REPUBLIC OF VANUATU AIRCRAFT REGISTER

Compiled by David Wise

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Vanuatu was formerly the British and French condominium of New Hebrides. Aircraft operated here using both VP-Pxx and F-Oxxx registrations. Following independence, the YJ- registration prefix came into use in March 1981.

Previously, following independence of the Solomon Islands, VP-Pxx aircraft were reregistered as H4-xxx from July 1978, including some which moved again in March 1981 to the new YJ- register.

Initially, registrations were in the format YJ-RV<1 or 2 digit number>
Then from 1995, this was widened to YJ-<any two letters><1 or 2 digit number>
Extensive reallocation of cancelled registrations occurred.
Until recently, the suffix numbers was not duplicated at any time, but recently this has not been maintained . Therefore this part of the register has been re-sorted and is now presented in alphabetical order.

Also from 2006, YJ-three letters> format was introduced in parallel with continuation of the previous format.
And one case of YJ-<three letter><one number> was allocated in 2010.

Information collated from a trawl through a set of Air Britain News and recent reports via the internet; also additions from a cross-check with Joe Barr. Also some updates from Tony Arbon and Mike Condon. Initiially posted Jan 2013.

This register is posted as "work in progress". Any corrections or extra information would be welcome. Please e-mail dave.wise@btinternet.com.


Reg Issue Reg
date
Type Const
Number
History
           
YJ-<two letter><number>
YJ-AA8 1 2/15 BN2B-21 Islander 2177 ex DQ-PSC/YJ-OO7/H4-WPG/VH-BNX/9M-ASV/VH-INB/G-BLDT current
           
YJ-AL1 1 6/13 BN2A-26 Islander 3015 ex VH-EGE/VH-WRM/VH-CFZ/RP-C665 op Air Taxi Vanuatu current
YJ-AL2 1 8/14 BN2A-27 Islander 609 ex VH-SKG/F-OCRA/G-AXWI op Air Taxi Vanuatu current
YJ-AL3 1 10/14 BN2A-20 Islander 302 ex VH-BSL/(YJ-? ntu)/JA5195/G-AZUR/(N57JA)/G-51-302 del 2/15 current
           
YJ-AV1 1 1/08 B737-8Q8 30734 ex (YJ-AV19 ntu) (lsd from ILFC op Air Vanuatu) wfs 11/15 (ret to ILFC dep to China) current
YJ-AV3 1 10/07 BN2A-21 Islander 483 ex F-OCXP/G-BDLF (op Air Vanuatu) current 10/09 wfu cx ?
YJ-AV4 1 12/08 Harbin Y-12-IV 028 ex B-958L (op Air Vanuatu) current
YJ-AV5 1 12/08 Harbin Y-12-IV 029 ex B-978L (op Air Vanuatu) (lsd to Real Tonga 3/13) current
YJ-AV6 1 1/09 Harbin Y-12-IV 032 ex B-979L (op Air Vanuatu) to A3-SPV cx 6/14
YJ-AV7 1 6/95 Emb-110P1 110347 ex VH-FCG/P2-NAB/VH-FCG/PT-SDW (op Air Vanuatu)  to VH-SJP cx 7/98 then YJ-RV12 > VH-CEG
YJ-AV11 1 11/13 DHC6-300 564 ex N564DH/B-3504/510/C-GNZT op Air Vanuatu current
YJ-AV18 1 4/98 B737-3Q8 28054 op Air Vanuatu cx 2/08 to G-TOYI (BMI baby) reg 7/08
YJ-AV19 1 1/08 B737-8Q8 30734 for Air Vanuatu ntu rereg YJ-AV1 cx 1/08
(YJ-AV21) 1 ?/02 Saab 2000 ?? reservation ntu (for Air Vanuatu) cx < 2/02
YJ-AV42 1 12/03 ATR42-300 223 (ex N223AT/F-WWEL) op Air Vanuatu retd lessor cx 8/09 used in reb at Baltimore of N470JF c/n 247 12/09
YJ-AV71 1 11/14 ATR72-212A 720 (ex M-ABFJ/VT-DKB/F-WQMX/F-WWEA) op Air Vanuatu current
YJ-AV72 1 10/09 ATR72-212A 876 (ex F-WWED) op Air Vanuatu current
           
YJ-BA1 1 7/14 BN2A-26 Islander 2042 ex VH-BWO/T8A-103/RP-C688 op Belair Airways current
           
YJ-CM17 1 1/96 Hughes/Australian Lightwing CK 123 ex (VH-)25-1064 cr ?/02 still current?
           
