WHEN CALOUNDRA HAD ITS OWN AIRLINE

 

 

The Henebery Aviation Company was founded in 1967 by Kevin T. Henebery. The company operated scheduled passenger flights from Caloundra to Brisbane beginning in August 1972 using the IATA designator HZ. The company also operated charter and scenic flights as well as pilot training from its base at Caloundra Aerodrome. The company also maintained an office at 145 Bulcock Street, Caloundra. The last timetable issued was valid from 19 October 1986 until 2 March 1987 when it is believed that scheduled services ended. Although the Henebery hangar still stands, the terminal has made way for several large hangars. The access road to the site now bears the name Henebery Place in honour of its pioneering occupant.

 



Henebery Aircraft Photographs
Henebery Timetables
Henebery Fleet List
Caloundra Aerodrome when there was only Henebery
Press Cuttings

 

HENEBERY AIRCRAFT

 

Piper Aztec

Kevin Henebery with Piper Aztec VH-EMG outside the Henebery terminal at Caloundra.
(Picture: Kevin Henebery Collection)

 

Piper Aztec VH-EMG in some very distinguished company at Brisbane Eagle Farm in January 1973. The aircraft in the background is Ansett Air Cargo DC-4 VH-INL. (Picture: Mike Madden)

 

Cessna 210 Centurion

Kevin Henebery poses proudly with his new Cessna 210 VH-PQU The Pride of Caloundra. The signwriting was done by Max Clark who also did the signwriting on the hangar.
(Picture: Kevin Henebery Collection)

 

Cessna 210 VH-PQU The Pride of Caloundra outside Hangar 3A at Brisbane Eagle Farm on 22 July 1974. The building, which was the original Ansett Airways hangar, was being dismantled for relocation to Chewing Gum Field at Tallebudgera in the Gold Coast hinterland. (Picture: Ron Cuskelly G044)

 

Cessna 210 VH-PQU The Pride of Caloundra outside the Henebery hangar at Caloundra in January 1976. (Picture: Tony Arbon)

 

Cessna 210 VH-PQU The Pride of Caloundra outside the Henebery hangar at Caloundra on 16 September 1983. (Picture: Tony Arbon)

 

Cessna 172 Skyhawk

Cessna 172 VH-RPJ was operated briefly by Henebery Aviation before acquiring VH-EIZ. The aircraft is depicted in the markings of Southern Cross Air Services at Wollongong, NSW in September 1976.
(Picture: David Carter via AirHistory.net)

 

Cessna 172 VH-EIZ outside Hangar 3A at Brisbane Eagle Farm on 24 May 1974.
(Picture: Ron Cuskelly F167)

 

Cessna 172 VH-WXA at Caloundra in January 1976. (Picture: Mike Madden)

 

Cessna 172 VH-WXA at Caloundra on 16 September 1983. (Picture: Tony Arbon)

 

Cessna 172 VH-MAI outside the Henebery terminal at Caloundra in November 1984.
(Picture: Mike Madden)

 

Cessna 172 VH-MAI at Archerfield on 8 September 1987. (Picture: William Gray via AirHistory.net)

 

Partenavia P68B Victor

Partenavia P68B VH-IYM outside the Henebery terminal at Caloundra on 7 March 1982.
(Picture: Tony Arbon)

 

Partenavia P68B VH-IYL outside the Henebery terminal at Caloundra on 7 March 1982.
(Picture: Tony Arbon)

 

Partenavia P68B VH-IYL outside the Henebery terminal at Caloundra on 12 March 1986.
(Picture: Tony Arbon)

 

Partenavia P68B VH-IXB inside the Henebery hangar at Caloundra in November 1985.
(Picture: Mike Madden)

 

The Henebery fleet lined up with the airline's staff at Caloundra. The aircraft are (left to right):
Cessna 172 VH-MAI, Cessna 172 VH-WXA, Partenavia P68B VH-IYM, VH-IYL and VH-IXB.
(Picture: Kevin Henebery Collection)

 

HENEBERY TIMETABLES

Henebery Aviation Company Timetable August 1972.
Click on the image to read the timetable.
(Source: Roger McDonald Collection)

 

Henebery Aviation Company Timetable October 1974.
Click on the image to read the timetable.
(Source: Roger McDonald Collection)

 

Henebery Aviation Company Timetable March 1975.
Click on the image to read the timetable.
(Source: Roger McDonald Collection)

 

Henebery Aviation Company Timetable March 1981.
Click on the image to read the timetable.
(Source: Roger McDonald Collection)

 

Henebery Aviation Company Timetable October 1986.
Click on the image to read the timetable.
(Source: Roger McDonald Collection)

 

CALOUNDRA AERODROME
WHEN THERE WAS ONLY HENEBERY

The first hangar on Caloundra Aerodrome was erected by Henebery Aviation Company next to their terminal building at right. The Henebery fleet of Cessna 172 VH-EIZ and Aztec VH-EMG are framed by the portals of the new hangar. (Picture: Henebery Collection)

 

Taken from a Henebery aircraft on final for Runway 23 at Caloundra, the newly completed hangar is at the right of the picture. The Glass House Mountains are visible in the distance. The windsock is approximately where the Queensland Air Museum is located today. (Picture: Henebery Collection)

 

One of the services advertised on the Henebery hangar was "Aerial Photos". What follows is a series of aerial photographs of Caloundra Aerodrome taken from Henebery aircraft. This view is looking to the south down Runway 23 with intersecting Runway 12/30 in the background. The road to the right of and parallel with Runway 23 is today Pathfinder Drive. Caloundra Road is in the foreground. What is particularly noteworthy about these photographs is the total lack of any other development around the aerodrome. (Picture: Henebery Collection)

