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Old 12th Feb 2019, 05:46
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22 Bell Kiowa 206B-1 for sale Australia

Australian Army has 22 Bell kiowa 206B-1 for auction, the aircraft do not come with registration nor do they have a certificate of airworthiness, so the question is; Is there any chance that any of them could receive registration as a Warbird.
Is it possible they could be used privately with the help of Australian Warbird Association which CASA recognizes, and is there any difference between one of these flying about than say any of the fixed wing military aircraft that are out there.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 06:13
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Anybody have a wild guess how much a flyable one with hours on it might sell for at auction? My guess, it would have to be less than AU$100K.

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Old 12th Feb 2019, 19:59
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Further info here:

https://www.controller.com/listings/...1976-bell-206b

and here

https://www.graysonline.com/promotions/military

There's also going to be Westland Scout, Pilatus FW trainers, truckloads of parts, engines etc. Fill your boots.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 22:18
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Note the interest from NZ : Probably make a cheap machine for up in the hills chasing a red or thar, then again only 2 blades
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Indeed. And NZ CAA possibly more permissive than most in allowing use of such ex mil machines too.
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OH-58A in other words? From the pictures they have a couple of extras - electronic AI and HSI...
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Old 13th Feb 2019, 00:51
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Note the terms are bids attract a buyers premium, then pay GST on total.
So add 17.5% to any winning bid.
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Old 13th Feb 2019, 14:13
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Originally Posted by krypton_john View Post
OH-58A in other words?
Close. But a 58A is actually a 206A-1. If I recall the B-1s were strictly designated for Australian ops with some of the aircraft assembled there. If these are true B-1s then they aren't even eligible to get a AWC in the States like a 58A can. Hopefully nobody will decide to buy them and sell those parts on a global scale. Could end up causing issues like the ex-military parts did on the Aloutte/Lama.
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 01:03
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The Australian aircraft are 206B-1's. They differ from the OH-58A which has a smaller diameter rotor, different gear box and rotor spins at a different RPM. The first 12 Australian aircraft were built in the US, I and another Navy pilot took delivery of the first Australian built airframe, number 13. I'd assume our aircraft components are identical to one of the civil models (206B?), unlike the 58A. Loved the cockpit instrumentation, which a civil pilot could but drool over.

Arriving home on the delivery flight.


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not good news

I have done some checking looks like no manuals to work with and possibly incomplete records 206B-1 not type cert compatible with other 206's. The avionics would need expensive certification, some of the part numbers don't even exist in the civilian Bell world. The engine is straight C20, really only looking at Warbird status but with Index 3 so no flight over population or adventure flights. With the interest that's seems to be there at the moment probably looking at 200-300k buy price and need to spend 200k to get it going so doesn't make much sense when there are so many Jetrangers in normal cat available, esp at the age these are at.
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Old 14th Feb 2019, 12:15
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Originally Posted by as350nut View Post
...at the moment probably looking at 200-300k buy price...
Seriously? The Esso S76's sold for less than that, and they were mostly in good nick with a full set of meticulous documentation. I'd be surprised if those ex-Army Kiowas go for any more than $100K each.

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Originally Posted by krypton_john View Post
...From the pictures they have a couple of extras - electronic AI and HSI...
When I last flew one they had none of that fancy stuff on the panel...no GPS (we used things called maps), no padded seats, and bog standard original issue instrumentation except for the NVG cockpit lighting which was just starting to be rolled out.
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Well lets wait and see, I am with you 100k max but I am repeating what I was told from someone with a lot more knowledge than me on the situation
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Probably better off being in museums by the looks of it. Iím sure there would be more than 22 museums throughout Australia that would happily take them and not forgetting the RSL Clubs.
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uummmmm,

don't like to burst your bubble krypton john, but NZCAA absolutely hate anything restricted/experimental/warbirds category or ex-military. looking at the information available, i would think about $100k for the whole lot of those things. you can get a really cheap JR for $250k and then when you are sick of it sell it world wide, why would you spend more then a few grand on something that is a throw away item??
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Old 18th Feb 2019, 19:53
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Yet there still are or have been Rotorways, Mosquitos, OH58s, AB206's with mixed parts, let alone Supermarine Spitfires, P51s, Gazelles etc flying in NZ

Agree totally on your point about the economics. They'd have to give these Aussie ones away.
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Old 18th Feb 2019, 22:06
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Is there any chance that any of them could receive registration as a Warbird.
On the basis that there are nearly 20 Kiowas (mainly ex Canadian military) on the Australian VH- register, I would say "yes" there is a chance. Example below


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The aircraft above is a OH-58A so the registration data base says. There was no civil equivalent to the 58A, which has a different gear box, rotor spins at different RPM, rotor shorter diameter, so can't see why the 206B-1 couldn't be put on the civil register.

OH-58A/206 Differences

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Old 19th Feb 2019, 15:00
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so can't see why the 206B-1 couldn't be put on the civil register.
Most countries that operate under ICAO or are part of a Bi-Lateral Treaty use the aircraft's existing Type Certification from its "country of origin" as the basis for importation/registration/certification. The B-1 as no eligible serial numbers listed under the FAA Type Certificate (TCDS H2SW) which invalidates the TC for the B-1.

Unless the importing/certifying country has a specific process within their civil aviation regs to certify an aircraft without a valid TC, they would have to type certify the aircraft. In my limited experience within a dozen countries or so, I've never run across a CAA that permitted this on the civilian side. As an FYI: the 58 has eligible S/Ns under H2SW along with specific requirements to make the TC valid on 58s.

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Thanks wrench, learnt something new, and I see the 58 does have a civil equivalent.

There must means around the TCDS. It states,
NOTE 15.Canadian Military Model COH-58A serial numbers 44001 and up are not eligible for Federal Aviation Administration type certification in any category.

NOTE 16.Military Model OH-58A surplused from other than an Armed Force of the United States is not eligible for Federal Aviation Administration type certification in any category.
The aircraft in the photo above is serial number 44023, which in my mind, sort of puts in the same category as the B-1. How did they manage then to get 44023 on the register? The operator (commercial) is listed as the manufacturer?????

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