Thursday, August 22, 2019

Jetstream Aviation (Emprja P/L) Cessna 550 Citation II Bizjet VH-VDF at CQ Airports This Week

Over the course of this week, Jetstream Aviation (Emprja P/L) Cessna 550 Citation II VH-VDF has been noted calling into some Central Queensland Airports, seemingly on an around-Queensland tour.

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It looked to depart its Sunshine Coast base on Monday 19 August and call into Charleville Airport before continuing to Birdsville.

On Thursday 22 August, VH-VDF then touched down at Longreach Airport from Ayers Rock before it then continued to Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport where it looks to be spending the night.

Photo taken by Far North Queensland Skies Blog  ©

Greensill Capital (IOM) Ltd Dassault Falcon 7X Bizjet M-GGBL Arrives into Bundaberg Airport - Plus More!

Very late on Wednesday 21 August, Greensill Capital (Isle Of Man) Ltd Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet M-GGBL was noted arriving into Bundaberg Airport from Sydney and Brisbane.  It had arrived into Sydney from overseas the previous day.

After staying for the night, the sleek Falcon 7X was photographed by local plane spotter Dan B early on Thursday 22 August.  It then departed back to Brisbane during the middle part of the afternoon.

At the time of writing, M-GGBL was due to return to Bundaberg Airport very late on Thursday 22 August.

M-GGBL is a familiar visitor to the rum city, with this being its third visit this year!

Meanwhile, also spotted this week at Bundaberg Airport were a pair of McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia helicopters which have returned to the region in preparation for the forthcoming bushfire season.

Bell Textron Helicopter 214B-1 Big Lifter helicopter VH-SEK and Aerospatiale AS.355F1 Squirrel helicopter VH-YUR were both photographed (above) parked on the Bundaberg Airport apron during this week.

Sincere thanks to Dan from Dan Beck Photography for allowing us to share these great photos!

All photos and video taken by Dan B  ©

Cirrus Design Corp Gen 6 SR22T Turbo N53DL Spotted at Rockhampton Airport on Australia-wide Demo Tour

On Thursday 22 August, Cirrus Aircraft Australia & New Zealand brought brand new Cirrus Design Corp Gen 6 SR22T Turbo N53DL to Rockhampton Airport on the penultimate leg of an Australia-wide demonstration tour.

The American-registered turbocharged SR22T, N53DL, has previously been noted on display in all corners and the centre of Australia and seems to be currently based at the Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport in northern New South Wales.  It flew into there after concluding its display at the Rockhampton Aero Club.

The Cirrus website suggests that N53DL will be on display at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour on Friday 23 August - watch this space!

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

Photos taken by Scott Harris  ©

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra Bizjet VH-MMC Pops into Biloela / Thangool Airport

On Wednesday 21 August, Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-MMC was back in CQ once again, this time landing at Biloela / Thangool Airport after flying up from its Sunshine Coast base.

VH-MMC taxiing at the Sunshine Coast recently  (File photo)

After spending much of the day on the ground, VH-MMC departed Biloela / Thangool Airport and returned to the Sunny Coast.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 21 August, it appeared that New Zealand-based JAK Air (of Rotorua) Learjet 60 bizjet ZK-JAK returned to Rockhampton Airport from Longreach Airport.  It flown West on Monday 19 August.

At the time of writing, it appears that ZK-JAK remains parked at Rocky.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 22 August, ZK-JAK departed Rockhampton Airport for the Gold Coast before it continued 'home' to New Zealand.

Finally, as it has done for the last few weeks, during the afternoon also on Wednesday 21 August, Brisbane-based Cessna 525A CitationJet2 bizjet VH-MOR was noted flying into Theodore Airport direct from its Archerfield base.  It will most likely return to Archerfield early on Thursday 22 August.

Sincere thanks to the Sunshine Coast Plane Spotting Facebook page for allowing us to share their great photo of VH-MMC!

