hoses.
Modified vibration mounts for instrument panel.
Course indicator lights - repositioning.
Flexible hose connections for altimeters.
Safety wiring of compass slaving switch.
Standardise RMI pointer presentation.
Main L/G normal up and normal down lines - introduction of support clamp.

Note:
All items have been listed verbatim although ANO and Mod reference numbers have not been included. This list provides a useful insight into the amount of work required to prepare a new aeroplane for entry into service.
(Source: 12)
04JAN67
  Pre-service mods completed. (Source: 12)
14MAR67
  Total Time 468 hours. (Source: 4)
29AUG67
  Commencement of 1500 hourly inspection at Essendon. Time Since New: 1527 hours. Work included:
Manufacture and fitting of F27 tail support strut.
Provision for installation of a stretcher.
Additional tie-down rings in rear compartment.
Deletion of Morse code key.
(Source: 12)
01SEP67
  Completion of 1500 hourly inspection. (Source: 12)
08APR68
  Commencement of 3000 hourly inspection at Essendon. Time Since New: 3101 hours. Work included:
Brown Line Q.C. forward freight compartment lashing points installation.
Installation of life rafts.
(Source: 12)
10APR68
  Completion of 3000 hourly inspection. (Source: 12)
30SEP68
  Commencement of 4500 hourly inspection at Ansett-ANA, Essendon. Time Since New: 4501 hours. Work included:
Artificial Horizon - Experimental Dial Markings - Installation.
Cabin Class Divider - Introduction.
Check cockpit sliding windows for effective weather sealing by spraying with water. Renew sealing as required. (The sealing of cockpit windows also featured in preceding inspections).
(Source: 12)
04OCT68
  Completion of 4500 hourly inspection. (Source: 12)
01NOV68
  Change of ownership to Ansett Airlines of Australia. (Change of operating name)
69
  Fokker introduced the designation Mark 600 from c/n 10385 onwards to differentiate aircraft with a large cargo door but without the heavy duty metal floor. The Mark 400 and the Mark 600 were "identical in design and structure" except that the Mark 400 had a heavy duty all-metal floor whereas the Mark 600 had a lighter metal floor (the so-called Mallison floor). See Fokker statement. Accordingly, VH-FNQ was retrospectively redesignated as a Mark 600.6108 but the data plate was not changed until 27NOV90 (which see). (Source: 15)
29JAN69
  The pilot of VH-FNQ lodged an Air Safety Incident Report after Piper PA28-140 Cherokee VH-TPU from the Townsville Aero Club crossed the path of VH-FNQ after it was cleared to land at Townsville. The subsequent investigations determined that the incident was a result of inexperience on the part of the trainee pilot of VH-TPU and confusing instructions issued by Townsville Tower. (Source: 16)
09APR69
  Commencement of 6000 hourly inspection at Ansett Airlines of Australia, Essendon. Time Since New: 6028 hours, Landings: 6689. Work included:
Installation of lower anti collision light.
Artificial Horizon revised presentation.
All previously fitted A.B.S. plastic sheeting to be removed and treated with BERGER fire retardant paint before re-installation.
(Source: 12)
12APR69
  Completion of 6000 hourly inspection. (Source: 12)
20OCT69
  Commencement of 7500 hourly inspection at Essendon. Time Since New: 7553 hours, Landings: 8301. (Source: 12)
24OCT69
  Completion of 7500 hourly inspection. (Source: 12)
02MAR70
  Commencement of 9000 hourly inspection at Essendon. Time Since New: 8698 hours, Landings: 9481. (Source: 12)
15MAR70
  Completion of 9000 hourly inspection. (Source:12) This is the last inspection recorded in Log Book No. 1. (Source: 12)
18MAY72
  Noted at Adelaide still in ANSETT-ANA markings. VH-FNQ was the last F27 to carry ANSETT-ANA livery. (Source: 4)
JUL73
  Operated for Airlines of South Australia.
29OCT75
  Compass swing carried out. This is the final entry in Log Book No. 1. (Source: 12)
05APR77
  Certificate of Registration No. 4860 issued to VH-FNQ specifies the owner as Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty. Ltd. (Source: 15)
12APR77
  Ansett Airlines Engineering Release F2-11-20-3B calls for the installation of propeller safety markings. "The tips of the propeller blades are painted with contrasting colours and propeller danger markings are applied to the fuselage in the propeller plane."
07FEB78
  Arrived in Perth from Melbourne for a seven week lease to MMA. Operated on all MMA routes, but particularly Perth-Kalgoorlie and Perth-Geraldton. (Source: 4)
28MAR78
  Ferried Perth-Melbourne on completion of MMA lease. (Source: 4)
29MAR80
  Fuselage skin forward of forward cargo door damaged by tug. (Source:15)
27JUN80
  The aircraft experienced a bird strike on finals to Runway 26 at Wynyard, Tasmania resulting in minor damage to the starboard landing light. There was no flight disruption.
30MAR81
  Arrived Perth from Geraldton on an around-Australia charter. (Source: 4)
13APR81
  To Ansett. (Change of operating name)
29APR81
  Operated joint services with Airlines of Northern Australia.
04JAN82
  Leased to Air Queensland for initial F27 operations ex Brisbane while VH-FNV and VH-FNW were being painted in Air Queensland colours by Qantas in Sydney. (Source: 4)
17JAN82
  Returned to Ansett after Air Queensland lease. (Source: 4)
01AUG82
  Joint services with Airlines of Northern Australia ended.
12SEP82
  Rolled out at Tullamarine in the new, predominantly white "Southern Cross" livery. It was the first F27 to be repainted in this colour scheme. (Source: 4) Picture
15SEP82
  Returned to service as AN1883 Melbourne-Devonport.
83
  Leased by Ansett Air Freight for night freight services.
30JUL83
  Fuselage skin damaged by runaway vehicle. (Source: 15)
09DEC83
  Leased to Air Queensland while VH-FNV was undergoing maintenance in Melbourne. (Source: 4)
16DEC83
  Returned to Ansett in Melbourne. (Source: 4)
22APR84
  The aircraft was present at the Mangalore Air Show. (Source: 4)
27JUL84
  Operated ad hoc services for Airlines of New South Wales.
SEP84
  Added to the NSW fleet and used for pax and freight operations. On four nights a week operated a crossover flight with an Ansett F27 Sydney-Brisbane-Townsville-Cairns. (Source: 4)
04MAR85
  Cargo door damaged by fork lift. (Source: 15)
10FEB86
  Cargo door top corner damaged by jet blast. (Source: 15)
15AUG87
  Noted in Sydney in Ansett colour scheme. (Source: 4)
16AUG87
  Noted in Brisbane. (Source: 4)
88
  To Ansett Australia. (Change of operating name)
10DEC88
  Operated a charter Cairns-Lae-Cairns.
06MAR89
  The aircraft experienced a bird strike at Townsville resulting in broken taxy lights.
26JUL89
  Operated the last F27 passenger service for Ansett as AN662 Mackay-Hamilton Island-Cairns. Crew: Capt. Paul Lomas and First Officer John Hudson, Flight Attendants Kim Bresman and Sarah de St. Jorre and 'paxing' Flight Crew Capt. Jonathan Swift and F/O Mike Ranson, who had crewed AN653 Cairns-Hamilton Island-Mackay. Picture
26JUL89
  To be used as a freighter until the end of August, then ferried to Melbourne to be withdrawn from service. (Source: 4)
21AUG89
  Ferried to Melbourne (Capt. Kennedy) withdrawn from service and stored. (TT: 47,950 hours)
09OCT89
  Total Time: 47,979 hours. Cycles Since New: 47,725 (Source: 4)
     
