BEECH 200 SUPER KING AIR VH-FII AUSCAL 1 C/N BB-653

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QAM thanks
for this aircraft which was donated through the Australian Governments Cultural Gifts Program.

Registered N67224. (Source: 2)

Australian Log Book #1 opened by Hawker Pacific Pty Ltd at 51 hours 5 minutes transferred from USA Log Book. Aircraft was ferried from the USA under Export CofA E178708. During the Australian CofA inspection the aircraft was fitted with 3 Ansair cabin seats (G396-9 left) and 3 Ansair cabin seats (G396-12 right). A catering cabinet built to HDH drawings was installed in the cabin. A folding seat and a baggage compartment with net were installed in the rear of the cabin. Fitted with PT6A-41 engines (s/n PCE-81520 left, s/n PCE-81516 right). Lifed Structural Components: Pressure cabin 20,000 cycles, Wings 22,500 hours. (Source: 5)

Maintenance Release issued by Hawker Pacific after 100 hourly inspection. (Source: 5)

Registration N67224 cancelled. (Source: 2)

Registered VH-MXK to Hazelton Air Services, Cudal, NSW. Certificate of Registration No. BK533. (Source: 1)

Maintenance performed by Advance Aviation Pty Ltd and Jet Charterers Nominees Pty Ltd. Total Time: 446:8. Prior to this, all maintenance had been performed by Hawker Pacific. (Source: 5)

Operated Norfolk Island Airlines flight NIA1301A from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island with 2 passengers. The aircraft was chartered by NIA to cover the unserviceability of their own aircraft VH-IBC. (Source: 3)

Background: On the night of 15 April, Beech 200 VH-IBC (BB-74) was operating a night freighter flight from Mackay to Brisbane. At top of descent, Captain Graham Syphers found that the elevators and trim tab would not move and it was deduced that they had iced up. By reducing power, the aircraft descended into warmer air where the ice melted and elevator control was restored. Despite an exhaustive investigation, engineers could not positively identify the source of the problem. On 20 April while inbound from Lord Howe Island, the problem returned. On this occasion, the elevators had to be freed with manual force. On arrival at Brisbane, engineers found a large block of ice over the elevator bellcranks in the rear fuselage. During subsequent rectification work, engineers also found small cracks either side of the rear pressure bulkhead. These cracks were repaired with a series of external doubler plates around the rear fuselage. This work resulted in VH-IBC being out of service for nearly a week, hence the charter of VH-MXK. (Source: 4) These doubler plates are also present on VH-FII.

Operated Norfolk Island Airlines flight NIA1304A from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane with 11 passengers. (Source: 3)

Operated Norfolk Island Airlines flight NIA211A from Brisbane to Norfolk Island with 10 passengers. (Source: 3)

Operated Norfolk Island Airlines flight NIA212A from Norfolk Island to Brisbane with 9 passengers. This was evidently the last flight for NIA as VH-IBC returned to service on 26APR81. (Source: 3)

Incorporation of ADs and 100 hourly inspection by Wings Australia Pty Ltd. Total Time: 1433:6. (Source: 5)

Arrived at West Beach, Adelaide on charter to Lloyd Aviation. (Source: 8)

Maintenance performed by Avdev Airlines. Total Time: 1926:0. (Source: 5)

Lloyd titles applied at Parafield. (Source: 8)

Maintenance performed by Lloyd Helicopters Pty Ltd. Total Time: 2382:4. (Source: 5)

Registered to Lloyd Aviation Jet Charter, Adelaide, SA. (Source: 1)

Last entry in Log Book #1. Total Time: 5611:4, Landings: 4751. (Source: 5)

Noted minus Lloyd titles. (Source: 8)

Ferried from Adelaide to Cairns by the late John Newmarch to operate a contract in support of the Ok Tedi gold and copper mine in Papua New Guinea. The aircraft operated five times a week Cairns-Daru-Tabubil-Cairns, a round trip of approximately 7.5 hours. John Newmarch was the base manager and check pilot for the operation. Robert Maddern was one of five pilots who flew the aircraft on this contract. He first flew VH-MXK in November 1986 and his last flight was in April 1989. The aircraft continued to operate in North Queensland after the Skywest takeover until approximately 1991. (Source: 7)

Lloyd Aviation was taken over by Skywest Aviation.

