GAF N22B NOMAD VH-BFH
MSN N22B-35

 

 

QAM thanks Whitaker Holden Pty. Ltd. (Bevan Whitaker) for the donation of this aircraft.

 


27AUG76
  Fitted with Allison 250-B17B s/n CAE 880091 (port) s/n CAE 880064 (stbd) (Source: 1)
26OCT76
  First flown.
VH-BFH
   
DEC76
  Registered to GAF as VH-BFH.
02DEC76
  Test flown at Avalon Airfield and certified in accordance with the N22 Production Flight Test Schedule. Pilot's signature appears to be Stuart Pearce (Licence No SCPL 1776) (Source: 1)
03DEC76
  100 hourly inspection carried out at GAF, Avalon (TT:5:00 Landings: 6) (Source: 1)
16DEC76
  Certificate of Aircraft Build Standard issued by Government Aircraft Factories, Department of Industry and Commerce, Avalon Airfield. Certificate of Type Approval 73-1. (Source: 1)
N48234
   
    Registration not taken up. Evidently a sale to the USA that did not eventuate. (Source: 2)
VH-BFH
   
JAN77
  Flown Avalon-Bankstown (2:30). Exact date not shown. (Source: 1)
07JAN77
  Departed Bankstown for Copenhagen. (Source: 1)
    Logbook shows next owner as Nordic Aviation, Bromma Airport, Stockholm, Sweden. (Source: 1)
03MAR77
  Log book entry in Danish shows TT:92:30. (Source: 1)
08MAR77
  Weighed by Scan Aviation, Copenhagen. (Source: 1)
OY-ATU
   
MAR77
  Registered OY-ATU to Hope Computer A/S trading as Hope Skyways, Hadsund, Denmark.
26MAY77
  Noted at Copenhagen as OY-ATU.
16FEB78
  Cancelled from Danish Register.
VH-BFH
   
21AUG78
  Registered VH-BFH to GAF and repainted as VH-BFH at Copenhagen (TT:104:15) (Source: 1)
31AUG78
  Departed Copenhagen for Farnborough as VH-BFH.
09SEP78
  Photographed on static display at the Farnborough Air Show.
29SEP78
  Compass swing performed at Kastrup Airport, Copenhagen. (TT:114:30) (Source: 1)
11NOV78
  Noted at Essendon as VH-BFH.
04FEB79
  Fin damaged by storm. (TT: 289:20) (Source: 1)
06APR79
  Fin repaired by Executive Air Services Pty Ltd. (Source: 1)
27APR79
  300 hourly by Executive Air Maintenance Pty Ltd. (TT: 303:35) (Source: 1)
05OCT79
  100 and 200 hourly inspections and compass swing performed by Executive Air Maintenance Pty Ltd. (TT: 357.15) (Source: 1)
07OCT79
  Delivered to Perth on lease to Skywest Jet Charter. At the time, Skywest Nomads were operating shuttle services between remote mine sites and major Pilbara airports connecting with MMA jet services. For a lease of such short duration it is unlikely that the aircraft would have carried Skywest markings.
19DEC79
  Returned to Melbourne.
26MAY80
  100/200/300 hourly plus major inspection and compass swing performed by H.C. Sleigh Aviation Ltd (trading as Executive Air Maintenance) (TT: 445:40) (Source: 1)
19JUN80
  Many modifications incorporated by G.A.F. at Avalon including installation of a ferry tank. (TT:450:15) (Source: 1)
25OCT80
  Arrived in New Zealand as VH-BFH on delivery to Stewart Island Air Service, N.Z.
27OCT80
  Ferry tank removed. (TT: 452:10) (Source: 1)
29OCT80
  Left hand prop reduction gearbox replaced. (TT:474:35) (Source: 1)
30JUL81
  Cancelled from the Australian Register. (Source: 2)
ZK-SAL
   
31JUL81
  Registered ZK-SAL to Southern Air Ltd, Invercargill.
21MAR83
  Repairs carried out to stub wings after a heavy landing. (Source: 1)
31JUL83
  Departed NZ for Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island
03AUG83
  Arrived Brisbane International on delivery to Barrier Reef Airways as ZK-SAL. Aircraft hours transferred from N.Z. log books (not available to QAM) (TT: 1990:11) (Source: 1)
26AUG83
  Cancelled from NZ Register.
26AUG83
  Maintenance Release issued by Hawker Pacific Pty Ltd on behalf of Barrier Reef Airways. (Source: 1)
VH-BFH
   
29AUG83
  Registered VH-BFH to Barrier Reef Airways, Brisbane. (Source: 2)
18MAY84
  Final entry in logbook, Check 2 by Barrier Reef Airways. (TT: 2434:09) (Source: 1)
19DEC84
  Cancelled from Australian Register as withdrawn from service.
18JAN85
  Damaged by hail at Brisbane Airport.
26JAN86
  Dismantled and trucked to Maryborough for use as spares by Sunstate.
FEB90
  Donated to QAM by Whitaker Holden Pty Ltd, Maryborough.
26SEP90
  Trucked to Caloundra.
MAY17
  Painting commenced.
14OCT19
  Bevan Whitaker passed away in Maryborough at age ninety.

 

SOURCES
1
Aircraft Log Book held by QAM.
2
Tony Arbon (AustAirData).

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

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ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
13
01FEB20
Added an image of the aircraft in service with Barrier Reef Airways thanks to David Thollar.
12
25OCT19
Recorded the passing of Bevan Whitaker, donor of the aircraft.
11
20JAN19
Added a recent image of the aircraft awaiting the fitment of its wings.
10
26JAN18
Added a recent image of the aircraft with colour trim added. Thanks to Colin Campbell.
9
22MAY17
Added an image of the aircraft in the QAM paint shop.
8
27NOV16
Added two images of the aircraft at Maryborough in January 1988 thanks to Shaun Ryan. Image 1 Image 2
7
25MAR16
Added an image of VH-BFH thanks to Nick Sayer.
6
20MAY15
Added some background on the Skywest charter of OCT79 thanks to Merv Prime.
5
16MAY15
Major update after closer examination of log book.
4
25APR15
Added an image of the aircraft on display at the 1978 Farnborough Air Show.
3
06JUN14
Added an image of the aircraft arriving at Maryborough by road.
2
19DEC09
Added a new image of the aircraft after paint stripping.
1
02JAN02
Original issue.