at Camden with his family. His father had a small property on the
outskirts of Camden where he grew fruit. Neville's father bought
him a Gipsy Moth (VH-UMS on 12 October 1933) for his first aeroplane
. Neville wanted to have a commercial pilots licence but to fly
commercial you needed a minimum of 100hrs flying time. To take non-
paying passengers it was 25 hrs and paying passengers 50 hrs. In
the meantime, he flew to small towns to take joy flights, thereby
accumulating the hours he needed for his commercial licence and
to make the money to pay back his father for the aeroplane. (The
writer accompanied him on these trips to sell the joy flight tickets).
He gained his commercial licence through Adastra Airways at Mascot,
operated at the time by Bunny Hammond and Captain Frank Follett.
The first job when he gained his commercial licence was with Adastra
flying the Bega mail run in a de Havilland Fox Moth. He went from
there to fly for De Havilland doing aerial photography work. Then
he went to work for Bunny Hammond who had left Adastra to work for
Holden's Aerial Transport Services in New Guinea. He became qualified
to fly multi-engine aircraft, including Ford Tri-Motors.
After leaving New Guinea, Neville came back to Australia and joined
Adastra Airways. He flew the Dragonfly VH-AAD on photographic aerial
surveys from Tamworth to Old Bar and up to Kempsey and Armidale
during the war and the early post-war years. During one of his survey
flights he helped in the search for the DC-3 VH-ANK "Lutana"
which went missing on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney on 2 September
1948. After leaving Adastra he flew briefly for Trans Australia
Airlines. He then went to Australian National Airways where he flew
Viscounts until the advent of the Boeing 727. Neville decided not
to fly jets and therefore retired from the company which, by then,
had become Ansett-ANA. On his retirement, Neville Bruchhauser had
over 30,000 flying hours. He lived in Sydney, North Shore area with
his wife. He is now deceased.
Jim McKnight *
* Jim McKnight
was a good friend of Neville Bruchhauser. This biography came to
us via Lorraine Staniland (nee Laidlaw) who is Jim McKnight's granddaughter.
Feedback from Don
Johnston in July 2018:
of "Elderslie", Camden, NSW was on a list of commercial
pilots published on 30 June 1934. Subsequently he was a captain
on DC-2s with Australian National Airways (ANA) and possibly with
Airlines of Australia before that. He also flew DC-3s with ANA and
retired from Ansett-ANA in 1967/68 as a captain on the Viscount.