YJ-CO7 1 2/08 Rotorway Exec 162FA 6998 [also reported as YJ-COY?] ex VH-LUN cx <3/10? >9/10 VH-YHC >10/12 ZK-HSW
           
YJ-HL1 1 6/99 Bell 206B 3398 ex VH-HTB/P2-PHK to VH-HCV cx 10/01
           
YJ-HV4 1 9/94 Bell 206B 1313 ex ZK-HIQ/9M-ATJ op Helicopters Vanuatu) to VH-? cx 8/05
           
YJ-KM24 1 <2/02 ultralight details unknown   cx 9/03 reservation ntu (ultralight not needing registration)
           
YJ-LM7 1 2/08 Maule M7-235B 23082C ex N39KB current
           
YJ-NZ20 1 3/97 Maule M7-235 floatplane 4015C ex VH-LPI/VH-MBL/N56531 (op Vanuatu Seaplanes) (reb New Plymouth 99 with factory-new fuselage) (reb 06-3/07 New Plymouth) (grounded with corrosion problems 2011) current
YJ-NZ23 1 9/98 FU24A-950 utility 209 ex ZK-DZK/ST-ALJ/AP-AYS/ZK-DZK to VH-UTR cx 5/01
           
YJ-OM19 1 8/97 Titan Tornado II 13148 expired cx 04 believed departed with owner 04
           
YJ-OO7 1 9/07 BN2B-21 Islander 2177 ex (YJ-RV7 ntu)/H4-WPG/VH-BNX/9M-AZV/VH-INB/G-BLDT (ex store Townsville since 99) (op Unity Airlines) to DQ-PSC cx c9/10
YJ-OO7 2 1/13 PA31-350 31-7305032 ex VH-RDA/N74903 current
YJ-OO8 1 12/07 BN2B-20 Islander 2172 ex JA5290/G-BKOI  current
YJ-OO9 1 1/03 BN2A-8 Islander 65 ex V7-0009/C-FIAZ/N25DA/N16KA/N291EX (op Unity Airlines) current 10/09 cx ?
YJ-OO19 1 12/08 BN2A-3 Trislander 1055 ex (SX-CPG)/Z-UTD/A2-AGY/OE2/G-BEPK (op Unity Airlines) current 1/14
           
YJ-OZ1 1 12/08 GA-8 Airvan GA8-06-102 ex VH-AJI (op Air Safaris) to VH-IGV cx 11/14
           
YJ-RN1 1 9/14 BN2A-26 Islander 816 ex YR-RAB/HA-BNA/YR-BNT/RomAF 816/YR-BNT/G-BEGP current
           
