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.