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  Four Embraer Bandeirantes (generally referred to as "Bandits") were operated March to December 1995 by Australian Army Aviation on dry lease from Flight West Airlines. The lease was to cover the capability gap created by the grounding of the GAF Nomad fleet and the aircraft were flown by crews from 173 Sqn retaining their airline scheme with the addition of a redback spider on tail (the unit emblem).

Flight West Airlines was established in May 1987 as a regional airline headquartered in Brisbane. It operated predominantly in Queensland and went into voluntary liquidation on 19 June 2001 before being sold to Queensland Aviation Holdings (the parent company of Alliance Airlines) in April 2002.

Registration Type C/N Engine Aircraft History
VH-XFD EMB-110P1 110221 PT6A Flight West Airlines 1989 to 1996
Operated by 173 Sqn Australian Army Aviation from March to December 1995,
07/06/2006 Registered VH-KGQ to Matakana Holdings Pty Ltd, Cheltenham East, VIC.
Operated as
VH-KGQ with King Island Air, 2012.
This is the only ex-Army Bandit still on the Australian Register.

Bandeirante VH-XFD 
Basic Flight West sceme with 173 Squadron redback spider on tail
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VH-XFJ EMB-110P1 110241 PT6A-27 PH-SAT Embraer 1979,
N101CA Cascade Airways - Delivery Date 11/12/79,
N101CA Princetown-Boston Airline 8/84 to 2/88,
VH-CRG Lloyd Aviation Jet Charters registered 3/88,
VH-CRG Transferred to Queensland Pacific Airlines 12/88,
VH-OZG Registered to Aus Air 5/90 and named "City of Moorabbin",
VH-XFJ Registered 11/91 to Flight West Airlines,
Operated by 173 Sqn Australian Army Aviation from March to December 1995,
VH-XFJ Brought 1/96 by Aus Air
rg 7/91 Avtex Air Services,
w/o 6/24/01 Cootamondra NSW
VH-XFK EMB-110P1 110253 PT6A Flight West Airlines 1991 to 1996
Operated by 173 Sqn Australian Army Aviation from March to December 1995,
VH-XTL EMB-110P1 110407 PT6A-60 PH-SFX Embraer June 1982,
N92DA delivered to Dolphin Airlines 26/12/82
C-GTNV dd 7/84 Trans North Turbo Air,
N212EB rg 3/87 Embraer USA
VH-XTL rg 11/87 Aeromil Pty
VH-XTL bought 12/87 by Flight West Airlines,
Operated by 173 Sqn Australian Army Aviation from March to December 1995,
ZK-REX dd 11/96 opf Ansett NZ - wfu 1999 operated by Rex Aviation
ZK-REX bought 7/99 Tranzglobal
ZK-REX lsd 7/99 Cityjet
VH-TLH rg 11/12/99 Equipment leasing and operated by Sunshine Express Airlines
VH-TLH bought 10/01 Air Mount Isa
Aeropelican Air Services
Cancelled from Register 6/18/09

Bandeirante VH-XLT
Flight West Airlines 
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This page is managed and updated by Brendan Cowan.

Sources: Australian Aviation #106, May 1995, page 9, http://aerobernie.ae.funpic.de/Flight%20West.html , http://aussieairliners.org/embraer/vh-xtl/vhxtl.html, http://rzjets.net , Messageboard Discussion ,

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Page Updated 17 February 2014

     

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