A nice surprise arrival into Rockhampton Airport on Monday 5 September was brand new Diamond Aircraft Industries DA62 VH-DNU.
The sleek new Diamond DA62 diesel twin demonstrator is the 27th off the production line and has been reported as being the first in Australia. VH-DNU is currently registered to Hawker Pacific.
VH-DNU arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield and was demonstrated to a (potential) customer during a return flight to nearby Emu Park Airstrip. After returning to Rocky, VH-DNU took on fuel and later departed to Cairns.
A couple of other interesting light General Aviation (GA) aircraft to also call into Rockhampton Airport on Monday 5 September included a triple-treat of Toowoomba-based aircraft. These included McNab Aviation Cessna 414A VH-FKH and also Piper PA-31-350 VH-TTX which both operated from Toowoomba to Rockhampton and onto Bowen Airport. They both returned to Rocky and then Toowoomba. Also visiting Rockhampton Airport was Redjet Aviation Piper PA-31 Navajo VH-PJU with the Toowoomba-based Navajo visiting from Archerfield before then heading home to Toowoomba.
A lot earlier on Monday 5 September, a rare visitor to Rockhampton Airport in form of Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Pilatus PC-12/45 VH-NQB ("FlyDoc 428") which flew in from Blackall. It later returned to its Charleville base.
Finally, the locally-based Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) (Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia) Bell 412EP VH-EPR returned home to Rockhampton Airport late on Monday 5 September. It flew in from Redcliffe (where it has been receiving maintenance), the Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg.