VH-BAT the third was originally Tasmanian Aero Club's VH-TAT which was
traded in to
Pipeair Ltd at
Moorabbin on a new PA-32 Cherokee Six in May of 1966, and re-registered
-BAT. to allow
the Cherokee Six to have the preferred club registration.
The Cessna was
imported in October 1960 as VH-EDM (ex N9915B) The
"Australian Air Log"
May 1966 issue tells
us that the 182A VH-TAT arrived at Moorabbin from Launceston on
1st May 1966, was repainted as VH-BAT on 6th May when it also had the
Aero Club and
Flying Doctor Service insignia painted over and the Cherokee Six VH-TAT
left on delivery
to Tasmania on 11th May.
The above shot of -BAT(3) was taken by Geoff Goodall at Swan
Hill in December 1966.
It is still currently registered, and owner Barry Robinson of
NSW kindly sent
me (May, 2011) the contemporary shot of it below.