Registered to Skywest Aviation, Cloverdale, WA. (Source: 1)

Log Book #3 opened by Skywest Aviation. Total Time: 11117:6, Landings: 8381. (Source: 5)

Final entry Log Book #3 by Skywest Aviation. Total Time: 14321:5, Landings: 11246. (Source: 5)

Skywest was taken over by Pearl Aviation.

Registered to Pearl Aviation Australia, Cloverdale, WA. (Source: 1)

Operated various charters ex Darwin including: Troughton Island, WA for Gulf, Geco and Ansett (Woodside)
Truscott, NT for Paspaley Pearling to collect pax ex Cessna 208 VH-KLP
Peppimenarti, NT for Northern Air Charter (Source: 5)

Operated various charters ex Darwin including:
Truscott, NT for Paspaley Pearling to collect pax ex Cessna 208 VH-KLP
Truscott, NT for Ansett (Woodside)
Truscott, NT for Gulf
Troughton Island, WA for Gulf
Troughton Island, WA 3 flights for Ansett (Woodside) to evacuate a drilling rig because of Cyclone Thelma.
(Source: 5)

Operated various charters ex Darwin including:
Truscott, NT for Gulf, Geco-Prakla and PGS ("Challenger" crew change)
Truscott, NT for Paspaley Pearling to collect pax ex Mallard VH-OAW
Croker Island, NT for Northern Territory Aerial Medical Service
Broome, WA to/from Cadjebut, WA for Western Metals (multiple flights)
(Source: 5)

Chartered to Raytheon "for airwork within 120nm radius of Darwin for testing of primary radar system".
(Source: 5)

Operated various charters ex Darwin including:
Truscott, NT for PGS, Nippon, Woodside, Gulf and Lloyds Helicopter Group
Troughton Island, WA for Shell, Woodside and BHP
Bathurst Island for N.T. Health Service
Darwin local for CASA pilot endorsement
(Source: 5)

Operated various charters ex Darwin including:
Tanami, NT for Otter Exploration
Troughton Island, WA for Gulf, Geco and Shell
Truscott, NT for Nippon and Gulf
(Source: 5)

Operated various charters ex Darwin including:
Troughton Island, WA for Gulf and Geco
Truscott, NT for Nippon
(Source: 5)

Operated Darwin-Tindal with The Hon. Warren Snowden MP. (Source: 5)

The aircraft underwent a major refurbishment at Jet West Aviation Pty Ltd, Perth. (Source: 5)

CASA issued a Special Flight Permit for VH-MXK to be ferried from Perth to Brisbane for maintenance to be carried out. The permit was valid until 31MAR01. (Source: 5)

Photographed at Brisbane Airport stripped of all paint and roughly marked as VH-MXK on the ventral fin. The aircraft was conducting performance ground runs on both engines. (Source: 5)

The aircraft was issued with a Special Certificate of Airworthiness Number BKES01055 as VH-MXK in the Experimental Category to become effective when the aircraft is fitted with Flight Inspection Equipment. (Source: 5)

The aircraft was fitted with an Aerodata Flight Inspection System as part of extensive modifications for Flight Inspection work. "The flight inspection equipment installation consists of two equipment racks mounted in the cabin of the aircraft, a variety of antennas mounted to the aircraft fuselage, an external laser reflector and an interface with the aircraft navigation and communication system." See drawing. The aircraft was based at Brisbane Airport. (Source: 5)

The Aerodata AD-FIS-8 Flight Inspection System fitted to VH-FII had been removed from Airservices Australia Astra VH-FIS which it replaced. (Source: 6)

Re-registered VH-FI I to Pearl Aviation Australia Pty Ltd, Cloverdale, WA. (Source: 1)

Aircraft to be repainted by Douglas Aviation. Total Time: 19939:9, Landings: 17307. (Source: 5)

The aircraft was painted with "Flight Inspection Alliance" titles. From the AeroPearl website: "AeroPearl is a full service member of the International marketing alliance 'Flight Inspection Alliance' (FIA) with a network of Flight inspection service providers covering the world. The Alliance has service provider members in the United Kingdom and Germany and flight inspection system manufacturers in Germany, the United States and Norway."

