Tuesday, June 28, 2022

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" Pops into Longreach Airport

On Tuesday 28 June, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" was noted visiting Longreach Airport. It looked to arrive from Brisbane.

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After around four hours on the ground, VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" departed Longreach Airport for Townsville.  It is due to later return to Brisbane.

Photo taken by Sid Mitchell  ©️

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-210 "Stallion 36" Spotted Completing a Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport

On Tuesday 28 June, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-210 was spotted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.


The Globemaster flew up from RAAF Base Amberley and later returned there after completing airwork at Rocky.

A41-210 was heard to be flying as "Stallion 36".

Photo taken by Steve Vit  ©

Monday, June 27, 2022

Local Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 Bizjet N142GZ Arrives Back into Mackay Airport - Plus A Few Rescue Helicopters Transit Through CQ!

On Monday 27 June, the locally-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ was back in the air, noted arriving back into Mackay Airport from the Gold Coast.

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N142GZ had departed Mackay Airport for the Gold Coast on Saturday 18 June and seems to have been parked there since.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 27 June, Beech 58 Baron VH-JCJ flew up from Toowoomba to Roma, Emerald and Mackay Airports.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 29 June, VH-JCJ departed Mackay Airport and returned directly to Toowoomba. 
 
While Gulf Aircraft Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208 Caravan VH-PYO looked to depart Hamilton Island Airport for Brisbane.  It arrived into Hamo from Brisbane on Thursday 23 June.

Armada Aviation (of Ringwood in Victoria) Pilatus PC-12/45 turboprop VH-XAQ arrived into Longreach Airport from Burketown.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 28 June, VH-XAQ departed Longreach Airport for Bourke and Melbourne (Essendon).

And after operating in the Whitsundays for the last couple of week, Melbourne Helicopters Robinson R44 helicopter VH-XUN departed Hamilton Island Airport and the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour for Mackay and Gladstone Airports.

UPDATES!  On Tuesday 28 June, VH-XUN departed Gladstone Airport and continued further South.  It eventually arrived into Melbourne (Essendon) on Wednesday 29 June.

Finally, also on Monday 27 June, four civil and military rescue helicopters were all noted passing through some CQ Airports.

Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-EZJ was noted passing through Rockhampton Airport while ferrying from Townsville to Archerfield.

As the sun was setting, fellow QGAir Rescue Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopter (Agusta) AW139 helicopter VH-EGK arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield and seems to be staying for the night.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 28 June, VH-EGK departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville and then Cairns where it has commenced operations as "Rescue 510".

As we have mentioned previously, this is 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.

While usually Horn Island-based Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia Bell 412EP VH-PXY flew down from Cairns to Rockhampton Airport via Townsville and Mackay Airports.  It had flown down from Horn Island and Cairns the previous day.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 28 June, VH-PXY departed Rockhampton Airport for Bundaberg and Toowoomba Airports before then flying into Coffs Harbour where it looks to be undergoing planned maintenance.

Of interest, fellow Babcock Bell 412 helicopters VH-ESD and VH-LSV are currently based at Horn Island and operate medical retrieval flights from there as "Rescue 700".

And Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters Australia / Lloyd Helicopters) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-SYJ as "Choppa 22" flew down from Darwin to RAAF Base Tindal, MacArthur River Mine, Mount Isa and then Longreach Airport where it appears to be staying for the night.

VH-SYJ "Choppa 22" has been in the Northern Territory (Darwin) in a support role for deployed RAAF fast jets that participated in Exercise Diamond Storm 22.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 28 June, VH-SYJ "Choppa 22" departed Longreach Airport for Charleville Airport before it continued to Moree and RAAF Base Williamtown.

Photo taken by Dick Haworth  ©

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Pops into Gladstone Airport

Early on Monday 27 June, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was noted arriving into Gladstone Airport from Brisbane.

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After a couple of hours on the ground, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" departed Gladstone Airport just after sunrise and returned to Brisbane.

Photo taken by John Lee  ©

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Falcon Air (NSW) Cirrus Design Corp. SF50 Vision Jet VH-LCR (ex N755DS) Pops into Emerald Airport - Plus More!

On Sunday 26 June, Falcon Air (NSW) Cirrus Design Corp. SF50 Vision Jet VH-LCR (ex N755DS) was noted passing through Emerald Airport.

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It arrived from Bankstown and Newcastle (Williamtown) (pictured) and later departed to Weipa.

UPDATE!  On Monday 27 June, VH-LCR flew back South from Weipa into Longreach Airport before then departing to Tamworth and Bankstown.

The Vision Jet was re-registered from N755DS at the end of May and this is its first visit into the region with its new Australian registration marking.

Meanwhile, a couple of other bizjets noted around the region, also on Sunday 26 June, included Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM which arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Tamworth and later departed to Vanrook Station near Normanton.

Air Gold Coast Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-CDG arrived into Hamilton Island Airport from the Gold Coast.

And McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 bizjet VH-SUY also called into Hamilton Island Airport but from its Sunshine Coast base.  It later departed up to Cairns.

Finally, several lighties around the region, also on Sunday 26 June, included Kirkhope Aviation (of Melbourne) Beech B200 King Air VH-ZOK which arrived into Longreach Airport from Cooktown and Laura.  It seems to be on another closed tourist charter and flew to Far-North Queensland around a week ago.