   
STRAITS AIR FREIGHT EXPRESS
06DEC89
  Ferried Melbourne-Sydney-Norfolk Island-Auckland as "Safeair 27" on lease to SAFE Air (New Zealand) as VH-FNQ. Crew: Capt. Murray McPhail, Capt. Tim Allan, LAME G. Atkinson and LAME W. Bird. The aircraft was subsequently ferried to Blenheim. (Source: 6)
19MAY90
  SAFE Air lease terminated. (Source: 4)
20MAY90
  Ferried Blenheim-Auckland-Norfolk Island as "Safeair 28".
21MAY90
  Ferried Norfolk Island-Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne as "Safeair 28" and stored.
     
   
ANSETT
04OCT90
  Entered maintenance prior to being leased out. (Source: 4)
Engines Fitted: s/n 14542 (port) s/n 13330 (starboard). (Source: 12)
09OCT90
  Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd made application to the NZ Ministry of Transport, Civil Aviation Division for Registration and Certificate of Airworthiness. Under the heading "Allocation of special registration marks requested" was stated: "ZK-DJM, DJC or RTA (in order of preference)" (Source: 15)
17OCT90
 

Prior to transfer to the NZ Register, the following damage history was declared:

29MAR80
Fuselage skin forward of forward cargo door damaged by tug.
30JUL83
Fuselage skin damaged by runaway vehicle.
04MAR85
Cargo door damaged by fork lift.
10FEB86
Cargo door top corner damaged by jet blast.

 

 

 

 

26OCT90
  Total Time Since New: 48297:25, Cycles Since New: 48333. (Source: 15)
01NOV90
  Leased to Rex Aviation / Ansett New Zealand.
02NOV90
  Export Certificate of Airworthiness No. EV313 issued for export to NZ. Engines fitted RR Dart 532-7R s/n 13330 (left) & 13032 (right). Certificate of Registration No. 4860 issued to VH-FNQ on 05APR77 and supplied with the aircraft specifies the owner as Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty. Ltd. (Source: 15)
07NOV90
  Ferried Melbourne-Sydney-Norfolk Island in an all-white livery as "Safeair 27". Crew: Capt. Murray McPhail and Capt. Chris Green. (Source: 6)
08NOV90
  Ferried Norfolk Island-Wellington.
09NOV90
  Ferried Wellington-Christchurch.
12NOV90
  Struck off Australian Register.
     
ZK-RTA
 
REX AVIATION / ANSETT NEW ZEALAND AIR FREIGHT
23NOV90
 

Status Sheet ZK-RTA on acceptance:

Total Time Since New
Hours
Cycles
TTSN pre-ferry
48297:25
48333
Ferry Flight Time (05-08NOV90)
13:01
5
TTSN on arrival in NZ
48310:29
48338

 


 

Engines fitted: RR Dart Mk 532-7 s/n 13330 (left) s/n 13032 (right)

(Source: 15)

26NOV90
 

Ansett New Zealand issued Technical Instruction TI27-11-001 for the application of registration ZK-RTA to the rear fuselage in dark blue decals. Each letter was 30cm x 20cm and 5cm thick. The TI also provided for the installation of a registration plate on the left-hand entrance wall of the flight deck in place of the plate for VH-FNQ which was to be removed. (Source: 15)

ZK-RTA

THIS AIRCRAFT IS OWNED

BY ANSETT EQUIPMENT LTD

 

26NOV90
 

Ansett New Zealand issued Technical Instruction TI27-25-002 covering the installation of a crash axe on the flight deck. The crash axe was "removed by the previous operator". (Source: 15)

26NOV90
 

The New Zealand Ministry of Transport, having identified a discrepancy between the aircraft records and data plate, wrote to Ansett New Zealand as follows: "Our position is that the aircraft be physically identified with the type certificate designation recognised by the manufacturer and the relevant aircraft records, specifically the airframe log book, agree. Ansett should submit a modification to install a supplementary data plate redesignating the aircraft a Mark 600." (Source: 15)