When engaged in Flight Inspection operations, the aircraft used the radio call-sign AUSCAL 1

The aircraft was issued with a Special Certificate of Airworthiness Number BKES01072 as VH-FII in the Experimental Category to become effective when the aircraft is fitted with Flight Inspection Equipment.
(Source: 5)

Aircraft fitted with McCauley four-bladed propellers. (Source: 5)

Application to CASA for extensions as "aircraft is operating in the Middle East." (Source: 5)

Application to CASA for extensions as "aircraft is in India on deployment." (Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Essendon, Vic
Sydney, NSW
Mildura, Vic
Ceduna, SA
Forrest, WA
Perth, WA
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Perth, WA
Forrest, WA
Broken Hill, NSW
Mackay, Qld
Townsville, Qld
Scherger RAAF, Qld
Cairns, Qld
Longreach, Qld
Gold Coast, Qld
Moruya, NSW
Launceston, Tas
Hobart, Tas
Essendon, Vic
Melbourne, Vic
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Amberley RAAF, Qld
Oakey, Qld
Richmond RAAF, NSW
Nowra, NSW
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Nowra, NSW
Bundaberg, Qld
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Sydney, NSW
Richmond RAAF, NSW
Avalon, Vic
Essendon, Vic
East Sale, Vic
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
East Sale, Vic
Griffith, NSW
Adelaide, SA
Edinburgh RAAF, SA
Tamworth, NSW
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Nowra, NSW
Canberra, ACT
Williamtown RAAF, NSW
Cooma, NSW
Moorabbin, Vic
Sydney, NSW
Port Macquarie, NSW
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Mackay, Qld
Cairns, Qld
Weipa, Qld
Townsville, Qld
Williamtown RAAF, NSW
Sydney, NSW
Wagga Wagga, NSW
Essendon, Vic
Melbourne, Vic
Moorabbin, Vic
Launceston, TAS
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Rockhampton, Qld
Amberley RAAF, Qld
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Sydney, NSW
Essendon, Vic
Avalon, Vic
East Sale, Vic
Richmond RAAF, NSW
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Tamworth, NSW
Griffith, NSW
Adelaide, SA
Edinburgh RAAF, SA
Broken Hill, NSW
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Nowra, NSW
Canberra, ACT
Bourke, NSW
Ceduna, SA
Kalgoorlie, WA
Perth, WA
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Amberley RAAF, Qld
Oakey, Qld
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Sydney, NSW
Williamtown RAAF, NSW
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Sydney, NSW
Parkes, NSW
Essendon, Vic
Avalon, Vic
Richmond RAAF, NSW
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Rockhampton, QLD
Townsville, Qld
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Williamtown RAAF, NSW
Nowra, NSW
Canberra, ACT
Sydney, NSW
Emerald, QLD
Hughenden, Qld
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Cairns, Qld
Lockhart River, Qld
Townsville, Qld
Parkes, NSW
Essendon. Vic
Melbourne, Vic
Launceston, Tas
Hobart, Tas
Canberra, ACT
Sydney, NSW
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Oakey, Qld
Amberley RAAF, Qld
Canberra, ACT
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Sydney, NSW
Adelaide, SA
Ceduna, SA
Esperance, WA
Perth, WA
Albany, WA
Pearce RAAF, WA
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Amberley RAAF, Qld
Oakey, Qld
Sydney, NSW
Richmond RAAF, NSW
East Sale, Vic
Essendon, Vic
Avalon, Vic
Albury, NSW
Tamworth, NSW
(Source: 5)

Registered to Pearl Aviation Australia, Darwin, NT. (Source: 1)

