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VH-PCF first flight after rebuild at Mareeba.
Photo: Ben McGilvray © 29 April 2014
VH-PCF when with Cairns Seaplanes.
Photos: Kihei Kitagawa © 21 September 2008
VH-PCF captured in action by Lenn Bayliss.
Photo: Lenn Bayliss © 2006
VH-PCF visits Nowra for the Air Show.
Photo: Martin Eadie © 26 March 2006
VH-PCF operating off airport.
Photo: John Tabone © April 2006
VH-PCF and the start of an exciting new career in Australia!
Photos: Sean McGuire © July 2005 - via Air Seafari
VH-PCF at Bankstown.
Photo: Lance Higgerson © 2005
VH-PCF while at Bankstown, panel views.
Photos: Neil Aird © April 2005
N1348 poses with Chugach Mountain backdrop
Photos: Kenneth I. Swartz © May 1987
N1348 on a trailer awaiting a rebuild at Campbell River, BC
Photo: Neil Aird © 14 October 2002

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58-2018 • N87782 • N1348 • VH-PCF • C-FFBX • VH-PCF • VH-CZS

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58-2018 US Army # 1898. L-20 No. 899. Command A-16. Delivered 03-Jun-1959. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

58-2018 Stored at MASDC., Davis Monthan AFB., AZ. 07-Apr-1972 to 28-Feb-1975. Inventory code HS155.

N87782 Washoe County Civil Defence Disaster Agency, Reno, NV. Regd Mar-1975.

N1348 Trail Ridge Air, Anchorage, AK.

N1348 Thomas E. McGuire, Anchorage, AK. On USCAR at 02-Mar-1990 & 29-Feb-1992.

N1348 Alaska Wilderness Lodge Inc. Tacoma, WA. Regd 27-May-1992. Canx 29-May-2002

Accident: Nondalton, AK, 20-Jun-1995, 16:45 ADT. Whilst with Alaska Wilderness Lodge suffered a collision with another aircraft en route Kukaklek Lake to Port Alsworth. Pilot and three passengers sustained fatal injuries. The certified airline transport pilot of N1348 and three passengers were northwest-bound at 200 ft. over a remote river. The business flight was en route to a fishing lodge after picking up lodge clients from a remote lake. The certified commercial pilot and sole occupant of N7832H were southbound at 200 ft. over the same area of the river. Witnesses observed the two aircraft collide and descend into the river. The witnesses did not observe either one take evasive action. The weather conditions were reported as scattered clouds at 3,500 ft. and a visibility of 25 mi. ANC95FA078A

Note: Fuselage noted outside Sealand Aviation Ltd. Campbell River, BC 06-Mar-2002.

N1348 Duane A. Peters, Kodiak, AK. Regd date currently unclear. Canx 16-Mar-2005 on export to Australia.

VH-PCF John  A. Tabone, Dee Why, NSW, Australia. Regd 31-Mar-2005.

C-FFBX Sealand Aviation Ltd,. Campbell River, BC. Regd 07-Jun-2005. Canx 09-Jun-2005. (2 days) * Aircraft never carried this "paper" registration.

VH-PCF John  A. Tabone (Air Seafaris) Dee Why, NSW, Australia. Regd 09-Jun-2005 and VH-PCF Re-regd 16-Jun-2005 under CASP 47.

VH-CZS Tropical Aviation Pty., Ltd., Cairns, QLD. Regd 08-Mar-2007. Re-regd 27-Jul-2007

Note: In Cairns Seaplane colours.

Accident: Green Island, Cairns, Queensland, 23 October 2010. During the takeoff, for a charter passenger flight from Green Island to Cairns, Queensland, the pilot applied right rudder to counteract the aircraft's engine torque component and right aileron to compensate for the crosswind. Immediately after becoming airborne, the aircraft began turning to the left. The pilot rejected the takeoff and the aircraft landed heavily, sustaining serious damage. The pilot could not recall if the aircraft had encountered a gust of wind after becoming airborne. Shortly after, a boat arrived from Green Island and the passengers were assisted to shore. None of the aircraft occupants received injuries. At the time of the accident, the wind conditions experienced at Green Island were close to the maximum operational limitations stipulated by the aircraft operator. This accident is a reminder of the challenging conditions that pilots operating in an open water environment may be faced with. It is crucial that pilots have an appreciation of the existing wind conditions prior to the takeoff, and in the event of unexpected wind gusts during the takeoff, the pilot responds appropriately. Under these circumstances, it is important for pilots to not only be aware of aircraft and operator limitations, but also their own personal limitations. Investigation Number:AO-2010-082

VH-PCF (3) Tower Resources Pty., Ltd., Mareeba, QLD. Regd 17-Jan-2011.

• Mar-2016 tt10,840.5

VH-PCF (3) Goonoo Goonoo Pastoral Pty., Ltd., Cromer, NSW • Regd 15-Aug-2016.

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