Tuesday, September 27, 2016

CML Aviation Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV-X (G350) Bizjet VH-NKD Calls into Bundaberg Airport

A surprise but most welcome visitor to Bundaberg Airport early on Tuesday 27 September was Brisbane-based CML Aviation Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV-X (G350) bizjet VH-NKD.

VH-NKD at Brisbane recently

It looked to touch down from and then depart back to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, up at Hamilton Island Airport, American registered Gulfstream Aerospace G-V-SP (G550) bizjet N919PE departed for Brisbane, while Sundyne (Execujet Australia) Cessna 650 Citation VII bizjet VH-SSZ arrived from Sydney both early on Tuesday 27 September.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - Another Day (and Night) of Spectacular Photos of RSAF Boeing F-15SG "Shikra" Strike Eagles Flying Sorties from Rockhampton Airport

Townsville photographer Ian H has ventured down to Rockhampton and spent some time at Rockhampton Airport on Monday 26 September capturing some spectacular photos of the visiting Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing F-15SG “Shikra” Strike Eagles of 149 Squadron out of Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore.

He was on hand to capture some photos as '8310' departed Rocky on yet another sortie to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) during the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016.

Ian then returned to Rockhampton Airport just after sunset as the F-15s again made spectacular departures to Shoalwater Bay with full afterburners lighting up the evening sky.

I think you'll agree that Ian's photos are quite spectacular!

Check out Ian's Instagram account (@hitchy38) where he has posted these and more stunning aviation and other photos!

All photos taken by Ian Hitchcock  ©

Monday, September 26, 2016

More Corporate Bizjets Come and Go at Hamilton Island and Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airports

Over the last few days there continues to be a good variety of locally-based corporate bizjets calling into Hamilton Island Airport - with some even being 'forced' to fly over to the mainland at park at Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport.

Although it was a relatively quiet day at Hamilton Island Airport on Saturday 24 September, with only Sundown Pastoral Company (of Bonogin in the Gold Coast Hinterland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-NSI calling in from the Gold Coast and Taroom and later returning to the Gold Coast.  

Meanwhile, also on Saturday 24 September, Jetstream Aviation's (Emprja P/L) bright and colourful Cessna 550 Citation II bizjet VH-VDF noted arriving into Proserpine from the Sunshine Coast.  VH-VDF remained parked at Prosie until Monday 26 September when it returned to the Sunshine Coast.

Remaining parked at Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport is MWP Racing Bombardier CL-600-2A12 Challenger 601 VH-MXK which arrived from Hamo last Thursday 22 September.  I spotted it on Monday 26 September as I returned to the region from a nice holiday in Brisbane!

Back at Hamilton Island Airport, on Sunday 25 September, Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO departed for Bankstown and Professional Jet Aviation Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-CDG departed for the Gold Coast after both arrived on Friday 23 September.  While arriving from Melbourne (Essendon) was the familiar sight of Shortstop Jet Charter British Aerospace BAe-125-1000B VH-LMP.

On Monday 26 September, the action didn't stop with Pratt Aviation Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express bizjet VH-VGX arriving from Essendon.  It later departed to Brisbane where I happened to snap it before heading to Prosie!

Also popping into Hamo from Essendon on Monday 26 September was Marcplan Charter Gulfstream G-IV-X (G450) VH-MBP.  It then looked to complete a flight to Proserpine before returning to Hamo where it looks to be staying for at least the night. 

I assume that VH-MBP might have a parking spot on Hamo as Execujet Australia Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-VSZ - which had been parked since it arrived last Friday 23 September - departed to Sydney.

VH-MBP was joined at Hamilton Island Airport by Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy VH-VLT which is also operated by Macplan Charter.  It too touched down from Essendon.

And it seems the action isn't stopping - as this post is being written, Sundyne (Execujet Australia) Cessna 650 Citation VII VH-SSZ is scheduled to call into Hamilton Island Airport from Sydney early on Tuesday 27 September.

By my reckoning, as well as VH-LMP, VH-MBP and VH-VLT, Gulfstream Aerospace G-V-SP (G550) N919PE, Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X VH-CRW and Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign VH-ZEK are all still parked at Hamilton Island Airport.