 

Caloundra Aerodrome looking towards the coast with the threshold of Runway 12 in the foreground.
(Picture: Henebery Collection)

 

Caloundra Aerodrome with Caloundra Road in the bottom right corner.
(Picture: Henebery Collection)

 

A later view of Caloundra Aerodrome looking north with additional hangars being erected along what is now Pathfinder Drive. Caloundra Road is in the top left corner. QAM now occupies much of the area in the bottom left corner.(Picture: Henebery Collection)

 

For comparison purposes, this view of Caloundra Aerodrome was taken in July 2014. The original Henebery hangar still stands although the roof has taken on the patina of the years!(Picture: Nick Sayer)

 

When Henebery commenced operations from Caloundra, drainage was always a problem. At times aircraft could not leave the runway so passengers were ferried to and from the terminal in cars, which often became bogged! Henebery's first Partenavia was delivered in July 1978 and even then passengers were required to 'walk the plank' to gain access to the terminal after prolonged rain.
(Picture: Henebery Collection)

 

PRESS CUTTINGS

Sunshine Coast Weekly Advertiser - 1 August 1973.
(Source: Roger McDonald Collection)


 

Brisbane Courier-Mail - 5 December 1974.
(Source: Roger McDonald Collection)


 

Sunshine Coast Daily - December 1974.
(Source: Roger McDonald Collection)


 

Brisbane Sunday Mail - 12 December 1976.
(Source: Roger McDonald Collection)


 

Sunshine Coast Daily - March 1980.
(Source: Roger McDonald Collection)


 

Sunshine Coast Daily - April 1980.
(Source: Roger McDonald Collection)


 

Sunshine Coast Daily - 18 July 1981.
(Source: Roger McDonald Collection)


 

Sunshine Coast Daily - 21 July 1981.
Click on the image to read the advertisement.
(Source: Roger McDonald Collection)



 

Sunshine Coast Daily - 25 July 1981.
(Source: Roger McDonald Collection)


 

Sunshine Coast Daily - 14 April 1984.
(Source: Roger McDonald Collection)


 

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) magazine - September 1984.
(Source: Roger McDonald Collection)


 

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) magazine - July 1985.
(Source: Roger McDonald Collection)


 

 

HENEBERY FLEET LIST

 

Registration
Type
MSN
Registered to Henebery
Remarks
On
Off
VH-RPJ
Cessna 172G Skyhawk 17253512
26AUG67
19AUG71
Ex N5843R.
01JUN66 To VH-RPJ.
26AUG67 Registered to K.T. & I.M. Henebery.
19AUG71 Registered to Rex Aviation, Archerfield.
09MAR01 Crashed at Tully Qld.
VH-EIZ
Cessna 172K Skyhawk 17258494
30JUN71
28JAN75
Ex N84494.
23JAN70 To VH-EIZ.
07SEP96 Crashed at Toogoolawah Qld.
VH-EMG
Piper PA-23-250 Aztec C 27-2523
12NOV71
16MAY74
Ex N5443Y.
12JAN67 To VH-EMG.
30JUL75 To P2-EMG.
30JUL75 Restored as VH-EMG.
25FEB77 To P2-BFD.
30JUL82 Restored as VH-EMG.
02MAY85 Damaged at Bensbach PNG.
VH-PQU
Cessna 210L Centurion 21060122
22MAY74
25OCT84
Ex N59146.
09APR74 To VH-PQU.
14APR88 Crashed at Nyngan NSW.
VH-WXA
Cessna 172M Skyhawk 17262701
06FEB75
24DEC84
ex N13363.
23JAN75 To VH-WXA.
Current to Eastern Air Services Port Macquarie NSW.
VH-MAI
Cessna 172N Skyhawk 17269677
21DEC77
01OCT85
Ex N737UC.
21DEC77 To VH-MAI.
16OCT01 Crashed 22km E Nanango Qld.
VH-IYM
Partenavia P68B 143
28JUL78
01OCT85
06JUN78 To VH-IYM.
Current to East Coast Aviation Traralgon Vic.
VH-IXB
Partenavia P68B 154
05MAY83
22MAR85
111078 To VH-IXB.
07JAN02 To VH-JQM.
VH-IYL
Partenavia P68B 140
01AUG84
01OCT85
26APR78 To VH-IYL.
14APR83 Damaged at Mary Kathleen Qld.
01AUG84 Restored as VH-IYL.

 

 

NOTES
1
Aircraft shown to have crashed did so after the aircraft left the Henebery fleet.
2
Dates on and off the Register are official CASA changes of ownership. Aircraft may have been operated before and after these dates.

 

THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING CONTRIBUTORS
Kevin Henebery
Tony Arbon (AustAirData) - Registration data and photographs
from his own collection and the Mike Madden Collection.
Roger McDonald - Timetables & Press cuttings.
David Tanner - Photograph of VH-IYM
William Gray - Photograph of VH-MAI

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

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Issue
Date
Remarks
4
05JUN20
Added a selection of press cuttings thanks to Roger McDonald.
3
04JUN20
Added registration dates for Cessna 172 VH-RPJ thanks to Tony Arbon.
2
03JUN20
Added numerous photographs thanks to Kevin Henebery. Added Cessna 172 VH-RPJ to the fleet list as advised by Kevin Henebery. Added an image of VH-RPJ thanks to David Carter.
1
27MAY20
Original issue.