26NOV90
  Registered ZK-RTA to Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd., Wellington. (Source: 15)
    Note: Correspondence from the NZCAA in June 2015 states that the aircraft had been registered to Tasman Pacific Regional Airlines Ltd. for the entire time it was in NZ. This company name does not appear anywhere in the aircraft records held by QAM and indeed, TPRA was not formed until 14AUG00, four years after ZK-RTA had returned to Australia! Rex Aviation (NZ) Limited changed its name to Tasman Pacific Regional Limited on 08AUG00 and six days later, on 14AUG00, the name was changed again to Tasman Pacific Regional Airlines Limited. The company was deregistered on 20MAR10.
27NOV90
 

Ansett New Zealand issued Technical Instruction TI27-11-002 for the installation of a supplementary data plate directly below the existing manufacturer's data plate in the left hand entrance wall of the flight deck. This reflects a retrospective redesignation which took place as early as 1969 (which see). See Fokker statement. The data plate was not fitted until 11DEC90. (Source: 15)

Supplementary Data Plate 28.11.90
Serial 10315 Redesignated F-27.6108
as per NZMOT/ATD Modification E5134

 

 

 

 

30NOV90
  New Zealand CofA issued, valid for one year. (Source: 4)
    The aircraft was operated under contract by Rex Aviation (N.Z.) Ltd. At that time Rex was wholly owned by Pacific Aviation Pty Ltd, Sydney, which was owned in turn by Ansett Australia Holdings. Rex Aviation also operated two Cessna 208 aircraft on general freight services, two corporate jet aircraft and a commuter service, Ansett Regional, with five Embraer Bandeirantes. Much of the freight carried was for New Zealand Post and when that company set up its own air freight service, Air Post, volumes dwindled to the point where air freight services were discontinued in the mid 90s and RTA was returned to Australia. The registration ZK-RTA is derived from the initials of Ansett New Zealand Air Freight's Operations Manager, Ross T. Allen. (Source: 5)
01DEC90
  Operated training flights out of Christchurch. (Source: 15)
02DEC90
  Operated a training flight from Christchurch to Wellington. (Source: 15)
04DEC90
  Entered service Wellington-Christchurch-Wellington-Christchurch. (Source: 15)
05DEC90
  Operated Christchurch-Wellington-Christchurch-Wellington. (Source: 15)
11DEC90
  Supplementary data plate fitted at Christchurch on this date. (See 27NOV90). (Source: 15)
08JUN91
  Impact damage to radome at Wellington by windblown Qantas B767 container. Damage confined to radome only which was replaced. (Source: 15)
29DEC91
  Flown from Wellington to Christchurch for major checks and repairs by Air New Zealand. Aircraft exterior repainted as per TI27-11-003 (see below). (Source: 15)
10FEB92
  Checks and repairs completed. (Source: 15)
13FEB92
  Flown from Christchurch to Wellington. First flight after 29DEC91. (Source: 15)
30APR92
 

Ansett New Zealand approved (evidently retrospectively!) Technical Instruction TI27-11-003 for the repainting of the aircraft exterior in conjunction with a planned Check 7 in JAN92. (Source: 15) This colour scheme is depicted here.

Anzol 1000 series Colour Application
485-8003 White Gloss Complete exterior except di-icer boots.
485-8005 White Matt Overpaint antiglare area forward of windscreen.
485-6000 Grey Exit markings.
485-1000 Blue - dark Wording and fin.
485-5000 Red Propeller and stripe markings.
485-0003 Black Maintenance markings.

 

