CESSNA 402A VH-DZY Darling Downs C/N 402A0066

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

Registered N4566Q

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)

Registered VH-DZY to Rex Aviation Ltd, Bankstown, NSW. (Source: 1)

Test flown 3 hours 20 mins and 4 landings by Rex Aviation. (Source: 4)

The aircraft was used on charter operations by Rex Aviation.

First flight in VH-DZY by Phillip Zupp. Circuits and landings 0:20 solo (Source: 3)

Bankstown-Bathurst-Bankstown 2:15, POB 3 for CSIRO. (Source: 3)

Bankstown-Orange-Bankstown 2:30, POB 4 for CSIRO. (Source: 3)

Bankstown-Dubbo-Bankstown 2:45, POB 4 for CSIRO. (Source: 3)

Air Test Bankstown 1:05, POB 4 (Source: 3)

Air Test Bankstown 1:05, POB 2 (Source: 3)

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)

Bankstown-Roma 3:00, POB 4 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Roma-Mackay 2:10, POB 4 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Mackay local 2:35, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Mackay-Comet Downs (indirect) 4:05 - Emerald 0:20, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Emerald-Mackay 1:05, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Mackay-St Lawrence Area-Mackay 3:15, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Mackay-Repulse Bay Area-Mackay 2:00, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Mackay-Charon Point Area-Mackay 4:10, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Mackay-Bowen 0:45, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Bowen-Mackay (indirect) 1:10, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Mackay-Emerald 1:45, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Emerald-Rockhampton (west of)-Mackay 2:20, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Mackay-Emerald 1:10, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Emerald Area-Mackay 3:10, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Mackay-Emerald 1:15, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Emerald Area-Mackay 2:50, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Mackay-Emerald 1:10, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Emerald-Clermont Area-Mackay 2:40, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Mackay-Emerald 1:10, POB 4 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Emerald Area 2:20, POB 4 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Emerald-Mackay 1:10, POB 4 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Mackay-Emerald 1:10, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Emerald Area 0:10, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Emerald-Mackay 1:10, POB 3 (for CSIRO) (Source: 3)

Mackay-Toowoomba 2:50, POB 4 (Source: 3)

Toowoomba-Bankstown 2:40, POB 4 (Source: 3)

Cloud seeding equipment and auxiliary oxygen system removed. Aircraft returned to standard configuration. Total Time: 1220:00. (Source: 4)

Last flight in VH-DZY by Phillip Zupp. Sydney (KSA)-Bankstown 1:25 (Source: 3)

Major inspection completed by Rex Aviation. Total Time: 1393:00. (Source: 4)

100 hourly inspection by Rex Aviation. Total Time: 1497:40. (Source: 4)

100 hourly inspection by Mitchell Aerial Services, Cairns. Total Time: 1598:08. (Source: 4)

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)

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)

Check 1 by Exective-Howard Pty Ltd at Townsville. Total Time: 2046:11. Subsequent maintenance performed by Executive-Howard at Townsville. (Source: 4)

Check 1 by Bush Pilots Aero Engineering Pty Ltd, Cairns. Total Time: 2677:37. Subsequent maintenance by BPAE. (Source: 4)

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)

Check 2 by General Aviation Maintenance Pty Ltd, Wilsonton, Toowoomba. Total Time: 3264:08.

Photographed at Brisbane Airport in BPA livery and named Darling Downs.

Check 1 by Rex Aviation, Archerfield. Total Time: 3492:09. Subsequent maintenance by Rex Aviation, Archerfield. (Source: 4)

Check 1 by Bush Pilots Aero Engineering, Cairns. Total Time: 3937:28. (Source: 4)

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)

Cracks found in crankcase of left hand engine at Mackay. Engine was changed at Mackay. (Source: 4)

Aircraft repainted and interior refurbished by BPAE, Cairns. (Source: 4)

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)

Reweighed by Bush Pilots Airways. Empty Weight 1866 kg. Aircraft is configured with 10 seats including the pilot's seat. (Source: 4)

Registered to Air Queensland Ltd, Cairns, Qld. (Source: 1)
BPA changed its name to Air Queensland in December 1981.

Registered to PAS Investments Pty Ltd, trading as Peninsula Air Services, Essendon Airport, Vic. (Source: 1)

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.

