VH-XFT. de Havilland DHC-8-102. c/n 052.


 

Construction completed at the Downsview plant - November 13, 1986

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-GFQL - ?

Registered to de Havilland Canada

First flown as C-GFQL - November 1986

Powered by PWC PW120A turboprop engines

Configured to seat 37 passengers

Accepted by Talair - November 27, 1986

Entered onto the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register as P2-GVA - ?

Transferred to Flight West Airlines - August 1990

Cancelled from the Papua New Guinea Aircraft Register - ?

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-XFT - August 24, 1990

Registered to Flight West Airlines, Brisbane

Operated first Flight West service Brisbane - Gladstone - Rockhampton - Mackay - Cairns - August 26, 1990

Aircraft was named 'Charles & William Archer'

Leased to Ansett New Zealand - March 15, 1995

Arrived Auckland at conclusion of ferry flight - March 15, 1995

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 16, 1995

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-NEW - March 16, 1995

Registered to Ansett New Zealand Pty Ltd

Returned to Flight West on termination of lease - February 7, 1996

Ferreied Christchurch - Brisbane - February 8, 1996

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - February 9, 1996

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-XFT - February 9, 1996

Registered to Flight west Airlines Pty Ltd

Leased to Eastern Australia Airlines - February 27, 1996

Returned to Flight West - July 22, 1996

Sold to Skippers Aviation - July 8, 1998

Involved in a visual separation incident on approach to Perth Airport - June 25, 2001

To view the ASTB report on this incident click 'HERE'

Registered to Skippers Aviation Pty Ltd - October 16, 2008

Current with Skippers Aviation

 


 

VH-XFT. Flight West Airlines - in the standard livery at Bundaberg Airport, August 1992.

VH-XFT. Flight West - in the standard livery at Cairns Airport, July 1993.

VH-XFT. Flight West - in the modified livery at Brisbane Airport, July 1996.
 

VH-XFT. Skippers Aviation - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, August 1998.

VH-XFT. Skippers Aviation - in the standard livery at Perth Airport, November 2012.