20NOV92
  The aircraft was photographed on static display at the Air Expo 92 air show at Auckland International Airport.
14DEC92
  New Certificate of Airworthiness issued. Valid until 12FEB93. (Source: 15)
20DEC92
  Landed at Auckland with the nosewheel tyre fully deflated. Aircraft was towed from runway. Nil other damage. (Source: 15)
23DEC92
  En route Wellington-Palmerston North as REX72 (Capt Dorrian) there was a visible fire in the intake of the port engine. The engine was shut down and the No 1 bottle fired. The aircraft landed at Palmerston North. (Source: 15)
30DEC92
  The port propeller was removed at Christchurch for repair. (Source: 15)
14APR93
  On take-off from Palmerston North, the #4 main wheel shed its tread causing minor airframe damage. The undercarriage was inspected from the cabin and the flight continued to Christchurch where it landed uneventfully with emergency services in attendance. (Source: 15)
06MAY93
  During the walkaround at Christchurch, a skin puncture was found on the left hand side of the nose 6 inches below the chine line and 24 inches aft of the forward pressure bulkhead. Repairs were completed on 09MAY. (Source: 15)
18MAY93
  Go-around at Palmerston North due intermittent nosewheel down light. (Source: 15)
12NOV93
  Right prop blade bent when hit by a tug at Christchurch. Prop changed. (Source: 15)
01DEC93
  On take-off from Auckland, the #3 main wheel shed its tread dislodging the maxaret unit and causing minor airframe damage. The flight continued to Christchurch. (Source: 15)
c.1994
  Air New Zealand ran a jet conversion training programme for six pilots from Xiamen Airlines of China. The heavy multi turbine programme was sub-contracted to Rex Aviation using ZK-RTA. (Source: 5)
    Note on Patterns:
These are intended to give an approximate indication of what ZK-RTA was doing at the time. There were of course variations within these patterns. Information is drawn from Ansett NZ Flight Logs of which QAM holds only some 13%.
01JUN94
  Pattern CHC-PMR-CHC to:
07JUL94
  (Source: 15)
06SEP94
  Pattern: CHC-WLG-CHC to:
21DEC94
  (Source: 15)
09JAN95
  Pattern: AKL-CHC-AKL to:
27JAN95
  (Source: 15)
02FEB95
  Operated AKL-CHC-AKL-CHC-AKL-BHE. (Source: 15)
26FEB95
  Ferry flight BHE-CHC. (Source: 15)
27FEB95
  Pattern: CHC-AKL-CHC-PMR-CHC to:
02MAR95
  (Source: 15)
16MAR95
  Operated CHC-WLG-CHC. (Source: 15) Did not fly again until 12APR95.
12APR95
  Operated a training flight ex CHC. (Source: 15)
12APR95
  Pattern: CHC-WLG-CHC or CHC-AKL-CHC to:
19MAY95
  (Source: 15)
19MAY95
  Operated ZQ72 CHC-AKL. (Source: 15) Believed to have been an Ansett New Zealand freight charter.
20MAY95
  Operated ZQ73 AKL-CHC. (Source: 15) Believed to have been an Ansett New Zealand freight charter.
22MAY95
  Pattern: Operated to AKL, CHC & WLG based at either CHC or WLG to:.
03OCT95
  (Source: 15)
04OCT95
  Pattern: WLG-CHC-WLG to:
30NOV95
  (Source: 15)
    Note: The chronology from 03DEC95 to 07FEB96 lists every flight recorded in the Flight Logs.
03DEC95
  Ferry flight to Paraparaumu (PPQ/NZPP). (Source: 15)
This was to enable VFR operations during an ATC strike scheduled for 4-6 December. A second period of industrial action followed on 12-15 December.
04DEC95
  Operated PPQ-CHC-AKL-CHC-PPQ-BHE-PPQ. (Source: 15)
05DEC95
  Operated PPQ-CHC-AKL-CHC-PPQ-BHE-PPQ. (Source: 15)
06DEC95
  Operated PPQ-CHC-AKL-CHC-WLG. (Source: 15)
07DEC95
  Operated WLG-CHC. (Source: 15)
11DEC95
  Operated CHC-AKL-CHC-PPQ. (Source: 15)
12DEC95
  Operated PPQ-CHC-AKL-CHC-PPQ-BHE-PPQ. (Source: 15)
13DEC95
  Operated PPQ-CHC-AKL-CHC-PPQ. (Source: 15)
14DEC95
  Operated PPQ-CHC-AKL-CHC-PPQ-BHE-PPQ. (Source: 15)
15DEC95
  Operated PPQ-BHE-CHC-AKL-CHC. (Source: 15)
17DEC95
  Operated CHC-BHE-WLG. (Source: 15)
18DEC95
  Operated WLG-CHC-AKL-CHC-WLG. (Source: 15)
19DEC95
  Operated WLG-CHC-WLG-BHE-AKL-CHC-WLG. (Source: 15)
20DEC95
  Operated WLG-CHC-WLG-AKL-CHC-WLG. (Source: 15)
21DEC95
  Operated WLG-CHC-WLG-AKL-CHC. (Source: 15)
22DEC95
  Operated CHC-AKL. (Source: 15)
08JAN96
  Operated AKL-CHC-AKL. (Source: 15)
09JAN96
  Operated AKL-CHC-AKL. (Source: 15)
10JAN96
  Operated AKL-CHC-AKL. (Source: 15)
11JAN96
  Operated AKL-CHC-AKL. (Source: 15)
12JAN96
  Operated AKL-BHE. (Source: 15)
03FEB96
  Test flown at Blenheim. (Source: 15, Maintenance Log)
05FEB96
  Operated BHE-AKL-CHC-AKL. (Source: 15)
07FEB96
  Operated AKL-CHC. (Source: 15) This is the last flight recorded in the Flight Logs and the Maintenance Logs. Crew: Capt Murray McPhail, F/O Kile. (Source: 15)
    Note: The chronology from 03DEC95 to 07FEB96 lists every flight recorded in the Flight Logs.
     
   
NZ Airport Codes
AKL Auckland
BHE Blenheim
CHC Christchurch
PMR Palmerston North
PPQ Paraparaumu
WLG Wellington

 

 

 

 

 

ZK-RTA Pilots (Rex)
Peter Ball
Mike Dorrian
John Lanham
Murray McPhail (decd circa 2012)
Denis Monti
Paul Teamoke
Peter Teutscher

 

 

 

 

 

 

28MAR96
  The NZ Director of Civil Aviation approved the export of ZK-RTA to Australia. (Source: 15)
29MAR96
  New Zealand Export Certificate of Airworthiness No. 201 issued.
Engines Fitted:
Port: Dart Mk 532-7R s/n 13032
Stbd: Dart Mk 532-7 s/n 13330
(Source: 15)
29MAR96
  Final entry in Ansett NZ Maintenance Log: "25 man life raft and E.L.B. put in forward cabin. To be removed at end of ferry flight." (Source: 15)
31MAR96
  The aircraft was returned to Ansett Australia at Essendon having been ferried via Norfolk Island and Coffs Harbour.
01APR96
  Struck off the New Zealand Register.
01APR96
  Leased to Independent Air Freighters Pty. Ltd.
     
