Thursday, December 8, 2016

Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Marked MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-021 Spotted at Rockhampton Airport

On Thursday 8 December, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) marked NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-021 was spotted on the ground at Rockhampton Airport.  It had earlier arrived from the North using the Australian Army radio callsign of "Warhorse 21".



After a couple of hours on the ground, A40-021 departed Rocky for the South.

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Millrock Aviation Financial Gulfstream G-V-SP (G550) Bizjet N456GA Calls into Hamilton Island Airport

On Wednesday 7 October, a nice sleek corporate bizjet in the form of Millrock Aviation Financial Gulfstream G-V-SP (G550) N456GA touched down at Hamilton Island Airport from Sydney.

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It appears to be staying for at least the night.

Meanwhile, the visiting South Australia-based Air South / Rossair Charter Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia VH-YEI departed back to Adelaide on Monday 5 December.

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As suspected, it was operating a closed charter when it arrived at Hamo on Sunday 4 December from Kingscote and Windorah.  With the charter complete, VH-YEI departed back to Adelaide with crew only.

JetGo Australia Embraer ERJ-135LR VH-JTG Departs Australia For Good Too!

After being parked in open storage at Brisbane Airport since August, JetGo Australia Embraer ERJ-135LR VH-JTG is believed to have departed Australia for good on Tuesday 6 December.



It was noted flying as JG99 from Brisbane to Cairns and then Horn Island.  From Horn Island, VH-JTG then continued to Francisco Bangoy International Airport / Davao International Airport in the Philippines.


VH-JTG was the first of three ERJ-135LR regional jets for JetGo that was delivered via Longreach and Rockhampton Airports in March 2012.


JetGo continues to operate fellow 37-seat Embraer ERJ-135LRs VH-JGB and VH-JZG, along with their recently delivered 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140LR VH-ZJG on its regular public transport (RPT) and Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) networks across three states along Australia’s east coast.  VH-ZJG arrived in Australia as N297SK in October this year - as shown below.


VH-ZJG is the first of two 44-seat ERJ-140LRs due for delivery to JetGo with the other reportedly to be registered VH-ZJE.  It is expected to arrive in Australia soon.

File photos taken by Micah S, Dave, Don Williams and Lloyd Fox  ©

Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPB Departs Australia For Good

Last Monday 28 November, Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPB is reported to have departed Australia for good, flying out of Brisbane for Apia (Tonga) as VOZ9901.  It has since continued to Honolulu (Hawaii), Van Nuys (California) and Nashville (Tennessee) for post-lease maintenance.

VH-ZPB at Gladstone Airport recently  (File photo)

VH-ZPB is now the sixth Virgin Australia E-190 that has been withdrawn from the fleet (for now) and be transferred to other operators or storage.  VH-ZPD, VH-ZPG, VH-ZPF, VH-ZPE and VH-ZPJ have already left Australia.  Of interest, the last E-190 to depart Australia was VH-ZPJ - see referring Blog post HERE - and has now recently ferried from Nashville to Pinal Park, Marana (Arizona).

VH-ZPB was originally delivered to Virgin Blue at the start of April in 2008 and took up the name 'Rio de Gold Coast'.  After re-painting into the new Virgin Australia livery, it then wore the name ‘Bicheno Beach’.

VH-ZPB in Virgin Blue livery at Rockhampton Airport  (File photo)

It's sad to see the E-190s disappearing - it was also reported in mid-June this year that Virgin Australia will eventually withdraw all remaining Embraer E-190 jets, as well as between four and six ATR 72 turboprops, on a cost-cutting program across all parts of the airline which will also include an unspecified number of job losses.

It was interesting to note that VH-ZPB's final visit(s) to CQ were on Thursday 17 November when it operated return flights from Brisbane into both Rockhampton (as VOZ1239/1240) and Mackay (as VOZ613/616).

Photo taken by Col  ©

A Pair of RAAF C-17A Globemaster Transport Aircraft Spotted Completing Missed Approaches at Rockhampton Airport

On Wednesday 7 December, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft were spotted completing missed approaches at Rockhampton Airport.


