View Full Version : Where can I get a scrap light aircraft fuselage?

7th Oct 2016, 05:04
Hi Guys,

I'm the training officer for a volunteer rescue organisation near Melbourne, Australia. We are responsible for RAIR (Road, Aviation, Industrial & Rail) Rescue in our area.

We have lots of opportunity to train for Road & Industrial rescue, we even get the opportunity to practice rail rescue a few times a year. However, our crews have had little to no opportunity to practice with Aviation Rescue. Including myself we have 4 members with an aviation background, unfortunately our other 40+ members don't.

As aviation rescue is one of our responsibilities I would like the ability to train some more of our members in this area. To this end I would like to get our hands on a scrap fuselage for a light aircraft. Due to the volunteer nature of our service ideally I'm looking for someone that would be willing to donate the use of the fuselage for us to practice on. This would involve cutting, bending and breaking the structure. We would be willing to return the cut fuselage to the person or company that donated its use so they can scrap it if they prefer.

So far I haven't been able to find any aviation wreckers near Melbourne. Does anyone have any idea where I might be able to find one?

John Hill
7th Oct 2016, 10:06
Talk to the people at your local community aviation museum they will know where derelict aircraft are to be found.

7th Oct 2016, 10:25
The Australian National Aviation Museum is an aviation museum (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aviation_museum) at the Moorabbin Airport (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moorabbin_Airport) in Melbourne (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne), Victoria (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_(Australia)), Australia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia). It was founded in 1962 as the Australian Aircraft Restoration Group, an attempt to maintain a World War II (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II)-era Bristol Beaufighter (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Beaufighter) aircraft. It has since became into a museum with a large aircraft collection. It was originally named the Moorabbin Air Museum. As of 2008 it held 50 aircraft and 25 engines.

Australian Aircraft Restoration Group (Melbourne (Vic))
www.aarg.com.au (http://www.aarg.com.au/)

7th Oct 2016, 10:50
Thanks guys. I'll give that a try

7th Oct 2016, 11:43
I'd hazard a guess that most aircraft don't need to be cut open after impacting terra firma? - the impact normally seems to do a fairly good job of breaking them open. :(

And any that dive in at modest degree of angle, or above a modest degree of angle, you wouldn't normally be worrying about trying to extract injured people, you'd merely be doing a body retrieval exercise.

7th Oct 2016, 12:00
Ask at any light aviation company in your area, they will probably be able to point you in the right direction.

Clare Prop
8th Oct 2016, 01:00
We had one after parting out a Warrior and offered it to my husband's fire brigade, they said they couldn't use it, I don't remember the reason. So it went to the scrapyard