VH-WAN
 
INDEPENDENT AIR FREIGHTERS
16MAY96
  Noted at Essendon in the basic Rex Aviation livery painted as VH-WAN and carrying the name "The West Australian" below the cabin windows. (Source: 4)
22MAY96
  Registered VH-WAN to Independent Air Freighters Pty. Ltd.
23MAY96
  IPEC Aviation Aircraft Time and Project Card #1 opened at Melbourne. Aircraft fitted with RR Dart Mk 532-7 s/n 13032 left s/n 13330 right. (TT: 51463 hours, Landings: 51368) The aircraft was flown for 30 mins on this day. (Source: 13)
24MAY96
  Departed Essendon for Perth (7.3 hours with 2 landings). (Source: 13)
25MAY96
  Flown for 5.4 hrs with 11 landings. Presumably crew training. (Source:13)
26MAY96
  Flown for 6.4 hrs with 18 landings. Presumably crew training. (Source:13)
27MAY96
  Entered service as AN6164/5 Perth-Port Hedland-Karratha-Paraburdoo-Perth. Operated by Independent Air Freighters under charter to Ansett Air Freight. (Source: 1)
Flying Time 7.7 hrs, 4 landings. (Source: 13)
20JAN97
  Engineering Order issued for fitment of Garmin GPS155. (Source: 13)
24DEC97
  Ferried to Essendon (6.2 hrs non-stop) for Checks 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5. (TT: 53947.3 hours Landings: 52897) (Source: 13)
01FEB98
  Engineering Order issued for the removal of the non-structural decorative bulkhead forward of the aft entry door. (Source: 13)
03FEB98
  Flown for 3.4 hrs with 18 landings. Presumably test and crew training. (Source: 13)
04FEB98
  Ferried to Perth via Ceduna (8.1 hrs 2 landings). (Source: 13)
04DEC98
  Engineering Order issued for removal of RCA AVQ-21 weather radar and fitment of Bendix RDS86 colour weather radar. (Source: 13)
11FEB99
  Fire warning #2 on take-off from Perth while operating flight AN6164. Capt Miller shut down the engine, fired both shots and returned to Perth. Aircraft did not return to service until 15FEB. (Source: 13)
09MAR99
  Operated a training flight from Perth to Busselton and return with Captains Clift and Miller (1:58, 6 landings) (Source: 13)
22APR99
  Operated a training flight from Perth to Busselton and return with Captain Preston (4:50, 17 landings) (Source: 13)
30MAY99
  Returned to Port Hedland after take-off. Airborne for only 24 mins. Capt Clift. (Source: 13)
18JUL99
  Operated a training flight from Perth to Busselton and return. Capt Clift. (1:31, 2 landings) (Source: 13)
26JUL99
  Operated a charter Perth-Murrin Murrin-Perth. Captains Clift & Mitton. (Source: 13)
Murrin Murrin was established as a mining camp during the gold rush in 1896. The Murrin Murrin Joint Venture nickel/cobalt mine is situated approximately 20km north-west of the now abandoned townsite. (Source: Wikipedia)
The mine opening ceremony was held on 29JUL99. (Source: Mining Journal - July 30, 1999, Volume 333. No.8542)
06SEP99
  Engine change #1 s/n 13032 off, s/n 13289 on. The new engine gave persistent problems for the next two weeks. (Source: 13)
24DEC99
  Nil flying until 14JAN. (Source: 13)
11JAN00
  Engineering Order issued for the fitment of Honeywell TCAS II. (Source: 13)
14JAN00
  Test flight Perth-Perth (0:24) Capt Clift. (Source: 13)
02MAR00
  Engineering Order issued for replacement of Flight Data Recorder with Digital FDR. (Source: 13)
12MAR00
  Operated a charter AN5532/5533 Perth-Port Hedland-Kununurra-Port Hedland-Perth. Capt Clift. (Source: 13)
23MAR00
  After departure from Perth on flight AN6166, #1 engine was shut down due to low oil pressure. The aircraft returned to Perth after 1:36 airborne. (Capt Clift). Investigation revealed a major failure of the pneumatic compressor. Aircraft did not return to service until 27MAR. (Source: 13)
03APR00
  Engine change #2 s/n 13330 off, s/n 13032 on. (Source: 13)
09APR00
  Operated a charter Perth-Kalgoorlie-Telfer-Perth with Capt Mitton. (Source: 13)
25JUN00
  Operated a training flight Perth-Busselton-Perth. Capt Clift (1:32, 2 landings) (Source: 13)
27JUN00
  On arrival Karratha, #1 engine was u/s. Capt Clift ferried the aircraft back to Perth on 28JUN. (Source: 13)
19JUL00
  "Left hand throttle knob fell off". (Source: 13)
05SEP00
  Captain's altimeter u/s on arrival Karratha. Capt Clift ferried the aircraft back to Perth on 06SEP. (Source: 13)
08NOV00
  Take-off aborted at Port Hedland due to low torque on #1 engine. Ground run was satisfactory so the flight to Paraburdoo was resumed. (Source: 13)
24DEC00
  Operated its last service for Independent Air Freighters, AN6068/6069 Port Hedland-Broome-Paraburdoo-Perth. Capt Clift.
08JAN01
  "Prolonged Parking Procedure to be carried out". The aircraft was not flown at all in January. (Source: 13)
19JAN01
  Prolonged Parking Procedure carried out at Perth. (Source: 13)
26JAN01
  Prolonged Parking Procedure carried out at Perth. (Source: 13)
02FEB01
  Prolonged Parking Procedure carried out at Perth. (Source: 13)
09FEB01
  Prolonged Parking Procedure carried out at Perth. (Source: 13)
16FEB01
  Prolonged Parking Procedure carried out at Perth. (Source: 13)
21FEB01
  Prolonged Parking Procedure carried out at Perth. (Source: 13)
23FEB01
  Last mention of Total Time in the IAF log books. (TT: 58281.81 Landings: 55451) Engines fitted: s/n 13289 (left) s/n 13032 (right) (Source: 13)
24FEB01
 

Ferried Perth-Kalgoorlie-Leigh Creek-Brisbane by Captain Ken Miller (F/O unknown). Take-off aborted at Perth due low torque on #1. Subsequent ground run satisfactory. Autopilot u/s due low pressure. (Source: 13)

From
Depart
To
Arrive
Sector Time
Perth, WA
2135Z / 0535K
Kalgoorlie, WA
2258Z / 0658K
1:23
Kalgoorlie, WA
2335Z / 0735K
Leigh Creek, SA
0313Z / 1343K
3:38
Leigh Creek, SA
0424Z / 1454K
Brisbane, QLD
0743Z / 1743K
3:19

 

   

During the 4½ years that the aircraft was based in Perth, it flew on most days accumulating 6803 hours at an average of 124 hours per month. Towards the end of the aircraft's service in WA, the schedule was as per the following table which is based on figures averaged from the maintenance logs and without access to a published timetable. All times are local AWST.

