Saturday, June 25, 2016

US-Registered 2004 Experimental Lancair Super ES N132BB Pops into Bundaberg Airport

Just over a week since it visited Longreach Airport, American registered 2004 built Experimental Lancair Super ES N132BB has again called into Central Queensland, this time popping into Bundaberg Airport from its Gold Coast base.

Bryan N132BB / https://www.flickr.com/

In our last post, I noted that the smart little aircraft was recently for sale in the USA.  I have since been advised that N132BB has indeed taken up residence on the Gold Coast and will soon be placed onto the Australia aricraft register.

Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-SQW Makes Two Visits to Hamilton Island Airport

The bizjet action on Hamilton Island continued on Saturday 25 June with 4JS (of Cairns) / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SQW visiting twice on a busy day of flying.

Robert Myers / http://flightaware.com/

It initially touched down from its Sunshine Coast base before departing North to Cairns - where it appears the aircraft is registered.  VH-SQW then returned to Hamo before returning back to the Sunshine Coast.

Of interest, VH-SQW was once one of a number of Mustangs that the Singapore Flying College operated from the Sunshine Coast.

So, given all the recent action at Hamilton Island Airport, I believe that BAe-125-1000B VH-LMP, along with Bombardier Global 6000 N599CH and Gulfstream G650 N47TR all remain parked at Hamo.

I shall see tomorrow!!!!

Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-SQW Makes Two Visits to Hamilton Island Airport

The bizjet action on Hamilton Island continued on Saturday 25 June with 4JS (of Cairns) / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SQW visiting twice on a busy day of flying.

Robert Myers / http://flightaware.com/

It initially touched down from its Sunshine Coast base before departing North to Cairns - where it appears the aircraft is registered.  VH-SQW then returned to Hamo before returning back to the Sunshine Coast.

Of interest, VH-SQW was once one of a number of Mustangs that the Singapore Flying College operated from the Sunshine Coast.

So, given all the recent action at Hamilton Island Airport, I believe that BAe-125-1000B VH-LMP, along with Bombardier Global 6000 N599CH and Gulfstream G650 N47TR all remain parked at Hamo.

I shall see tomorrow!!!!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Aero Pearl / AirServices Australia Super King Air VH-FIX at Longreach Airport - And N175JR (ex VH-TLX) Leaves Australia

On Friday 24 June, AirServices Australia / Aero Pearl (Pearl Aviation) Beech B300 Super King Air VH-FIX was noted passing through Longreach Airport while on a flight from Brisbane to Darwin.

File photo

VH-FIX, along with VH-FIY and VH-FIZ, are aircraft operated by Aero Pearl on behalf of AirServices Australia on navigational aid (navaid) calibration flights around Australia and in parts of Asia.  In fact, I note that VH-FIX only returned to Australia Bali (Denpasar) in mid-March so I assume that it must have been operating overseas.

Meanwhile, we reported over the previous weekend about Beech B200 King Air N175JR (ex Aero Pearl VH-TLX) which passed through Longreach Airport on Saturday 18 June while flying from Darwin to Camden in New South Wales.  On Friday 24 June, N175JR departed Camden for Sydney where it completed Customs and Immigration duties before it departed for Norfolk Island, and most likely, onward to the United States of America (USA).

The King Air is reported to be on a ferry flight to the USA where it is to be broken up for spares at Dodson International Parts in Kansas.

One final Super King Air - the Queensland Government Raytheon B350 VH-SGQ - departed Barcaldine Airport on Friday 24 June for Winton.  After a week away from 'home', VH-SGQ is scheduled to return to Brisbane late in the morning on Saturday 25 June.

Multiple Bizjet Visitors at Hamilton Island and Mackay Airports Friday

A pretty busy day for corporate visitors at both Hamilton Island and Mackay Airports on Friday 24 June with four smart bizjets arriving into the Whitsundays - with one travelling via Mackay Airport.

The bizjet action at Hamilton Island started early on Friday 24 June with Business Aviation Solutions Cessna 650 Citation VII bizjet VH-DHN arriving from the Gold Coast.  It later departed to the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport near Toowoomba before eventually returning to its Gold Coast base.  This is the second time this week that VH-DHN has visited Hamo.

