LAKE LA-4-200 BUCCANEER VH-EJX C/N 596

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QAM thanks Chris Morgan for the donation of this aircraft.

Registered N65665. (Source: 1)

Uncrated and assembled by John Milton Pty. Ltd. at Bankstown, NSW and inspected for Australian CofA. Fitted with Lycoming IO-360-AIB s/n L11905-51A. Australian Log Book opened at 16 hours from American log book and tachometer. (Source: 2)

Radio inspection by Aviotronics Pty. Limited. (Source: 2)

Electrical work by Walker Aviation, Bankstown. (Source: 2)

Registered VH-EJX (CofR 8708) to Kevin Bowe trading as Air Whitsunday, Happy Bay, QLD. (Source: 1)

Test flown at Bankstown and subsequently ferried to Air Whitsunday's base at Happy Bay on Long Island, Whitsunday. (Source: 3)

First commercial flight with Air Whitsunday. (Source: 3)

Damage to starboard wing repaired by Anstey Rose Aircraft Engineers Pty. Ltd., Rockhampton. (Source: 2)

To this date the aircraft was maintained by B.M. Ramsay (Lic. No. G9550) (1325.04 hours). Major inspection due 01DEC77. (Source: 2)

Withdrawn from use. (Source: 1)

Major instrument inspection by Wilmor Accessories Pty. Ltd., Bankstown. (Source: 2)

Radio inspection by Aviotronics Pty. Limited. (Source: 2)

Major electrical inspection by Walker Aviation. (Source: 2)

Major inspection by John Cameron Aviation. (1427 hours). (Source: 2)

Registered to Kevin Bowe trading as Air Whitsunday, Airlie Beach, QLD. (Source: 1)

100 hourly inspection by Howard Wilson Aviation Pty. Ltd., Rockhampton (1527 hours). (Source: 2)

Compass swing carried out at Bankstown. (Source: 2)

Registered to Intran Aviation, Bankstown Airport, NSW. (Source: 1)

Undercarriage collapsed on landing at Bankstown. (Source: 1)

Maintenance Release issued by Adams Aviation Pty. Ltd., Bankstown (1768.18 hours). (Source: 2)

Storm damage to right aileron repaired. (Source: 2)

Major inspection by Adams Aviation Pty. Ltd., Bankstown (1810 hours). (Source: 2)

Registered to David Absolon, North Mackay, QLD. (Source: 1)

Periodic inspection by Howard Wilson Aviation Pty. Ltd., Rockhampton (1910 hours). (Source: 2)

Periodic inspection by Air Whitsunday (2109.50 hours). (Source: 2)

Prop change by Howard Wilson Aviation Pty. Ltd., Rockhampton (2219.56 hours). (Source: 2)

Registered to Golden Wings Aviation, Townsville, QLD. (Source: 1) The aircraft was named Splatterpus 1 image

Major inspection by Townsville Aviation Services Pty. Ltd. (2235 hours). This work involved 769 man-hours and was invoiced at $14306.80. A maintenance release issued on this day bears a sticker stating "Handle Like Eggs"! (Source: 2)

Repairs by Golden Wings Aviation Services (Townsville). (Source: 2)

Minor damage when wind swung aircraft into a concrete block on a beach near Townsville, QLD. (Source: 1) (This is not reflected in the aircraft log book).

Periodic inspection and repairs by Rundle Air Service Pty. Ltd., Townsville. (2354.7 hours). (Source: 2)

The aircraft was substantially damaged after the right undercarriage failed on landing at Townsville at 0955 hours. Bureau of Air Safety Investigation Report 8511028 of 31 January 1986 states:
"The student pilot was receiving instruction for an endorsement on the aircraft type. Following a touch and go landing, the instructor closed the throttle to simulate an engine failure. The subsequent landing was firm and the right wheel broke off. The aircraft ground looped through 180 degress before coming to rest. Inspection of the gear leg revealed severe corrosion in the internal section of the leg. The right maingear leg failed on landing due to corrosion. This corrosion apparently had not been detected during the most recent periodic and major inspections, and there was no evidence that the bore of the maingear leg had been coated and sealed to prevent ingress of moisture."
The instructor was William Rutledge Kiernan and the student was Kerry Cameron Herron. Both were uninjured.

Repairs after landing accident by Rundle Air Service Pty. Ltd., Townsville. (2356.1 hours). (Source: 2)

Registered to Wattlepark Investments, Rockhampton, QLD. (Source: 1)

Registered to Roberta Pemberton, Mackay, QLD. (Source: 1)

Periodic inspection by Howard Wilson Aviation Pty. Ltd., Rockhampton (2435.61 hours). (Source: 2)

Aircraft removed from runway after starboard undercarriage failure and repairs carried out by Howard Wilson Aviation Pty. Ltd., Rockhampton (2450.4 hours). (Source: 2)

Minor repairs by Howard Wilson Aviation Pty. Ltd., Rockhampton (2532.4 hours). This is the last entry in the log book. (Source: 2)

Registered to Christopher Worsfold, Quirindi, NSW. (Source: 1)

Withdrawn from use. (Source: 1)

Aircraft, apparently abandoned, inspected at Mackay by Cliff Robinson.

Loan agreement signed between QAM and the owner Mr C Worsfold for the aircraft to be loaned to QAM for a minimum of two years.

QAM recovery party departed for Mackay

Aircraft arrived at QAM Caloundra by road from Mackay

The aircraft was donated to QAM by Mr Chris Morgan (formerly Worsfold).

The aircraft was moved to the restoration area.

Static restoration completed.

Sources

1

AustAirData - Tony Arbon.

2

Aircraft Log Book 1 of 1.

3

Kevin Bowe

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly
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Remarks

Added an image of the aircraft carrying Golden Wings Aviation titles and the name Splatterpus 1. Thanks to David Thollar.

Issue: 12

DATE: 01 FEB 20

Added a link to a paper on the Lake Buccaneer by QAM member Don Cameron.

Issue: 11

DATE: 21 AUG 18

Added an image of the aircraft carrying Golden Wings Aviation titles and the name Splatterpus 1. Thanks to Nick Sayer.

Issue: 10

DATE: 27 APR 16

Added an image of the newly restored aircraft.

Issue: 9

DATE: 22 JUL 12

Added details of the first Australian test flight, delivery to Air Whitsunday and entry into service. Thanks to Kevin Bowe.

Issue: 8

DATE: 08 DEC 11

Added an image of sister aircraft VH-EJZ in Air Whitsunday markings. The photo was provided by Kevin Bowe who owned Air Whitsunday at the time. Kevin advises that VH-EJX carried an identical colour scheme.

Issue: 7

DATE: 29 NOV 11

Added an image of the aircraft in its original factory colour scheme thanks to Wal Nelowkin. Also added an image of the aircraft undergoing restoration.

Issue: 6

DATE: 20 NOV 11

Restoration commenced.

Issue: 5

DATE: 14 JUL 11

Major update from the aircraft log book.

Issue: 4

DATE: 17 SEP 10

Ownership has been transferred to QAM.

Issue: 3

DATE: 08 AUG 10

Added much detail thanks to Tony Arbon.

Issue: 2

DATE: 15 JAN 06

Original issue.

Issue: 1

DATE: 19 OCT 05

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