Special Flight Permit issued to VH-FII for a day VMC flight from Ceduna to Adelaide with the undercarriage locked down. The permit was for one flight only for the purpose of maintenance and expired on 14SEP05. (Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Longreach, Qld
Sydney, NSW
Oakey, Qld
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Sydney, NSW
Canberra, ACT
Oakey, Qld
East Sale, Vic
Essendon, Vic
Avalon, Vic
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Richmond RAAF, NSW
Port Macquarie, NSW
Sydney, NSW
Parkes, NSW
Tamworth, NSW
Canberra, ACT
Launceston, Tas
(Source: 5)

On or about this date the aircraft suffered a lightning strike necessitating an inspection at Adelaide. (Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Sydney, NSW
Essendon, Vic
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Moorabbin, Vic
Launceston, Tas
Canberra, ACT
Grafton, NSW
Sydney, NSW
Essendon, Vic
Port Macquarie, NSW
Wagga Wagga, NSW
Tamworth, NSW
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Sunshine Coast, Qld
Sydney, NSW
Nowra, NSW
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Nowra, NSW
Sydney, NSW
Canberra, ACT
Sunshine Coast, Qld
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Merimbula, NSW
Griffith, NSW
Nowra, NSW
Sydney, NSW
Rockhampton, Qld
Cairns, QLD
Adelaide, SA
(Source: 5)

Final weighing. Empty weight: 3989 kg. Fitted with a total of four seats. (Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Rockhampton, Qld
Cairns, Qld
Adelaide, SA
Thargomindah, Qld
Wagga Wagga, NSW
Essendon, Vic
Hobart, Tas
Sydney, NSW
Tamworth, NSW
Launceston, Tas
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Sunshine Coast, Qld
Dubbo, NSW
Wagga Wagga, NSW
Sydney, NSW
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Sunshine Coast, Qld
Rockhampton, Qld
Cairns, Qld
Maryborough, Qld
Sydney, NSW
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Canberra, ACT
Sydney, NSW
Williamtown RAAF, NSW
Nowra, NSW
Maryborough, Qld
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Nowra, NSW
Williamtown RAAF, NSW
Tamworth, NSW
Sunshine Coast, Qld
Canberra, ACT
Roma. Qld
Cairns, Qld
Townsville, Qld
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Townsville, Qld
Mackay, Qld
Gladstone, Qld
Sydney, NSW
Dubbo, NSW
Essendon, Vic
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Launceston, Tas
Hobart, Tas
Merimbula, NSW
Sydney, NSW
Rockhampton, Qld
Cairns, Qld
Hamilton Island, Qld
Wagga Wagga, NSW
Essendon, Vic
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Sunshine Coast, Qld
Rockhampton, Qld
Cairns, Qld
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Rockhampton, Qld
Cairns, Qld
Sunshine Coast, Qld
Coffs Harbour, NSW
Canberra, ACT
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Sydney, NSW
East Sale, Vic
Albury, NSW
Canberra, ACT
Essendon, Vic
Cobar, NSW
Mildura, NSW
Mount Gambier, SA
Adelaide, SA
Edinburgh RAAF, SA
Tamworth, NSW
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Canberra, ACT
Williamtown, NSW
Nowra, NSW
East Sale, Vic
Essendon, Vic
Avalon, Vic
Narrandera, NSW
Coffs Harbour, NSW
Tamworth, NSW
Sunshine Coast, Qld
Parkes, NSW
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Sydney, NSW
Cairns, Qld
Lockhart River, Qld
Weipa, Qld
Horn Island, Qld
Mackay, Qld
Longreach, Qld
Hobart, Tas
Devonport, Tas
Launceston, Tas
Essendon, Vic
Merimbula, NSW
Canberra, ACT
Cowra, NSW
(Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Canberra, ACT
Cowra, NSW
Tamworth, NSW
Maryborough, Qld
Sydney, NSW
(Source: 5)

