VH-ZZF. Bombardier DHC-8-315MPA. c/n 643.

Was also registered as: C-FJKS.


This aircraft was ordered new by Surveillance Australia Pty Ltd

Surveillance Australia is a subsidiary of National Jet Systems which is owned by Cobham plc

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW123E turboprop engines

Built at the de Havilland Downsview plant

Entered onto the Canadian Aircraft Register as C-FJKS - July 22, 2007

Registered to Bombardier Incorporated, Downsview, Ontario, Canada

First flown as C-FJKS - July 22, 2007

Delivered to Field Aviation for conversion to DHC-8-315QMPA

Field Aviation was contracted to install the necessary equipment for surveillance patrols

Registered to Field Aviation Company, Mississauga, Ontario - August 31, 2007

Accepted by Surveillance Australia at Downsview - October 05, 2007

Departed Toronto on the delivery flight to Australia as DHC20 - October 07, 2007

It arrived at Darwin on completion of the delivery flight - October 12, 2007

Delivery route: Downsview - Reykjavik - Bratislava - Heraklion - Abu Dhabi - Male - Padang - Darwin

Ferried Darwin - Adelaide (West Beach) as DHC20 - October 13, 2007

Cancelled from Canadian Aircraft Register - October 16, 2007

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-ZZF - October 25, 2007

Registered to Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Melbourne

Leased to Surveillance Australia Pty Ltd, Adelaide as the registered operator

Aircraft deployed on surveillance patrols for the Australian Customs Service Coastwatch contract

Current with Surveillance Australia



VH-ZZF. Australian Customs - in the standard livery at Brisbane Airport, March 2008.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 2923-854.)

VH-ZZF. Australian Customs - in the standard livery at Melbourne Avalon Airport, September 2009.

(G. Reid Copyright Image 2923-855.)