CESSNA 402A VH-DZY Darling Downs
MSN 402A0066

 

 

QAM thanks Austrek Aviation Pty Ltd for the donation of this aircraft.



N4566Q
   
    Registered N4566Q
VH-DZY
   
24SEP69
  Australian Log Book No 1 opened at 52 hours 10 mins and 6 landings, factory test and ferry flight. Fitted with Continental TSIO-520E s/n 166018 (right) s/n 166011 (left).
CofA inspection by Rex Aviation, Bankstown. (Source: 4)
26SEP69
  Registered VH-DZY to Rex Aviation Ltd, Bankstown, NSW. (Source: 1)
26SEP69
  Test flown 3 hours 20 mins and 4 landings by Rex Aviation. (Source: 4)
    The aircraft was used on charter operations by Rex Aviation.
19NOV69
  First flight in VH-DZY by Phillip Zupp. Circuits and landings 0:20 solo (Source: 3)
    Cloud-seeding operations.
17JAN72
  Bankstown-Bathurst-Bankstown 2:15, POB 3 for CSIRO. (Source: 3)
18JAN72
  Bankstown-Orange-Bankstown 2:30, POB 4 for CSIRO. (Source: 3)
19JAN72
  Bankstown-Dubbo-Bankstown 2:45, POB 4 for CSIRO. (Source: 3)
20JAN72
  Air Test Bankstown 1:05, POB 4 (Source: 3)
20JAN72
  Air Test Bankstown 1:05, POB 2 (Source: 3)
21JAN72
  Log Book Entry: Aircraft equipped for CSIRO rain making project in accordance with Rex Aviation Engineering Order No R.A.B. 1264 in conjunction with a 100 hourly inspection. The aircraft was also fitted with an additional oxygen system and a fuel tank was fitted in the right hand wing locker. Total Time: 1200:00. See also 06SEP73. (Source: 4)
    The aircraft was operated by Rex Aviation on behalf of the the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) on cloud-seeding experiments based at Mackay, Qld. For this purpose the aircraft was modified with a tubular duct on the point of the nose cone (purpose unknown) and a chute on the left hand side of the fuselage through which dry ice was dispensed into suitable clouds. Picture The aircraft was flown by Phillip Zupp who had flown Meteors with No 77 Squadron RAAF in Korea. He recalled that flying through storm clouds was some of the most violent flying he had done since aerial combat. (Source: 3)
21JAN72
  Bankstown-Roma 3:00, POB 4 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
21JAN72
  Roma-Mackay 2:10, POB 4 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
22JAN72
  Mackay local 2:35, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
23JAN72
  Mackay-Comet Downs (indirect) 4:05 - Emerald 0:20, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
23JAN72
  Emerald-Mackay 1:05, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
24JAN72
  Mackay-St Lawrence Area-Mackay 3:15, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
26JAN72
  Mackay-Repulse Bay Area-Mackay 2:00, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
27JAN72
  Mackay-Charon Point Area-Mackay 4:10, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
28JAN72
  Mackay-Bowen 0:45, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
28JAN72
  Bowen-Mackay (indirect) 1:10, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
29JAN72
  Mackay-Emerald 1:45, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
29JAN72
  Emerald-Rockhampton (west of)-Mackay 2:20, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
30JAN72
  Mackay-Emerald 1:10, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
30JAN72
  Emerald Area-Mackay 3:10, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
31JAN72
  Mackay-Emerald 1:15, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
31JAN72
  Emerald Area-Mackay 2:50, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
01FEB72
  Mackay-Emerald 1:10, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
01FEB72
  Emerald-Clermont Area-Mackay 2:40, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
02FEB72
  Mackay-Emerald 1:10, POB 4 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
02FEB72
  Emerald Area 2:20, POB 4 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
