Tuesday, July 26, 2016

RAAF Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-441 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport Late Tuesday

Late on Tuesday 26 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-441 conducted a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.

The RAAF transport aircraft was noted flying to Rocky from the North and it continued to the South after completing the missed approach.

A97-441 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Mentor 05" which suggests that it is flown by the RAAF's 37 Squadron out of RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H who was at the right place at the right time and for sending through this great photo in challenging late afternoon light!

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Light Jets Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 Bizjet VH-TFW Back at Rockhampton Airport

Light Jets Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-TFW has again popped into Central Queensland, touching down at Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 26 July from its Archerfield base.

It is clearly staying for the night parked on the Rockhampton Airport General Aviation (GA) Apron with a departure back to Archerfield scheduled for early on Wednesday 27 July.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 26 July, smart little Georgetown-based Piper PA- 46-500TP Malibu VH-TPM arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Strathmore, Blackall and Tambo.  After some time on the ground, it returned to Strathmore.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

LifeFlight (ex Careflight Queensland) LearJet 45 VH-CXJ Does a Training Flight to Mackay Airport - Plus a few Lighties!

Operating what looked to be a training flight into Mackay Airport on Tuesday 26 July was LifeFlight (ex Careflight Queensland) (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ.

File photo taken by 'AC'  ©

It had earlier from Townsville to Cairns and Brisbane before heading back to Townsville via what looked to be a missed approach at Mackay Airport.

Meanwhile, a couple of interesting light General Aviation (GA) aircraft have been noted coming and going from Mackay Airport in recent days with (as mentioned below) Hinterland Aviation Beech B200 VH-HJS calling in from Cairns and departing to Emerald Airport early on Tuesday 26 July as "Hinterland 780".

Also visiting Mackay Airport on Tuesday 26 July was Columbia LC41-550FG VH-LCW which touched down from Archerfield, while locally-based Cessna 206 VH-SMT returned to Mackay Airport from Townsville after heading North on Monday 25 July.

Also flying out of and back to Mackay Airport this week was Beech A36 Bonanza VH-ILG.  After flying to the Sunshine Coast over the weekend, it returned to Mackay Airport also on Tuesday 26 July.

VH-ILG notably suffered a landing gear failure while landing at Mackay Airport in late July 2015.  It came to rest on the main Runway 14/32, sustaining damage to its propeller and underneath section.

File photo taken by Kevin Patroni  ©

I also recently spotted VH-ILG looking as-good-as-new and parked on the Mackay Airport GA Apron.

Finally, over the last couple of weeks, Toowoomba Based PA-31 Navajo VH-TTX has been noted flying between Toowoomba and Mackay and Bowen Airports.  On Tuesday 26 July, it flew from Bowen to Mackay.

Hinterland Aviation Beech B200 King Air VH-HJS Visits Mackay and Emerald Airports

Making a surprise visit to both Mackay and Emerald Airports very early on Tuesday 26 July was Hinterland Aviation Beech B200 King Air VH-HJS.  It called into Mackay Airport from its Cairns base and soon after, departed to Emerald Airport.  From Emerald VH-HJS then flew to Caldervale Station where it appears to be staying for the night.

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VH-HJS was noted using the flight number and radio callsign as HND780 ("Hinterland 780").

At the time of writing, VH-HJS looks to be due to depart Caldervale Station early on Wednesday 27 July for Keeroongooloo.

Meanwhile, another King Air to call into Emerald Airport on Tuesday 26 July was Austrek Aviation Beech B200 King Air VH-WXO.  It called in from Dalby and Theodore.  It had arrived at Dalby on Monday 25 July from its Toowoomba base via Goondiwindi.  It looks like VH-WXO will depart Emerald Airport early on Wednesday 27 July for Dirranbandi.

Monday, July 25, 2016

A Triple Treat of Toll Freight Aviation Metro Cargo Planes at Emerald Airport Monday Morning - Due to Diversions!

A couple of diversions saw a triple treat of Toll Freight Aviation / Toll Express Metro cargo aircraft at Emerald Airport in the early hours of Monday 25 July.

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The 'usual' TFX110 freight run to Emerald Airport was operated by Metro III VH-UZW and operated the normal route from Brisbane via Biloela / Thangool Airport.

The 'extra' Toll Metros were Metro 23 VH-UZN which operating as TFX130 from Brisbane to Mackay Airport.  After some holding around Mackay, it was unable to land due to fog and diverted to Emerald Airport.  VH-UZN later departed Emerald for Mackay and landed successfully.  It then continued to Richmond and Mount Isa.

And Metro III VH-UZP (pictured above) was operating as TFX108 from Brisbane to Rockhampton Airport and diverted to Emerald enroute due to more fog at Rocky.  It departed Emerald for Cairns and then Townsville.

Of interest, the evening Toll freight runs were changed due to VH-UZP not visiting Rockhampton Airport in the morning.  VH-UZP operated as TFX103 from Townsville to Rocky and then Brisbane.

VH-UZW departed Emerald Airport as TFX111 and flew direct to Brisbane bypassing Rockhampton Airport.

Finally, its worth mentioning that the General Aviation Maintenance (GAM) AeroCommander 500-S aircraft that is based at Emerald Airport and operates the week-daily freight run to Barcaldine and Longreach and back has been 'swapped out' over the weekend.

