Sunday, May 8, 2022

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Spotted at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport - Plus More!

On Sunday 8 May, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was spotted on the ground at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport.  It had earlier arrived from Townsville.


After around an hour on the ground, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" departed Proserpine Airport for Brisbane.  It then returned to Townsville.

Meanwhile, also on Sunday 8 May, as shown above, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESH visited Proserpine Airport as "Rescue 521".  It looked to fly down from its Townsville base to Proserpine Hospital before completing the short hop to Proserpine Airport then back to Townsville.

Of interest, VH-ESH "Rescue 521" also visited Bowen Hospital earlier on Sunday 8 May.

Finally, also on Sunday 8 May, RACQ Central Queensland Rescue Service (CQ Rescue) Bell 412EP helicopter VH-VAU "Rescue 412" was spotted at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport.


It appears to have arrived from Mackay Airport in the wee small hours of the morning and eventually returned to Mackay Airport during the middle part of the morning.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Skytrans Dash-8 VH-QQC and Hevilift ATR 72 VH-FVI Both Spotted at Rockhampton Airport on Sports Charter Flights from Cairns

Also on Saturday 7 May, a nice pair of turboprop visitors were spotted at Rockhampton Airport, with both believed to be operating sports charters for both Far North Queensland-based Rugby League and Basketball teams.

Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQC arrived from Cairns as SKP953 and looked to be staying for the night.


UPDATE!  On Sunday 8 May, VH-QQC departed Rockhampton Airport for Mackay Airport before then later returning to Cairns as SKP954/5.

While Hevilift Australia (Fixed Wing Division) ATR 72-500 VH-FVI arrived also from Townville and then Cairns but as HT712/3.  


It later returned to Cairns as HT714 before then returning to Townsville as HT762.

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

All photos taken by John Lee  ©️

McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Cessna 525C CitationJet CJ4 Bizjet VH-PIY Spotted at Bundaberg Airport - Plus More!

On Saturday 7 May, McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International recently delivered Cessna 525C CitationJet CJ4 bizjet VH-PIY was spotted visiting Bundaberg Airport.  



It looked to arrive from the Sunshine Coast and then later depart to Brisbane.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 8 May, VH-PIY returned to Bundaberg Airport from Brisbane before then later returning to its Sunshine Coast base.

Meanwhile, also on Saturday 7 May, New M. D. H. P/L (Cloncurry) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-MDH flew across from Cloncurry to Mackay Airport before then flying down to Keeroongooloo.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 8 May, VH-MDH departed Keeroongooloo and called into Moranbah and then Mackay Airports before then returning 'home' to Devoncourt Station.

While Victoria-based Cirrus SR22T VH-EPG flew up from Archerfield to Hamilton Island Airport.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 12 May, VH-EPG departed Hamilton Island Airport and flew all the way down to Tamworth.

Finally, on Saturday 7 May, Kirkhope Aviation (of Melbourne) Beech B200 King Air VH-ZOK flew up from Melbourne (Moorabbin) and Broken Hill to Windorah and then Winton.

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

All photos taken by Dan B  ©

Friday, May 6, 2022

Air Link (Metro Holdings) (New South Wales) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjets VH-PWX and VH-SQY Spotted at Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

On Friday 6 May, a pair of Air Link (Metro Holdings) (New South Wales) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjets VH-PWX and VH-SQY were both spotted visiting from Bankstown.  



They arrived from there almost together before then later returning South with VH-PWX heading to Narrabri before heading back Bankstown and VH-SQY heading back directly to Bankstown.

Fellow Air Link (Metro Holdings) (New South Wales) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjets VH-SQV and VH-SQY visited Hamilton Island Airport on Sunday 1 May.

While Privately-owned Bombardier BD-700-2A12 Global 7500 bizjet N444WT returned back to Hamilton Island Airport.  It arrived from the Gold Coast and departed back to Townsville.

It had flown down from Townsville and out to the Gold Coast the previous day - see Blog post and photos below!

And fellow Privately-owned Airbus Helicopters MBB-BK 117 D-2 (H145) Helicopter N163WT departed Hamilton Island Airport and called into Rockhampton Airport for fuel before it then continued South.  It appears to have possibly continued down to the Sunshine Coast.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 6 May, Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY flew up from Melbourne (Moorabbin) to Mackay Airport before then flying back to Moorabbin via Melbourne (Essendon).

While Brisbane-based Hewitt Cattle Australia P/L SOCATA TBM 700 VH-PGA landed at Emerald Airport from Ambilindum then departed to Moura and Archerfield Airports.

And Altitude Aviation Beech B200 King Air VH-ISS popped into Rockhampton Airport early from Archerfield and Brisbane before it then departed back to Archerfield

Finally, also on Friday 6 May, Corporate Aviation Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopter VH-EQP departed Emerald Airport for Biloela / Thangool Airport.  It then continued to Caboolture and its Southport base.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

QGAir Rescue (State of Queensland) Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopters (Agusta) AW139 Helicopter VH-EGF Ferries Back North Again via Emerald Airport

On Friday 6 May, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopter (Agusta) AW139 helicopter VH-EGF was spotted at Emerald Airport while ferrying North to Townsville and Cairns from Archerfield.


It is assumed that VH-EGF has been at Archerfield for planned maintenance after ferrying South also via Emerald Airport on Thursday 21 April.

As we have mentioned previously, this is all part of the 'rotational system' the service utilises to ensure the even distribution of flying hours on each of the QGAir Rescue helicopters. This system avoids the need to have multiple helicopters offline for simultaneous scheduled maintenance.

