|Contact: Gordon Oats (email)Notes: This collection is currently not on public display.Time Frame: 2009||Civil Aviation Historical Society of South Australia.|
|Please Note: Images are of items held in the Society’s collection, which is looking for a good home.|
|The Civil Aviation Historical Society of South Australia has many items of interest in its collection. 5DME were able to photograph some of the most interesting aviation objects for you to view.
|LADS (LASER Airborne Depth Sounder) Fokker F27LOCATION: Cairns/AdelaideAirfield: Cairns/AdelaideTime Frame: September 2008-2009||VH-EWP NEWSVideo of the 12- Sept 09 arrival viewVideo departure for test flight 14 Sept 09 view
Night time Sortie 15th Sept 09 view
Video take-off YPAD view
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|VH-EWP Fokker F27 500 Arrives at YPAD for refit.The Navy Fokker Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) arrived in Adelaide 12 September 2009. It is to undergo a refit with it’s current equipment compliment to go into the new Dash 8 VH-LCL. The Fokker will be here for some time, at least till Friday 18th. We will keep you up-to-date as information is received. For those that would like to see the aircraft flying, it is going out on Monday morning around 0900 and Tuesday around 1400.You can see a short video of the 13- Sept 09 arrival here.
Departure for test flight 14 Sept 09 (view)
Photo Gallery (view)
About LADS Fokker F-27
The Navy Hydrographic Unit operates a Fokker F27 as an Airborne Laser Depth Sounder. The aircraft is used to map the ocean floor. Using a high powered, pulsed LASER the aircraft scans swathes of the ocean floor more rapidly than a ship performing the same task.
Picture: On Tarmac at Cairns
The LADS F27 is a specially fitted out aircraft. Complete with LASER, Data Logging, Cooling Units and Crew Facilities. The aircraft has been extensively modified to incorporate bay doors under the fuselage, additional fuel tanks, precise navigation systems, and a stabilised platform for the laser.
Picture: Inside LADS
The aircraft is piloted by civillian pilots and the electronic equipment is operated by Navy personel. Modifications to the aircraft include extra fuel tanks. The flight time per sortie can be up to 7 1/2 hours.
The equipment was recently upgraded (2008). The new system has improved performance and operational requirements over the old system.
Specs for the new system are:
Picture: LADS How It Works
Fixed Infrared beam provides precise height information. Green beam scans ocean floor up to 50 metres deep.
Simulated LASER Scanning
Red Laser is fixed vertically/stationary to measure height.
Links to other VH-EWP and LADS related items:
Navy – Fondness for Fokkers
Navy – Hydrographic Service
Navy – Hydrographic Survey
Item by David H.
Information courtesy of LADS.
Photos by LADS Staff & David H.
|DATE: 25 September 2009LOCATION: RAAF Edinburgh||
Story by David H.
Media Information supplied by RAAF
Airforce Celebrates 70th Anniversary of 10 and 11 Squadrons.
On 25 September 2009 5DME attended celebrations at Edinburgh RAAF Base for the 70th Anniversary of 10 and 11 Squadrons. Up to 1000 former military personnel and guests attended the parade. The Historical Aviation Restoration Society (HARS) attended with several vintage aircraft that were used by these squadrons in their maritime role. These aircraft included a Lockheed Neptune and a Catalina.
10 and 11 Squadrons have had a significant history in the Australian Defence Forces. A detailed History/Data sheet as produced by the RAAF can be downloaded HERE.
Chief of the Air Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin said, “The squadron’s personnel have been involved in operations including World War II, the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Gulf War, Malayan Emergency and East Timor.”
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10 and 11 Squadrons valued contributions include:
- World War II
- Battle of the Coral Sea
- Gulf War
- Malayan Emergency
- East Timor
Search and Rescue Roles including Great Southern Ocean recoveries of:
- Tony Bullimore
- Isabelle Autisier
- Thierry Dubois
Aircraft used by 10 and 11 Squadrons over 70 years:
- P-3 Orion
- AP-3C Orion
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During the Anniversary Celebrations each squadron unvieled alternative nose and tail art. The new artwork was relevant to World War II significance of one of it’s AP-3C Orion aircraft.
