Note: Although known by various names, this aeroplane is correctly an Aermacchi AL60-B2 Santa Maria. The following explanation of the various designations is courtesy of John Davis:
|OCT61||Arrived at Melbourne by sea from Italy.|
|02NOV61||Assembled by Executive Air Services at Essendon. Colour scheme was yellow with blue trim. Marketed by agents E.L. Heymanson as a "Lockheed 60 Bush Transport". It was later reported that the agents intended to import further aircraft from Mexico.|
|18NOV61||Made its debut at the Australian Agricultural Aviation Association air display at Ballarat.|
|JAN62||It was announced that Ansett-MAL intended to replace its Cessna fleet with LASA-60s.|
|12JAN62||Registered VH-ELI (as an Aermacchi AL60-B2) to E.L. Heymanson, Melbourne, VIC. (the Australian agents for the type).|
in PNG in Ansett-MAL livery. The following account comes from "Balus"
(Volume II p.39) by James Sinclair:|
"Unfortunately the Lockheed 60 was not the answer. The chief training pilot for light aircraft, Captain Gerry Flude, and Frank Newell, engineer in charge of Ansett-MAL light aircraft, were sent to Australia to become familiarised on the Lockheed, and in February they returned to PNG in a Lasa 60, piloted by Lockheed pilot, Keith Busby. Demonstration and test flights were made in a number of territory centres, but the aeroplane ultimately proved unsuitable for local conditions. In May 1962, Stedman announced that two Cessna 185s had been purchased."
|14MAR63||Change of ownership to Consolidated Aviation Finance Pty Ltd, Sydney, NSW.|
|25MAR63||Change of ownership to Western Air Couriers Pty Ltd, Hillston, NSW.|
|27OCT63||The aircraft was photographed at Bankstown, NSW in the same basic colour scheme it carried during its time with Ansett-MAL. By this time, all Ansett-MAL markings had been removed.|
|FEB64||Change of ownership to W.J. Hamilton of Sydney (official liquidator of Western Air Couriers Pty Ltd).|
|14JUL64||Change of ownership to Mount Foster Pty Ltd, Mount Foster, Warren, NSW.|
|08AUG73||Registered to E.P.J. Aubort, Lismore, NSW.|
|JUL75||Advertised for sale by Eric Aubort and Dave Adams of Lismore for $15,000.00. Total time 1,300 hours.|
|22MAR76||Registered to P.D. Johnstone, Cronulla, NSW.|
|02DEC77||Change of designation to AL60-B2/A1.|
|15APR78||Noted at Moorabbin having been traded-in/sold to Civil Flying Services. Aircraft carried the name Airmove Air Taxi.|
|14AUG78||Registered to E.H. Mills, Gladstone, TAS.|
|31JUL93||Noted at Moorabbin for sale by Ian Baillie Aircraft Sales. Aircraft carried the name SIMMENT on the fin.|
|MAY94||To E. Simkin, Merino, VIC. Airworthy and for sale. Reported asking price AU$30,000.00|
|09MAR98||Noted at Moorabbin, VIC.|
|07JUL98||Registered to Middlebrook Air Services, Gunnedah, NSW.|
|06SEP01||Change of ownership to Aero Enterprise Pty Ltd, Lismore, NSW. Subsequently registered to Aero Enterprise, Cairns, QLD.|
|11FEB04||Aero Enterprise in Cairns advise that VH-ELI is still stored in Lismore.|
|APR05||Aircraft noted in Cairns, evidently overhauled and repainted.|
|24NOV05||Change of ownership to Jeli Jump Bus, Oyster Cove, Tasmania.|
in a heavy landing at Cambridge Aerodrome, Hobart, Tasmania:|
"The pilot reported that at about 100 ft AGL on final approach to runway 09, the aircraft encountered undershoot windshear resulting in a rapid increase in the rate of descent. The pilot applied full power but was unable to fully arrest the descent. The aircraft clipped the boundary fence which pulled the aircraft into a nose-down attitude and separated the nose wheel leg from the aircraft. The aircraft landed heavily and came to rest on the runway."
(Source: ATSB Aviation Safety Database. Extracted 24OCT06)
|Sold to Paul Eddowes.|
|Official change of ownership to Paul Eddowes, Blanchetown, SA.|
|Ferried from Devonport to Portee. Paul Eddowes advises: "The aircraft has been fitted with a 300hp Continental IO520 with a turbo and a three blade constant speed prop. The conversion was done by Peter Young of Sureflight, Devonport, Tasmania. The aircraft now resides at the Portee Station Homestead on the Murray in South Australia. The family loves her and we will be refurbishing the interior lining in the near future. Externally and mechanically she’s in excellent condition. Peter Young has done a top job of the maintenance and mods."|
|Noted at the Barossa Airshow. (Source: South Australian Air Journal Nol 40 No 3 p.9)|
Added a recent sighting.
Recorded a change of ownership to Paul Eddowes who has kindly supplied details of his acquisition of the aircraft.
Added details of an incident on 30SEP06.
Added a change of ownership on 24NOV05.
Added a recent photo from Paul Howard in Cairns.
Added a report from Paul Howard in Cairns that the aircraft is still stored in Lismore.
Added three new images thanks to Hew Mills, a former owner of the aeroplane.
Added change of ownership to Aero Enterprise of Lismore.