Monday, August 19, 2019

Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 Bizjet VH-ILJ Pops into Hamilton Island Airport

On Monday 19 August, Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 bizjet VH-ILJ was back in CQ this time noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport.

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It looked to arrive from and later depart back to Brisbane.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

JAK Air (New Zealand) Learjet 60 Bizjet ZK-JAK Departs Rockhampton Airport for Longreach Airport

After arriving into the beef capital over the weekend, on Monday 19 August, the visiting New Zealand-based JAK Air (of Rotorua) Learjet 60 bizjet ZK-JAK was noted departing Rockhampton Airport heading West.

ZK-JAK parked at Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 18 August

It is believed that it landed at Longreach Airport where it is believed that is staying for the night.

ZK-JAK had arrived into Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 17 August from the Sunshine Coast.

Photo taken by Trevor Hardsman  ©

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Former MAC Rescue (South Australia) / Babcock Misson Critical Services Australasia Agusta (Bell) AB412 Helicopter VH-LSA Arrives into Rockhampton Airport

An interesting helicopter to arrive into Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 18 August was Babcock Misson Critical Services Australasia Agusta (Bell) AB412 Helicopter VH-LSA.


It arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Roma Airport and looked to fly across from Adelaide in South Australia, departing there on Saturday 17 August.







The distinctive bright red-and-white rescue chopper has until recently been operating for the South Australia-based MAC (Motor Accident Commission) Rescue service.  It looked to complete possibly its final flight in late July as "Rescue 55".

File photo  (Peter Browne / https://www.flickr.com/)

MAC (Motor Accident Commission) Rescue is South Australia's rescue helicopter service used by the health and emergency service organisations to undertake medical retrieval, policing, bushfire management and search and rescue tasks.  It was established in 2009 under contract with Australian Helicopters (now Babcock Misson Critical Services Australasia) for use by MedSTAR Emergency Medical Retrieval Service, SA Police and the SA Country Fire Service.

It appears that Babcock currently operates fellow Bell 412 rescue helicopters VH-VAS "Rescue 51" and VH-VAO "Rescue 52" for MAC Rescue out of Adelaide Airport and reportedly conducts more than 1000 missions across South Australia each year.

At the time of writing, VH-LSA appears to be still parked at Rockhampton Airport.

UPDATE!  It appears that VH-LSA has come to Rockhampton Airport to replace fellow Babcock Misson Critical Services Australasia Bell 412EP helicopter VH-VAU which departed Rockhampton Airport for the Sunshine Coast and Coffs Harbour on Monday 19 August.  It is believed that VH-VAU will undergo planned maintenance while at Coffs Harbour, while VH-LSA will commence operating for the Rockhampton Airport-based Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS).

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

Photos taken by Trevor Hardsman and Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 Bizjet VH-WMY Back in CQ Again This Time at Miles and Roma Airports

On Sunday 18 August, Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY was back in Central Queensland and noted visiting Miles and Roma Airports.

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It looked to fly up to Miles Airport from Melbourne (Moorabbin) and Swan Hill before continuing to Roma Airport.  VH-WMY then returned direct to Moorabbin.

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX Bizjet VH-WIO Pops into Hamilton Island Airport Again - Plus More!

For the second day in-a-row, on Saturday 17 August, Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO was noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport.  Like it did the previous day, it arrived from and later departed back to its Bankstown base.

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Meanwhile, also on Saturday 17 August, the very familiar sight of Homada Pty Ltd Cessna 560XL Citation XLS bizjet VH-XCU was noted once again arriving into Hamilton Island Airport from Melbourne (Moorabbin) via Melbourne (Essendon).

At the time of writing, VH-XCU is staying for the night and looks to be returning to Essendon and Moorabbin on Sunday 18 August.

Finally, an interesting light General Aviation (GA) visitor also noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport, also on Saturday 17 August, was US-registered but now Canberra-based Cirrus SR22 (SR22 G5 Australis Premium) N108PM.  It arrived direct from Bankstown.