Departed Brisbane at 0022Z for Cobar, NSW where it landed at 0249Z. After refuelling, it departed Cobar at 0400Z only to return at 0450Z after an in-flight failure of the right propeller gearbox. Pearl Aviation engineers travelled to Cobar to perform an engine change with a replacement engine which was trucked from Sydney. The propeller was trucked to Brisbane for overhaul because it had suffered sudden stoppage and metal contamination. As no spare propeller was available, the aircraft was grounded at Cobar pending return of the overhauled propeller. (Source: 5)

Ferried from Cobar to Brisbane. (Source: 5)

Returned to service on Flight Inspection operations at Oakey, Qld. (Source: 5)

Visited the following airports in connection with Flight Inspection operations for Airservices Australia:
Oakey, Qld
Amberley RAAF, Qld
Charleville, Qld
Windorah, Qld
Alice Springs, NT
(Source: 5)

Final mission. Departed Brisbane at 0130Z. Conducted Flight Inspection work at Williamtown, NSW and Richmond, NSW (one landing at each) and positioned to Sydney arriving at 0649Z. (Source: 5)

Last flight.
Sydney-Brisbane, Capt D. Thomas, F/O N. Keats.
Departed Sydney 2359Z
Arrived Brisbane 0128Z.
Flight time 1:42
Total Time: 25189:8 hrs, Landings: 20574
(Source: 5)


Engines removed:
PT6A-41 s/n PCE79143 (left)
PT6A-41 s/n PCE85445 (right)

Donated to QAM by Pearl Aviation Australia Pty Ltd under the Cultural Gifts Program.

Wings transported to Caloundra.

Aircraft loaded on to a low-loader at Brisbane Airport.

Aircraft arrived at QAM Caloundra.

Wings refitted at Caloundra courtesy of engineers from Pearl Aviation.

The aircraft was fitted with props and spinners thanks to Pearl Aviation. Picture

The Flight Survey Console from VH-FII is displayed at the Airways Museum at Essendon Airport in Melbourne.

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly
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Compiled By Ron Cuskelly

Sources

1

Tony Arbon, AustAirData

2

FreeBird Aviation Database

3

Qantas Movement Logs held by Ron Cuskelly

4

Graham Syphers

5.1

Aircraft Log Books and records held by QAM. Flight Inspection operations are drawn from Pearl Aviation Journey Logs however there are several gaps in the coverage. Airports are listed once only each month and in chronological order.

5.2

Some of the airports listed may have been fuel stops only and some may have been visited more than once during the month. It was not unusual for the aircraft to return to its Brisbane base on several occasions each month and, of course, Brisbane Airport itself was also checked periodically.

7

Robert Maddern and his log book.

8

South Australian Air Journal various issues.

Remarks

Added an image of the aircraft in flight thanks to Paul Sadler/Australian Aviation.

Issue: 14

DATE: 23 NOV 10

Added an image of the Flight Survey Console on display at the Airways Museum. Thanks to Phil Vabre.

Issue: 13

DATE: 08 NOV 17

Added entries at 23JAN83, 23JUN83, 31AUG85.

Issue: 12

DATE: 22 AUG 17

Added further details of an OK-Tedi contract. Thanks to Robert Maddern.

Issue: 11

DATE: 20 AUG 17

Added details of an OK-Tedi contract operated from March 1986.

Issue: 10

DATE: 30 JUL 17

Added an image of the aircraft with props and exhausts.

Issue: 09

DATE: 22 MAY 17

Added an image of the aircraft fitted with props and spinners. Thanks to Pearl Aviation for the props and Colin Campbell for the image.

Issue: 08

DATE: 24 FEB 17

Added several images thanks to Phil Vabre.

Issue: 07

DATE: 23 FEB 14

Complete update after access to log books.

Issue: 06

DATE: 12 FEB 14

Added an image of the aircraft with paint stripped. Added an image of the aircraft with wings fitted.

Issue: 05

DATE: 19 NOV 13

Added an image of the aircraft at Caloundra.

Issue: 04

DATE: 20 OCT 13

Added an image of the recovery crew.

Issue: 03

DATE: 15 OCT 13

Added details of delivery to QAM.

Issue: 02

DATE: 25 SEP 13

Original issue.

Issue: 01

DATE: 02 JUL 13

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