VH-PGS. de Havilland DHC-6-320 Twin Otter. c/n 269.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Floair Inc, Wichita, Kansas

First flown at Downsview as N5217 - December 12, 1969

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27 engines

Sold to Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - December 22, 1969

This was the first DHC-6-300 to be purchased by Ansett Transport Industries

Arrived Sydney (Bankstown) on completion of the delivery flight in an all-metal livery - January 1970

Prepared by Hawker de Havilland Australia for delivery to Ansett

A specialised rear freight compartment designed by M. Allan, Ansett Engineering, Melbourne was installed

This freight compartment was installed in all the Anset Airlines of PNG Twin Otters

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-PGS - February 02, 1970

Registered to Ansett (P&NG) Ltd

Ferried Sydney (Bankstown) - Lae - February 1970

Withdrawn from service at Lae - October 1973

Sold to Bannock Aerospace Ltd, Toronto, Canada - November 01, 1973

Accepted by Bannock Aerospace at Brisbane Airport - November 1973

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - November 21, 1973

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as CF-JJF - November 22, 1973

Registered to Bannock Aerospace, Toronto, Canada

Departed Brisbane on the ferry flight to the United States - November 24, 1973

Ferry route: Brisbane - Noumea - Nadi - Hilo - San Francisco

Sold to Southwest Bancshares Leasing - May 13, 1974

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N928MA - ?

Leased to Metroflight, Huston, Texas as the registered operator - June 1974

Sold to Royale Airlines, Inc, Shreveport, LA - September 30, 1985

Sold to Pal Air International Inc - April 1986

Sold to Pal Air International, Dubuque, IA - May 06, 1986

Sold to Metroflight Inc , Irving, Texas - August 13, 1986

Leased to Sunaire Airlines, St Claire, U. S. Virgin Islands as the registered operator - September 1986

Sunaire Airlines was renamed Sunaire Express - December 1990

Repossessed by MCC Aircraft Leasing Inc, McLean, Virginia - July 1994

Observed stored at Miami (Opa Locka) - November 05, 1994

Sold to Kenn Borek Air, Calgary, Alberta - November 1994

Arrived Calgary on completion of the ferry flight from Miami - December 08, 1994

Cancelled from the United States Aircraft Register - December 13, 1994

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-GKBO - January 25, 1995

Registered to Kenn Borek Air, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Lesased to Aeroperlas Regional S.A. (Aerolineas Islas de Las Perlas), Panama City - May 10, 1995

Entered onto the Panamanian Aircraft Register as HP-1283APP - May 1995

Registered to Aeroperlas S.A. as the registered operator

Returned to Kenn Borek Air on termination of the lease - May 2010

Departed Panama City on the ferry flight to Canada - June 04, 2010

Arrived Springbank (Alberta) on completion of the ferry flight - June 06, 2010

Ferry route: Panama City - Aalbrook-Tegucigalpa (Honduras) - Tapachula (Mexico) - Tampico (Mexico) -

Brownfield (Texas) - Dumas (Texas) - Torrington (Wyoming) - Billings (Montana) - Calgary - Springbank

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-GHKL - July 23, 2010

Registered to Ashe Aircraft Enterprises Ltd t/a Rocky Mountain Aircraft, Calgary, Alberta

Withdrawn from service and stored at Springbank, Alberta - ?

Observed dismantled at Springbank in basic Aero Perlas livery without registration markings - August 11, 2014

Still on the Canadian Aircraft Register - January 13, 2017

 

VH-PGS. Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - in the 'delta' livery at Brisbane Airport, November 1973.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-834.)

N928MA. Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea - in the 'delta' livery at an unknown airport, May 18, 1974.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-870.)

N928MA. Eastern Metro Express - in the standard livery at an unknown airport, February 1990.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-835.)

C-GKBO. Kenn Borek Air Ltd - in the standard livery with additional 'Shoals' titles at an unknown airport, March 2000.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-938.)