Friday, November 24, 2017

Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express Bizjet N59GX Pops into Rockhampton Airport

Another nice visitor to CQ this week with American registered Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express bizjet N59GX touching down at Rockhampton Airport during the morning on Friday 24 November.

The attractive bizjet was photographed arriving into the beef capital from the Sunshine Coast.

After a few hours on the ground, N59GX departed Rockhampton Airport returning to the Sunshine Coast via a low-level sight-seeing diversion from near Bundaberg down the coast East of Fraser Island back to the Sunny Coast.

Meanwhile, also arriving into Rockhampton on Friday 24 November was the familiar sight of Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM which arrived from Archerfield.  It was photographed later departing for Bankstown.

Finally, on Thursday 23 November, it is believed that Gulf Aircraft Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-PYN popped into Mackay Airport.  It is believed to have called in from Townsville and was later noted departing Mackay Airport for the South.

Sincere thanks to the Rockhampton plane spotters for sending through these great photos of a great bizjet visitor to CQ!

Photos taken by 'IAD', Kayanne Hardsman and Daniel Bishop  ©

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Shortstop Jet Charter Learjet 31ER Bizjet VH-OVX Pops into Longreach Airport

Noted visiting Longreach Airport on Thursday 23 November was Shortstop Jet Charter Learjet 31ER bizjet VH-OVX.   The sleek little bizjet arrived from Winton for fuel before departing to Melbourne (Essendon).  It had arrived at Winton from Essendon on Wednesday 22 November.

VH-OVX at Gladstone Airport in 2016  (File photo)

Meanwhile, also noted visiting Longreach Airport on Thursday 23 November was Beech A36 Bonanza VH-MNK which made two visits while flying between its Chinchilla base and Cloncurry.  Also visiting was Hawker Beechcraft C90GTi King Air VH-JJU which arrived from its Cloncurry base and Brisbane and later returned to Cloncurry.  Finally, Navair Jet Services (Mabeena P/L) Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Cheiftan VH-NWN visited Longreach Airport arriving from Cloncurry and later departing to Capella.  It was noted flying as ‘WA658’/”Wagga Air 658”.

Photo taken by Tam Diehm  ©

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) / Canadian Armed Forces Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III (C-17A) 177701 Spotted at Rockhampton Airport as "Canforce 3634"

Surely one of the highlights on the Central Queensland Plane Spotting Blog for 2107 came on Wednesday 22 November when Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) / Canadian Armed Forces Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III (C-17A) 177701 was spotted completing a 'touch-and-go' at Rockhampton Airport.

The massive transport aircraft was a very pleasant surprise and appeared to fly into Rocky from the North-West.  After completing the 'touch-and-go' on Runway 15 at Rockhampton Airport, the CC-177, which was flying as 'CFC3634'/"Canforce 3634", departed back to RAAF Base Amberley where it looked to arrive from overseas earlier in the week.

Of interest, the CC-177 is flown by 429 Transport Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) / Canadian Armed Forces attached to CFB Trenton in Trenton, Ontario.

A fantastic visitor to Central Queensland, and we sincerely thank local plane spotter Daniel B who was at the right place at the right time to capture these great photos!

All photos taken by Daniel Bishop  ©

State Election Campaign Daily Update! Qld Gvt Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY & Super King Air VH-SGQ - Plus Super King Airs VH-EWQ & VH-ZGD at Multiple CQ Airports

On Tuesday 21 November and Wednesday 22 November, the election campaign bandwagon continued to pass through Central Queensland with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk hitting the hustings in several key seats. 

On Tuesday, the Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY departed Mackay Airport for Townsville and then Bundaberg Airport.  It later flew to Brisbane.  Meanwhile, the Queensland Government Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ was noted transporting the Premier to various parts and was flew from Brisbane to Townsville before visiting Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg Airports.

On Wednesday, VH-SGQ departed Bundy for Maryborough Airport and then Toowoomba.  It then flew to Brisbane.

As has been the case over the last couple of weeks, The Premier was joined in her travels by a pair of Super King Air turboprops – Easternwell Group Beech B300 Super King Air VH-EWQ and Austrek Aviation Beech B200 Super King Air VH-ZGD.  On Tuesday 21 November, both flew from Mackay Airport to Rockhampton, Gladstone and then Bundaberg Airports.  On Wednesday 22 November, both departed Bundy for Maryborough Airport before VH-EWQ flew to Brisbane while VH-ZGD flew to Toowoomba before later also flying to Brisbane.

It was also interesting to note that The Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU flew into Bundaberg Airport on Tuesday 21 November.  It flew up from and then returned to Brisbane on what appeared to be only a training flight.  While the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK was noted visiting several CQ Airports on Wednesday 22 November on what appeared to be one of its thrice-weekly prisoner transfer flights.

Finally, leader of the Liberal National Party of Queensland Tim Nicholls - plus support staff and media - continued to fly into parts of CQ on board Fly Corporate (Corporate Air) SAAB 340B+ (WT) VH-VEP.  On Wednesday 22 November, VH-VEP was noted arriving into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport from Cairns and appeared to be staying for the night.