N108PM spent some time at the Gold Coast in previous times and also has visited Hamilton Island at the start of the year

JAK Air (New Zealand) Learjet 60 Bizjet ZK-JAK Arrives into Rockhampton Airport

On Saturday 17 August, a nice surprise arrival into Rockhampton Airport with New Zealand-based JAK Air (of Rotorua) Learjet 60 bizjet ZK-JAK touching down from the Sunshine Coast.



It had arrived into the Sunny Coast from overseas via Melbourne (Essendon) during the latter part of the week.

At the time of writing, it appears that ZK-JAK is staying at Rocky for at least the night.

Meanwhile, a slightly smaller corporate turboprop visitor to also call into Rockhampton Airport, also on Saturday 17 August, was Brisbane-based SOCATA TBM 700 VH-PGA.  It looked to visit from its Archerfield base.

Of interest, VH-PGA visited Bundaberg Airport also from Archerfield but on Friday 16 August.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H for being at the right place at the right time and sending through these great photos!

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Friday, August 16, 2019

American Registered Bombardier Global 5000 Bizjet N2QE Calls into Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

Certainly a nice bizjet to once again visit Hamilton Island Airport this time on Friday 16 August was American registered Bombardier BD-700-1A11 Global 5000 N2QE.  The sleek bizjet looked to arrive from Sydney where is arrived from overseas the previous day.

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N2QE has visited Hamilton Island Airport on previous occasions and this time it appears to be staying at Hamo for at least the night.

Meanwhile, also noted visiting the Whitsundays yet again, also on Friday 16 August, was Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY.  It looked to fly up from Melbourne (Moorabbin) direct to the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour before making the short hop over the Hamilton Island Airport.  After a couple of hours on the ground, VH-WMY departed Hamo and returned to Moorabbin via Melbourne (Essendon).

While also on Friday 16 August, Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO was noted making yet another visit to Hamilton Island Airport.  As per usual, it arrived from and later departed back to Bankstown.

Finally, a nice little familiar bizjet to pop into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coait) Airport late on Thursday 15 August was AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ.  It looked to arrive from Ayers Rock, Mount Isa and Cairns.  After spending the night, VH-NEQ departed Prosie for Bankstown on Friday 16 August.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra Bizjet VH-MMC at Emerald Airport Yet Again - Plus More!

On Thursday 15 August, Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-MMC was noted making yet another visit to Emerald Airport.  This time though, it arrived from Brisbane.

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After the spending most of the morning on the ground, VH-MMC departed Emerald Airport for Newcastle (WIlliamtown) Airport in New South Wales.  It then flew to its Sunshine Coast base.

Meanwhile, a nice corporate turboprop to be noted visiting Emerald Airport on Wednesday 14 August was Sundown Pastoral Company (of Bonogin in the Gold Coast Hinterland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-NSI which looked to arrive from Moree in New South Wales and later depart to Undara and then Cairns.

Finally, as it has done of the last few weeks, during the afternoon also on Wednesday 14 August, Brisbane-based Cessna 525A CitationJet2 bizjet VH-MOR was noted flying into Theodore Airport direct from its Archerfield base.  It returned to Archerfield early on Thursday 15 August.

Nice!

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-003 "Wisdom 01" Departs Rockhampton Airport for Maryborough Airport

After arriving the previous day (see Blog post below), early on Thursday 15 August, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 departed Rockhampton Airport and landed at Maryborough Airport, again as "Wisdom 01".



After spending much of the day parked at the Airport and with Australian Acting Prime Minister and Federal leader of the National Party of Australia Michael McCormack in town for a series of engagements, A37-003 then departed Maryborough Airport for Mildura in Victoria.

All photos taken by David Geck  ©

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-003 "Wisdom 01" Arrives into Rockhampton Airport

On Wednesday 14 August, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 was photographed arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane as "Wisdom 01".




It had flown into the State capital the previous evening from Canberra.

It appears that the Challenger brought Australian Acting Prime Minister and Federal leader of the National Party of Australia Michael McCormack to town for a series of engagements.


At the time of writing, the sleek bizjet of the RAAF's VIP 34 Squadron appears to be staying at Rockhampton Airport for the night.

UPDATE!  Indeed, A37-003 did stay for the night, and it departed to Maryborough Airport early on Thursday 15 August - see Blog post above!

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©