HILLER UH-12E ZK-HCQ
MSN 2030

 

 

QAM thanks City and Country Helicopters Pty. Ltd. for the donation of this aircraft.

 


    Built as a UH-12E-4
N5350V
   
    Registered N5350V
VP-YXR
   
    Registered VP-YXR
G-ATDW
   
18MAY65
  Registered G-ATDW
05AUG68
  Sold in N.Z.
ZK-HCQ
   
26AUG68
  Registered ZK-HCQ to Alexander Helicopters Ltd., Wanganui
02OCT68
  Sold to Luggate Game Packers Ltd.
14OCT68
  First flown in NZ by Alexander Helicopters Ltd., Wanganui
05DEC68
  Flown to Wanganui for conversion to UH-12E-3.
The following account comes from Garry Minnell, a helicopter engineer from New Zealand:
"I worked for Alexander Helicopters in the 60s as an apprentice helicopter engineer and was involved in most of the work carried out there at that time. I remember the E4 coming into the workshop (it was a blue colour) and being assembled, in fact I flew in it after assembly with Ian Wakeling flying it. I think Bill Black from Te Anau flew the E4 however they didn't like it as it wasn't as manouverable as the E3, so it was flown back to Wanganui for conversion to E3. I did most of the conversion, it being a relatively easy job as the E4 was basically an E3 with a forward section riveted on. There is a Bulletin for E3 to E4 conversion, however no Bulletin for the reverse, my guess is that the factory would have allowed it as it such an easy mod."
23NOV73
  Damaged by fire at Te Anau
07FEB74
  Accident at Moonlight Creek
10OCT75
  Accident at Wet Jacket Arm
14OCT75
  To Alpine Helicopters Ltd., Queenstown
19OCT77
  To Whirl-Wide Helicopters Ltd., Timaru
28MAR78
  Registered to Alpine Helicopters Ltd., Queenstown
17AUG78
  Registered to Wishart Helicopters (1978) Ltd, Hamilton
28MAY90
  Cancelled from NZ Register by Wishart as withdrawn from service.
(Report in Journal of Aviation Historical Society of NZ states that ZK-HCQ was sold as parts in the US in 1989)
90
  Miscellaneous Hiller parts donated to QAM by City and Country Helicopters Pty Ltd. of Caloundra. Predominant section is from ZK-HCQ. Fitted with a boom which carries VH-FFT [stbd] & VH-FFE [port].

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 



 


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
4
07FEB05
Added an account of the conversion from UH-12E-4 to UH-12E3 by Garry Minnell, the engineer who performed most of the conversion.
3
27SEP04
Added detail of conversion from UH-12E-4 to UH-12E and added further NZ history.
2
20AUG04
Amended type from UH-12E-4 to UH-12E and added history prior to ZK-HCQ.
1
02JAN02
Original Issue