VH-PAL. Convair 580. c/n 501.

 

Constructed by the Convair Division of the General Dynamics Corporation, San Diego, Califoirnia

Ordered by REAL Transportes Aereos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but it was not taken up

Construction completed as a Convair 440-62 - January 27, 1958

Powered by Pratt and Whitney R-2800-CB-16 Double Wasp engines

Delivered to General Motors Corporation - October 30, 1959

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N5123 - ?

Converted to 580 standard by Pacific Airmotive Corporation as Conversion # 4 - Ocober 30, 1959 to May 21, 1960

Fitted with Allison 501-D13 turboprops

Redelivered to General Motors Corporation - May 1960

Reregistered as N5122 - August 26, 1994

Sold to Cypress Jetprop Charter Ltd - July 26, 1996

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - July 1996

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-GTTA - July 1996

Withdrawn from use and stored British Columbia - 1997

Sold to Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter - July 1997

Sold to Hydro-Quebec - April 01, 1998

Leased to Air Inuit Ltd - October 1998

Returned to Hydro-Quebec on termination of the lease - June 22, 1999

Sold to IFL Group Inc - July 08, 2002

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N631AR - ?

Leased to Contract Air Cargo, Pontiac, Michigan - July 08, 2002

Sold to Pionair Adventures, New Zealand - July 22, 2003

Arrived Palmerston North as N631AR on completion of the ferry flight - ?

Aircraft named 'Joan the Jetprop'

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-PAL - September 24, 2003

Registered to Pionair New Zealand Ltd

Operated by Pionair with Tauck World Discovery titles

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - August 18, 2008

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-PAL - August 21, 2008

Registered to Pionair Australia Pty Ltd

Sold to Conair Aviation, Abbotsford, Canada

Departed Sydney on ferry flight to Canada - September 7, 2009

Ferry route: Sydney - Pago Pago - Honolulu - Vancouver

Ferry flight time - 27.9 hours

Current status - ?

 

C-GTTA. Cypress Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, November 1996.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1030-033.)

C-GTTA. Cypress Airlines - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, June 1997.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1030-029.)

ZK-PAL. Pionair Tauck World Discovery - in the basic Cypress Airlines livery at Brisbane Airport, June 2006.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1030-017.)

ZK-PAL. Pionair Tauck World Discovery - in the basic Cypress Airlines livery at Brisbane Airport, June 2006.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1030-018.)

ZK-PAL. Pionair Tauck World Discovery - in the basic Cypress Airlines livery at Brisbane Airport, June 2007.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1030-066.)