NORD 262A-32 / MOHAWK 298 VH-HIX
MSN 42

 



F-WOFD
   
30NOV67
  First flown. Registered to Nord Aviation as F-WOFD.
F-BPNY
   
JUN68
  Re-registered F-BPNY to Nord Aviation.
24MAR69
  To Air Comores as F-BPNY.
17AUG71
  To Rousseau Aviation as F-BPNY.
N26228
   
AUG75
  To Ransome Airlines as N26228.
N29811
   
12MAR76
  To Allegheny Airlines as N29811.
JUN76
  Converted to a Mohawk 298 by Frakes Aviation with the substitution of two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-45 engines in place of the original Turbomeca Bastan engines. N29811 was one of nine aircraft converted for Allegheny Airlines between 1975 and 1978.
14JUN79
  Leased to Ransome Airlines as N29811.
JUL85
  Registered to Ransome Airlines Inc. as N29811 having previously been registered to USAir.
MAR87
  To Pan Am Express as N29811.
SEP87
  Cancelled from US Register.
09SEP87
  Noted at Brisbane after trans Pacific delivery flight.
09SEP87
  Arrived Adelaide on delivery to Lloyd Aviation.
VH-HIX
   
30SEP87
Registered VH-HIX to Lloyd Aviation, Adelaide.
25NOV87
Ferried Adelaide-Tamworth-Brisbane for services to Bundaberg and Gladstone.
NOV88
Lloyd sold its Queensland operation along with the four Mohawks to Queensland Pacific Airlines (part of the Norfolk Group).
03DEC88
Lloyd Air (Queensland) operations ceased.
04DEC88
Queensland Pacific Airlines commenced operations. Ports served at various times included Brisbane, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Blackwater, Thangool, Coolangatta and Newcastle.
05NOV89
Various Mohawks (including VH-HIX) were leased periodically to Par Avion, Tasmania for services between Launceston, Devonport and Essendon. The aircraft carried Queensland Pacific livery. These leases ceased on 09FEB90.
01MAR91
Queensland Pacific Airlines ceased operations.
01APR91
To Southern Pacific Regional Airlines as VH-HIX.
08APR91
Various Mohawks (including VH-HIX) were leased periodically to Ansett Express, Sydney for services between Sydney, Dubbo and Tamworth. These leases ceased in October 1992.
10APR91
Southern Pacific Regional Airlines commenced operations between Brisbane, Bundaberg and Gladstone.
25JUN91
Noted stored at Brisbane with Southern Pacific titles.
27OCT91
Noted at Brisbane in service with Southern Pacific.
14DEC91
VH-HIX commenced operating under lease to Ansett Express on services between Sydney, Dubbo and Tamworth. Various Mohawks were leased periodically to Ansett Express from 08APR91. The aircraft were operated with Southern Pacific Regional Airlines titles and either SPRA livery or QPA livery. These leases were terminated the day after VH-HKS lost a propeller blade in flight on 01FEB93. (Source: 1)
21DEC91
VH-HIX completed operations for Ansett Express. (Source: 1)
05APR93
Southern Pacific Regional Airlines ceased operations and VH-HIX was withdrawn from service at Bundaberg.
08DEC93
Auctioned in Sydney by Pickles Aviation Division. Total Time 34,475 hrs. Purchased by the UK based Majestic Group.
JAN94
Registered to Rick Wright, Kangaroo Point, Queensland as VH-HIX.
03MAY94
Majestic Airways commenced operations between Brisbane and Hervey Bay.
MAY94
Registered to Majestic Airways, Albany Creek, Queensland as VH-HIX.
14JUN94
Majestic Airways commenced services between Bundaberg and Brisbane with VH-HIX.
OCT94
Majestic suspended flights to Bundaberg.
01FEB95
Last flight in VH-HIX for Capt Ian Millard. (Source: 2)
18FEB95
Majestic Airways ceased operations.
19FEB95
Withdrawn from service at Bundaberg.
27FEB95
Last flight by a Mohawk in Australia, Brisbane-Bundaberg by VH-HEI flown by Capt Ian Millard. (Source: 2)
28FEB95
Noted at Bundaberg in full Majestic Airways colours.
JUL95
Advertised for sale by Majestic Airways ex Bundaberg.
13NOV95
Struck off Australian Register.
FEB96
Sold to Queensland Air Museum.
22FEB96
Arrived at QAM Caloundra by truck. The aircraft was later painted in Queensland Pacific Airlines colours as VH-HIX.
VH-HIX is the sole survivor of four Mohawk 298s imported into Australia by Lloyd Aviation in 1987.

 

The Australian Certification of the Mohawk

 

SOURCES
1
Scott A. Casson, The Yellow Canary, 2014
2
Ian Millard.

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

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ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
7
14APR20
Added two references from Source:2.
6
04NOV18
Added an article on the Australian Certification of the Mohawk which was written by Jim Thorn and published in Australian Aviation of January 1989.
5
27NOV16
Added an image of the four Mohawls withdrawn from service at Bundaberg. Also added an image of the cockpit of sister-ship VH-HEI. Thanks to Shaun Ryan.
4
02MAR16
Added an image of the aircraft as F-BPNY with Rousseau Aviation in 1971.
3
08MAY15
Added precise dates of the lease to Ansett Express after reference to Source:1
2
23APR15
Added an image of the aircraft in Allegheny Commuter livery.
1
02JAN02
Original issue.