YJ-RV1 1 4/81 DHC6-300 706 ex F-ODGB (op Air Melanesiae) to P2-RDV cx 11/89 then (VH-FNZ)>VH-HPY (cr PNG 11/97)
YJ-RV1 2 1/90 DHC6-300 491 ex HP-730AP/HP-730 (op Vanair) to H4-NNP by 2/07 cx
YJ-RV2 1 4/81 BN2A Islander 172 ex P2-ISW/YJ-RV2/F-OCXC/VP-PAT/VH-EQV/G-AYCX/G-51-172 (to P2-ISW cx 8/86 rest ?/87) (op Vanair) dgd Aneityum 9/03 wfu 9/03 cx (fuselage stored Port Vila 04-09)
YJ-RV2 2 4/06 BN2A-20 Islander 145 ex VH-ISD/VH-UQN/VH-ISD/G-AYBI (op Air Vanuatu) cr Olpoi-Lajmoli 12/08 cx
YJ-RV3 1 3/81 BN2A- III Trislander 349 ex H4-AAQ/VP-PAO/G-BASA/G-51-349  cr Tana 1/90 cx 2/90
YJ-RV3 2 6/90 PA23-250C 27-2638 ex ZK-DJG/DQ-FEG/ZK-DJG/N5539Y to ZK-DJG cx 6/91 then DQ-FIB >ZK-JEI
YJ-RV3 3 10/91 PA28-161 28-8016166 ex N8133D to VH-AVQ cx 6/94
YJ-RV3 4 4/95 Be 95 TD-24 ex N8273D op Air Tropicana derelict at Archerfield 05 on pole at Gympie, Aus by 7/07 marked VH-VIV
YJ-RV4 1 4/81 BN2A-6 220 ex F-OCRG/G-51-220 (op Air Melanesie> Vanair) cr Espiritu Island 7/91 cx
YJ-RV5 1 3/81 BN2A-8 173 ex H4-AAP/VP-PAS/VH-EQW/G-AYCY/G-51-173 (op Air Melanesie > Vanair)  wfu cx 12/89
YJ-RV5 2 3/97 DHC6-300 520 ex 5U-ABU/N699WJ/YV-527C/YV-27C (op Vanair>Air Vanuatu) to P2-KST cx 2/02
YJ-RV6 1 4/81 BN2A-8 605 ex F-OCXD/VP-PAU/VH-EQZ/G-ASXU to P2-ISU cx ?/83 then VH-XFI >DQ-SLM
YJ-RV6 2 5/84 Emb-110P1 110221 ex DQ-FCV/PT-GMN to VH-XFD cx 9/89 then VH-KGQ
YJ-RV6 3 1/90 BN2A-26 Islander 81 ex P2-ISS/(H4-AAI)/P2-ISM/P2-PAA/P2-ROV/VH-ROV/G-AXSN/N870JA/G-51-22 (op Vanair) to VH-CSU cx 10/97 then >P2-NAV
YJ-RV6 4 6/99 DHC-8-102A 231 ex N816MA/N801RM/C-GFUM (op Air Vanuatu) to N231ES cx 1/03 (> wfu 6/10 scr)
YJ-RV7 1 3/81 PA-30-160B 30-1160 ex H4-AAV/VP-PBG/VH-CLK/N8076Y (to YJ-RV23 5/89 ntu) current status unconfirmed
YJ-RV7 2 5/89 DHC6-300 442 or 636 planned but the PA30 was already registered, variously reported as c/n 442 ex 3B-NAB which became YJ-RV9 instead or c/n 636 ex 3B-NAD n.t.u.
YJ-RV7 3 9/07 BN2B-21 Islander 2177 ex H4-WPG/VH-BNX/9M-AZV/VH-INB/G-BLDT n.t.u became YJ-OO7 instead
YJ-RV8 1 ?/81 PA28-161 28-7916439 ex F-OCXX dgd cx ?/85 > reb in NZ to ZK-RJD 2/86
YJ-RV8 2 3/87 DHC6-300 250 ex ZK-OTR/N250CM/C-FJCS cx ?/89 to P2-RDX then VH-FNS > P2-MMU