02FEB72
  Emerald-Mackay 1:10, POB 4 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
03FEB72
  Mackay-Emerald 1:10, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
03FEB72
  Emerald Area 0:10, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
03FEB72
  Emerald-Mackay 1:10, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)
04FEB72
  Mackay-Toowoomba 2:50, POB 4 (Source: 3)
04FEB72
  Toowoomba-Bankstown 2:40, POB 4 (Source: 3)
10MAR72
  Cloud seeding equipment and auxiliary oxygen system removed. Aircraft returned to standard configuration. Total Time: 1220:00. (Source: 4)
    Converted back to passenger configuration.
04AUG72
  Last flight in VH-DZY by Phillip Zupp. Sydney (KSA)-Bankstown 1:25 (Source: 3)
27OCT72
  Major inspection completed by Rex Aviation. Total Time: 1393:00. (Source: 4)
11APR73
  100 hourly inspection by Rex Aviation. Total Time: 1497:40. (Source: 4)
25MAY73
  100 hourly inspection by Mitchell Aerial Services, Cairns. Total Time: 1598:08. (Source: 4)
28MAY73
  Registered to Bush Pilots Airways Ltd, Cairns, Qld. (Source: 1)
    Subsequent maintenance is performed by Mitchell Aerial Services, Cairns and Executive-Howard at Townsville in accordance with the Bush Pilots maintenance manual. (Source: 4)
06SEP73
  A letter from Rex Aviation to Bush Pilots Airways refers to the installation of wastegates and controllers on VH-DZY. "... the aircraft was operating on cloud and rain checking analysis by the C.S.I.R.O. for approximately 150-180 hours prior to the engines being overhauled and we had some difficulty in the aircraft not reaching the altitude required for this contract and it was during this period of the contract that the wastegates and controllers were changed and it appears that they have not been recorded in the appropriate log book at the time ..." (Source: 4)
12OCT73
  Check 1 by Exective-Howard Pty Ltd at Townsville. Total Time: 2046:11. Subsequent maintenance performed by Executive-Howard at Townsville. (Source: 4)
05JUL74
  Check 1 by Bush Pilots Aero Engineering Pty Ltd, Cairns. Total Time: 2677:37. Subsequent maintenance by BPAE. (Source: 4)
04DEC74
  Newspaper report that effective 13DEC74, BPA would be taking over TAA's services from Brisbane to Toowoomba, Dalby and Roma on the Darling Downs. (Source: 2)
24DEC74
  Check 2 by General Aviation Maintenance Pty Ltd, Wilsonton, Toowoomba. Total Time: 3264:08.
08FEB75
  Photographed at Brisbane Airport in BPA livery and named Darling Downs.
25FEB75
  Check 1 by Rex Aviation, Archerfield. Total Time: 3492:09. Subsequent maintenance by Rex Aviation, Archerfield. (Source: 4)
25AUG75
  Check 1 by Bush Pilots Aero Engineering, Cairns. Total Time: 3937:28. (Source: 4)
15SEP75
  Three-yearly Major inspection (Incl Checks 1, 2, 3 & 4) by Bush Pilots Aero Engineering, Cairns. Total Time: 3969:31. Subsequent maintenance by BPAE, Cairns, Executive-Howard, Townsville and Howard Wilson, Rockhampton. (Source: 4)
07FEB76
  Cracks found in crankcase of left hand engine at Mackay. Engine was changed at Mackay. (Source: 4)
19AUG76
  Aircraft repainted and interior refurbished by BPAE, Cairns. (Source: 4)
30APR77
  Check 3 by BPAE, Cairns. Total Time: 5414:40. Log book page 67 states; "All further maintenance recorded on BPA form BPA 205B". (Source: 4)
27NOV81
  Reweighed by Bush Pilots Airways. Empty Weight 1866 kg. Aircraft is configured with 10 seats including the pilot's seat. (Source: 4)
08JAN82
  Registered to Air Queensland Ltd, Cairns, Qld. (Source: 1)
BPA changed its name to Air Queensland in December 1981.
23DEC82
  Registered to PAS Investments Pty Ltd, trading as Peninsula Air Services, Essendon Airport, Vic. (Source: 1)
    Converted to an air ambulance.
11JAN83
  Aircraft converted to air ambulance by Peninsula Air Services Pty Ltd.
Items Removed:
2 single seats
2 double seats
Carpet