Flight No
Days
Depart
Routing
Arrive
Remarks
AN6164/6165 Mo/Tu/We 2320 (PER) PER-KTA-PHE-PBO-PER 0750+1 (PER) F/N change at PHE
AN6166 Th 2330 (PER) PER-PBO-KTA-PHE 0415+1 (PHE) Overnight Fri & Sat
AN6068/6069 Su 0350 (PHE) PHE-BME-PBO-PER 1025 (PER) F/N change at BME

Average Sector Times:

PER-KTA (Perth-Karratha)
3:20
KTA-PHE (Karratha-Port Hedland)
0:40
PHE-PBO (Port Hedland-Paradurboo)
0:50
PBO-PER (Paradurboo-Perth)
2:30
PBO-KTA (Paradurboo-Karratha)
0:55
PHE-BME (Port Hedland-Broome)
1:15
BME-PBO (Broome-Paraburdoo)
2:00

 

 

 

 

 

 



VH-WAN Pilots (IAF)
Captain Jason Clift (full-time)
Captain Ken Miller (full-time)
Captain Bill Mitton (contract)
Captain Sterling Preston (Check Captain)

First Officers' names are rarely recorded in the Maintenance Logs. The aircraft was commanded almost exclusively by Captains Clift and Miller with Captain Mitton apparently providing the occasional leave coverage. (Source: 13)

     
   
AIRCRUISING AUSTRALIA
05MAR01
  Engineering Order issued to upgrade restraint of cabin-loaded freight containers from 3G to 9G. The design required the use of 12 restraint straps in addition to the existing 3G restraint system, to restrain containers to the floor rails. In practice, this method proved impractical and it was rarely, if ever, used. When in service with AirCruising Australia, cargo was loaded on netted pallets which effectively limited the volume of cargo that could be carried. (Source: 14)
12APR01
  Aircraft weighed. Empty Weight: 11482.6 kg. Aircraft fitted with two crew seats and 2 jump seats. (Source: 14)
17APR01
  Certificate of Registration issued to AirCruising Australia Limited with the owner shown as Ansett Australia Limited. (Source: 14)
Operated night freight services Brisbane-Sydney-Brisbane on behalf of Ansett Air Cargo.
18APR01
 

AirCruising Australia requested arrival slots at Sydney Airport as follows:

Flight AIX1430 arrive SYD at 0020 EST
Flight AIX1500 depart SYD at 0100 EST

To operate Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu effective 23APR01 to 27OCT01.
AIX was the ICAO designator for AirCruising Australia who used the call-sign "Cruiser".
These flights were BNE-SYD-BNE on behalf of Ansett Air Cargo.
(Source: 14)

21APR01
  Operated a training flight Brisbane-Maroochydore-Brisbane. (2.3 hrs, 7 landings) (Source: 14)
23APR01
  Operated Brisbane-Sydney as F/N1430 with a payload (BRW 18000 kg) and a water/methanol take-off (1.9 hrs) (Source:14)
25APR01
  Operated a training flight Sydney-Tamworth-Brisbane. (3.2 hrs, 6 landings) (TT: 58289.2) (Source:14)
26APR01
  Operated Brisbane-Sydney-Brisbane as F/N1430/1500. Wet take-off at BNE & SYD. (3.8 hrs, 2 landings) (Source: 14)
08MAY01
  Flight Numbers changed to 6017/6018. These numbers were used until operations ceased. (Source: 14)
22MAY01
  Flight 6017/6018 Brisbane-Sydney-Brisbane cancelled because the right hand starter motor failed to engage. This appears to be the only occasion when a flight had to be cancelled. (Source: 14)
18JUL01
  Operated a training flight Brisbane-Brisbane (2.0 hrs, 9 landings) (Source: 14)
11SEP01
  The World Trade Center in New York was struck by the first of two hijacked aircraft at 2246:30 AEST. At this time VH-WAN was arriving in Sydney (at 2247 AEST) on its regular flight from Brisbane. (Source:14)
13SEP01
  Operated its final commercial service Brisbane-Sydney-Brisbane (3.9 hrs, 2 landings)
Departed Brisbane at 2036 AEST, Arrived Sydney at 2232 AEST.
Departed Sydney at 2350 AEST Arrived Brisbane at 0147 AEST on 14SEP01.
(Source: 14)
At 0030 AEST on 14SEP01, Ansett suspended flying. At that time, VH-WAN was airborne between Sydney and Brisbane. Although limited Ansett flights resumed subsequently, the airline never fully recovered and all flights ceased on 05MAR02. (Source: 1)
   

Between 23APR and 13SEP, VH-WAN operated a total of 71 night freight flights between Brisbane and Sydney. A typical Brakes Release Weight was 17500 kg. Water/Methanol injection was rarely used. The following is a typical schedule (times local):

Depart Brisbane
2030
Arrive Sydney
2230
Depart Sydney
2330
Arrive Brisbane
0130

 

VH-WAN Pilots (AirCruising)
Captain Ron "Shorty" Austen
Captain Ken Miller (deceased circa 2005)
Captain Stephen Weatherstone (Chief Pilot)
First Officer Shane Holman
First Officer E. Kennedy
First Officer Ian "Robbo" Robertson

