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9H-FMV Piper PA-23-250 Aztec F c/n 27-7754002- BKS Surveys (Fugro Malta) - Teuge Airport in Holland - 28 November 2014 Teuge airport (EHTE)

The Piper PA-23-250 Aztec F is a six-seat all-metal low-wing twin-engine business aircraft. The Piper PA-23 was initially designed by Stinson in the late 1940s, as the Twin Stinson, an all-metal four-seat light twin. In 1948, Piper Aircraft Corporation purchased the Stinson Division of Consolidated Vultee and Piper developed the Twin Stinson further as the PA-23 Apache. The first prototype PA-23 flew first on 2 March 1952. Production deliveries commanced in 1953. The aircraft was continious in production and improved with the PA-23-235 Apache four/five seater as the end model as Apache. In 1958, an upgraded version with 250 hp Lycoming O-540 engines and a swept vertical tail was produced as the PA-23-250 and named Aztec. Production deliveries of the five-seat Piper PA-23-250 Aztec A began in 1959. The PA-23-250 cabin monoplane was introduced in its six-seat Aztec B form in 1962. The Aztec B differs from its predecessor in having an elongate nose housing, a second luggage compartment, a modified instrument panel, and improved maintenance accessibility. The Piper PA-23-250 Aztec B was powered by two 250 hp Lycoming O-540-A1D5 six-cylinder air-cooled engines. The later models of the Aztec were equipped with IO-540-C4B5 fuel-injected engines. Production of PA-23 ended in 1982, wit a total of 6976 Piper PA-23s in various models built. The ICAO code for the Piper PA-23 is PA23.

The 1976-built Piper PA-23-250 Aztec F s/n 27-7754002 was registered N62760 in the USA. On 15 December 1978, registration N62760 was cancelled as exported to England. On 20 December 1978, the aircraft was registered G-HARV in the UK with Penarth Commercial Properties Ltd., Cardiff. On 10 August 1979, the aircraft was registered with T.S. Grimshaw Ltd, Cardiff. On 3 December 1981, the Piper PA-23 Aztec G-HARV was registered with Kraken Air Ltd, Cardiff. On 6 February 1984, the aircraft was registered as G-BKVT with T.S. Grimshaw Ltd, Cardiff. On 21 April 1986, registered ownership of Piper PA-23-250 G-BKVT changed to Fhanthom Properties Ltd, Maidstone. On 23 July 1987, Crane Investment Ltd, Guernsey, became the next owner of the G-BKVT. On 30 August 1990, was the G-BKVT registered with L.G. Culverwell, Guernsey. On 20 August 1991, ownership of the G-BKVT changed to Express Bond Ltd., Banchory. On 15 June 1994, ownership of the G-BKVT changed to R.E. Woolsey, Tandragee. On 25 March 1997, the G-BKVT was registered with Keen Leasing Ltd, Derbyhaven. On 16 June 1998, Piper PA-23-250 Aztec G-BKVT was registered with Fugro-BKS Ltd, Colerane. On 28 March 2012, registration G-BKVT was cancelled as transferred to Malta, but on 30 March 2012, the G-BVKT was restored to the UK-register with Fugro Malta Ltd, Malta, as owner. On 18 July 2012, registration G-BVKT was cancelled as transfered to Malta, where the Piper PA-23-250 was registered 9H-FMV with Fugro Malta Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fugro NV. On 5 April 2013, the 9H-FMV was damaged when the nosewheel collapsed during landing at Teuge. Since, registration 9H-FMV was cancelled. On 28 November 2014, the Piper PA-23-250 Aztec 9H-FMV was seen at Teuge airport without props. The airframe serves as advertising object with the company Rodenburg in Veenendaal since 2015.

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