Registrations from the 70's

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Registrations from the 70's

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I usedto fly the following aircraft ZS Reg but in Rhodesia, wondering if they are still around.
Aztec ZSEIG
PA 32 ZSEVI
PA28 ZSEOT
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None of them on the register anymore, unfortunately...
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ZS-JRA
ZS-JRB
ZS-JRC
ZS-JRD
ZS-JRE
ZS-JRF
ZS-JRG
ZS-JRH
ZS-JRZ
ZS-JMF
ZS-MFS
ZS-JUN
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JRA, JRB, JRH, JRL were all Commander 690's.....
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87Juliet wrote:JRA, JRB, JRH, JRL were all Commander 690's.....
ZS-JRC is also an AC690 which is standing virtually derelict at FAGC as V5-MGF.
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87Juliet wrote:JRA, JRB, JRH, JRL were all Commander 690's.....
As were C,D,E,F and Z
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-JRA and -JRB were also the <first> of the modern Turbo Commanders that came into SA, AFAIR. John Winson bought them as a package to start Wing Airways (1977-ish?) and his expenditure seemed astronomical at the time; but those two aircraft set his business on its feet and easily paid for themselves, many times over, and they flew big hours. Later, he also acquired -JRH (or was it -JRL?), in addition to a fleet of other aircraft (B200, C441, AC680F and FL -- three of these, C402 x 2, C340, Beech Duke).

So, -JRA and -JRB were important aircraft sales for Astra Commander.
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Both JRA and JRB are Met Research aircraft based at FALA, after being at FABM for a long time.

Those two airplanes started my love affair with Commanders!
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Christopher wrote:-JRA and -JRB were also the <first> of the modern Turbo Commanders that came into SA, AFAIR. John Winson bought them as a package to start Wing Airways (1977-ish?) and his expenditure seemed astronomical at the time; but those two aircraft set his business on its feet and easily paid for themselves, many times over, and they flew big hours. Later, he also acquired -JRH (or was it -JRL?), in addition to a fleet of other aircraft (B200, C441, AC680F and FL -- three of these, C402 x 2, C340, Beech Duke).

So, -JRA and -JRB were important aircraft sales for Astra Commander.

JRL(11339) was John's thrid Commander which was a 690B. Ret Orsmond bought all three and put them back in the air.

JRL is now in the US as N32WS.

AFAIR COMAVI (SP) were the Rockwell agents at the time. JRA (11284) and JRB (11248) were 1975 Models IIRC

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Does anybody have a picture of ZS-GKR (AC690)
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Ray W wrote:Does anybody have a picture of ZS-GKR (AC690)
Did that have the Perspex or Glass windshields? Im sure there is a picture in the late Dave B's Collection.

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Although not a 70's model, does anybody know whether ZS CTC , Aero Commander 680F, now standing derelict at Harare, is off the Register ??
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According to the registration database it is still registered, but no longer airworthy. It is a 1962 model.
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AC6T wrote:
Ray W wrote:Does anybody have a picture of ZS-GKR (AC690)
Did that have the Perspex or Glass windshields? Im sure there is a picture in the late Dave B's Collection.

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There is - I gave it to him and then some time afterwards lost my collection in a fire. I don't have access to his collection anymore.
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ddevos wrote:According to the registration database it is still registered, but no longer airworthy. It is a 1962 model.
Hi Dirk
Thanks for the info. The aircraft concerned is pictured on my Avatar, and the picture was taken in 1972 at Port Alfred Airfield, about the time that I did my conversion onto it. I used it to get to Contracts in Northern Natal, East London, Port Alfred and Grahamstown , from Durban until about mid 1977. What a beautiful stable platform for Instrument Flying. I really am devestated to see the latest picture of it , which is available on www.avcom.co.za/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=64082.
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