Aviation pioneer Arthur Butler’s journey log books, 1931-1932

Made in Australia, Oceania, 1931-1932.

This item is part of the Archives of (Cecil) Arthur Butler and Butler Air Transport (BAT). Butler (1902-1980) was a pioneer Australian aviator and air transport provider. He became interested in flying as a young man and joined the Australian Aircraft and Engineering Company Ltd at Mascot in Sydney and then Australian Aerial Services Ltd in Melbourne, gaining his ground engineer’s licence in 1923. He was flight engineer on AAS’s inaugural Adelaide-Sydney air-mail service the following year, the ...


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Journey log books, Arthur Butler, for Butler's planes, Avro 504K G-AUEZ and Comper 'Swift' G-ABRE, 1926-28, and 1931-32

These two Journey Log Books are for Butler's planes, the Avro 504K G-AUEZ and the Comper 'Swift' G-ABRE.

Journey Log Books are required to be maintained by the pilot in command of an aircraft under the Air Navigation Act, 1920.

The first Log Book records the test flights conducted by Francis Briggs, Butler's colleague at Hay Aerodrome, on Butler's Avro. The plane had been rebuilt by Butler in 1925 and a Sunbeam Dyak engine installed. The Log Book reveals that Briggs gave dual instruction flying lessons to Butler from 24 November 1926 and Butler made his first solo flight on 23 April 1927. The flights recorded in this Log Book are short ones around Hay and Essendon. For each journey the following details are recorded: date, name and duties of crew, starting point, landing points, time of departure, time of arrival, petrol and oil in tanks, weather conditions, pilot remarks and signature. In a pocket at the back of the Log are 11 photographs of G-AUEZ, unidentified persons and aerial views.

The second Log Book is one issued by the British Air Ministry for Butler's record flight from England to Australia in the Comper 'Swift' aircraft. For each section of the journey the following details are recorded: name, duties, date, places and times of departure, intermediate landings and arrival, incidents and observations, and visa authorisations. The Log Book also records the victory flight made around Australia after his arrival at Darwin. The last page of the Log contains the records of flights made by Butler in England prior to departure for Australia. The fly leaf of the volume is inscribed "To Dad With best wishes from Cecil 1.1.32."




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Aviation pioneer Arthur Butler's journey log books, 1931-1932 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 15 October 2018, <https://ma.as/325435>


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