YJ-RV8 3 7/90 DHC6-300 703 ex F-ODGL/G-MAIL (op Air Vanuatu) (to F-OIAV cx 8/00 ntu rest) (to ZS-OUL cx 9/01 ntu rest) to P2-MCX cx 6/10
YJ-RV9 1 9/81 PA23-250C 27-2541 ex P2-GKZ/P2-EGS/VH-EGS/N5456Y cr Port Vila 9/81 cx
YJ-RV9 2 5/89 DHC6-300 442 ex (YJ-RV7 ?)(YJ-RV23)/3B-NAB to VH-XFE cx 1/90 then P2-RDZ>VH-XFE>H4-SID
YJ-RV9 3 5/90 DHC6-310 694 ex 9M-PEH/PH-STG/G-BHXG (op Air Vanuatu) cr 5/99 cx
YJ-RV10 1 5/81 PA23-250C 27-3671 ex H4-AAX/VH-EKT/N6446Y to H4-WPA cx 10/87
YJ-RV10 2 3/93 DHC6-300 679 ex OY-SLI/9XR-JKC/C-GCJE (op Air Vanuatu) current
YJ-RV11 1 5/81 PA28-140 28-22231 ex F-OCFH/N8356R current but stored since at least 1995
YJ-RV12 1 5/81 PA-22-160 22-6595 ex H4-AAU/VP-PBB/VH-MGA cx 9/91
YJ-RV12 2 12/02 Emb 110P1 110347 ex VH-SJP/YJ-AV7/VH-FCG/P2-NAB/VH-FCG/P2-SDW (op Vanair) to VH-CEG cx 3/04
YJ-RV13 0   <not used>    
YJ-RV14 1 9/82 PA30-160B 30-1717 ex ZK-DOM/N8568Y cx < 92 sunk as artificial reef
YJ-RV14 2 2/93 C172N 17270268 ex VH-IVL/N738VH op Vanuatu Aero Club (but stored dismantled & club has ceased operation) current
YJ-RV15 1 2/85 Pa28-161 28-7816511 ex F-OCXT dest by cyclone 2/87 cx >to Aus for reb to VH-IBK 7/90
YJ-RV15 2 12/90 C-U206G U20604725 ex VH-SFU/N732UP op Vanuatu Aero Club/Unity Airlines current
YJ-RV16 1 7/87 C182Q 18266548 ex VH-TKK/N94963 cr Santo 12/90 cx 12/90 to Aus for reb to VH-TKK 6/95
YJ-RV16 2 1/96 Be E55 TE-818 ex P2-KAB cx <99
YJ-RV16 3 4/99 BN2A-6>2A-27 Islander 104 ex ZK-FLU/F-OCFQ (op Air Tropicana) dgd Walaha 4/13 still current
YJ-RV17 1 9/87 Be 65-A80 Excalibur LD-168 ex N232F op Dovair to DQ-FEW cx 10/89 then A3-FEW 4/06
YJ-RV18 1 9/87 Be 65-A80 Excalibur LD-402 ex N4ZQ op Dovair to DQ-FER cx 8/88 then N4ZC > N7ZQ
YJ-RV19 1 8/87 BN2A-26 152 ex DQ-FEA/VH-RTV/ G-AXWS/G-51-152 (op Dovair) to ZK-EVT 4/90 wfu cx 1/15
YJ-RV20 1 2/88 BN2A-26 585 ex N31MN/G-BEKX (op Dovair) cr Emae 9/88 cx (rems at Nadi, Fiji 10/91-04+)
YJ-RV21 1 3/89 Hughes 369D 99-0558D ex ZK-HMG cx 7/89 to H4-HSA 2/90 to P2-HBC 7/90 then ZK-HMG 10/91
YJ-RV22 1 5/89 C182Q 18265449 ex VH-AHJ/N735HZ expired 04 to VH-RCQ cx 5/07
(YJ-RV23) 1 ?/89 PA-30-160B 30-1160 ex YJ-RV7/H4-AAV/VP-PBG/VH-CLK/N8076Y reservation ntu remained as YJ-RV7
(YJ-RV23) 2 ?/89 DHC6-300 442 photo at Port Vila. reservation n.t.u. Became YJ-RV9 instead
           
