TRANSAVIA PL-12 AIRTRUK ZK-CWX
MSN 818

 

MSN 818
MSN 818
MSN 818
MSN 818

 

MSN
1033

 

ZK-CWX
   
23SEP68
  Registered to Transavia Leasing Company Ltd., Auckland, NZ as ZK-CWX. (Source: 1)
68
  Assembled by Flight Engineers Ltd at Ardmore. (Source: 7)
68
  The aircraft was delivered in the STD34 orange colour scheme. (Source: 6)
68
  Leased to Barr Bros Ltd of Auckland. (Source: 1)
69
  Leased to Air Contracts (1969) Ltd. (Source: 1)
10DEC71
  Registered to Transfield (NZ) Ltd. (Source: 1)
MAR71
  Leased to Rotorua Aerial Services Syndicate. (Source: 2) Flown by Hamish Ross. (Source: 7)
03MAR72
  Accident at Roydon Downs, NZ. (Source: 3)
APR74
  Rotorua Aerial Services Syndicate bought the aircraft. (Source: 2)
JAN76
  Hamish Ross formed Ross Aviation Ltd and continued to operate ZK-CWX from Rotorua. (Source: 7)
01SEP76
  Photographed at Rotokawa in service with Rotorua Aerial Services Syndicate. (Source: 2)
SEP76
  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)
14JUL83
  Accident at Tangiteroria, NZ. (Source: 3)
85
  Leased from Barr Bros by Skyfarmers Holdings Ltd of Ashburton to replace ZK-CJT which had crashed near Waimate on 20OCT85. (Source: 7)
85
  During its time with Skyfarmers, ZK-CWX was flown by Ian Stewart, John Millar and Mark Houston. (Source: 6)
18NOV88
  Cancelled from the NZ Register as exported to Australia. (Source: 1)
VH-HSB
   
02DEC88
  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)
05DEC88
  Registered to David Swan Durham, (t/a Bathurst Agricultural Aviation) Georges Plains, NSW as VH-HSB. (Source: 5)
13DEC89
  First periodic inspection performed by Mick English Aviation at Bathurst, NSW. Total Time: 4248 hr 2 min. (Source: 5)
19SEP92
  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)
19NOV93
  Fitted with a new stub wing (s/n 5248) by Aerowork Engineering, Orange, NSW. Total Time: 5712 hr 7 min. (Source: 5)
19FEB97
  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)
27JAN00
  Repairs to port wing and stub wing by Airag Aviation Services Pty Ltd., Bankstown, NSW. Total Time: 6774 hr 7 min. (Source: 5)
28JAN00
  Final periodic inspection by Bathurst Aircraft Maintenance Centre. Total Time: 6776 hr 3 min. (Source: 5)
16APR00
  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)
18JUL06
  Registration revoked by CASA. (Source: 1)
MAR08
  Fuselage noted derelict at Bathurst, NSW. (Source: 1)
03AUG10
  Acquired by Bill Smith as a wreck. (Source: 5)
18JUN11
  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.
26JUL11
  Date of sale to QAM.
22FEB12
  The majority of the airframe was delivered to QAM at Caloundra courtesy of HARS.
19MAR12
  The remainder of the airframe was delivered to QAM at Caloundra courtesy of HARS.
29OCT14
  The restored and repainted aircraft was reassembled at Caloundra.
     
VH-TTV
  MSN 1033 - The QAM aircraft incorporates the tail section from this airframe.
JUL70
  Registered in South Africa as ZS-IGN to Jacobson and Van der Berg, Johannesberg, SA. (Source: 1)
30JUL73
  Registered VH-TTV to Len Tesoriero, Boorowa, NSW. (Source: 1)
13MAR78
  Registered to Midlands Super Spreading Service (J.L. Jones), Kempton, Tas. (Source: 1)
23DEC80
  Damaged 2nm W Branxholme, Tas, when it collided with power lines. (Source: 1)
16JUN06
  Registered to Jones Contracting Services, Kempton, Tas. (Source: 1)
22NOV06
  Registered to Christine McDonald, Leongatha, Vic. (Source: 1)
02MAR10
  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)
26OCT10
  Registration cancelled. (Source: 1)

   

 

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).
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ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
11
14MAR15
Added an image of the restored cockpit. Thanks to Angelo Calleja.
10
25FEB15
Added an image of the aircraft with markings added. Thanks to Angelo Calleja.
9
26NOV14
Added an image of the restored aircraft. Thanks to Colin Campbell.
8
08NOV12
Added four new images thanks to Dave Bates.
7
09OCT12
Added an image of ZK-CWX in Barr Bros. markings thanks to Ray Deerness.
6
27SEP12
Major revision of the aircraft's NZ history incorporating input from sources 6, 7 and 8.
5
03AUG12
Added an image of ZK-CWX fitted as a sprayer. Thanks to Arthur Ruddenklau.
4
20MAR12
Added date of second and final delivery to QAM.
3
24FEB12
Added date of first delivery to QAM.
2
29JUL11
Added date of sale to QAM.
1
06JUL11
Original issue.