UPDATES!  On Tuesday 28 June, VH-ZOK departed Longreach Airport for Injune Aerodrome.  On Thursday 30 June, VH-ZOK returned to Melbourne (Moorabbin) from Cunnamulla at the end of its journey.

Aircair Aviation (Aircair Helicopters) Cessna 340A VH-MPQ called into Emerald Airport from Moree before it later departed to Pinnarendi. 

UPDATE!  On Monday 27 June, VH-MPQ returned South from Pinnarendi and Atherton to Emerald Airport before returning to Moree (Beela).

Rockwell International 112 VH-PJO departed Emerald Airport for Toowoomba before then flying into Rockhampton Airport.  It had arrived into Emerald Airport from Toowoomba the previous day.

Cessna 208 Caravan VH-DZZ, which is operated by the Skydive the Beach Group, flew out of the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour for the Shellharbour at Wollongong.  Fellow Cessna 208 Caravan VH-DZQ earlier flew down from Cairns and seems to have taking up skydiving operations at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.

And ACT-based Robinson R44 helicopter VH-PNY arrived into Rockhampton Airport from the South-East.

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Overnight Visit into Longreach Airport

In the wee small hours of Sunday 26 June, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was noted arriving into Longreach Airport from Brisbane.

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After over an hour on the ground, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" departed Longreach Airport and returned to Brisbane.

Photo taken by John Lee  ©

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Air Link (Dubbo) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-SEQ Calls into Hamilton Island Airport Again! - Plus More!

On Saturday 25 June, recently delivered Cirrus Australia (Air Link - Dubbo) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SEQ was noted calling into Hamilton Island Airport.  It touched down from Archerfield.

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After a short time on the ground, VH-SEQ departed Hamo for the Gold Coast and then Sydney.

Meanwhile, also on Saturday 25 June, Jampair P/L (Navair Flight Operations) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300E bizjet VH-NSQ was also noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport.  It arrived from Bankstown, the Shellharbour Airport at Wollongong and the Gold Coast.  It later returned to Bankstown.

Finally, also on Saturday 25 June, Darwin-based Cessna 310R VH-DAI popped into Longreach Airport from the Gold Coast before later departing to Mount Isa.

While Beech 95-B55 VH-MYM also arrived into Longreach Airport but from its Gayndah Aerodrome base.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 26 June, VH-MYM departed Longreach Airport for Kamileroi.

UPDATE!  On Monday 27 June, VH-MYM returned to Longreach Airport and then Gayndah Aerodrome.

And Neotech (North Mackay) Piper PA-28R-180 VH-ASU was noted arriving into my local Clermont Aerodrome from the South before it then continued to Mackay Airport.

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air A32-671 "Beaufort 13" Calls into Roma Airport

On Saturday 25 June, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air twin-turboprop A32-671 as "Beaufort 13" looked to call into Roma Airport.

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It arrived from RAAF Base East Sale and then departed to Townsville.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 26 June, A32-671 "Beaufort 13" called into Roma Airport but from Horn Island before it then departed to East Sale.

Photo taken by Steve Vit  ©

Friday, June 24, 2022

Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) - South-Eastern Section - Textron B300C Super King Air VH-MQK "FlyDoc 286" Spotted at Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Friday 24 June, the visiting Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) - South-Eastern Section - Textron B300C Super King Air VH-MQK was photographed as it rested quietly after spending the night parked at Rockhampton Airport.  As mentioned below, VH-MQK as "FlyDoc 286" touched down from Melbourne (Essendon), West Sale and Lismore the previous day.



Later on Friday, VH-MQK "FlyDoc 286" departed Rockhampton Airport for Essendon.

Also spotted at Rockhampton Airport early on Friday 24 June was Brisbane-based Avcair Cessna 425 Conquest 1 VH-BSM.  It arrived from Archerfield and later departed to Palm Island.


VH-BSM later flew down to Mackay Airport before returning to Archerfield.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 24 June, Seair Pacific / Istlecote Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TQW visited the Wanella Station Airstrip near Coppabella, arriving from and later departing back to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

Fellow Seair Pacific / Istlecote Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208B Caravan VH-TQI flew across from Longreach Airport to Rockhampton Airport and then down to Lady Elliot Island.  It had flown into Longreach Airport from the Gold Coast via Charleville and Birdsville Airport earlier in the week on what appears to be another closed tourist charter flight.

While the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-PSY arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and Townsville before later departing back directly to Cairns.

Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-UJM of M. D. H. P/L (Cloncurry) flew into Hamilton Island Airport from Archerfield.  It then flew down to a property near Rolleston.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 26 June, VH-UJM returned to Archerfield.

And Beech A36 Bonanza VH-PGI arrived into Rockhampton Airport from its Port MacQuarie base.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 25 June, VH-PGI departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville.

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

All photos taken by Trevor Hardsman  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) B737 / E-7A Wedgetail A30-004 "Mitchel 03" Completes a Missed Approach at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport

On Friday 24 June, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-004 was noted completing a missed approach at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

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It looked to fly up from RAAF Base Williamtown and then later return there via a missed approach at Canberra.

Of interest, A30-004 was heard to be flying as "Mitchell 03".

All photos taken by Scott Harris  ©