Airline licence number 9, the first Bushies F27 schedule flight.

Following is an extract from Ron Entsch’s book “Bushies”

At the very ‘top’ of Australia overlooking Torres Strait, was a wilderness area. The State Government had designated it as a tourist reserve but had done nothing with the area.


It was a Dept of Civil Aviation (DCA) requirement for all aircrew to be familiar with the operation of life rafts, lifejackets, flares etc. if they were to be carried on over water flights. 

Introduction of Twin Otters in 1983. The Twin Otters were changed from the TAA colours to the BPA colours.