c/n 1535

VH-NOO a fine study.
Photo: Lenn Bayliss © 05 October 2016
VH-NOO first flight after new livery and maintenance with Air-Ag.
Photos: Rob Britten © 29 September 2016
VH-NOO still at work in the flightseeing mode.
Photo: Michael Greenhill © 13 July 2012
VH-NOO all painted up in new colours.
Photo: Michael Greenhill © 28 February 2007
VH-NOO in partial new colours.
Photo: Warwick Bigsworth © 2006 - via Lenn Bayliss
VH-NOO on a choppy Rose Bay.
Photo: Michael Greenhill © 16 July 2005
VH-NOO plying her trade at Rose Bay.
Photo: Michael O'Farrell © 30 March 2004
VH-NOO "The Office Interior"
Photo: Lenn Bayliss © May 2004
VH-NOO in new livery.
Photos: Harald Mueller © 12 & 13 September 2003
VH-NOO at Sydney -  Bankstown, NSW  
Photos: Lenn Bayliss © June 2002
VH-IDI in her bright colours at Armidale, NSW
Photo: Joe Barr © 1995
Photo: Unknown photographer © October 1994 - Michael J Ody Collection
VH-IDI at Evans Head - YEVD, NSW.
Photos: Lance Higgerson © Uncertain of date
VH-IDI at Deniliquin - YDLQ, NSW.
Photo: Daniel Tanner © 25 April 1990's (uncertain of year)
VH-IDI at Essendon - YMEN.
Photo: Lenn Bayliss © 1990
VH-IDI with VH-IDO (1545) at Bankstown - YSBK, NSW.
Photo: Peter Lea © 1984
VH-IDI weighted down, at Bankstown.
Photo: Greg Banfield © May 1984 - edcoatescollection.com
VH-IDI at Sydney / Bankstown - YSBK, NSW.
Photo: Greg Banfield © August 1976 - edcoatescollection.com
VH-IDI at Adelaide / Parafield - YPPF, South Australia.
Photo: Geoff Goodall © 1964 - edcoatescollection.com

c/n 1535

VH-IDI

VH-NOO

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Hawker de Havilland Australia. Delivered 19-Nov-1963.

VH-IDI Super Spread Aviation. Regd 05-Feb-1964. Canx ca. 1987.

VH-IDI Leafair. Cheltenham, VIC. Dates unknown.

VH-IDI Tableland Topdressing Pty., Ltd., Armidale, NSW. Circa 1992.

VH-IDI Leafair Pty., Ltd., Moorabin, VIC. Canx 17-Feb-2000.

VH-NOO Addenbrook Marine Pty., Pyremont, NSW. dba Sidney Harbour Seaplanes. Re-regd 17-Feb-2000.

VH-NOO Jambren Air Services Pty., Ltd., Wahroonga, NSW. Regd 11-Jan-2002.

VH-NOO Sidney Harbour Seaplanes. Circa Jun-2002.

VH-NOO Seaplane Safaris. Circa Sep-2003 – Jul-2005.

VH-NOO Seaplane Assets, Pty., Ltd., t/a Southern Cross Seaplanes Pty., Ltd., Rose Bay, NSW. Now t/a Sydney Seaplanes. Regd 02-Aug-2006.

Note: Named “Cambria” after one of the Shorts “C” class flying boats of Imperial Airways that flew passenger services between the UK and Australia from 1936 until the outbreak of WWII.

Current

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Early Historical Note:

Accident: Kotupna, 7km west of Point Lookout, NSW. 15-Nov-1996.

Possibly while being operated by Leafair. On the morning of the accident, the pilot and the loader-driver left Armidale in the aircraft between 07:15 and 07:30 and flew to the property "KOTUPNA". The task required the aircraft to operate from an agricultural strip 4,400 ft above mean sea level. Superphosphate spreading operations commenced between 07:45 and 08:00 and continued for approximately 1.5 hours after which the pilot and driver refuelled the aircraft and had a break. The pilot remarked to the driver that the aircraft was going very well and requested him to load a tonne of superphosphate. Operations resumed for about 1.5 hours and then ceased again whilst the aircraft was refuelled. After refuelling, the driver and the pilot had lunch and a break for about half an hour. The pilot again advised the loader driver that he would take a tonne, as the aircraft was performing well. After warming up the engine, the pilot made a normal take-off in a northeasterly direction and banked to the left to head southwest to the treatment area. The driver observed that the aircraft was lower and closer into the strip than had been the normal route to the treatment area. The aircraft did not seem to be climbing sufficiently to pass over the hill in front of it. The aircraft was then seen to be in a climbing left turn, toward the driver with superphosphate dumping from it. The aircraft's left wingtip contacted the ground after which the aircraft cartwheeled and came to rest 200-300 meters from the superphosphate dump. The driver ran down to the aircraft and found the pilot still strapped in the seat with no apparent sign of life. He moved the pilot clear of the aircraft in case of fire and then summoned help. The investigation determined that the pilot had initiated dumping 124 metres before the wing tip struck the ground, with a quantity still remaining in the hopper after the wreckage came to rest Examination of the aircraft and its systems did not find any pre-existing defects or malfunctions that would have precluded other than normal operation. Impact marks on the propeller indicated that it was transmitting substantial power at impact and the flap system was found in the retracted position. Inspection of the aircraft records showed that the aircraft had completed periodic maintenance two days prior to the accident. Samples of the automotive fuel being used by the aircraft were subjected to laboratory testing and found to conform to the fuel the aircraft was approved to use. The Bureau of Meteorology estimated that conditions at the time of the accident were, hot with gusty winds predominantly from a west to northwesterly direction. On the surface, the winds were 290 degrees magnetic, 15 gusting 25 knots with the possibility of mechanical turbulence around the hills. The visibility was greater than 30 km, the temperature 28 degrees C and the barometric pressure was 1009 hPa. Additionally, the surface observations and satellite imagery at the time indicate the strong possibility of microbursts in the area. The pilot had advised the driver that he initially thought that he would not be working that day as he had suffered from a migraine headache the previous night.