Arriving at Hamilton Island soon after the Citation was Shortstop Jet Charter British Aerospace BAe-125-1000B bizjet VH-LMP.  It touched down from its Melbourne (Essendon) base and looked to be staying the night.

Later in the afternoon on Friday 24 June, Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY touched down at Hamilton Island from Melbourne (Moorabbin), Essendon and Roma.



After around 40 minutes on the ground, VH-WMY returned South all the way back to Moorabbin.

However, perhaps the star arrival on Friday 24 June into Hamilton Island Airport - via Mackay Airport - had to be AVWest Aviation of Perth (Western Australia) Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 bizjet N599CH which arrived from Sydney and Mackay (where it is pictured below).  It had arrived into Sydney from Perth the previous day.


After the short hop up to Hamo from Mackay, we were able to capture and share a couple of great photos N599CH, including some of the 'front office' of the sleek Bombardier bizjet.







It too looks to be staying at Hamo.

It's also worth noting that AVWest Aviation Gulfstream Aerospace G-VI Gulfstream G650 bizjet N47TR remains parked at Hamilton Island Airport after also arriving from Sydney but on Wednesday 22 June.

File photo

Finally, a couple of light General Aviation (GA) visitors to visit Hamilton Island and Mackay Airports on Friday 24 June included Bribie Island-based Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche VH-EDW which arrived from Redcliffe, Regional Air Piper PA-31-350 VH-RKD operated a return flight to Hamo from its Mackay later in the day, and Corporate Aviation Bell 429 helicopter VH-EQP arrived at Mackay Airport from Southport and Gladstone.


VH-EQP is reportedly set to fly onward to Moranbah Airport on Saturday 25 June.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cessna Citation Bizjet VH-MMC Calls into Emerald Airport - Plus Some Corporate Turbo-prop PC-12s at Barcaldine and Longreach Airports

On Wednesday 22 June, Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-MMC called into Emerald Airport once again from its Sunshine Coast base.  Unlike previous visits, it returned to the Sunny Coast later in the day.

Meanwhile, further west out at Barcaldine and Longreach Airports, there has been a few interesting light General Aviation (GA) aircraft to call in.

As mentioned below, the Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ called into Longreach on Wednesday 22 June from Mount Isa.  On Thursday 23 June, it departed for Barcaldine Airport and looked to be spending the night with a flight to Winton scheduled for early on Friday 24 June.

Scheduled to arrive at Barcaldine Airport on Friday 24 June is Pilatus PC- 12/47E VH-FMM.  It is due to fly from Albury to Melbourne (Avalon) before flying North to Barcaldine.

Back at Longreach Airport, Armada Aviation (of Ringwood in Victoria) Pilatus PC-12 VH-NWI arrived from Charleville and Greenvale on Thursday 23 June.  It later departed to Melbourne (Essendon).

Donald Withers / http://flightaware.com/

It had flown North from Essendon on Wednesday 22 June and spent the night at Charleville.

Also visiting from Charleville on Thursday 23 June was Scone (New South Wales) based Beech A36 Bonanza VH-DQM.

On Monday 20 June, Brisbane-based Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-AAD arrived into Longreach Airport from Archerfield and later departed to Canobie Airport and Mount Isa.

Finally, last Wednesday 15 June we overlooked the arrival into Longreach Airport of Air Queensland Piper PA-31-350 VH-XLB from Redcliffe.  It departed to Bundaberg Airport on Friday 17 June.

A Couple Other Light GA Visitors to Bundaberg Airport This Week - Multiple Becker Helicopters Bell 206s Thursday

On Thursday 23 June, Altitude Flight Operations (New South Wales) Brisbane-based Metro II VH-SSV departed Bundaberg Airport for Archerfield.  It had arrived the previous day from Mackay, Rockhampton and Gladstone.

The Metro may have been travelling in company with the Queensland Government Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY which also arrived at Bundy on Wednesday 22 June but from Mackay and Rockhampton.  On Thursday 23 June, VH-SGY departed for Mount Isa and then Brisbane.

Meanwhile, over the course of this week, there have a couple of other interesting light General Aviation (GA) aircraft to visit Bundaberg Airport.

