VH-AWD work in progress at Lakeside, QLD.
Photo: Graeme D. Mills © 15 July 2021
VH-AWD ready for another reef trip.
Off they go . . .
Photos: Colin Holloway © 17 September 2018
VH-AWD back on line, Summer 2011.
Photo: Chad Banfield © 24 July 2011
VH-AWD getting a slow, careful makeover.
Photo: Neil Aird © 11 November 2010
VH-AWD awaiting engine.
" Can I borrow your engine, since you have no wings? "

said AWD to AWZ

Photos: Neil Aird © 29 April 2005
VH-AWD kitted out with Advanced Wing mods.
Photo: Lenn Bayliss © August 2000
VH-AAJ all bundled up.
Photo: Unknown photographer © November 1997 - Aird Archives
VH-AAJ tied down at Bathurst, N.S.W.
Photo: John Kerr  © 1992
VH-AAJ missing a bit.
Photo: Lenn Bayliss © December 1988 - Aird Archives
VH-AAJ as the sun rises at Tumut, N.S.W.
Photos: Lenn Bayliss © May 1987
VH-AAJ at Adelaide with S.A. County Fire Services.
Photo: Danny Tanner © © 1985 - Eddie Coates Collection
Photo: Bob Wiseman © January 1985 - Lance HiggersonCollection
VH-AAJ celebrating Air Ag's 30 years.
Photo: Alan Flett © November 1982 - Aird Archives
Photo: Greg Banfield © 10 November 1982 - via Eddie Coates
VH-AAJ at Armidale, NSW.
Photo: John Land © 11 January 1979

* Notes from Johnny Land's (AirAg) log books of that time:

9.1.79 to 11.1.79 Armidale.

de Havilland Beaver VH-AAJ damaged – upside down. Dismantled and returned to Sydney on Kenworth semi-trailer with pilot David Presnell and Frank Smith. Twelve hour trip. Flew to Armidale with Kelvin Gore in Piper Aztec VH-ETJ.


VH-AAJ when with Cosier at Goorambat.
Above: VH-AAJ takes a test flight after getting a replacement engine
(oil on tail from failure of previous R.985 !)
Below: At Coleambally, NSW., awaiting engine.
Note interesting tie down weights, in the field, you make do!
Using the loader to fill spreader with next batch of wet rice.
VH-AAJ with other members of the Cosier fleet.
Photos: Matthew Cosier © 1984 - 1988
VH-AAJ in earlier livery.
Above photo: © Mrs Cosier's Family Collection
VH-AAJ at Goulburn, N.S.W.
Photo: Geoff Goodall © 1965 - Eddie Coates Collection
P1236-0009 : de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver -  ain 1066 -
 VH-AAJ - 28 Jun 60 at Bankstown, N.S.W. - operated Aerial Agriculture Pty., Ltd.
(Photo: © Noel Shennan via H.C.)





• Left DHC Downsview paint shop on or about 23-Feb-1957.

• Hawker - de Havilland  Australia. Delivered 25-Oct-1957.

VH-AAJ Aerial Agriculture, Bankstown, NSW. Regd 19-Dec-1957. Canx 13-Dec-1982. wfu.

Accident: Armidale, NSW. Circa Jan-1979.* See above.

VH-AAJ Restored to Aerial Agriculture, Bankstown, NSW. 14-Oct-1983.

VH-AAJ R. Cosier, Goorambat, VIC, Australia. Circa 1984-1988.

Accident: Walcha, NSW 15-Dec-1997. Written off and canx.

VH-AWD Air Whitsunday Seaplanes Pty., Ltd., Airlie Beach, Queensland. Regd 27-May-1999. Re-regd 04-Jan-2006. Total time: 21,000 hrs (Feb-2017).

Note: Has BX wings fitted (Now being made by Avionnerie Valdor ). These allow an increase in Max gross weight increase 6,000lb. Useful load up by 38% to 3,040lb. 140% increase in fuel load to 228 US gal and increased range up 140% to 1,126nm.

Note: Accident - Hardy Reef 13-Mar-2017.

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a de Havilland DHC-2, registered VH-AWD, 70 km NNE of Hamilton Island, Queensland, on 13 March 2017.

During take-off, the seaplane collided with coral reef resulting in damage to the left float. During removal, the seaplane subsequently sank from water intake. There were no injuries and the aircraft was substantially damaged.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and gather additional information.

A report will be released within several months. Report.



Photos: Neil Aird © 11 November 2010