Friday, April 20, 2018

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-002 "Consort 95" at Longreach Airport - Plus More!

On Thursday 19 April, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-002 was noted calling into Longreach Airport from Canberra as "Consort 95".




It appears that it brought Australian Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove to town where he had a tour of the nearby Qantas Founders Museum and attended a civic reception at the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame.  It is also expected that he would attend the grand opening of the new Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton on Friday 20 April which also incorporates the four-day 'Way Out West Fest' music festival.

It was also believed that State Government Ministers and representatives were also due to attend and consequently, on Friday 20 April, the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY was noted arriving into Winton Airport from Brisbane.  It appears that VH-SGY will then continue to Longreach Airport before flying back to Winton early on Saturday 21 April before finally returning back to Brisbane.

One other notable arrival into Winton Airport for the festival was Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 jet VH-NKQ which touched down from Brisbane late on Thursday 19 April on a closed charter flight as UTY582.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hevilift Australia (Fixed Wing Division) ATR 42-320 VH-YWH Back at Gladstone Airport on Yet More Training

Over the last few days, Hevilift Australia (Fixed Wing Division) ATR 42-320 VH-YWH has been spotted back at Gladstone Airport on a couple of occasions, on what looked to be yet more training / proving flights which were all flown from and back to Brisbane.


VH-YWH is pictured below completed a single visit on Tuesday 17 April.






While last Friday 13 April, VH-YWH was spotted on one of what appeared to be two visits to Gladstone Airport.



As we've mentioned previously, it has been speculated that Hevilift is vying for Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) and other closed charter contracts particularly to parts of Central Queensland.  VH-YWH was re-registered and re-branded in the 'new' Hevilift titles and colours during 2017.  Hevilift also has former Virgin Australia ATR 72-500 VH-FVM in its fleet with both ATRs based / stored at Brisbane Airport awaiting their fates.

Hevilift also currently operates De Havilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otter VH-YWJ on FIFO charter flights between Mount Isa and The Monument (Phosphate Hill) Airport.

Sincere thanks to Col B for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos of a great visitor to CQ!

All photos taken by Col B  ©

Monday, April 16, 2018

Townsville Airlines Newly Acquired Beech 1900D VH-RUE Spotted at Rockhampton Airport - UPDATED!

During the afternoon on Monday 16 April, Townsville Airlines (Flightech Air Logistics) newly acquired Beech 1900D VH-RUE was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns. 






It parked on the General Aviation (GA) Apron at Rockhampton Airport and several young passengers were noted getting off the plane - as mentioned previously, it is believed that this could be a closed charter flight for school children from Cairns and Far North Queensland who attend schools in Rockhampton.  They would be returning to Rocky given that school holidays conclude today!



After dropping off its passengers and taking on fuel, VH-RUE departed Rockhampton Airport for Mount Isa.

Of interest, VH-RUE was only delivered to Townsville Airlines (Flightech Air Logistics) at their Cairns Airport base in late March from Dubbo in New South Wales where it was previously operated by Air Link - the Dubbo based subsidiary of Regional Express Airlines (REX).  VH-RUE was a regular visitor to Central Queensland Airports usually operating Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) and other closed charter flights.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 17 April, another closed charter flight - I presume in relation to bringing school students back to Rocky from Cairns and Far North Queensland - touched down at Rockhampton Airport.  Regional Express (REX) SAAB 340B VH-ZLS was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport direct from Cairns as RXA9511.  After dropping off its passengers, VH-ZLS returned to Cairns but as RXA9912.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Kayanne H and Trevor H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Trevor Hardsman  ©

Avcair (Earth Commodities) Cessna 550 Citation Bravo Bizjet VH-CCJ Back in CQ Yet Again and Spotted at Gladstone Airport

On Monday 16 April, Avcair (Earth Commodities) Cessna 550 Citation Bravo bizjet VH-CCJ was back in Central Queensland once again.  And as with its previous visits, VH-CCJ flew North from Brisbane early in the morning and touched down at Gladstone Airport briefly before continuing North to Mackay Airport.








After around a couple of hours on the ground, VH-CCJ returned to Gladstone Airport where it was parked up for the night.






At the time of writing, and again as with its previous visits, VH-CCJ is due to depart Gladstone Airport for Bundaberg Airport early on Tuesday 17 April.  It is then scheduled to return to Brisbane.

UPDATE!  Indeed on Tuesday 17 April, VH-CCJ flew from Gladstone Airport into Bundaberg Airport.  It then returned to Brisbane later in the day.

Of interest, the Earth Commodities Group supplies a large variety of products from hard rock quarries in Gladstone and Mackay, and from their mineral sands division via Sunstate Sands in Bundaberg. 


Visit their website at:  http://www.earthcommodities.com.au/

All photos taken by Col B  ©

Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-036 "Warhorse 69" Pops into Rockhampton Airport

On Monday 16 April, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-036 was spotted visiting Rockhampton Airport.  It looked to arrive from RAAF Base Amberley where it and several of its brethren have recently been performing aerial patrols over the Commonwealth Games precinct on the Gold Coast.







After the two crew members had lunch and the chopper was refueled, A40-036 departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville.







A40-036 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Warhorse 69".

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 17 April, fellow Australian Army MRH-90 A40-011 was spotted completing a touch-and-go at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport on a flight from and back to Townsville as "Destrier 74". 

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Kayanne H and Scott H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Scott Harris  ©

Saturday, April 14, 2018

RAAF Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-449 "Ausy 545" & A97-467 "Ausy 547" Airwork at CQ Airports

Late on Saturday 14 April, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft were noted completing airwork at Central Queensland Airports.

Appearing to fly down from Townsville, A97-449 as "Ausy 545" completed a touch and go at Rockhampton Airport before continuing to South and overflying Gladstone before it completed a missed approach at Bundaberg Airport.








Then A97-467 as "Ausy 547" also flew down from Townsville and also completed a touch and go at Rockhampton Airport before it continued South and completed another touch and go but at the Sunshine Coast.








Both Hercs which are of the RAAF's No. 37 Squadron medium tactical airlift squadron out of RAAF Base Richmond, in New South Wales, then continued to RAAF Base Amberley.

Of interest, both Hercs were noted overflying Rockhampton on Friday 13 April while enroute from New Zealand to Townsville.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©