Finally, it is worth noting that the LifeFlight (ex Careflight Queensland) (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" has yet again visited CQ on three occassions over the last few days, calling into Mackay Airport on Saturday 24 September, Rockhampton Airport in the wee small hours of Monday 26 September and now Blackall and Mackay Airports as this post is being written late on Monday 26 September.

Australian Army MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-031 "Warhorse 31" at Mackay and Gladstone Airports

On Monday 26 September, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-031 was spotted on the ground at Mackay Airport.  It had flown South from its Townsville base.

After taking on fuel, A40-031 then continued to Gladstone Airport and further South.  The MRH-90 was noted using the radio callsign of "Warhorse 31".

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - Many Photos of RSAF Helicopters and F-15s at Rockhampton Airport Over the Weekend

With sincere thanks to the many local plane spotters comes some great photos from the weekend as the various Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) helicopters and aircraft flew various sorties from Rockhampton Airport and 'Warriors Camp' to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) as a part of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016.

Undoubtedly, the highlight continues to be the daytime and nighttime sorties flown by the RSAF Boeing F-15SG 'Shikra' Strike Eagles using the radio callsign "Shikra", "Eagle" and "Top Gun".

As shown, they are currently completing sorties around the middle of the day and then again just after sunset - and they are likely to continue this pattern until the middle of this week.

RSAF Aerospatiale / Eurocopter AS332M Super Puma helicopters continue to fly from Rockhampton Airport to Shoalwater Bay also during the day as singles (using the callsign "Starling") or at night in formation (using the callsign "Diamond").

While both RSAF Boeing AH-64D Apache and Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters also continue to operate daytime and nighttime sorties to Shoalwater Bay from and back to the Australian Army Defence Support Group (DSG) 'Camp Rocky' which is adjacent to Rockhampton Airport.  The RSAF has re-named the DSG as 'Warriors Camp' while they utilise the facility to launch and park their helicopters.

The Apaches have been heard using the callsigns "Astro" and "Atom", while the Chinooks continue to use the callsign "Cyclops" with the occasional flight as "Celtic".

Finally, after arriving late last week, RSAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules '733' commenced flying sorties to Shoalwater Bay over the weekend marking the start of the Herc's participation in Exercise Wallaby 2016.

Sincere thanks to the Rockhampton plane spotters for allowing us to share their awesome images from over the weekend -

Jason from J.M Photography - https://www.facebook.com/photographybyjasonm/

Daniel Bishop - https://www.instagram.com/danielbishopofficial/

Russell Prothero - https://mchalesnavy.smugmug.com/

Do yourself a favour and check even more of their work by clicking onto their websites!

Thanks guys!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - Some Excellent Weekend Action at Rockhampton Airport incl RSAF C-130H Hercules '733'

On Saturday 24 September, local plane spotters Trevor H and Kayanne H popped out to Rockhampton Airport and captured some great photos as Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules '733' commenced flying sorties to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016.

The Herc is one of six that are operated by the RSAF 122 Squadron out of Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore.  '733' was noted using the radio callsign of "Rider 18" and then "Rider 28" during its two morning flights from and back to Rockhampton Airport.

The Herc joined pretty much every RSAF helicopter in completing sorties to Shoalwater Bay on Saturday 24 September, as well as late-morning and early-evening sorties by the RSAF Boeing F-15SG 'Shikra' Strike Eagles.  One of the six F-15s was captured by local plane spotter Daniel B as it departed on an evening sortie late last week.

On Saturday 24 September, it was reported that one of F-15s had landing gear issues soon after its departure and returned immediately to Rockhampton Airport.

Finally, it is expected that Sunday 25 September will see another busy day of flying for the RSAF F-15s and helicopters that are presently deployed to Rocky and flying out of Rockhampton Airport and the nearby 'Warriors Camp'.

Stay tuned to the CQ Plane Spotting Blog for all the latest updates!

Sincere thanks to the Rocky plane spotters for their continuing coverage of the action from Exercise Wallaby 2016 at Rockhampton Airport!

Photos taken by Trevor Hardsman, Kayanne Hardsman and Daniel Bishop  ©