The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

As requested by GAFNomad... Helis on the move
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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby LVDT » Thu Aug 16 2012, 09:45

And maybe not -

VH-ATS Bell 206B JetRanger III S/No. 2561 VH-ATS,-> VH-JAK,-> VH-JZQ

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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby Doctor Spock » Fri Aug 17 2012, 12:33

I was going to post this under the World's Ugliest Paintjob thread.... Here is VH-JAK again sometime in 2001. This shot in Armidale.

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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby Robinsondog » Fri Aug 17 2012, 21:38

As JAK it travelled to lots of interesting places around Australia, as well as touring Tasmania, being stuck in a blizzard in Charlotte's Pass,


Was the pilot at that time BM with an Elmer Fudd accent?
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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby Eric Hunt » Fri Aug 17 2012, 22:58

No, it was me, and I wasn't wooking for wabbits.
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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby Robinsondog » Sat Aug 18 2012, 02:48

No, it was me, and I wasn't wooking for wabbits.

Ahh I see,if you knew BM with the Fwudd accent, do you know wher'as he gone? Opened a pushbike shop down there I ad eard, either pre or apre pushing a 206 around and just at the time it was locally legislated for pushbikers to wear helmets, reckoned he was making a killing? :lol:
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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby Eric Hunt » Sun Aug 19 2012, 08:29

Check yer PMs, Dawg...
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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby SuperF » Mon Aug 20 2012, 13:19

looks better in Pink! :shock:
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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby 2rotorbro » Tue Aug 21 2012, 09:44

dr spock that 'aint ugly that is the long renowned graffiti scheme of regarded operator Commercial Helicopters - Mudgee. Very exclusive paint work.
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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby Twistgrip » Tue Aug 21 2012, 11:52

That livery was first done by Terry Lee on the original VH-LEC he owned :D, which I believe he sold to Commercial.
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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby JetRangerJunkie » Wed Aug 22 2012, 05:54

Hi Bladeslappers,
A wealth of chopper history here, thanks guys..
Reference s/n. 2561 , VH-ATS/3 it WAS JAK/2 but on 19.10.95. was re-registered JZQ/2 with M.I.H. Assetts , Urangan, QLD.
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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby reddogsifly » Thu Sep 13 2012, 22:13

does anyone know the history of vh-aaj its for sale on ebay for $120,000 starting bid. its a 206-b 1967 vintage so it's one of the first jetties in australia.
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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby JetRangerJunkie » Sun Sep 16 2012, 04:55

VH-AAJ was built as a 206A (con.number 048) and is the former VH-BRQ being registered as such on 08.03.2005. to AUK Holdings of Gaven, QLD.
(AUK have owned/ own three 'Jetties' (048) VH-BRQ , (580) VH-BNG and (893) VH-BQR.
This machine in fact started its life in Australia in December 1975 as VH-AJJ when it was imported by Textron Australia (Bell) from the Philipines.
It had been converted to a 206B II in the Philipines ,and Textron exported it to PNG as P2-AJJ in November 1976.
It was exported from PNG to Indonesia some time later as PK-OBI.
It returned to Australia as 'BRQ in early 2005.
AUK sold it to Jeff Mc Taggart in March 2006, and Jeff re-registered it as 'AAJ in September 2008.
any further info welcome.!!
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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby Capt Hollywood » Mon Oct 22 2012, 09:52

JZQ is now my daily ride, here's a few recent pics of the old girl.

As we received it from Commercial Heli's
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How she looks now after we gave it a birthday!
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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby BenThomas » Mon Oct 22 2012, 11:29

It would have been less conspicuous if they had painted big dog balls on the side of it.
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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby hoverthrust » Mon Oct 22 2012, 14:14

This is a picture of VH-ATS I took in 1985, when it was the channel 7 chopper, taken at Mt Panorama, when the jet ranger was released from the newsroom to do the James Hardie 1000, the Bulge on the left is the camera configuration that takes up the whole rear. It would be interesting to know if there is still some red paint somewhere on the bird.The right rear had a sliding door. and the rear left was a normal hinge door.
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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby hoverthrust » Mon Oct 22 2012, 14:25

VH-ATS Sydney CH7 Jetranger
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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby Eric Hunt » Mon Oct 22 2012, 20:18

Hoverthrust,

Yes, the insides of the access panels were still red when it was called JAK in the 90s.
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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby Capt Hollywood » Tue Oct 23 2012, 01:16

No more red paint as it was completely stripped prior to painting.
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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby Twistgrip » Tue Oct 23 2012, 07:15

Is that a young FVR I see there:)
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Re: The first Australian media (ENG) Jetranger.??

Postby hoverthrust » Tue Oct 23 2012, 10:00

Twisty here is an even younger pic of FVR and ATS
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