Friday, November 17, 2017

Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A Islanders VH-TRS & VH-URJ Ferry North & South via Rockhampton Airport This Week

It was interesting to note that on Friday 17 November, Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander VH-TRS flew North from Archerfield and called into both Rockhampton and Mackay Airports.  It is due to continue to Cairns and Horn Island on Saturday 18 November.

VH-TRS has been at Archerfield undergoing planned maintenance since arriving from Cairns via Emerald Airport in late October.

It was also interesting to note that on Wednesday 15 November, fellow Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-21 Islander VH-URJ was noted ferrying ferried South to Archerfield from Cairns via Rockhampton Airport.  It appears that it will now undergo planned maintenance also at Archerfield.

Finally, escaping our immediate attention but also calling into Rockhampton Airport in the wee small hours of Tuesday 14 November was the LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" which arrived from Townsville and later departed to Brisbane on a med-evac flight.

The State Election Campaign Brings Fly Corporate (Corporate Air) SAAB 340B VH-VEP to Emerald Airport

On Friday 17 November, leader of the Liberal National Party of Queensland Tim Nicholls came to both Charleville and Emerald Airports as he hit the hustings in two key parliamentary seats in the forthcoming Queensland State Election.

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It is believed that he travelled on board Fly Corporate (Corporate Air) SAAB 340B+ (WT) VH-VEP which looked to depart Brisbane during the morning for Charleville before it was noted arriving at Emerald Airport during the early afternoon.  VH-VEP then returned to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, earlier this week on Wednesday 15 November, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was back in the Whitsundays campaigning for the election.  She arrived into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from Cairns on board on board The Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY.

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As has been the case over the last couple of weeks, VH-SGY was joined by a pair of Super King Air turboprops – Easternwell Group Beech B300 Super King Air VH-EWQ and Austrek Aviation Beech B200 Super King Air VH-ZGD – which also both arrived into Proserpine Airport from Cairns also on Wednesday 15 November.

All three aircraft later departed to Brisbane.

Photos taken by Lloyd Fox and Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Alliance Airlines Fokker 50 VH-FKW Pops into Roma and Gladstone Airports

On Thursday 16 November, Alliance Airlines Fokker 50 VH-FKW was noted visiting Gladstone Airport operating what looked to be a closed charter flight from and back to Brisbane as UTY3384/3385.

VH-FKW at Adelaide Airport where it is usually based  (File photo)

It had arrived into Brisbane from Adelaide, passing through Moomba and Roma Airports on Wednesday 15 November as UTY3380/3382/3383.

VH-FKW has since returned to Adelaide later on Thursday but as UTY3387.

Photo taken by Tony Haynes  ©

Henty Aviation Cessna 425 VH-BSM - Plus Australian Aerial Mapping (AAM) GAF N-22C Nomad VH-ATO - Spotted at Mackay Airport

On Thursday 16 November, Henty Aviation Cessna 425 VH-BSM was spotted visiting Mackay Airport.  It arrived from Brisbane.

After a little while on the ground, VH-BSM ventured South and landed at Rockhampton Airport.  It later returned to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, also at Mackay Airport on Thursday 16 November, locally-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ returned from Brisbane.  It had ventured South on Friday 10 November.

While also at Rockhampton Airport, Brisbane-based Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-AAD popped in from Archerfield.  It later departed to Dalby before returning to Archerfield.

Finally, back at Mackay Airport but on Wednesday 15 November, Bayswater Road Aerial Surveys / Australian Aerial Mapping (AAM) Government Aircraft Factories (GAF) N-22C Nomad VH-ATO was spotted being refuelled just before it departed for Cairns.

The only airworthy Nomad left flying in Australia is reportedly on its way to Papua New Guinea (PNG) and is always a welcome visitor especially to CQ Airports!

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Execujet Australia Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-VSZ Arrives into Moranbah Airport

On Wednesday 15 November, Execujet Australia Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-VSZ was noted arriving into Moranbah Airport from Brisbane.

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It appeared to arrive into Brisbane from Sydney late on Tuesday 14 November.

UPDATE!  After spending the night, VH-VSZ was noted departing Moranbah Airport for Mudgee in New South Wales around lunch time on Thursday 16 November.

Photo taken by Tony Haynes  ©

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Nauru Airlines Boeing B737-300 VH-YNU Pops into Hamilton Island Airport

Making a surprise visit to Hamilton Island Airport on Tuesday 14 November on what appears to be a closed charter flight was Nauru Airlines Boeing B737-319 VH-YNU.

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The colourful little Boeing touched down at Hamo from Brisbane as RON904 and returned to the capital after dark at RON905.

Of interest, VH-YNU was delivered to Nauru Airlines in early 2015 after spending 14 years operating with Air New Zealand as ZK-NGH.

Meanwhile, also on popping into Hamilton Island Airport on Tuesday 14 November was Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY which arrived from Melbourne (Moorabbin).  It later departed to Parkes in New South Wales.

On Monday 13 November, Shortstop Jet Charter Dassault Falcon 900C bizjet VH-OAA departed Hamilton Island Airport for Melbourne (Essendon).  It had arrived into Hamo from there last Thursday 9 November.

Finally, on Saturday 11 November, Marcplan Charter Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy bizjet VH-VLT was noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport from Sydney.  It looked to return to the South on Sunday 12 November.