Qantas Airways Boeing B737-800 VH-VXI Pops into Longreach Airport on Closed Charter

A little-known but welcome charter flight into Longreach Airport on Wednesday 21 August with Qantas Airways Boeing B737-800 VH-VXI touching down from Sydney as QFA1369.

After just over an hour on the ground, VH-VXI positioned empty direct to Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QFA6113.

Any readers know more?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X VH-CRW Finally Departs Mackay Airport – Calls into Hamilton Island Airport – Then Home to Brisbane

After spending almost two weeks parked up at Mackay Airport, on Tuesday 20 August, the visiting Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW was noted finally departing Mackay Airport.

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It looked to fly up to Hamilton Island Airport where it collected some passengers before it then flew home to Brisbane.

VH-CRW had arrived into Mackay Airport from Sydney via Hamo back on Wednesday 7 August.

Photo taken by 'JM'  ©

Monday, August 19, 2019

Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 Bizjet VH-ILJ Pops into Hamilton Island Airport

On Monday 19 August, Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 bizjet VH-ILJ was back in CQ this time noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport.

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It looked to arrive from and later depart back to Brisbane.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

JAK Air (New Zealand) Learjet 60 Bizjet ZK-JAK Departs Rockhampton Airport for Longreach Airport

After arriving into the beef capital over the weekend, on Monday 19 August, the visiting New Zealand-based JAK Air (of Rotorua) Learjet 60 bizjet ZK-JAK was noted departing Rockhampton Airport heading West.

ZK-JAK parked at Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 18 August

It is believed that it landed at Longreach Airport where it is believed that is staying for the night.

ZK-JAK had arrived into Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 17 August from the Sunshine Coast.

Photo taken by Trevor Hardsman  ©

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Former MAC Rescue (South Australia) / Babcock Misson Critical Services Australasia Agusta (Bell) AB412 Helicopter VH-LSA Arrives into Rockhampton Airport

An interesting helicopter to arrive into Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 18 August was Babcock Misson Critical Services Australasia Agusta (Bell) AB412 Helicopter VH-LSA.

It arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Roma Airport and looked to fly across from Adelaide in South Australia, departing there on Saturday 17 August.

The distinctive bright red-and-white rescue chopper has until recently been operating for the South Australia-based MAC (Motor Accident Commission) Rescue service.  It looked to complete possibly its final flight in late July as "Rescue 55".

File photo  (Peter Browne /

MAC (Motor Accident Commission) Rescue is South Australia's rescue helicopter service used by the health and emergency service organisations to undertake medical retrieval, policing, bushfire management and search and rescue tasks.  It was established in 2009 under contract with Australian Helicopters (now Babcock Misson Critical Services Australasia) for use by MedSTAR Emergency Medical Retrieval Service, SA Police and the SA Country Fire Service.

It appears that Babcock currently operates fellow Bell 412 rescue helicopters VH-VAS "Rescue 51" and VH-VAO "Rescue 52" for MAC Rescue out of Adelaide Airport and reportedly conducts more than 1000 missions across South Australia each year.

At the time of writing, VH-LSA appears to be still parked at Rockhampton Airport.

UPDATE!  It appears that VH-LSA has come to Rockhampton Airport to replace fellow Babcock Misson Critical Services Australasia Bell 412EP helicopter VH-VAU which departed Rockhampton Airport for the Sunshine Coast and Coffs Harbour on Monday 19 August.  It is believed that VH-VAU will undergo planned maintenance while at Coffs Harbour, while VH-LSA will commence operating for the Rockhampton Airport-based Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS).

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

Photos taken by Trevor Hardsman and Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 Bizjet VH-WMY Back in CQ Again This Time at Miles and Roma Airports

On Sunday 18 August, Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY was back in Central Queensland and noted visiting Miles and Roma Airports.

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It looked to fly up to Miles Airport from Melbourne (Moorabbin) and Swan Hill before continuing to Roma Airport.  VH-WMY then returned direct to Moorabbin.

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©