Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Indonesian Registered Cessna 208 Caravan PK-ASC Pops into Roma Airport Tuesday

What a great movement - especially for Roma!

Spotted calling into Roma Airport about lunch time on Tuesday 21 October was Indonesian-registered Cessna 208 Caravan PK-ASC.  It touched down from Cairns.

After taking on fuel (and giving the crew a rest!) PK-ASC departed to Bankstown Airport.

I have read that this aircraft may be on delivery to an Australian operator.

Thanks to local plane spotter Graham M for the great photos of a great visitor to CQ!

All photos taken by Graham McKnight  ©

Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Airwing Raytheon Hawker 850XP Bizjet VH-SGY at Rockhampton Airport Tuesday

As mentioned below, the Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Airwing Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY called into Rockhampton Airport around lunch time on Tuesday 21 October.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, along with his wife and a few other passengers were noted to disembark the Hawker.

After a couple of hours on the ground, VH-SGY departed to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, earlier on Tuesday 21 October, Royal Australian Air Force Beech B350 Supper King Air A32-670 was noted conducting airwork at Rockhampton Airport.  Flying as "Dingo 54", the King Air operated from Townsville and completed an approach at Mackay before performing as many as five missed approaches at Rocky.

Photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

Great Photos of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules '734' Operating out of Rockhampton Airport

During his lunch breaks and after work, local plane spotter 'IAD' always visits Rockhampton Airport, and in recent weeks, he is taking some great delight in capturing and just observing the action as the various resident Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) helicopters and C-130H Hercules transport fly sorties up to and back from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) during the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2014.

Last Thursday 16 October, 'IAD' captured some great images as the 'resident' RSAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules '734' flew a couple of sorties up to Shoalwater Bay.  In the morning, '734' was captured making a spectacular departure from Rocky using the radio callsign of "Condor 18".

Later in the day, '734' was then captured by 'IAD' making an equally spectacular arrival back into Rockhampton Airport, this time as "Condor 28".

The RSAF C-130H Hercules is generally parked on 'Gate 1' which is on the Northern end of the Rockhampton Airport apron.

Meanwhile, also last week at Rockhampton Airport, one of the two RSAF Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters - '88197' -  declared an emergency after taking off from Rockhampton, stating that it had engine problems.  It did return to Rocky Airport safe and sound and reportedly taxied to its parking position followed by the local Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) tenders.

On Saturday 18 October, 'IAD' captured '88197' clearly undergoing attention on one of its engines while still parked at Rockhampton Airport.

Sincere thanks to 'IAD' for capturing and taking the time to send through these awesome photos!

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©

Monday, October 20, 2014

Community Cabinet Brings Queensland Government Aircraft to Bundaberg Airport

Wow! Central Queensland is a popular place for the Queensland Government's Community Cabinet meeting, with this month's meeting being held at Bundaberg, thus bringing both Government corporate aircraft to Bundaberg Airport on Sunday 19 October.

The Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Airwing Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ touched down first from the Sunshine Coast, while Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY arrived from Brisbane a little later.

Surprisingly, VH-SGY then departed North-bound and was noted performing a missed approach and other airwork at Gladstone Airport.  It then returned to Bundy and was also closed up for the night along with VH-SGQ.

Sincere thanks Micah S who captured these great photos late on Sunday at Bundy!

All photos taken by Micah S  ©

More Photos of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 at Rockhampton Airport Saturday

Local plane spotter 'IAD' was on hand to capture some great photos of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 as it (eventually) called into Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 18 October.

I say "eventually" as it performed a late go-around due to the strong winds blowing across Rockhampton Airport on Saturday afternoon.

A36-002 - flying as "Envoy 29" - came around again and this time made a smooth landing onto Runway 15 at Rockhampton.

It parked for a brief time on the Southern end of the Rockhampton Airport apron, before departing soon after for the Sunshine Coast.

As mentioned below, A36-002 was conducting a "training flight", heading North on Friday 17 October and overnighting in Townsville.  On Saturday 18 October, it continued further South back to its Canberra base.

Sincere thanks to 'IAD' for capturing these great photos and for taking the time to send them through!

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©

Sunday, October 19, 2014

RAAF Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-003 Calls into Maryborough Airport Sunday

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 of the VIP 34 Squadron in Canberra was noted calling into Maryborough Airport from the South during the afternoon on Sunday 19 October.

File photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

A37-003 - flying as "Envoy 83" - departed back to the South a short time later.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

And on Saturday RAAF Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 Calls into Mackay and Rockhampton Airports

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 was in air again on Saturday 18 October, this time calling into Mackay and Rockhampton Airports while still conducting what was described as a training flight.

And again flying as "Envoy 29", A36-002 - flown by 34 Squadron VIP Transport - initially departed Townsville and arrived into Mackay Airport - where it pictured below.  At Mackay, it undertook a crew change, before it departed to Rockhampton.

At Rockhampton, strong winds caused A36-002 to perform a missed approach before it came back around and landed on Runway 15.

It briefly parked on the Southern end of the Rockhampton Airport apron.

Soon after, it departed Rocky for the Sunshine Coast and further South to its Canberra base.

Photos taken by Ash Burggraaff and Brenton  ©

TRIP REPORT - Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) to Sydney to Hervey Bay - Virgin Australia Airlines - Embraer E-190

Bundaberg-based plane spotter Micah S has shared with us some lovely photos and a brief report from a recent flight he took from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport to Sydney and back with Virgin Australia Airlines.

TRIP REPORT – Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) to Sydney – Friday 19 September – Virgin Australia Airlines – VOZ1556 – Embraer E-190 – VH-ZPA.

Before he departed the nearby-to-Bundaberg, Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport, he captured some nice photos of QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 Next Gen VH-LQL departing to Brisbane as QLK2377.

Soon after, Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPA touched down to take Micah to Sydney as VOZ1556.  He boarded through the front stairs and took his seat on the left-hand side of the plane.

Micah was able to capture some great photos of Sydney city, and then once on the ground at Sydney Airport, he captured some photos around the Virgin Australia terminal.

While in Sydney, Micah spent an hour in a Boeing 737NG simulator with Flight Experience.

"A truly awesome experience" is how Micah described his time in the simulator.  He explains that he even made a landing into the old Hong Kong (Kai Tak) Airport!  The simulator is the real deal. it's certified for instrument training!  The simulator is in the Harbour Side shopping centre at Darling Harbour and if readers happen to be in Sydney, it is highly recommend by Micah.

The their website (http://sydney.flightexperience.com.au/Flight Experience "uses a Boeing 737NG flight simulator which gives customers the opportunity to experience flying a modern jet airliner from the Captain’s seat, with the aid of a Qualified Instructor. It is about as close as it gets to the real thing".

TRIP REPORT – Sydney to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) – Tuesday 23 September – Virgin Australia Airlines – VOZ1555 – Embraer E-190 – VH-ZPD.

After spending a couple of days in Sydney, Micah returned to Hervey Bay on Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPD.  While he waiting for his flight he did a bit of plane spotting from the Virgin terminal.  He managed to capture some great photos of a couple international flights to Sydney including a Cebu Pacific Air A330 operating from Manila to Sydney on their recently launched services.

VH-ZPD taxied 'the long way' out to Sydney's Runway 34L (34 Left) and was in-line for departure North.

As he was approaching Hervey Bay, Micah captured some great photos, and after disembarking, he captured one final photo of VH-ZPD.

What a great few days away!

Sincere thanks to Micah for sharing with us his thoughts and great photos from his trip to Sydney.  Thanks too to Micah for his continued support of the Central Queensland Plane Spotting Blog.

All text written and photos taken by Micah S  ©