Photos taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

Monday, November 13, 2017

RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-212 Completed a Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport - Plus RAAF Search and Rescue Bell 412EP Helicopter VH-VAA Departs

Late on Monday 13 November, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-212 was noted completing airwork at Rockhampton Airport.  It flew North to Rocky from RAAF Base Amberley, completed a missed approach, then returned back South to Amberley.  A41-212 was noted flying as "Stallion 44".

Meanwhile, also on Monday 13 November, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (SAR) Bell 412EP helicopter VH-VAA departed Rockhampton Airport for Clermont Aerodrome, Hughenden and Cloncurry.

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VH-VAA is owned by Lloyd Helicopters and operated by CHC Helicopters Australia for the RAAF and has been noted using the RAAF Support radio callsign of "Choppa 82" while looking to complete duties in support of the Australian Army's Exercise Diamond Run which has just wrapped up in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 14 November, VH-VAA was noted continuing from Cloncurry to Burketown, Macarthur River Mine then RAAF Base Tindal at Katherine.

Photos taken by 'IAD' and Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Sunday, November 12, 2017

New Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-NKQ Spotted at Emerald Airport - Plus Fokker F-100 VH-UQD Delivered and Also In Service!

After a few false starts, the most recently delivered Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 jet registered VH-NKQ has finally entered service and visited CQ for the first time last Monday 6 November making the late evening arrival into Emerald Airport as UTY4078 on the twice-weekly Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.  It returned to Emerald Airport at other times during the week, as well as Gladstone Airport on Wednesday 8 November on the scheduled VOZ2911/2910 service from and back to Brisbane on behalf of Virgin Australia.

VH-NKQ was spotted below on Sunday 12 November as it again called into Emerald Airport on the scheduled VOZ1265 service from Brisbane.  It had also earlier operated into Bundaberg Airport on the scheduled VOZ2973/2972 service also from and back to Brisbane.

VH-NKQ was delivered to Alliance Airlines in Brisbane from Kupang (Indonesia) on Wednesday 11 October.  It was registered to the airline in July 2016 and previously operated as OE-LFR with Austrian Airlines since 1996.

Meanwhile, only just over a week after being delivered to the airline, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-UQD has also entered service, operating the UTY880/881 FIFO charter flight into Trepell from and back to Brisbane last Thursday 9 November

It is pictured above at Brisbane Airport also on Sunday 12 November.  We await its first visit into CQ - most likely to Rockhampton Airport!

VH-UQD was only delivered to Alliance Airlines in Brisbane from Kupang on Monday 30 October.  It was recently registered to the airline and previously also operated for Austrian Airlines but as OE-LVO.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Greg W in Emerald and Lloyd F in Brisbane for allowing us to share these great photos!

Photos taken by Greg Weir and Lloyd Fox  ©

Pacific Aerospace (PAC) 750XL ZK-KDN Spends a Couple of Days at Longreach Airport

On Friday 10 November, Pacific Aerospace (PAC) 750XL ZK-KDN was noted arriving into Longreach Airport from the Gold Coast.  It had arrived at the Gold Coast directly from Hamilton (New Zealand) on Thursday 9 November.

After reports that it had maintenance issues, ZK-KDN finally departed Longreach Airport for Darwin on Sunday 12 November.  It is pictured above making a late evening arrival into the 'top end'.

It is scheduled to depart Darwin early on Monday 13 November for Manado (Sam Ratulangi International Airport) in Indonesia.

Of interest, ZK-KDN is the fourth New Zealand built Pacific Aerospace (PAC) 750XL to pass through Longreach Airport over the last few weeks on delivery flights to different parts of Asia.  As reported below, on Thursday 2 November, PAC 750XL ZK-KDP passed through, while on Sunday 22 October, ZK-KDO and ZK-KEB passed through Longreach Airport flying together.  All aircraft had earlier arrived from the Gold Coast and then departed to Darwin.  They also all continued to Manado.

Photo taken by Sid Mitchell  ©

Friday, November 10, 2017

More Cessna Citation Bizjets at CQ Airports This Week

As well as the AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ popping into Rockhampton Airport, over the last couple of days, a couple of other Cessna Citation and other bizjets have been noted calling into various Central Queensland Airports.

Also on Friday 10 November, Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-ZEK was noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport.

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It arrived from Bankstown and Brisbane and later returned to Bankstown via Port Macquarie.

Meanwhile, on Thursday 9 November, Gulf Aircraft Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-PYN was noted visiting Mackay Airport.  It is believed to have called in from and later departed back to Archerfield.

Also at Hamo on Thursday 9 November, Shortstop Jet Charter Dassault Falcon 900C bizjet VH-OAA arrived from Melbourne (Essendon).

It also appears that one final Citation bizjet remains parked at Hamilton Island Airport in the form of  Homada Pty Ltd Cessna 560XL Citation XLS VH-XCU which arrived into Hamo from Melbourne (Moorabbin) via Melbourne (Essendon) last Friday 3 November.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 11 November, VH-XCU departed Hamo and returned to Moorabbin, via Essendon.

At my local airport, Clermont Aerodrome, VH-DAA was noted departing for Townsville late on Thursday 9 November.

Finally, while not being bizjets, a couple of notable corporate turboprop movements also on Thursday 9 November included The Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ which visited Maryborough Airport from Brisbane.

While at Emerald Airport, Tasfast Air Freight (of Victoria) Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Cheiftan VH-TBJ called in from Cairns and departed to Bourke while returning to its Melbourne (Moorabbin) base after operating in Far North Queensland since April.  And Interair Piper PA-31 VH-FHJ also passed through Emerald Airport but arriving from Mackay Airport and departing to the Sunshine Coast.