Friday, November 27, 2015

A Pair of Bizjets at Maryborough Airport Friday - RAAF Challenger 604 A37-001 & Police Citation VH-PSU (Twice!)

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-001 was noted calling into Maryborough Airport late on Friday 27 November.

It was spotted returning local member of Federal Parliament and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss 'home' to his electorate.  A37-001 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Wisdom 56".

Meanwhile, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU, which has again operated up and down the Queensland coast on prisoner transfer flights, called into Maryborough Airport twice on Friday 27 November.

It initially called in from Rockhampton and departed to Brisbane before later returning from Brisbane and departing onto Rockhampton.

Of interest, VH-PSU is currently based at Cairns and operated these transfer flights also on Monday 23 November and Wednesday 25 November.  On Thursday 26 November it looked to operate a couple return flights between Mount Isa and Townsville.

File photos taken by David Geck  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-447 Missed Approach at Gladstone Airport and Maybe Mackay?

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-447 was noted conducting airwork up the Queensland coast on Friday 27 November after earlier departing RAAF Base Amberley as "Ausy 776". 

It was seen completing a practice ILS approach and overshoot onto Runway 10 at Gladstone Airport before continuing further North where it was noted overflying the Capricorn Coast.

RAAF C-130J A97-447 at Mackay Airport in 2011  (File photo)

A97-447 may have been also sighted around Mackay with a reply on our Facebook page suggesting that a large military aircraft was seen departing Mackay Airport during the afternoon.

UPDATE!  It has been confirmed that A97-447 "Ausy 776" performed a 'touch-and-go' at Mackay Airport later on Friday 27 November.

Meanwhile, a little earlier in the day, a flight of four RAAF Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft were noted flying together from Townsville overhead Rockhampton and further the Sunshine Coast as "Reaper".  They could be 'heard' overflying Rockhampton, but given they were at 17000 feet, they were a little hard to spot!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124-100 RA-82047 Makes a Spectacular Arrival into Rockhampton Airport Thursday

As predicted, Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124-100 RA-82047 touched down at Rockhampton Airport early on Thursday 26 November after completing the relative short hop South from Cairns as VDA1673.

And a what a spectacular arrival it was with local plane spotter Kayanne H capturing these lovely photos as the massive Russian freighter lined up for final approach onto Rocky's Runway 33 around 7.30am.

Later, Kayanne ventured to Rockhampton Airport where RA-82047 was being loaded with the five Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopters in preparation for departure later on Thursday 26 November to Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore via Darwin.

It is expected that RA-82047 will return to Rockhampton Airport early on Saturday 28 November and collect the two remaining RSAF Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters and take them home to Singapore.

This will most likely mark the final aircraft movement associated with the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2015.

Sincere thanks to Kayanne for sending through these great of photos from this morning's action!

Photos taken by the Kayanne Hardsman and 'IAD'  ©

Yet More Virgin Australia Jets Visit Gladstone Airport incl B737-800s VH-VUH and VH-YFP

Well clearly the information last weekend that the number of Virgin Australia jets to visit Gladstone Airport being on the decline was definitely incorrect as several Embraer E-190 and a pair of larger Boeing B737-800 jets have touched down this week all on scheduled services from and back to Brisbane.

On Wednesday 25 November, B737-800 VH-VUH operated the VOZ1711/1714 service, while on Thursday 26 November, Col was on hand to captured the early morning arrival of fellow B737-800 VH-YFP as VOZ1707.

It later departed back to Brisbane as VOZ1710.

Col also shares a couple of photos of Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPR which had arrived the previous evening from Brisbane as VOZ1719 and departed back to Brisbane as VOZ1708 early on Thursday 26 November.

Information suggested that all but one of the scheduled Virgin Australia flights into Gladstone Airport on Thursday 26 November would be operated by jets however this did not occur with E-190 VH-ZPI reportedly becoming unserviceable while in Brisbane.  ATR 72s were operated into Gladstone Airport as the afternoon and evening wore on.

An interesting helicopter spotted by Col visiting Gladstone Airport on Thursday 26 November was M. I. Helicopters (of Roma) Agusta (Bell) 206B VH-JZB.

And an interesting light aircraft with a unique registration known by true aviation enthusiasts was also photographed by Col with Beech A36 Bonanza VH-RMM visiting Gladstone Airport on Thursday 26 November from Redcliffe. 

VH-RMM was a former 'Ansett' registration with both a Boeing B727 and Boeing B767 aircraft wearing this registration during the lifetime of the iconic former Australian airline.

Thanks to Col for sending through these great photos from a great morning at Gladstone Airport!

All photos taken by Col  ©

New Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-YFV Also Spotted at Rockhampton Airport Thursday on its First Visit

As well as the Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124 calling into Rockhampton Airport, on Thursday 26 November, Virgin Australia's newest Boeing B737-800 VH-YFV was also spotted calling in on its first visit to the beef capital.

VH-YFV operated the morning VOZ1235/1238 service from and back to Brisbane.

UPDATE!  VH-YFV has also been noted calling into Mackay Airport also on a first visit on Thursday 26 November, operating the VOZ613/616 service also from and back to Brisbane.

Thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H for capturing and sending through these awesome photos from Rocky!

All photos taken by the Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Air New Zealand B777-200 ZK-OKB and B767-300 ZK-NCL Back at Rockhampton Airport Wednesday

On Wednesday 25 November, both Air New Zealand Boeing B777-200 ZK-OKB and Boeing B767-300(ER)(WL) ZK-NCL returned to Rockhampton Airport from Singapore's Changi Airport.

ZK-OKB initially touched down after re-positioning from Changi as ANZ6010 with local plane spotter 'IAD' on hand to capture some great photos as the heavy jet made a spectacular arrival in the late afternoon sunshine.

It eventually was loaded with passengers and freight and departed back to Singapore as ANZ1953.

ZK-NCL had a much later arrival into Rockhampton, also positioning empty from Singapore's Changi Airport but as ANZ6014.  It took loaded passengers and freight and also departed back to Singapore in the early hours of Thursday 26 November but as ANZ1957.

It appears that with the Volga Dnepr Antonov AN-124 RA-82047 due to touch down at Rockhampton Airport on Thursday 26 November that there are no heavy jet charter flights scheduled to touch down.

Stay tuned to the CQ Plane Spotting for all the latest news and photos!

All photos taken by the 'IAD'   ©