TRANSAVIA PL-12 AIRTRUK ZK-CWX C/N 818

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Registered to Transavia Leasing Company Ltd., Auckland, NZ as ZK-CWX. (Source: 1)

Assembled by Flight Engineers Ltd at Ardmore. (Source: 7)

The aircraft was delivered in the STD34 orange colour scheme. (Source: 6)

Leased to Barr Bros Ltd of Auckland. (Source: 1)

Leased to Air Contracts (1969) Ltd. (Source: 1)

Registered to Transfield (NZ) Ltd. (Source: 1)

Leased to Rotorua Aerial Services Syndicate. (Source: 2) Flown by Hamish Ross. (Source: 7)

Accident at Roydon Downs, NZ. (Source: 3)

Rotorua Aerial Services Syndicate bought the aircraft. (Source: 2)

Hamish Ross formed Ross Aviation Ltd and continued to operate ZK-CWX from Rotorua. (Source: 7)

Photographed at Rotokawa in service with Rotorua Aerial Services Syndicate. (Source: 2)

Sold back to Transfield (NZ) Ltd. (Source: 2)

Photographed at Ardmore fitted with a three-bladed prop and a glider tow hook while engaged in trials with the Auckland Gliding Club towing two gliders simultaneously. (Source: 2)

Much of the glider towing was flown by Nigel Arkley at Ardmore and later at Drury when gliding operations were relocated. (Source: 8)

Accident at Tangiteroria, NZ. (Source: 3)

Leased from Barr Bros by Skyfarmers Holdings Ltd of Ashburton to replace ZK-CJT which had crashed near Waimate on 20OCT85. (Source: 7)

During its time with Skyfarmers, ZK-CWX was flown by Ian Stewart, John Millar and Mark Houston. (Source: 6)

Cancelled from the NZ Register as exported to Australia. (Source: 1)

Australian CofA inspection by Pacific Aviation Pty Ltd. Australian Log Book #1 opened at 4148 hr 12 min transferred from NZ log books. (Source: 5)

Registered to David Swan Durham, (t/a Bathurst Agricultural Aviation) Georges Plains, NSW as VH-HSB. (Source: 5)

First periodic inspection performed by Mick English Aviation at Bathurst, NSW. Total Time: 4248 hr 2 min. (Source: 5)

Engine removed and bulk stripped due cracked crankcase. Total Time: 5562 hr 32 min. From this date all maintenance was performed by Aerowork Engineering, Orange, NSW. (Source: 5)

Fitted with a new stub wing (s/n 5248) by Aerowork Engineering, Orange, NSW. Total Time: 5712 hr 7 min. (Source: 5)

Periodic inspection by Bathurst Aircraft Maintenance Centre. Total Time: 6079 hr 54 min. From this date all maintenance was performed by Bathurst Aircraft Maintenance Centre. (Source: 5)

Repairs to port wing and stub wing by Airag Aviation Services Pty Ltd., Bankstown, NSW. Total Time: 6774 hr 7 min. (Source: 5)

Final periodic inspection by Bathurst Aircraft Maintenance Centre. Total Time: 6776 hr 3 min. (Source: 5)

Damaged at Athlone Station, NSW, when it failed to become airborne from a wet grass strip. (Source: 1)
Total Time: 6869 hr 36 min. (Source: 5)

Registration revoked by CASA. (Source: 1)

Fuselage noted derelict at Bathurst, NSW. (Source: 1)

Acquired by Bill Smith as a wreck. (Source: 5)

QAM agreed to purchase the aircraft from Bill Smith. The airframe comprises the fuselage and wings of VH-HSB plus the tail and booms from VH-TTV. The history of VH-TTV appears below.

Date of sale to QAM.

The majority of the airframe was delivered to QAM at Caloundra courtesy of HARS.

The remainder of the airframe was delivered to QAM at Caloundra courtesy of HARS.

The restored and repainted aircraft was reassembled at Caloundra.

MSN 1033 - The QAM aircraft incorporates the tail section from this airframe.

Registered in South Africa as ZS-IGN to Jacobson and Van der Berg, Johannesberg, SA. (Source: 1)

Registered VH-TTV to Len Tesoriero, Boorowa, NSW. (Source: 1)

Registered to Midlands Super Spreading Service (J.L. Jones), Kempton, Tas. (Source: 1)

Damaged 2nm W Branxholme, Tas, when it collided with power lines. (Source: 1)

Registered to Jones Contracting Services, Kempton, Tas. (Source: 1)

Registered to Christine McDonald, Leongatha, Vic. (Source: 1)

Substantially damaged in a landing accident at Mardan Airstrip, Vic. while being operated by Super Planes Pty Ltd of Leongatha. The pilot, Darren Martin, was released from hospital after checks. (Source: 4)

Remains of the aircraft sold to Arthur Ruddenklau who subsequently sold the tails and booms to Bill Smith. (Source: 6)

Registration cancelled. (Source: 1)

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly
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Sources

1

AustAirData, Tony Arbon

2

Peter Lewis, NZ.

3

www.archway.archives.govt.nz

4

The Great Southern Star, Leongatha.

5

Aircraft Log Book #1 VH-HSB

6

Arthur Ruddenklau

7

Janic Geelen & Ray Deerness, The Topdressers 1990, NZ Aviation Press, 1990.

8

Lauren Arkley (daughter of Nigel Arkley).http://rnzaf.proboards.com/index.cgi?
board=agricultural&action=display&thread=12296&page=1

Remarks

Added an image of the restored cockpit. Thanks to Angelo Calleja.

Issue: 11

DATE: 14 MAR 15

Added an image of the aircraft with markings added. Thanks to Angelo Calleja.

Issue: 10

DATE: 25 FEB 15

Added an image of the restored aircraft. Thanks to Colin Campbell.

Issue: 09

DATE: 26 NOV 14

Added four new images thanks to Dave Bates.

Issue: 08

DATE: 08 NOV 12

Added an image of ZK-CWX in Barr Bros. markings thanks to Ray Deerness.

Issue: 07

DATE: 09 OCT 12

Major revision of the aircraft’s NZ history incorporating input from sources 6, 7 and 8.

Issue: 06

DATE: 27 SEP 12

Added an image of ZK-CWX fitted as a sprayer. Thanks to Arthur Ruddenklau.

Issue: 05

DATE: 03 AUG 12

Added date of second and final delivery to QAM.

Issue: 04

DATE: 20 MAR 12

Added date of first delivery to QAM.

Issue: 03

DATE: 24 FEB 12

Added date of sale to QAM.

Issue: 02

DATE: 29 JUL 11

Original issue.

Issue: 01

DATE: 06 JUL 11

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