Items Installed:
Rubber Floor
Oxy Viva Equipment
Forward Stretcher
Aft Stretcher
Equipment Shelf
3 Air Bottles
Attendant's Seat

Empty Weight 1907 kg.
19JAN83
  Log Book No 1 page 67 resumes:
Periodic inspection by Peninsula Air Services, Essendon. Total Time: 11492:11.
Ambulance fittings installed as per Molyneaux drawing No MAD 1110. (Source: 4)
07MAY83
  Periodic inspection by Peninsula Air Services, Essendon. Total Time: 11592:11. (Source: 4)
28JUL83
  Periodic inspection by Peninsula Air Services, Essendon. Total Time: 11691:46. Electrical work included fitment of ambulance two-way radio and telephone system. (Source: 4)
26MAR86
  Control surfaces removed, repainted and refitted by Peninsula Air Services. Total Time: 12122:41. (Source: 4)
23JUN87
  Major and Periodic inspection by Peninsula Air Services, Essendon. Total Time: 12457.1
From this point the log books use decimal time.
Log Book No 1 ends. (Source: 4)
16OCT87
  Log Book No 2 opens at Total Time: 12515.6.
Major & Periodic inspection by Hawker Pacific (where?). (Source: 4)
24NOV87
  Periodic inspection by Skywest Aviation, Jandakot, WA. Total Time: 12615.3 (Source: 4)
09FEB88
  Periodic inspection by Skywest Aviation, Jandakot, WA. Total Time: 12765.9 (Source: 4)
22MAR88
  Periodic inspection. Total Time: 12814.8. Maintenance organisation not recorded. (Source: 4)
01JUN88
  Periodic inspection. Total Time: 12911.9. Maintenance organisation not recorded but electrical work was performed on the same date by Aviation Instrument Electrical Services (Dick Hourigan) at Essendon. Dick Hourigan's name features frequently in the log books before and after this date. (Source: 4)
29JUL88
  Periodic inspection by Penair Pty Ltd., Essendon. Total Time: 13011.6 (Source: 4)
30MAR89
  Periodic inspection by Penair. Total Time: 13512.3. "Aircraft removed from air ambulance configuration at this time." (Source: 4)
    Converted back to passenger configuration.
01AUG89
  Registered to Skylink Airlines Pty Ltd, Brooklyn Park, SA. (Source: 1)
17AUG89
  Checks 1-8 incl of Skylink Airlines maintenance manual carried out by Tuna City Aviation Pty Ltd, Port Lincoln, SA. Total Time: 13611.36 (sic) (Source: 4)
11OCT90
  Right hand engine removed for bulk strip after prop strike. Total Time: 13974.1
Engine refitted and replacement prop installed by Southern Aircraft Maintenance Pty Ltd, Parafield, SA. (Source: 4)
23NOV90
  Checks 1-8 carried out by Southern Aircraft Maintenance at Parafield. Total Time: 14024.0 (Source: 4)
13AUG91
  Registered to PAS Investments Pty Ltd, East Malvern, Vic. (Source: 1)
10DEC91
  Periodic inspection by Penair Pty Ltd. Total Time: 14124.0 (Source: 4)
04MAR92
  Registered to Moree Airlines Pty Ltd, Moree, NSW. (Source: 1)
31JUL92
  Periodic inspection by Aircraft Engineers Associates Pty Ltd, Archerfield. Total Time: 14222.4 (Source: 4)
OCT93
  Photographed at Moree in Midwest Airlines colours and named Spirit of Moree.
14MAY93
  Periodic inspection in accordance with Midwest Airlines maintenance manual by Aircraft Engineers Associates. Total Time: 14420.3 (Source: 4)
22JUL94
  Periodic inspection by Aircair Aviation, Moree, NSW. Total Time: 14620.3 (Source: 4)
20JUL95
  Registered to Austrek Aviation Pty Ltd, Moree, NSW. (Source: 1)
22SEP95
  Maintenance by Tamair Pty Ltd, Tamworth. Total Time: 14747.4 (Source: 4)
09FEB96
  Periodic inspection by Tamair, Tamworth. Total Time: 14814.7 (Source: 4)
28MAR96
  Stripped and repainted by Ballina Aircraft Refinishers. (Source: 4)
20FEB97
  Periodic inspection by North West Aviation Pty Ltd, Inverell, NSW. Total Time: 15010.9 (Source: 4)
26SEP00
  Letter from Austrek Aviation to North West Aviation stating that VH-DZY had TTIS of 14620 hours when purchased by Austrek. The wing spar was changed at 10000 hours. (Source: 4)
28SEP01
  Maintenance by Approved Aircraft Maintenance, Toowoomba. Total Time: 16106.5
02JUN03
  Maintenance by Gwydir Air, Moree. Total Time: 16429.7 (Source: 4)
03JUL03
  Maintenance by Total Aircraft Maintenance Pty Ltd, Toowoomba. Total Time: 16489.0 (Source: 4)
31JUL03
  Reweighed by North West Aviation, Inverell. Empty Weight 1912 kg. Fitted with 8 seats total. (Source: 4)
18JUN04
  Maintenance by Aviation Specialists P/L, Moree. Total Time: 16757.1
This company continues to provide maintenance at Moree while Total Aircraft Maintenance provides services at Toowoomba. (Source: 4)
18OCT04
  Check 1 by Total Aircraft Maintenance Pty Ltd, Toowoomba. Total Time: 16834.5 (Source: 4)
28OCT04
  Maintenance by Total Air Maintenance. Total Time: 16845.7 (Source: 4)
Final entry Log Book No 2.
21DEC04
  Log Book No 3 opened at Total Time: 16895.4 (Source: 4)
07FEB05
  Registered to Austrek Aviation Pty Ltd, trading as Austrek Air Charter, Moree, NSW. (Source: 1)
While in service with Austrek Aviation the aircraft was known to her pilots as Dizzy. This obvious nickname was probably in use much earlier.
22APR05
  Registered to Austrek Aviation Pty Ltd, trading as Austrek Air Charter, Toowoomba, Qld. (Source: 1)
06MAY05
  Last flight 0.9 hrs by Marty Taylor. (Source: 4)
11MAY05
  Cancelled from the Register as withdrawn from use. (Source: 1)
14OCT05
  Aircraft dismantled at owner's request by Approved Aircraft Maintenance, Toowoomba.
Total Time: 16921.0
Propellers removed:
McCauley Model 3AF32C87-0-12 s/n 900913 (left) s/n 753321 (right)
Engines removed:
Model TSIO-520-E s/n 165969-9-E (left) s/n 165281 (right)
Wings, rudder, tailplane and instruments removed.
(Source: 4)
30AUG10
  Noted stored dismantled at Toowoomba, Qld. (Source: 1)
17MAY14
  QAM accepted an offer from Austrek Aviation Pty Ltd to donate the sircraft.
03OCT14
  The fuselage arrived at Caloundra.
07OCT14
  The wings arrived at Caloundra and the aircraft was reassembled soon after.

