Monday, November 24, 2014

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A A30-005 "Wedgetail 01" at Rockhampton Airport

Rockhampton plane spotter Travis W was at the right place at the right time to capture some great images of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft - A30-005 - as it conducted a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport on Monday 24 November.

A30-005 was heard to use the radio callsign of "Wedgetail 01" and was noted to depart to the South.

It's also worth noting that on Sunday 23 November, RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-651 - flying as "Dingo 21" - also completed a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport while flying from Townsville to Amberley.

Thanks Travis!

All photos taken by Travis Whiting  ©

Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124-100 RA-82046 Departs Rockhampton Airport

After loading the two Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters yesterday, the Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124-100 RA-82046 departed Rockhampton Airport around dawn on Monday 24 November.  It departed to Cairns and Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore as VDA2138.

To say farewell to one of the largest cargo transport aircraft in the world - and to highlight the end of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2014 - local plane spotter 'IAD' has shared with us some of his images he captured early on Sunday 23 November as RA-82046 touched down at Rocky from Cairns.

Thanks to all the Rocky-based plane spotters for all your assistance with information and photos during Exercise Wallaby 2014!

Thanks to 'IAD' for sending through these fantastic photos!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and 'IAD'  ©

Some Great Photos of Careflight Queensland (Aeromed) LearJet 45 VH-CXJ at Rockhampton Airport Saturday

Local plane spotter 'IAD' popped out to Rockhampton Airport during the afternoon on Saturday 22 November and captured some great photos of the visiting Careflight Queensland (Aeromed) LearJet 45 VH-CXJ which called in from Brisbane.

As mentioned below, VH-CXJ then departed to Longreach and later Townsville.  It was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Ambulance 452".

Thanks mate!

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Another Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 Jet VH-ZPN Calls into Gladstone Airport

The run of Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 jets into Gladstone Airport continued late on Sunday 23 November with VH-ZPN touching down at the industrial city operating a scheduled service from and back to Brisbane as VOZ1717/1720.

Local plane spotter Anthony S was on hand to capture the arrival and departure of the E-jet, and also to capture the arrival of another jet to frequently call into Gladstone in the form of QantasLink (Cohbam Aviation) Boeing B717-200 jet VH-NXH which he captured arriving also from Brisbane but as QJE1716.

VH-NXH only returned to service with QantasLink on Sunday after earlier positioning from Adelaide.  Fellow B717 VH-NXD, which we posted visiting Gladstone yesterday, positioned from Brisbane to Adelaide earlier on Sunday, presumably for planned maintenance.

Thanks Anthony for allowing us to share these great photos!

All photos taken by Anthony Schulz  ©

Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124-100 RA-82046 Back at Rockhampton Airport Sunday - And What a Crowd!

Local plane spotters Kayanne H and Trevor H were on hand to captured some fantastic photos as the Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124-100 RA-82046 touched down again at Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 23 November.

A much larger crowd of spectators gathered to watch the mighty cargo plane arrive from Cairns (as VDA2317) and park on Gate 6 on the Southern end of the Rockhampton Airport apron.

It was subsequently loaded with the final two helicopters - a pair of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47SD choppers - that participated in the recently completed Singapore Armed Forces Exercise Wallaby 2014.

Information suggests that RA-82046 may depart Rockhampton Airport around dawn on Monday 24 November for Cairns and later Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore.

So Exercise Wallaby and its associated air movements have concluded for another year.  The Singapore Armed Forces and the RSAF will no doubt be back at Rockhampton in 2015 - with the possibility of the spectacular F-16 fighter jets returning to Rocky!

Sincere thanks to Kayanne and Trevor, and all of the Rockhampton-based plane spotters who have contributed information, along with spectacular photos to the CQ Plane Spotting Blog.  Your ongoing support is really appreciated by me and our audience - particularly those readers based in Singapore!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Trevor Hardsman  ©

South African Super Puma Helicopter ZS-RTS calls back into Gladstone Airport as Global Express Bizjet N365CJ Departs

On Saturday 22 November, South African registered Aerospatiale / Eurocopter AS332L Super Puma helicopter ZS-RTS called into Gladstone Airport while seemingly on a ferry flight south to Brisbane. It arrived in the industrial city from Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport, where it had earlier arrived from Townsville.

The Super Puma is no stranger to these airports, visiting in early September while ferrying North from Redcliffe to Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Another great visitor in the form of Tashi Corp Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS bizjet N365CJ, which arrived back into Gladstone on Friday, departed for Sydney in the early evening on Saturday 22 November.

While he was at Gladstone Airport, local plane spotter Micahel F also captured QantasLink (Cobham Aviation) Boeing B717-200 arriving from Brisbane as QJE1714.

And on the General Aviation (GA) apron, Reid Heliwork Robinson R-44 VH-HZQ was sitting quietly, along with Cessna 182 VH-IVY and Thangool-based Cessna 172 VH-SXG.

Nearby, Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Raytheon B200 King Air VH-FDR had popped into Gladstone from Brisbane.  Information suggests it departed back there a little while later.  It was noted to be using its radio callsign of "FlyDoc 414".

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Michael F who ventured to Gladstone Airport and captured these awesome photos!

All photos taken by Michael Fleetwood  ©