Australian Twin Pioneer arrives at new home

Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer VH-SYS has joined the HARS collection at Albion Park in New South Wales, having been based at nearby Wedderburn for many years

The 1962-built British classic made the short flight to its new home on July 30. It was the penultimate example from a production run of 87 airframes, and initially flew with the Royal Malaysian Air Force as FM1066. It entered civilian hands in 1972 when it was acquired by Australian company Aerial Agriculture. It sat in open storage until January 1982 until being certified for flight operations which it undertook until 2011.

Transferred to Wedderburn as VH-EVB, further work was carried out, latterly by a team of volunteers led by Richard Thompson. It successfully flew again a few years ago, with Richard changing the registration to VH-SYS in tribute to former owner Sy Allsep.

Twin Pioneer VH-SYS pictured at Wedderburn in 2017
Twin Pioneer VH-SYS pictured at Wedderburn in 2017 PHIL BUCKLEY