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CHRONOLOGY 1960 - 1969

1963
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1960-1969

 

DATE
REMARKS
SOURCE
1960
23SEP60
Airport Manager DCA to Adastra: Acknowledging Engineering Order No. 20 covering the installation of an Eagle IX Ordinance Survey Camera at the existing camera hatch in the nose sections of Hudsons VH-AGS and VH-AGX. Provisional approval granted for test flight purposes. Drawings have been forwarded to Aeronautical Engineering Section, Waverton for formal approval. NAA C4281/4
(62A, 83A, #28) 100/15/3
Drawing & Design Adastra
1961
01JUL61
Aircraft and aircrew were grouped under Sepal Pty Ltd. This was communicated to aircrew in a memo dated 02JAN62 (which see) K. Pavlich
23DEC61
DC-3 VH-AGU registered to Westralian Aerial Surveys. A. Arbon
1962
01JAN62
Group Captain H.T. Hammond retired. Lou Pares appointed General Manager. Mr J. Wood appointed Company Secretary. Memo to Adastra aircrew dated 29DEC61
02JAN62
Memo to all Aircrew from A.E. McKenzie, Operations Manager, Sepal Pty Ltd: "As a matter of business policy, it has been decided to group all aircrew and aircraft under Sepal Pty. Ltd., as operating company. You are advised therefore, that henceforth you are an employee of Sepal Pty. Ltd., and all correspondence reference employment or personal matters should be addressed to this Company. No changes in employment conditions are contemplated at this juncture." The memo goes on to discuss insurance and Retirement Benefit Fund matters. It also states that: "Aircraft maintenence remains under the control of Adastra Airways Pty. Ltd., and will continue to be carried out by that Company." The memo concludes: "The above changes are made retrospective to 1st July, 1961." View the document here. K. Pavlich
24JAN62
Application to DCA for Airwork Licence in the name of Westralian Air Surveys Pty. Ltd., a subsidiary of Adastra Airways Pty Ltd. Nominated equipment is a DC-3 owned by Adastra and configured for 2 crew and 7 passengers. The aircraft will be serviced by Rex Aviation at Perth-Maylands. Note that the application specifies Westralian Air Surveys although it was painted on DC-3 VH-AGU and Hudson VH-AGS as Westralian Aerial Surveys. This was doubtless to minimise repainting of the existing Adastra Aerial Surveys titles. DCA files in NAA via G. Goodall
14MAR62
Registration VH-AGJ allocated to Mustang A68-187. G. Goodall
20MAR62
McDonald to Senior Aircraft Surveyor, DCA Mascot: Re installation of fixed head magnetometer boom on Hudson aircraft.
Full details
NAA C4281/4
(62A, 83A, #28) 100/15/3
Drawing & Design Adastra
01MAY62
Adastra Engineering Order No. 28: Installation of towed bird magnetometer to Hudson VH-AGS.
Full details
NAA C4281/4
(62A, 83A, #28) 100/15/3
Drawing & Design Adastra
29JUN62
Hudson VH-AGX change of ownership to Sepal. G. Goodall
01JUL62
Airwork Licence issued to Westralian Air Surveys Pty. Ltd. See 24JAN62. The Licence was renewed each year until expiry on 05APR69 when it was not renewed. DCA files in NAA via G. Goodall
01JUL62
Adastra request their Airwork Licence be transferred to Sepal Pty Ltd. "As a matter of policy within our group of companies, it has been decided that SEPAL Pty Ltd, our subsidiary, becomes the aircraft operating company." DCA files in NAA via G. Goodall
17JUL62
Catalina VH-AGB sold to TAA. G. Goodall
18JUL62
Ansons VH-AGA and VH-BLF struck off the register. G. Goodall
10AUG62
Hudson VH-AGE registered to Sepal. A. Arbon
13AUG62
Hudson VH-AGE change of ownership to Adastra Aerial Surveys. G. Goodall
04OCT62
Hudson VH-SMO leased from John Fairfax and Sons. G. Goodall
25OCT62
Aero Commander 500A VH-AGA registered to Sepal. A. Arbon
1963
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1964
26OCT64
DC-3 VH-AGU registered to Sepal. A. Arbon
1965
29JAN65
Hudson VH-SMO arrived at Essendon. AAL Vol 1 No 1 p.4
03FEB65
Hudson VH-SMO arrived at Hobart. AAL Vol 1 No 2 p.20
02JUN65
Hudson VH-SMM and DC-3 VH-AGU arrived at Brisbane. AAL Vol 1 No 6 p.63
15JUN65
DC-3 VH-AGU arrived in Perth. AAL Vol 1 No 6 p.63
10JUL65
Hudson VH-AGS noted at Sydney with an antenna on each wing tip. AAL Vol 1 No 7 p.69
31OCT65
Hudson VH-SMM test flown at Sydney. AAL Vol 1 No 10 p.99
04NOV65
DC-3 VH-AGU arrived at Adelaide. AAL Vol 1 No 11 p.108
06NOV65
Hudson VH-AGS departed Brisbane. AAL Vol 1 No 11 p.108
07NOV65
Hudson VH-AGX departed Sydney. AAL Vol 1 No 11 p.106
1966
11JAN66
Hudson VH-SMM arrived at Hobart. AAL Vol 2 No 1 p.10
24JUN66
Hudsons VH-SMM and VH-SMO change of ownership to Sepal. Hudson VH-SMO re-registered VH-AGP same day. G. Goodall
24SEP66
Hudson VH-AGE crashed at Tennant Creek. Various
14DEC66
Hudson VH-SMM re-registered VH-AGJ. G. Goodall
1967
MAR67
When Herald Flying Services closed and Hudsons VH-SMM and VH-SMO were sold to Adastra, VH-SMO was under overhaul in Sydney. Soon after, VH-AGJ (formerly VH-SMM) was seen at Wewak in PNG. AAL Vol 3 No 3 p.27
06APR67
Hudson VH-AGX arrived at Essendon. AAL Vol 3 No 4 p.44
1968
05JAN68
Hudson VH-AGJ noted at Adelaide. AAL Vol 4 No 1 p.14
04MAR68
Hudson VH-AGJ noted at Perth. AAL Vol 4 No 3 p.37
17MAR68
Hudson VH-AGS noted at Hobart. AAL Vol 4 No 3 p.38
1969
05APR69
Airwork Licence in the name of Westralian Air Surveys Pty. Ltd. expired and was not renewed. DCA files in NAA via G. Goodall
16OCT69
Pares to RDNSW: "The following aircraft registered in the name of Sepal Pty. Ltd. have now been transferred to Adastra Aerial Surveys Pty. Ltd." The letter lists Hudsons AGS, AGX, AGP and AGJ, DC-3 AGU, Aero Commander AGA and Cessna 206 DGD. NAA C3905/8 VH-SMM
24OCT69
Official change of ownership of AGS, AGX, AGP, AGJ, AGU, AGA & DGD from Sepal to Adastra Aerial Surveys. C. O'Neill

 

SPECIAL THANKS

References prefixed "NAA" were sourced from the National Archives of Australia by Chris O'Neill, specifically for the Adastra website project.

 

ABBREVIATIONS

AAL Australian Air Log
CAB
Civil Aviation Board
CCA
Controller of Civil Aviation
CL Commercial Licence
DCA
Department of Civil Aviation
DGCA
Director-General of Civil Aviation
NAA National Archives of Australia
RDNSW
Regional Director (DCA) New South Wales
SCL Senior Commercial Licence