On Thursday 23 June, Becker Helicopters Bell 206's VH-WCF, VH-XJQ, VH-XJK, VH-NXW and VH-WCF all made visits during the day and night from and back to their Sunshine Coast base.  Clearly, Becker Helicopters is in the middle of a rather large group of training flights with multiple visits into the Fraser Coast by their Bell 206s noted over the last few weeks.

File photo taken by Micah S  ©

Meanwhile, on Monday 20 June and Tuesday 21 June, three nice aircraft paid Bundaberg Airport a visit in the form of Brisbane-based Cessna 340 VH-LKM from and back to Archerfield, Vanderfield Pilatus PC-12/47 VH-WPH from Toowoomba to Mackay on Monday and back to Bundy and then Toowoomba on Tuesday, and SOCATA TBM-850 VH-PVM in from its Wagga Wagga base on Monday and then back there on Tuesday.

Finally, as this post is being written, Arnhem Land Community Airlines (Cairns) Cessna 206 VH-LHQ is scheduled to visit Bundaberg Airport on Friday 24 June, calling in from the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.  It looked to arrive there from Mareeba on Thursday 23 June.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-21 Islander YJ-AM1 (ex VH-OBJ) Departs Maryborough Airport on Delivery to Vanuatu

A couple of great photos from David G of Maryborough Aviation Services (MAS) who on Wednesday 22 June said a fond farewell to a long-term restoration project in the form of Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-21 Islander YJ-AM1 (ex VH-OBJ) which departed to the Gold Coast on the first leg of a delivery flight to a local operator in Vanuatu.


The Islander has been in the MAS hangar undergoing a complete restoration since December 2012 and has only recently had the titles and colours of  'Air Melanesiae'.




It is one of two recently noted Vanuatu-registered light General Aviation (GA) aircraft with Piper PA-23-250 Aztec YJ-AM2 (ex VH-KMA) expected to join the Islander and be exported overseas in the coming days.

Meanwhile, making two visits to Maryborough Airport on Tuesday 21 June was Shadforth's Plant Hire Raytheon (Beech) C90A VH-JEO.  On both flights, it arrived from and later departed back to the Sunshine Coast.



It's worth noting that VH-JEO operated a similar pair of flights between the Sunny Coast and Maryborough the previous week.



Of interest, VH-JEO wears the name 'Geoff' on the port-side of the aircraft - complete with a photo.  This is in memory of the aircraft owner's son who passed away at a young age.

Sincere thanks to David and the team at Maryborough Aviation Services for allow us to share these great photos!

Maryborough Aviation Services provide regular updates on their great Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Maryborough-Aviation-Services/

Well worth checking out!

All photos taken by David Geck  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-003 Calls into Emerald Airport

Noted arriving into Emerald Airport on Wednesday 22 June was Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 of the VIP 34 Squadron.  It touched down from Melbourne as "Envoy 66" and appeared to bring politicians to Emerald while on the campaign trail for the upcoming Federal election.


After sitting on the Emerald Airport apron for most of the day, A37-003 departed to Townsville shortly after the sun went down.

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©

A Pair of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Bell 429 'Global Ranger' Helicopters - N49-049 & N49-218 - Pass Through CQ Airports Heading North

This post has been updated with thanks to information provided by Bob C that the RAN Bell 429 "Medusa 50" is in fact N49-218 with 'side number' 050.

On Wednesday 22 June, a pair of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Bell 429 'Global Ranger' helicopters were noted passing through Central Queensland while heading North from RAAF Base Amberley to Townsville.  They were noted to be N49-049(049) and brand new N49-218(050).

File photo taken by Shinpow16  ©

N49-049(049) - flying as "Medusa 49" - touched down at Bundaberg Airport for fuel.

N49-218(050) - flying as "Medusa 50" - touched down at Gladstone Airport for fuel.  Soon after, it was joined by N49-049 and both helicopters were then later noted flying North to Mackay Airport in formation as "Medusa Black".

They were then noted flying onward from Mackay Airport to Townsville.

Meanwhile, following on from our Blog post from yesterday, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-032 and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) marked MRH-90 A40-028, which both arrived at Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 21 June, remained parked was overnight reportedly with technical problems.

But early on Wednesday 22 June, A40-032, followed a short time later by A40-028, both departed Rockhampton Airport separately for RAAF Base Amberley as "Destria 32" and "Destria 28" respectively.