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)

Periodic inspection by Peninsula Air Services, Essendon. Total Time: 11592:11. (Source: 4)

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)

Control surfaces removed, repainted and refitted by Peninsula Air Services. Total Time: 12122:41. (Source: 4)

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)

Log Book No 2 opens at Total Time: 12515.6.
Major & Periodic inspection by Hawker Pacific (where?). (Source: 4)

Periodic inspection by Skywest Aviation, Jandakot, WA. Total Time: 12615.3 (Source: 4)

Periodic inspection by Skywest Aviation, Jandakot, WA. Total Time: 12765.9 (Source: 4)

Periodic inspection. Total Time: 12814.8. Maintenance organisation not recorded. (Source: 4)

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)

Periodic inspection by Penair Pty Ltd., Essendon. Total Time: 13011.6 (Source: 4)

Periodic inspection by Penair. Total Time: 13512.3. "Aircraft removed from air ambulance configuration at this time." (Source: 4)

Registered to Skylink Airlines Pty Ltd, Brooklyn Park, SA. (Source: 1)

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)

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)

Checks 1-8 carried out by Southern Aircraft Maintenance at Parafield. Total Time: 14024.0 (Source: 4)

Registered to PAS Investments Pty Ltd, East Malvern, Vic. (Source: 1)

Periodic inspection by Penair Pty Ltd. Total Time: 14124.0 (Source: 4)

Registered to Moree Airlines Pty Ltd, Moree, NSW. (Source: 1)

Periodic inspection by Aircraft Engineers Associates Pty Ltd, Archerfield. Total Time: 14222.4 (Source: 4)

Photographed at Moree in Midwest Airlines colours and named Spirit of Moree.

Periodic inspection in accordance with Midwest Airlines maintenance manual by Aircraft Engineers Associates. Total Time: 14420.3 (Source: 4)

Periodic inspection by Aircair Aviation, Moree, NSW. Total Time: 14620.3 (Source: 4)

Registered to Austrek Aviation Pty Ltd, Moree, NSW. (Source: 1)

Maintenance by Tamair Pty Ltd, Tamworth. Total Time: 14747.4 (Source: 4)

Periodic inspection by Tamair, Tamworth. Total Time: 14814.7 (Source: 4)

Stripped and repainted by Ballina Aircraft Refinishers. (Source: 4)

Periodic inspection by North West Aviation Pty Ltd, Inverell, NSW. Total Time: 15010.9 (Source: 4)

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)

Maintenance by Approved Aircraft Maintenance, Toowoomba. Total Time: 16106.5

Maintenance by Gwydir Air, Moree. Total Time: 16429.7 (Source: 4)

Maintenance by Total Aircraft Maintenance Pty Ltd, Toowoomba. Total Time: 16489.0 (Source: 4)

Reweighed by North West Aviation, Inverell. Empty Weight 1912 kg. Fitted with 8 seats total. (Source: 4)

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)

Check 1 by Total Aircraft Maintenance Pty Ltd, Toowoomba. Total Time: 16834.5 (Source: 4)

Maintenance by Total Air Maintenance. Total Time: 16845.7 (Source: 4)
Final entry Log Book No 2.

Log Book No 3 opened at Total Time: 16895.4 (Source: 4)

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.

Registered to Austrek Aviation Pty Ltd, trading as Austrek Air Charter, Toowoomba, Qld. (Source: 1)

Last flight 0.9 hrs by Marty Taylor. (Source: 4)

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

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)

Noted stored dismantled at Toowoomba, Qld. (Source: 1)

QAM accepted an offer from Austrek Aviation Pty Ltd to donate the aircraft.

The fuselage arrived at Caloundra.

The wings arrived at Caloundra and the aircraft was reassembled soon after.

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly
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Compiled By Ron Cuskelly

Sources

1

Tony Arbon, AustAirData

2

Cairns Post, 04DEC74.

3

Phillip Zupp, Pilot's Log Book. Owen Zupp, Without Precedent, 2016.

4

Note: Only significant maintenance actions or changes of maintenance provider have been transferred from the log books.

Remarks

Added an image of the aircraft with BPA in August 1975. Thanks to Ross Webster.

Issue: 10

DATE: 30 NOV 18

Added details of cloud-seeding operations in January 1972 from the log book of Phillip Zupp. Thanks to Owen Zupp.

Issue: 09

DATE: 25 AUG 17

Added details from the aircraft log books.
Added four new images thanks to Nigel Daw.
Added a recent image with two engines and one prop fitted.

Issue: 08

DATE: 22 AUG 17

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.

Issue: 07

DATE: 12 AUG 17

Added an image of the aircraft reassembled at Caloundra.

Issue: 06

DATE: 23 JAN 14

Added Caloundra delivery date.

Issue: 05

DATE: 21 OCT 14

Added an image of the aircraft ready to depart Toowoomba by road. Thanks to Cameron Elmes.

Issue: 04

DATE: 03 OCT 14

Added a newspaper cutting reporting the BPA services to the Darling Downs. Thanks to Ron Entsch.

Issue: 03

DATE: 23 JUL 14

Added an image of the aircraft in the yellow BPA livery thanks to Ron Entsch.

Issue: 02

DATE: 19 JUL 14

Original issue.

Issue: 01

DATE: 07 JUN 14

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