(YJ-TV28) 1 11/04 <details unknown>   <reservation noted in official register 11/04> n.t.u.
           
YJ-xxx
YJ-ASH 1 10/11 C207 20700119 ex ZK-UBU/VH-UBU/N1519U op Air Taxi Vanuatu current
YJ-CCM 1 12/10 C185 18503403 ex N18TK/C-GYZX/(N7584H) op Air Safaris current
YJ-FLY 1 12/10 C207 20700362 ex ZK-EJD/N1791C/N1762U op Air Taxi Vanuatu cr Port Vila 8/11 cx
YJ-HEL 1 12/09 Schweizer 369D 80-0778D ex ZK-HEL/JA9415/N1102A op Vanuatu Helicopters cr South Malakula 8/11 cx
YJ-ITH 1 8/06 R44 Raven II 10467 ex ZK-ITH to ZK-ITH cx 12/07
YJ-LGF 1 11/09 BN2A-III Trislander 1023 ex N411WA/G-BDOM  to ZK-LGF cx 2/10
YJ-RIR 1 3/11 C-T206H T20608567 ex N22629 current
YJ-TAN 1 10/12 C207 20700161 ex ZK-DEW/VH-UBQ/N1561U current
YJ-VAC 1 1/09 C-U206F U20603378 ex VH-DCJ/P2-KDT/9M-AUZ/N8522Q op Vanuatu Air Charters current
YJ-VHH 1 3/10 R-44 Clipper II 10567 ex F-OMGL/(F-OKTA) op Vanuatu Helicopters current
YJ-VHL 1 9/07 R-44 Raven II 11889 op Vanuatu Helicopters cx <3/10 to ZK-IZU 3/11
YJ-VHL 2 4/15 R-66 0072 ex VH-HQM op Vanuatu Helicopters current
YJ-VSL1 1 9/99 Lake LA4-200 Buccaneer 591 ex ZK-DQM/(ZK-DQL(1))/N65659 op First Pacific Airlines > Vanuatu Seaplanes (reb 2/10 inc spares from ZK-DQN/1045) current
           
Others reported to Vanuatu but not taken up or not yet known
YJ-???   c12/91 DHC6-300 255 ex VH-TNS/C-GBNI/PZ-TAY/N200AS not imported res ntu to P2-IAE then PK-WAX
YJ-???   c2/93 H269C S-1180 ex VH-JBU/N3625J res ntu to ZK-HRX cx 11/93
YJ-???   12/96 Quad City Challenger II CH2-0790-0543 & MAANZ/457 ex ZK-FXR status ??
YJ-???   11/03 C172P 17274711 ex N53242 ntu became VH-XUI
YJ-???   1/04 C172P 17274892 ex N54153 ntu became VH-XLT
YJ-???   1/04 BN2A-20 302 ex JA5195/G-AZUR/(N57JA)/G-51-302 ntu became VH-BSL later to YJ-AL3 11/14
YJ-???   4/04 BN2B-26 2129 ex JA5282/N665J/G-BJOM ntu became VH-BSO
YJ-???   12/09 H369HS 15-0687S ex N9237F ntu stayed as N9237F
YJ-???   12/09 H369HS 83-0511S ex N831FG/N9161F to N831FG cx 6/10
YJ-???   2/10 Lake LA4-200 Buccaneer 1045 ex ZK-DQN/DQ-ACA/VH-XPS/N8007B not reg used for spares for YJ-VSL1
YJ-???   10/13 R44 II 13447 ex VH-SHA imported 10/13
YJ-???   10/14 C210L 21059952 ex VH-AQS/N31PE imported 7/14
YJ-???   4/15 BN2A-26 Islander 882 ex VH-WRR/N26MR/XC-DUM/G-BFNZ imported 4/15
YJ-???   11/15 P68B 80 ex VH-FSI imported 11/15
           
Overseas registered operating in Vanuatu
N1512L   12/11 Bell OH58A-BF Kiowa 41860 ex T8A-206/N1512L/N1510L/72-21194 op Heli Fish current as N-
N539     H369A 38-0383 op Heli Fish current as N-
N471M     H369HS 114-0671S op Jerrys Helicopter Service Inc, Port Vila current as N-
N8418B   6/13 Aerofab Lake LA-250 Renegade 77 (owned by Southern Aircraft Consultancy op Ronan Harvey b plantation at Velit Bay) current as N- relocated to Wanaka NZ 1/15 rereg ZK-RFH 12/15
PH-HSA     B737-8K2 34171 owned Transavia lsd to Air Vanuatu from 11/15
           
           

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