AUSTER J/5B AUTOCAR VH-KCL
MSN 3261

 

 

QAM thanks Aileen Donaldson for the donation of this aircraft.

 


Received new from Auster Aircraft Ltd and assembled by Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty. Ltd., Bankstown, NSW. Fitted with Gipsy Major Series I Serial Number 21 manufactured by General Motors Holden and completely overhauled by KSAS with previous time unknown. The aircraft was fitted with a new Fairey Aviation metal airscrew Model A66696/XI/8 supplied by Auster. The KSAS log book entry shows propeller s/n F.R.43078 fitted but the propeller log book states s/n F.R.42527. The work was certified by C.S. Timewell (Lic. 346) on behalf of KSAS. (Source: 2)
18APR57
Registered to Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown as VH-KCL. (Source: 1)
18APR57
Test flown at Bankstown for 30 minutes and log book certified by a DCA Aircraft Surveyor. (Source: 2)
25APR57
Test flown at Bankstown for 40 minutes. (Source: 2)
09MAY57
First daily inspection by R. Donaldson. (Source: 2)
28JUN57
Registered to H.W.R. Donaldson & Son, Gindi via Emerald. (Source: 1)
Log book shows owner as H.W.R. Donaldson & Son, Knockavanan, Gindie. (Source: 2)
20AUG57
Inspection (50 hours) by Anstey Rose Aircraft Engineers, Rockhampton. (TT: 42:39) (Source: 2)
06DEC57
Inspection (50 hours) by Anstey Rose (Lic. 285). (TT: 91:39) (Source: 2)
18APR58
Inspection for renewal of CofA by Air Express Co. Pty. Ltd., Archerfield. Work certified by R. Williams (Lic. 4389) (TT: 128:27) (Source: 2)
20JUN58
Inspection (50 hours) by Anstey Rose. (TT: 170:25) (Source: 2)
30SEP59
Engine repaired by by Howard Aircraft Pty. Ltd., Mackay after crankshaft found to be partially seized. Work certified by B.P. McMahon (Lic. 4370)
21FEB60
Registered to R.H.H. Donaldson, Gindi via Emerald, later Neelia Station, Capella. (Source: 1)
16DEC60
Inspection (50 hours) and repairs to leading edge of port wing and trailing edge of starboard wing by Anstey Rose. (TT: 321:45) (Source: 2)
04FEB61
Daily inspection by R. Donaldson. (TT: 334:40) To this point all daily inspections were performed by R. Donaldson and regularly logged. The next daily inspection was logged on 12OCT64 which see. (Source: 2)
02MAY61
Inspection (50 hours) by Anstey Rose. Work included respraying the top of the wing in aluminium finish and painting the registration in blue lacquer. (Source: 2)
06MAY61
Test flight (14 min) after 50 hourly inspection by Anstey Rose. (TT: 354:10) (Source: 2)
18APR62
Inspection (50 hours) by Anstey Rose. (TT: 395:06) (Source: 2)
19AUG63
Inspection (50 hours) by Anstey Rose. Propeller removed, inspected and refitted. Repair to fabric on port wing adjacent to fuel tank. (TT: 449:56) (Source: 2)
10SEP64
Inspection (100 hours) by Anstey Rose. (TT: 480:11) (Source: 2)
12OCT64
Daily inspection by R. Donaldson. (TT: 481:00) On this day the aircraft was flown for 9 hrs 20 min. (Source: 2)
14JAN65
Daily inspection by R. Donaldson. (TT: 530:20). This is the final daily inspection recorded in the log book. (Source: 2)
08SEP67
Final flight (2hr 10min) recorded in the log book. (Source: 2)
01JUL70
Final entry in engine log book. Inspection (100 hours) by Anstey Rose. (TT: 626:55). (Source: 2)
17JUL70
Final entry in aircraft log book. Major inspection by Anstey Rose. Work included new fabric on fuselage, empennage and wings as well as new cabin upholstery and seat covers. Work certified by J.E. Brett (Lic. N6650) (TT: 627:35) (Source: 2)
08AUG74
Photographed at Neelia Station, Capella. Owner Rob Donaldson stated that he had flown the aeroplane two weeks previously. (Source: 1)
12APR77
Cancelled from the Register as withdrawn from use. (Source: 1)
07MAR15
Donated to QAM by Aileen Donaldson of Emu Park.
07MAR15
Arrived at QAM Caloundra by road from Rockhampton.

 

SOURCES
1
Geoff Goodall
2
Aircraft log books held by QAM.

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 



 


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
4
29MAR15
Major update from aircraft log books.
3
14MAR15
Added an image of the aircraft after a preliminary clean.
2
10MAR15
Added an image of the aircraft at Neelia Station in 1974.
Added an image of the aircraft being unloaded at Caloundra.
1
08MAR15
Original Issue.