Of interest, after arriving into Cairns, it appears that VH-EGF was put straight back in service with it noted completing a medical evacuation flight as “Rescue 510”.

Photo taken by Mark Somers  ©️

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail A30-002 Missed Approach at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport

On Friday 6 May, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-002 was noted completing a missed approach at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

File photo

A30-002 was flying as "Wedgetail 14" and looked to fly up from RAAF Base Williamtown near Newcastle in New South Wales, to Hervey Bay where it then completed its airwork.  A30-002 then returned South to complete another missed approach at Tamworth before then returning to Williamtown.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 6 May, RAAF beech B350 Super King Air A32-675 "Ausy 571" landed at Roma Airport from RAAF Base East Sale before it then continued up to Townsville.

Photo taken by Steve Vit  ©

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Brisbane-based Australian Agricultural Company Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-AAC Spotted at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour - Plus More!

On Thursday 5 May, Brisbane-based Australian Agricultural Company Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-AAC was spotted at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.

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It looked to arrive from the West and later depart to Archerfield.

While fellow Pilatus PC-12/45 VH-PID of Kibble (Aeronautics and Technology Holdings) looked to arrive into Rockhampton Airport from Toowoomba.

UPDATE!  On Friday 6 May, VH-PID departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Toowoomba.

And Gold Coast-based Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga VH-LTC arrived into Rockhampton Airport from there before it then departed to Bowen Aerodrome.  It later returned to Rockhampton Airport and then the Gold Coast.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 5 May, Shortstop Jet Charter Dassault Falcon 900C bizjet VH-OAA was noted visiting Moranbah Airport while flying up from Brisbane to Townsville.

And Federal Government chartered Seidler Properties P/L / Australian Corporate Jet Centres Beech B200 King Air VH-OWN as "Envoy 80" was again noted visiting the region, this time calling into Emerald Airport from Canberra.  It then continued up to Townsville.

Finally, also on Thursday 5 May, Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQC departed Mackay Airport for Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport as SKP786 before it then continued up to Cairns as SKP86.

Private (Matt Damon) Bombardier Global 7500 Bizjet N444WT - And Airbus Helicopters H145 N163WT - Both Photographed at Hamilton Island Airport

A nice pair of American-registered aircraft were both spotted visiting Hamilton Island Airport on Thursday 5 May, possibly carrying American and Australia superstar actors!


Privately-owned Bombardier BD-700-2A12 Global 7500 bizjet N444WT was the major visitor.  It looked to fly down from Townsville to Hamo before then departing to the Gold Coast.









UPDATE!  On Friday 6 May, N444WT returned back at Hamilton Island Airport.  It arrived from the Gold Coast and departed back to Townsville.

Some well known plane spotting websites suggest that Hollywood actor Matt Damon utilises this Global 7500 bizjet for his travel around the world.  Reports suggest he has been joined by Australia's Hemsworth Brothers on these trips.

Meanwhile, also spotted at Hamilton Island Airport, also on Thursday 5 May, was fellow Privately-owned Airbus Helicopters MBB-BK 117 D-2 (H145) Helicopter N163WT.


The H145 chopper was noted departing Bowen Aerodrome on Wednesday 4 May, heading South towards Hamilton Island.  However, it is believed that the chopper is landing and staying on a luxury super-yacht (boat) which is in the area - and moreover, is a place to stay for the Hollywood actors mentioned above!

UPDATE!  On Friday 6 May, N163WT departed Hamilton Island Airport and called into Rockhampton Airport for fuel before it then continued South.  It appears to have possibly continued down to the Sunshine Coast.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 "Stallion 65" Spotted Completing Airwork at CQ Airports

On Thursday 5 May, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 was spotted completing airwork including a missed approach and low overshoot at Rockhampton Airport. It was heard to be flying as "Stallion 65".









It appears that the Globemaster earlier departed from RAAF Base Amberley and flew directly up to Rockhampton.  From there, it overflew Gladstone and the completed another missed approach at Bundaberg Airport before it then returned to Amberley.

Then as night fell, A41-209 - now as "Stallion 67" - flew back up to Rockhampton Airport from Amberley for another missed approach before then returning once again to Amberley.

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

All photos taken by Scott Harris  ©️

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Jetstar Airways Airbus A320-200 VH-XNI (ex 9V-JSN) First Visit to CQ at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) and Mackay Airports

On Wednesday 4 May, Jetstar Airways Airbus A320-200 VH-XNI was noted completing its first ever visit to Central Queensland, operating out of Brisbane to and then back from Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport as JST834/3 and then Mackay Airport as JST888/9.

VH-XNI at Adelaide Airport last weekend  (File photo)

As mentioned previously, VH-XNI is one of three former Jetstar Asia Airways (Singapore) A320s that have recently arrived into Australia to join the Jetstar Australia fleet.

VH-XNI was previously registered as 9V-JSN. The A320 arrived into Australia from Singapore (Changi) at Melbourne (Tullamarine) as 9V-JSN in January this year.  It looked to enter service with Jetstar Australia at the end of March.

9V-JSN  (File photo)

Of interest, the other two A320s are VH-XNJ (ex 9V-JSP) and VH-XNN (ex 9V-JSM).  Both have also entered service in Australia, however VH-XNJ is yet to visit CQ.

These three former Jetstar Asia A320s complement the six former Jetstar Japan A320s that have also entered service here in Australia over the last few months. All but one - VH-YXU - have visited the region.

All photos taken by Tony Haynes  ©