Orions have been at Edinburgh (Home to Orion Aircraft) since 26 May 1968. Orions are to remain in service until 2018 with a phase-out period proceeding this date.
(Photo Opposite: Taken on the day, Orion fly-past)
For more photos see the Defence web site (view)
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Parade on 25th September 2009
Various events were held throughout the celebrations including a cake cutting ceremony, static display and personnel and guests attended a Gala Dinner on Friday night.
See our Photo Gallery for more 5DME images.
See the RAAF Gallery for more RAAF images.
Australian War Memorial 10 Squadron
RAAF Museum 10 Squadron
Australian War Memorial 11 Squadron
RAAF Museum 11 Squadron
5DME would like to thank 10 and 11 Squadrons and the various RAAF personnel that contributed to this article.
Air-to-Air, Gala Dinner & Sidebar photos courtesy of RAAF (Copyright)
Neptune photo courtesy HARS
Other photos by David Hales.
|LOCATION: COBHAM (National Jet)Airfield: AdelaideTime Frame: August 2009||HARS C-47B Adelaide Visit 1 & 2 Aug 2009.|
|On Saturday 1st August 2009 the HARS DC-3 visited for an overnight at Adelaide Airport. The aircraft was on an excursion to Kalgoorlie WA from Wollongong via Adelaide and Ceduna.Arrival Video Departure Video
This aircraft (A65-94) is the longest serving C-47B of the RAAF. Delivered in May 1945. Serial A65-94 served in 38, 36 & 34 Squadrons. This was a VIP aircraft in 34 Squadron and was used to transport various visiting dignitaries. HARS have a fact sheet available on this aircraft. Please visit their web site for further information.
5DME have taken a substantial photo collection during this visit. We are also in the process of post-producing video footage and inteviewing. We will compile a page of HARS visits to Adelaide and make it available to view. Please call again to follow our progress.
The 14 passengers and crew departed Adelaide around 0745 (scheduled) for Ceduna then on to Kalgoorlie WA.
5DME would like to thank HARS for their cooperation during the Adelaide visit. Also, we would like to acknowledge the assistance of Cobham (National Jet) and Adelaide Airport Limited.
See more at www.hars.org.au
Story by David H.
|LOCATION: COBHAM (National Jet).Airfield: AdelaideTime Frame: 9 August 2009||COBHAM Family Open Day & CANTEEN FLIGHT|
|COBHAM OPEN DAYOn Sunday 9th August COBHAM hosted an Open Day for members of CANTEEN and COBHAM staff and friends.
BAe146 at COBHAM Adelaide Airport (YPAD) 9 August 2009 (video view)
See Special Events in Photo Gallery (view)
From our Blog…
On Sunday 9th August 2009 COBHAM will be holding a Family Open Day for CANTEEN ( The Australian Organisation for Young People Living With Cancer) and family & friends of COBHAM staff. The day will comprise of a walk through of the COBHAM facilities and hangars where visitors can take photos. There will also be a flight for CANTEEN during the day (see below).
Times: Canteen from 9.00am
Cobham Family & Friends: 11.30am
PLEASE NOTE: This event is for CANTEEN members and COBHAM staff only.
Teenagers from CANTEEN will also be partaking in a costal low level flight. Departing around 10am the flight will give passengers a bird’s eye view and hopefully be the thrill of the year.
AVIATION AND THE COMMUNITY
It is great to see these contributions from the local Adelaide aviation industry. It promotes the positive and pro-active approach of the aviation industry to the community and the groups that require our support.
5DME is privileged to cover such events. We will place a follow-up article on the site post event.
** Following the event you will be able to view photos in our Photo & Video Galleries.
Item by David H.