 

SOURCES
1 Tony Arbon, AustAirData
2 Cairns Post, 04DEC74.
3 Phillip Zupp, Pilot's Log Book
Owen Zupp, Without Precedent, 2016.
4 Aircraft Log Books.
Note: Only significant maintenance actions or changes of maintenance provider have been transferred from the log books.

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 



 


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
9
25AUG17
Added details of cloud-seeding operations in January 1972 from the log book of Phillip Zupp. Thanks to Owen Zupp.
8
22AUG17
Added details from the aircraft log books.

Added four new images thanks to Nigel Daw.
Image 1 Image 2 Image 3 Image 4

Added a recent image with two engines and one prop fitted.
7
12AUG17
Added details and an image of the aircraft's use on cloud-seeding experiments. Thanks to Owen Zupp.
Added an image of the aircraft in its Cessna factory colour scheme thanks to Roger McDonald.
Added an image of the aircraft in the livery of Moree-Narrabri Airways thanks to Roger McDonald.
6
23JAN14
Added an image of the aircraft reassembled at Caloundra.
Added an image of the aircraft reassembled at Caloundra.
5
21OCT14
Added Caloundra delivery date.
4
03OCT14
Added an image of the aircraft ready to depart Toowoomba by road. Thanks to Cameron Elmes.
3
23JUL14
Added a newspaper cutting reporting the BPA services to the Darling Downs. Thanks to Ron Entsch.
2
19JUL14
Added an image of the aircraft in the yellow BPA livery thanks to Ron Entsch.
1
07JUN14
Original issue.