The Civil Aviation Historical Society of South Australia

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.

Flight Service Console
ex Broken Hill FSU
Flight Service Console
ex Mt Gambier FSU
High Frequency Radio Direction Finding Receiver Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Memorial
Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Memorial RAAF Bases in South Australia
Magnetron for CossorSSR Radar
ex ATC Adelaide Airport
Adelaide Airport Taxiway Lighting diagram
Aerodrome runway & taxiway lighting Early Australian valve-operated DME
Test Equipment AT 13 500W HF transmitter,
500W NDB,
2KW HF Transmitter
Aerodrome Rotating Beacon
ex Ceduna Aerodome
Cossor SSR Radar
ex Adelaide Airport
Please see the photo gallery for more items in the care of -:The Civil Aviation Historical Society of South AustraliaPlease Note: This display is not open to the general public but is looking for a good home.


LADS (LASER Airborne Depth Sounder) Fokker F27


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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Photo Gallery (view) (Gallery 2)


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.


Pictures: Cooling Unit (below), Data Logging (right), LASER Platform (bottom right)



Above images courtesy: LADS Staff



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:
  • 240m laser swathe  (at a 5 x 5m grid pattern)
  • Variable grid pattern of 5x5m, 4×4, 3×3, 2x2m (depending on what is being investigated)
  • 990 soundings per second (compared to 168 per second on the old system)
  • 49800 soundings per square km
  • Variable sounding height of aircraft from 1200ft to 2000ft
  • Sounding speed 175 kts

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.
Green Laser scans a 240m swathe maping the ocean floor.


Overall Specification


Fokker F27-500 ‘Friendship’


2 pilots (civilian) , 2 survey systems operators (Navy)

Aircraft take off weight

20 tonnes

Aircraft transit speed

220 knots

Survey speed

175 knots/295 Feet Per Second/90M Per Second   (145 knots old system)

Operating height

Approx 360-600 metres above the sea surface (1200-2000 feet)

Depth Range

0 to 50 metres

Sounding pattern

240 metres wide, 10 metres nominal spacing between soundings


using GPS satellite navigation (Military Precise Code)

Sortie duration

up to 7½ hours

Personnel (Navy)

2 Hydrographic Survey Officers, 5 Sailors (Hydrographic Specialisation)

Personnel (Contract)

Supported by TENIX LADS Corp with 9 contractors including 3 pilots and 2 aircraft engineers

Home Base

Cairns, however the entire Flight is deployable and has been based out of Mackay, Darwin and Broome for up to 10 weeks

Hot Topic Archive Article….VH-EWP is here.

9th November 2009: VH-EWP (Fokker Friendship 500)  returned to Adelaide to have the LADS gear from VH-LCL installed. No longer flying under the banner of “Navy Survey” she arrived as “EWP” and in a couple of weeks the aircraft should be ready to test the installed LADS gear in flight.

5DME will keep posting news about this aircraft as it comes to hand.

Last Fokker F27 still flying in Australia.

NOTE: VH-EWP will be departing for Essendon on Friday 18th December 2009. So your last chance to see her will be this week (14th-18th). VH-EWP is parked around by the Police Air Wing.

See the LADS page for more information.

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.


RAAF 10 & 11 Squadrons 70th Anniversary 2009

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.”


Air-to-Air imagescourtesy


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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:

  • Sunderland
  • Catalina
  • Lincoln
  • Neptune
  • P-3 Orion
  • AP-3C Orion


Air-to-Air images



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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)



Air-to-Air images



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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.


More information:

See our Photo Gallery for more 5DME images.

See the RAAF Gallery for more RAAF images.


10 Squadron

Australian War Memorial 10 Squadron

RAAF Museum 10 Squadron


11 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.

HARS C-47B (DC-3) visits Adelaide

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

VH-EAFC-47B (DC-3)


1 & 2 Aug 2009

5DME Gallery Shots


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.


VH-EAFC-47B (DC-3)


1 & 2 Aug 2009

5DME Gallery Shots



  • Into service with RAAF 1945
  • Decommissioned 2000
  • 14,600 hours and 55 years old (2000)
  • Longest serving C-47B
  • Acquired by HARS in July 2000
  • Restored and registered VH-EAF
  • First HARS excursion December 2000

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


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.



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.