VH-EAZ. de Havilland DHC-3 Otter. c/n 258. Was also registered as: VH-SBT.
Last of four aircraft ordered by Qantas Airways Ltd
Built by de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd, Downsview, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Powered by Pratt and Whitney R-1340 Wasp engine
Aircraft shipped to Australia - April 15, 1958
Delivered by de Havilland Canada to de Havilland Australia at Bankstown - May 1958
Purchased by Qantas from de Havilland Australia, Bankstown
Entered onto Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EAZ - August 21, 1958
Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd
Aircraft was named 'Kerowagi' (New Guinea)
Delivered for operations in Papua New Guinea - ?
Sold to Trans Australian Airlines (T.A.A.) - September 1, 1960
Reregistered as VH-SBT - December 8, 1960
Registered to Australian National Airlines Commission
Aircraft retained name 'Kerowagi' (New Guinea)
Aircraft withdrawn from use and stored at Sydney (Bankstown) Airport - ?
Sold to Air West, Vancouver, Canada - August 1968
Departed Sydney (Bankstown) Airport on ferry flight to Canada - August 17, 1968
Arrived Vancouver at conclusion of ferry flight - ?
Cancelled from Australian Aircraft Register - August 27, 1968
Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as CF-XRI - August 1968
Registered to Air West, Vancouver, Canada
Reregistered as C-FXRI - ?
Observed being operated by Air West, Vancouver, British Columbia - December 1975
Air West acquired by Air BC, Ltd, Vancouver - December 1980
Ownership transferred to Air BC
Damaged when starboard float struck submerged rock on the Campbell River - February 4, 1981
Repaired and returned to service
Registered to Coval Air, Campbell River, Ontario, Canada - November 25, 1982
Observed being operated by Coval Air, British Columbia - January 1986
Obsrved stored at Vancouver - April 30, 1986 to April 22, 1987
Registered to Osprey Wings, La Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada - April 22, 1987
Converted to Pratt and Whitney Canada PT-6A-135A turbine engine by TC Aviation, Saskatchewan
Operated as an amphibian with floats, wheels and skis
Current with Osprey Wings
VH-EAZ. Qantas - in the full livery at Tapini Airstrip, New Guinea, circa 1959.
VH-SBT. TAA Sunbird Services - in the full livery at Sydney Bankstown Airport, circa 1968.
VH-SBT. TAA - in the basic livery, location and date unknown.