The first C-17 was believed to be A41-208 which used the radio callsign of "Stallion 24", flew up to Rocky from RAAF Base Amberley.







After completing the missed approach it then flew West and completed airwork at both Emerald and Taroom Airports before returning to Amberley.

A little while later, fellow C-17 A41-213 flying as "Stallion 22" also flew North from Amberley and completed a missed approach at Rocky. It too then flew West and completed airwork at Emerald and Taroom before returning to Amberley.






Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H for taking the time to capture these great photos from her front yard!

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Karnavati Aviation (Adani Mining) Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 650 Bizjet VT-AML Calls into Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport

A nice bizjet visitor into Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport on Tuesday 6 December was Karnavati Aviation (Adani Mining) Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 650 VT-AML.


It touched down from Townsville.



The Embraer Legacy is operated for Adani Mining Group and is believed to have brought Group Chairman Gutam Adani to North Queensland on Tuesday 6 December as Townsville was announced as the regional headquarters for the $22 billion Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin.  The project will also involve construction of a near-400km rail line from the Carmichael mine site to the Adani-owned and operated bulk coal-loading facility at Abbott Point near Bowen, hence the visit to Proserpine.

http://www.adaniaustralia.com/

Furthermore, Townsville and Rockhampton have been shortlisted as main the Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) hub for the operation, while other projects are set to be sourced from Townsville, Charters Towers, Rockhampton, Emerald, Clermont and Moranbah with Mining services to be based in Mackay.

Sincere thanks to James for sending through these great photos from Prosie!

All photos taken by James Kirk  ©

Columbia Helicopters (USA) Boeing-Vertol Chinook 234LR Helicopter N238CH Continues to Mackay Airport and Further North

After being spotted on the ground at Emerald Airport the previous day, the Columbia Helicopters (USA) Boeing-Vertol Chinook 234LR helicopter N238CH continued on its journey to Papua New Guinea (PNG) on Tuesday 6 December being photographed while visiting Mackay Airport.



It flew into Mackay directly from Emerald and after refuelling, departed to Townsville and then Cairns.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 7 December, N238CH continued further North to Cooktown and Horn Island before finally finishing the day at Port Moresby (PNG).

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

A Trio of Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters A40-034, A40-036 & A40-011 Call into the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour

On Monday 5 December, a trio of Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters A40-034, A40-036 and A40-011 were spotted visiting the Whitsunday Airport Shute Harbour.  They flew down together from Townsville.







They were noted collecting several Australian Defence Force (ADF) troops before returning to Townsville.

Thanks to local aviators Stan and Merewyn Wright for sharing these great photos!

Photos taken by Stan Wright and Merewyn Wright  ©

Monday, December 5, 2016

Columbia Helicopters (USA) Boeing-Vertol Chinook 234LR Helicopter N238CH Arrives into Emerald Airport

On Monday 5 December, a great helicopter visitor in the form of Columbia Helicopters (USA) Boeing-Vertol Chinook 234LR helicopter N238CH was spotted sitting on the ground at Emerald Airport.


Its exact movements are not known, however it looked to depart the Melbourne docks for Melbourne (Essendon) Airport and then Albury, Wagga Wagga and Dubbo on Sunday 4 December.




It appears that the big civil Chinook was spending the night at Emerald Airport before (presumably) continuing further North on Tuesday 6 December.

I assume that its ultimate destination will in Papua New Guinea (PNG) where Columbia Helicopters operate on oil and gas exploration contracts.  Indeed N238CH has previously flown in PNG wearing the local registration of P2-CHY.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208B Caravan VH-ETF Visits Longreach Airport

An interesting visitor into Longreach Airport on Monday 5 December was Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208B Caravan VH-ETF which touched down from Townsville as HND700.


After a couple of hours on the ground, VH-ETF returned to Townsville.

File photo taken by the FNQ Skies Blog  ©