KAWASAKI 47G3B-KH4 VH-HFZ
MSN 2196

 

 

QAM thanks Bob and Julie Kent of Esperance Helitours for the donation of this aircraft.

 


JA7111
   
72
  Manufactured under licence in Japan by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. Gifu, Japan as a development of the Bell 47G-3B.
31MAR72
  Registered JA7111 to Japan Maritime Safety Agency. (Source: 4)
    To Nishi Nihon Koyu. (Source: 4)
JUL87
  Believed to have been written off in an accident. (Source: 4)
11APR91
  Registration cancelled as withdrawn from use. (Source: 4)
VH-HFZ
   
07AUG91
  Registered to Helicopter Exchange, Caboolture, Qld. (Source: 1)
05APR93
  Registered to Simon Taylor, Casuarina, NT. (Source: 1)
16DEC93
  Registered to HP Steer, Daylesford, Vic. (Source: 1)
16DEC93
  Registered to AMT Helicopters, Caboolture, Qld (Date is correct - same day as previous entry). (Source: 1)
09FEB94
  Registered to Helirocky, Rockhampton, Qld. (Source: 1)
23AUG94
  Registered to Damaged 20km SW Bowen - hit power line whilst spraying. (Source: 1)
01DEC94
  Registered to AMT Helicopters, Caboolture, Qld. (Source: 1)
01APR97
  Rebuilt by AMT Helicopters "after a heavy landing". Total Time: 5900:00. This is the first entry in the log books provided to QAM. (Source: 2)
07MAY97
  Registered to Southern Cross Helicopters, Armidale, NSW (Source: 1).
14JUN01
  Registered to Heli-Man Aviation, Melbourne, Vic (Source: 1).
08AUG01
  Aircraft was fitted with floats. (Source: 2)
16JAN02
  Aircraft was fitted with a video camera. (Source: 2)
25OCT02
  Registered to Helibiz, Airlie Beach, Qld. (Source: 1)
19JUL04
  Registered to Robert Kent, Esperance, WA. (Source: 1)
    "We purchased the aircraft in 2004 from Helibiz in Airlie Beach Qld. It had been in operation doing tourist flights in that area. We purchased it with floats and skids. It did not have a video camera fitted when we purchased it. The floats were integral to our operation as we used it to do scenic flights over our beautiful Recherche Archepelago in Esperance WA and it made it legal to fly over water with floats. We purchased a Robinson R44 Clipper 11 in 2007, as the old girl was very expensive to run and maintain and parts were becoming hard to find for her. We were very sad to see her go, being our first chopper but are very happy she still has a purpose at your museum. She has been mainly used for scenic flights but has done a fair share of search and rescue missions in our area." (Source: 3)
21AUG07
  Last flight 1hr 15min. Total Time: 6866:31. (Source: 2)
08NOV07
  Cancelled - withdrawn from use. (Source: 1)
22SEP10
  Moved to QAM for storage pending a decision on its future.
27MAY11
  Bob and Julie Kent of Esperance Helitours donated VH-HFZ to QAM.
     
     
    QAM also holds airframe sections from other similar helicopters. See here

 

SOURCES
1
AustAirData, Tony Arbon
2
Aircraft Log Books
3
Julie Kent, Esperance Helitours
4
Jos Stevens, www.rotorspot.nl

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

 

 


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
3
18JUN11
Year of manufacture and year of first registration corrected from 1970 to 1972.
2
17JUN11
Added information on the aircraft's early history thanks to Jos Stevens of www.rotorspot.nl
1
16JUN11
Original issue.