Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X VH-CRW Arrives into Mackay Airport - Plus Queensland Government Super King Air VH-SGQ Tours Around CQ

On Tuesday 22 August, Brenzil's Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW was noted departing Brisbane for Hamilton Island Airport.  I presume with the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week yacht regatta in full swing, parking at the Airport might be tight, hence VH-CRW departed Hamo and landed at Mackay Airport where it was parked on the main apron.

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VH-CRW does appear to be staying at Mackay Airport.

Meanwhile, appearing to be based out of Mackay Airport in recent days (as mentioned below) is the Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ.

It arrived into Mackay Airport from Brisbane last Thursday 17 August and has since completed 'daytrips' to Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport, Charters Towers Airport and Moranbah and Clermont Airports (as pictured above) on Tuesday 22 August.

Four Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters Also at Rockhampton Airport

Also popping into Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 22 August was four Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters.  They looked to fly in together from the North and were heard to be using the one radio callsign of "Apocalypse".

They four MRH-90s are believed to be flown by 'A Squadron' of the 5th Aviation Regiment based at Townsville.  They were identified as A40-009, A40-013, A40-019 and A40-035.

After taking on fuel, the four MRH-90s again took to the air together, departing South to the Oakey Army Aviation Centre.

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

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Daniel Bishop  ©

Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124 RA-82077 Arrives at Rockhampton Airport with Two RSAF Boeing CH-47SD Chinook Helicopters

Before dawn on Tuesday 22 August, Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124-100 RA-82077 made a spectacular arrival into Rockhampton Airport, touching down direct from Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore as VDA4962.

It parked on Gate 6 at the Southern end of the Rockhampton Airport apron and after Customs and Border Force duties were finalised, the Antonov commenced unloading with the its front landing gear being raised and the aircraft placed into its unique 'kneeling' position to allow the unloading of its cargo.  On this flight, a pair of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters - believed to be serials '88190' and '88192' - were unloaded.  It was interesting to note that 88192 still wears its commemorative tail flash for the Chinook's 20th anniversary with the RSAF!

As this post is being written, the Antonov is expected to depart to Johor Bahru (Malaysia) in the wee small hours of Wednesday 23 August.  It is expected to return to Rocky one final time at around 4am on Friday 25 August.  I would assume that it will be carrying four RSAF Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopters.

The delivered helicopters will soon be put back together and will no doubt be test flown in preparation for the commencement of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2017 which will officially kick-off on Thursday 31 August.

Stay tuned to the CQ Plane Spotting Blog for more great photos of this and the other fantastic aircraft and helicopters that will be paying Rockhampton Airport a visit over the next few weeks as we welcome the Singapore Armed Forces back to participate in Exercise Wallaby 2017.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Scott H, Daniel B, Kayanne H and Jason M for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos of the Antonov 124 at Rockhampton Airport!

Photos taken by Scott Harris, Daniel Bishop, Kayanne Hardsman and Jason Miller  ©

Monday, August 21, 2017

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

Back in CQ once again on Monday 21 August was the Avcair (Earth Commodities) Cessna 550 Citation Bravo bizjet VH-CCJ.  It flew North from Brisbane and touched down at Gladstone Airport briefly before continuing North to Mackay Airport where it was spotted under grey skies.

After a few hours on the ground, VH-CCJ departed Mackay and returned to Gladstone Airport where, as per usual, it looked to be staying for at least the night.

UPDATE!  As per its previous visits to CQ, VH-CCJ departed Gladstone Airport for Bundaberg Airport early on Tuesday 22 August.  It then returned to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, also arriving 'home' to Mackay Airport also on Monday 21 August was locally-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ.  It touched down from Emerald Airport where it arrived from Brisbane on Sunday 20 August.  It had flown South to Brisbane from Mackay Airport last Thursday 17 August.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bechtel Dassault Falcon 900EX Bizjet N970SF Visits Hamilton Island Airport

On Saturday 19 August, Bechtel Dassault Falcon 900EX bizjet N970SF arrived into Hamilton Island Airport.  It's exact movements are not fully known but it appears to have arrived from the North.

N970SF at Gladstone Airport  (File photo)

It looked to be staying for at least the night.

UPDATE!  N970SF departed Hamilton Island Airport for Brisbane on Monday 21 August.

Meanwhile, another Dassault Falcon bizjet in the form of  Shortstop Jet Charter Dassault Falcon 900C bizjet VH-OAA made yet another visit to Hamo, arriving from the Gold Coast and later departing to Melbourne (Essendon) on Sunday 20 August.

Photo taken by Col  ©

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Couple of Photos From Biloela / Thangool Airport - Fly Corporate (Corporate Air) SAAB 340B+ (WT) VH-VEP - Callide Dawson Flying Group (CDFG) Brekkie Fly-in and AGM

On Thursday 17 August, Fly Corporate (Corporate Air) SAAB 340B+ (WT) VH-VEP was spotted arriving and departing at Biloela / Thangool Airport on their scheduled Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) services from and back to Brisbane.

VH-VEP touched down at Bilo from Brisbane as flight FC443 and later returned there as FC444.

Since February this year, Fly Corporate (Corporate Air) has operated RPT services into Biloela / Thangool Airport from and back to Brisbane following the withdrawal of services by Qantas.

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Fly Corporate (usually) operate 34-seat SAAB 340B Plus turbo-prop aircraft on afternoon return flights from Brisbane on Mondays and Fridays, as well as morning return services every weekday. They will also offer a Sunday afternoon return service.

Meanwhile, a little earlier on Thursday 17 August, the early morning freight run into Biloela / Thangool Airport from Brisbane, which was operated by General Aviation Maintenance (GAM) Dornier DO 228-202 VH-VJE, was forced to divert to Gladstone Airport after fog and low visibility presented it from landing at Bilo.  It later continued from Gladstone Airport to Emerald Airport.

Finally, last Saturday 12 August, the locally-based Callide Dawson Flying Group (CDFG) held their monthly breakfast fly-in at Biloela / Thangool Airport with a nice variety of aircraft and aviators touching down to enjoy a great morning of catching up, along with the yummy omelettes!

CDFG President, Chris Watson, has also given notice that Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Callide Dawson Flying Game will be held on Saturday 9 September which will be the same day as the September monthly breakfast fly-in.

Nominations for committee positions will be accepted from two weeks prior, from Saturday 26 August.

Make sure these dates are in your calendar - it is important for the club.

Sincere thanks to Rolleston-based pilot Hayden Jones for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos from Biloela / Thangool Airport!

Photos taken by Hayden Jones and Brandon Giacomin  ©