VH-KZQ. de Havilland Canada DHC-6-320 Twin Otter. c/n 759.


This aircraft was ordered new by Aeropelican - 1981

First flown at Toronto as C-CFBY - May 10, 1981

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PTC6A-27 engines

Accepted by Aeropelican at Totonto - May 29, 1981

Arrived Belmont, N.S.W. on completion of the delivery flight - June 19, 1981

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-KZQ - June 25, 1981

Registered to Aeropelican Commuter Air Services Pty Ltd, Belmont

Aircraft was configured to seat 19 passengers

Registered to Aeropelican Air Services Pty Ltd - May 08, 1984

This aircraft was the first Twin Otter to be repainted into the Ansett 'Southern Cross' livery

Operated final Ansett revenue service Sydney (Kingsford Smith) - Belmont as AN6659 - September 13, 2001

All Ansett operations were suspended due to bankruptcy - September 13, 2001

Returned to service under administration Belmont - Sydney (Kingsford Smith) as AN5636 - September 21, 2001

Aeropelican Air Services was sold to IAP Group Australia Pty Ltd by the Ansett Administrators - March 07, 2002

Sold to Abu Dhabi Aviation as a source of spares - February 2003

Departed Belmont on the ferry flight to Abu Dhabi - March 10, 2003

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - March 21, 2003

Scrapped to support DHC-6s operated by the Abu Dhabi Defence Department



C-GFBY. Aeropelican - in the original livery at an unknown airport, June 1981.

(R. N. Smith Collection Copyright Image 1920-106.)

VH-KZQ. Aeropelican - in the original livery at Newcastle Belmont Airport, March 1982.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1920-840.)

VH-KZQ. Aeropelican - in the Ansett 'Flag' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, November 1985.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1920-913.)

VH-KZQ. Aeropelican - in the Ansett 'Starmark' livery at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, December 1995.

(R. N. Smith Copyright Image 1920-363.)