On Friday 22 July VH-UJX, which had been operating out of Emerald Airport for some weeks now, positioned to Brisbane.  Then late on Sunday 24 July, fellow GAM AeroCommander 500-S VH-MEH positioned into Emerald Airport from Brisbane.  Early on Monday 25 July, VH-MEH was noted operating from Emerald to Barcaldine and Longreach Airports.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Victoria-based Interair / Photomapping Services Cessna 404 Titan VH-TTZ Back at Bundaberg Airport

After a couple attempts to fly North from its Melbourne (Essendon) base, Interair / Photomapping Services Cessna 404 Titan VH-TTZ was noted arriving into Bundaberg Airport on Saturday 23 July.

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Clearly in town for aerial survey flights, VH-TTZ was noted completing a sortie of over five hours in duration on Sunday 24 July.


And it is scheduled to complete another lengthy flight on Monday 25 July, with information suggesting that it may also call into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

Finally, also noted visiting Bundaberg and Hervey Bay Airports over the weekend were Vision Helicopters Piper PA-31-325 VH-FHQ which visited Gladstone and Bundaberg on Sunday 24 July, Lancair LC-40-550FG Columbia 300 N189TC was noted departing Hervey Bay on Sunday 24 July for its Sunshine Coast base, and the Redcliffe Aero Club Cessna 310 VH-JTV looks to have been operating out of Bundaberg Airport for the last week before returning to Redcliffe on Sunday 24 July.

Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 Jet VH-QQY Touches Down at Longreach Airport - Plus More!

Certainly an interesting arrival into Longreach Airport on Friday 22 July with Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 jet touching down from Brisbane on what looked to be a charter flight as UTY3380.

It remained on the ground at Longreach for much of the weekend and returned to Brisbane on Sunday 24 July as UTY3381.

Meanwhile, also spotted on the ground at Longreach Airport on Friday 22 July soon after it arrived from Cairns and Charters Towers was Cessna 441 Conquest II VH-JVL which has recently taken up operations with Victoria-based Sharp Aviation.

Of interest, VH-JVL previously operated for the Darwin-based charter company Hardy Aviation.

It appears that VH-JVL is operating a tourist charter flight around Queensland from Melbourne (Essendon) with it noted visiting various towns particularly around Far North Queensland and even to Groote Eylandt.  On Saturday 23 July VH-JVL departed Longreach for Rolleston.

UPDATE!  On Monday 25 July, VH-JVL departed Rolleston for Scone and Essendon.

Also calling into Longreach Airport but on Saturday 23 July on yet another tour from Adelaide to Far North Queensland was Dick Lang's Dessert-Air Safaris' Beech B200 VH-ODI.  It touched down from Undara.  On Sunday 24 July, VH-ODI departed Longreach Airport for Innamincka, Leigh Creek before returning to Adelaide.

Finally, locally-based Air Central West Beech 58 Baron VH-TNR returned home from Charleville and Augathella on Friday 22 July, while Piper PA-31-350 VH-TWR was noted departing its Archerfield base on Sunday 24 July.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Maxem Aviation Dassault Falcon 900 Bizjet VH-PPD Pops into Hamilton Island Airport

On Sunday 24 July, Maxem Aviation Dassault Falcon 900 bizjet VH-PPD was noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport.  The Western Australian-based bizjet touched down at Hamo from Sydney.

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A short time later it departed to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, as mentioned below, Shortstop Jet Charter British Aerospace BAe-125-1000B bizjet VH-LMP departed back to its Melbourne (Essendon) base on Saturday 23 July.  It had arrived much earlier in the week.

Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Crash Victims Remembered Today

The five victims of Queensland's worst helicopter crash will be remembered today on the anniversary of the tragedy.

In the early hours of 24 July 2000, Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service Bell 206 VH-FFI was operating a rescue flight, taking a sick five-year-old boy to hospital. The helicopter crashed in darkness and heavy fog, in a field near Marlborough in Central Queensland. The boy, his mum, and three crew lost their lives in the crash.

The CHRS chopper had flown to pick up the five-year-old boy with breathing problems from a remote property northwest of Rockhampton.

In 2003, an inquest found low fuel was to blame for the crash and heavy fog had been a significant factor.

File photo taken by Phil M  ©

Pictured above is the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service's current chopper - Australian Helicopters-operated Bell 412EP VH-EPR - departing from the Service's Rockhampton Airport base.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

New Zealand Registered Airbus Helicopters H145 ZK-HPB Passes Through Rockhampton and Proserpine Airports

A nice helicopter to pass through parts of Central Queensland on Friday 22 July was Airbus Group Australia Pacific (New Zealand) Airbus Helicopters H145 ZK-HPB.  The nice new helicopter flew into Rockhampton Airport from the Sunshine Coast.

After taking on fuel, ZK-HPB continued North to Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport and then Cairns.

ZK-HPB is the second all-grey coloured Airbus Helicopters H145 to head North via Rockhampton Airport and the Whitsundays in just over a month with Pacific Helicopters Ltd (PNG) Airbus Helicopters H145 ZK-HKR flying North via Rocky and the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour in mid-June.

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

All photos taken by Trevor Hardsman and Kayanne Hardsman  ©