14SEP01
  VH-WAN was included on a list of assets for sale by the Ansett administrators after this date.
02OCT01
  The aircraft was ferried Brisbane-Tamworth for storage by Captain Stephen Weatherstone and Captain Ken Miller. Captain Miller performed the final landing. (TT: 58553 hrs Landings: 55615) (Source: 14)
     
   
ANSETT
15JUL06
  Australian Civil Aircraft Register shows Registration Holder and Registered Operator as Ansett Australia Ltd., Melbourne Airport. (Source: 4)
11APR07
  Sold to TAG Aviation, Stansted, UK. (previously thought to be TAG Aviation, Farnborough). (Source: 2)
08JUN07
  Struck off the Register by CASA due to "Failure to provide an application that complies with 47.110(6)."
01JUL08
  QAM resolved to purchase the aircraft minus engines and props from Sigma Aerospace. (Source: 2)
23AUG08
  QAM purchased the aircraft from Sigma Aerospace. (Source: 2)
20OCT08
  QAM recovery crew departed for Tamworth. (Source: 2)
30OCT08
  The fuselage departed Tamworth by road. (Source: 2)
31OCT08
  The fuselage arrived at Caloundra. (Source: 2) Read the full story of the recovery
21NOV08
  A substantial quantity of aircraft records arrived at Caloundra. (Source: 2)
07JAN09
  The aircraft was substantially reassembled at Caloundra. The fin and tailplane were attached, the wing centre section was attached to the fuselage and the aircraft was raised on its undercarriage. (Source: 2)
04JAN10
  The outer wings were attached at Caloundra. (Source: 2)

 

The Recovery of Friendship VH-WAN

 

FOKKER NOMENCLATURE


The following explanation is provided by Jan F. Homma, Historian, F27 Friendship Association, The Netherlands.

The RLD (CAA-NL) F27 Type Specification Data Sheet A22F Issue 11 dated 1 September 1986 shows that the Mark 100 was approved on 29 October 1957 and the Mark 200, 300, 400, 600 and 700 were approved on 25 May 1965. The only difference between the Mark 400 and Mark 600 is an all-metal floor in the Mark 400 and a normal floor in the Mark 600.

The FAA F27 Type Certificate Data Sheet A-817 Revision 16 dated 15 May 1995 gives the same dates as above.

The EASA F27 Type Certificate Data Sheet A.036 Issue 2 dated 20 May 2005 also gives the same dates.

Table of Variants

F27/0 The prototypes F-1 & F-3.
F27/1 The first version was called F27/1 which indicated the F27 Mark 100 with Dart 6 engines.
F27/2 The second version was the F27 Mark 200 with Dart 7 engines.
F27/3 The third version was the F27 Mark 300 with Dart 6 engines (Mark 300 & 300M).
F27/4 The fourth version was the F27 Mark 400 with Dart 7 engines (Mark 400 & 400M)
Note: Many Mark 400s were re-designated to Mark 600 during production.
F-27/5 (E) This version became the Mark 500 (E = Extended)
F27/6 A Mark 400 without the heavy duty, strengthened cabin floor.
F27/7 Conversion of the Mark 100 with the large cargo door.
F27/8 This was the Rough Field version of the Fokker F27 Mark 600 which was to be known as the F27 Mark 800 but this designation was dropped completely in favour of Mark 600. Both the Mark 500 and the Mark 600 were sold in the RF version so these were known as Mark 500RF and Mark 600RF.

(Note: The above table was revised and expanded by Jan F. Homma in January 2011.
The first column of the last line was corrected to F27/8 on 20FEB16)

Conclusion: It looks like Fokker started using the Mark 600 number only from late 1968 onwards. However, it appears that this change was made retrospective to May 1965. (Source: 9)

The following explanation is drawn from Air-Britain's Fokker F.27 Friendship (Source:3)

"In November 1968 the F.27 Mk 600 was introduced and was a new version of the Mk 200 but incorporating the large forward cargo door. It differs from the Mk 400 in not having the heavy duty, strengthened cabin floor. A quick-change interior featuring roller tracks and palletised seats and/or cargo pallets can be fitted in the Mk 600. To standardise production both the Mk 400 and Mk 600 aircraft are constructed to the same specification with the exception of the cabin floor. Aircraft c/n 10385 for Trans-Australia Airlines (VH-TQN) was the first true Mk 600 airframe built. Some earlier Mk 400 aircraft, built without the heavy duty floor, have since been re-designated Mk 600 aircraft to bring them in line with the current situation. The Mks 200/400/500 and 600 are all operated to the same flight manual and are certificated to the same maximum take-off weight"*. (Source: 3)

* The maximum take-off weight was 45,000 pounds for all but the Mk 500 which was 45,900 pounds. (Source: 9)

Subsequent to this change, Fokker identified c/n 10315 (VH-FNQ) as a Mk. 600 Version 6108. (Source: 3)

The Australian Register of Civil Aircraft dated January 1967 shows VH-FNQ as an F27/2.
The July 1967 edition shows VH-FNQ as type F27/4.
By January 1969 VH-FNQ has become type F27/400 (F27-400 also used later).
In November 1990 VH-FNQ was deleted from the Australian Register as type F27/600.
In May 1996, the aircraft returned to the Australian Register as VH-WAN as type F27/600.
(Source: 2)

 


DOT, DASH OR NOTHING?

There is much debate over the correct presentation of the designation for the Friendship. It is common to see F27, F.27 and F-27 but which is correct? Most seem to agree that F-27 is incorrect as this designation is generally reserved for the version built under licence by Fairchild in the United States. A later stretched version built by Fairchild-Hiller was known as the FH-227.

