AUSTER J/5B AUTOCAR VH-KCL C/N 3261

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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)

Registered to Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown as VH-KCL. (Source: 1)

Test flown at Bankstown for 30 minutes and log book certified by a DCA Aircraft Surveyor. (Source: 2)

Test flown at Bankstown for 40 minutes. (Source: 2)

First daily inspection by R. Donaldson. (Source: 2)

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)

Inspection (50 hours) by Anstey Rose Aircraft Engineers, Rockhampton. (TT: 42:39) (Source: 2)

Inspection (50 hours) by Anstey Rose (Lic. 285). (TT: 91:39) (Source: 2)

Inspection for renewal of CofA by Air Express Co. Pty. Ltd., Archerfield. Work certified by R. Williams (Lic. 4389) (TT: 128:27) (Source: 2)

Inspection (50 hours) by Anstey Rose. (TT: 170:25) (Source: 2)

Engine repaired by Howard Aircraft Pty. Ltd., Mackay after crankshaft found to be partially seized. Work certified by B.P. McMahon (Lic. 4370)

Registered to R.H.H. Donaldson, Gindi via Emerald, later Neelia Station, Capella. (Source: 1)

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)

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)

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)

Test flight (14 min) after 50 hourly inspection by Anstey Rose. (TT: 354:10) (Source: 2)

Inspection (50 hours) by Anstey Rose. (TT: 395:06) (Source: 2)

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)

Inspection (100 hours) by Anstey Rose. (TT: 480:11) (Source: 2)

Daily inspection by R. Donaldson. (TT: 481:00) On this day the aircraft was flown for 9 hrs 20 min. (Source: 2)

Daily inspection by R. Donaldson. (TT: 530:20). This is the final daily inspection recorded in the log book. (Source: 2)

Final flight (2hr 10min) recorded in the log book. (Source: 2)

Final entry in engine log book. Inspection (100 hours) by Anstey Rose. (TT: 626:55). (Source: 2)

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)

Photographed at Neelia Station, Capella. Owner Rob Donaldson stated that he had flown the aeroplane two weeks previously. (Source: 1)

Cancelled from the Register as withdrawn from use. (Source: 1)

Donated to QAM by Aileen Donaldson of Emu Park.

Arrived at QAM Caloundra by road from Rockhampton.

Sources

1

Geoff Goodall

2

Aircraft log books held by QAM.

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly
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Remarks

Major update from aircraft log books.

Issue: 4

DATE: 29 MAR 15

Added an image of the aircraft after a preliminary clean.

Issue: 3

DATE: 14 MAR 15

Added an image of the aircraft at Neelia Station in 1974. Added an image of the aircraft being unloaded at Caloundra.

Issue: 2

DATE: 10 MAR 15

Original Issue.

Issue: 1

DATE: 08 MAR 15

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