The first two prototypes of the Friendship built by Fokker in Holland were actually painted as "F.27 Friendship" but it seems that this format subsequently fell into disuse to be replaced by "F27". Aircraft Type Certificates which are now administered by the European Aviation Safety Agency also use "F27". Accordingly, this website will standardise on F27 unless directly quoting other sources.

 


SOURCES
1
Ansett historian, Fred Niven. All references are from this source unless shown otherwise.
2
QAM.
3
Barnes, F.G. & Turner, R.M. & Urquhart, R.M. 1979 Fokker F.27 Friendship Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0851300731
4
Former Ansett LAME David Thollar.
5
John Lanham who flew ZK-RTA in New Zealand.
6
Murray McPhail who flew ZK-RTA in New Zealand.
7
Fokker via Hans Groen.
8
Dutch Civil Aircraft Register by Herman Dekker.
9
Jan F. Homma, Historian, F27 Friendship Association, The Netherlands.
10
Log Book F.215 PH-FKK held by the Aviodrome Museum, Lelystad and sourced by Jan F. Homma. This log book is also marked "Ansett/ANA VH-FNQ". It records only two flights on 13/14DEC66 and is otherwise blank.
11
Cees Mechielsen, retired Fokker employee.
12
Australian Log Book No 1 located by International Air Parts in June 2015 and donated to QAM.
13
Independent Air Freighters Aircraft Time and Project Cards located by International Air Parts in June 2015 and donated to QAM.
14
Aircruising Australia Aircraft Technical Logs located by International Air Parts in June 2015 and donated to QAM. AirCruising documents contributed by Stephen Weatherstone.
15
Ansett New Zealand records for ZK-RTA including correspondence between Air Transport New Zealand and Fokker in NOV90.
16
NAA: J277, 33/1/AIR PT1
http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=12809867

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

 

 


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
34
13AUG16
Added a reference to an Air Safety Incident Report on 29JAN69.
33
29APR16
Added a new page describing the F27QC aircraft.
32
25JUL15
Added an argument that this is the longest serving aircraft in Ansett ownership.
31
24JUL15
Added a table of Rex Aviation pilots known to have flown ZK-RTA. Names were derived from the aircraft records and verified by John Lanham.
30
11JUL15
Another major update from the aircraft records.
27
26JUN15
Date of final flight corrected to 02OCT01 (from 28SEP01). Sourced from final Tech Log.
26
24JUN15
Changed the heading to show the aircraft as a Mark 600 as per the aircraft records.
Added a photo of the last Ansett Friendship flight. Thanks to Jan Homma and Fred Niven.
25
20JUN15
Corrected the name of the captain who operated the last passenger flight on 26JUL89 from Peter Lomas to Paul Lomas (aka 'Slom') as advised by Don Johnston.
24
19JUN15
The chronology has been greatly expanded with details from the Australian log books which were located and donated to QAM by International Air Parts. Thanks to Steve Ferris. See (Source: 12, 13 & 14)
23
19JUN15
Deleted an unsourced reference stating that the aircraft was sold to Rex Aviation (NZ) on 07NOV90. Given that the aircraft was subsequently returned to Ansett this was more likely a lease.
22
08APR14
Updated details of the delivery crew thanks to Don Johnston. (Refer 14DEC66)
21
03FEB13
Added an air-to-air image of VH-FNQ soon after it was painted in the Ansett Southern Cross livery. Thanks to Fred Niven.
20
09JUN12
Added an image of VH-FNQ in Safe Air Cargo markings thanks to Peter Gates.
19
10APR12
Revised the sequence of events when the aircraft was registered in NZ. See 26/28/30NOV90. With thanks to David Thollar.
18
13OCT11
Added the full names of the crew on the test flights on 13/14DEC66 thanks to Cees Mechielsen.
17
19JAN11
The section on Fokker Nomenclature has been revised and updated by Jan F. Homma.
16
30JAN10
Corrected the entry at 16DEC66 which stated that the aircraft had 11 windows. Photographic evidence clearly shows that there were only 10 windows on each side. Thanks to Jan Homma for pointing out the error.
Jan Homma has also provided total hours and cycles for the aircraft (see 01NOV01).
15
04JAN10
The wings were attached at Caloundra.
14
20JAN09
The aircraft was substantially reassembled at Caloundra on 07JAN09.
13
23NOV08
Added details of the first two flights by PH-FKK sourced by Jan Homma from Log Book F.215 held by the Aviodrome Museum at Lelystad.
12
04NOV08
Added an image of VH-WAN in downtown Tamworth courtesy of Geoff O'Neill of the Northern Daily Leader. Corrected ownership details from TAG Aviation, Farnborough to TAG Aviation, Stansted.
11
01NOV08
Added details of delivery to QAM Caloundra.
10
19OCT08
Added an image of PH-FKK thanks to Merv Prime.
Added new material on Fokker nomenclature thanks to Jan Homma.
9
03OCT08
Several amendments to history as PH-FKK thanks to Hans Groen. Sources 7 & 8 refer.
8
29SEP08
Deleted reference to a first flight on 23DEC66 (Source 3) as this is clearly anomalous.
7
03SEP08
Amended the crew names on the trans-Tasman ferry flights on 06DEC89 and 07NOV90 thanks to Murray McPhail.
6
03SEP08
Corrections received from John Lanham:
Ross T. Allen was with Ansett NZ Air Freight not Rex.
Deleted reference to ZK-RTA being operated to the Chatham Islands.
5
03SEP08
Added the date of purchase by QAM.
4
28AUG08
Added an explanation of the significance of the registration ZK-RTA.
3
10AUG08
Added references from Source 4.
2
24JUL08
Added references from Source 3.
1
23JUL08
Original issue.