Monday, February 26, 2024

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-005 Spotted at Rockhampton Airport

On Monday 26 February, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-005 was spotted visiting Rockhampton Airport.

A39-005 was flying as "Dragon 47" and earlier flew up from RAAF Base Amberley to a position North-West of Rocky where it went into a 30-minute holding patter to wait for another RAAF KC-30A A39-004 as "Windsor 01" which was flying down from Cairns. 







Both KC-30A aircraft flew together to near Gayndah where they did a long holding lap before A39-004 "Windsor 01" flew on to Amberley and A39-005 "Dragon 47" turned back North for more holding and then eventually a landing at Rockhampton Airport.  After landing, it parked on taxiway Juliet for a crew change and then eventually departed back to Amberley.




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

All photos taken by Scott Harris  ©

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Air Link (Dubbo) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-SEQ Pops into Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Tuesday 13 February, Air Link (Dubbo) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SEQ passed through Rockhampton Airport while flying up from Archerfield and onwards to Mount Isa. It then returned to Rockhampton Airport and then departed back to Archerfield.

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And MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC visited the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site from the Sunshine Coast.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 13 February, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK flew down to Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and Townsville before later departing to Brisbane. It then flew back up to Townsville and Cairns.

The Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ flew up from Brisbane to Biloela / Thangool Airport before then departing to Kingaroy and then back to Brisbane.

Machjet (Machjet International) Beech B200C King Air VH-PUY as "Machflight 55" arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Labona before then departing back to there.  It later returned to Rockhampton Airport.

And Beech 95-B55 Baron VH-MYM visited Mackay Airport from its Gayndah Aerodrome base.

Finally, also on Tuesday 13 February, Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-300s VH-QQM and VH-QQL swapped over Rockhampton Airport out at Labona.  Skytrans Dash-8-100 VH-QQL as SKP778/523 flew into Rockhampton Airport from Labona before it departed to Townsville.

Photo taken by John Lee  ©️

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-001 "Envoy 63" Pops into at Bundaberg Airport

On Tuesday 13 February, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-001 was noted visiting Bundaberg Airport.

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It was heard to be flying as "Envoy 63" and flew up from Canberra via Coffs Harbour. 

A bit later it departed back to Canberra via a missed approach at Tamworth.

Photo taken by Peter Sajko  ©

Monday, February 12, 2024

Air Gold Coast Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 Bizjet VH-ZDM Departs Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

On Monday 12 February, Air Gold Coast Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 bizjet VH-ZDM departed Hamilton Island Airport for Sydney and then Bankstown.

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It had arrived on Friday 9 February from the Gold Coast via Sydney.

While Poolhurst Aviation Air Charter Services Pilatus PC-24 jet VH-VTF flew up from Brisbane to Hamilton Island Airport before then departing down to Sydney.  It also visited Hamo at the end of last week.

And Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ visited Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield during a very busy day of flying which started in Adelaide

Meanwhile, also on Monday 12 February, the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ flew into Bundaberg Airport from Brisbane before it then departed to Goondiwindi and then back to Brisbane.

Mackay Quality Plasterers P/L Cessna 210G VH-UCT flew out of Mackay Airport for Blackall Airport.

UPDATE!  On Friday 16 February, VH-UCT returned to Mackay Airport.

And there was a swap of skydiving aircraft at the Lakeside Airpark near Proserpine with Sydney-registered Cessna 208 Caravan VH-FYC departing to Moree and Bankstown.  While Cessna 208B Supervan 900 Skydiving Aircraft VH-XLF flew up from Wilton and Caloundra.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Dassault Falcon 7X Bizjet A56-002 "Envoy 62" Calls into Rockhampton Airport

On Monday 12 February, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet, A56-002 as "Envoy 62" was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport.

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It looked to arrive from Canberra and then depart to Brisbane.  It later returned to Canberra.

Photo taken by John Lee  ©

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Execujet (Taverners Aviation) Raytheon Hawker 800XP Bizjet VH-RIU at Roma Airport - Plus More!

On Sunday 11 February, Execujet (Taverners Aviation) Raytheon Hawker 800XP bizjet VH-RIU was noted departing Roma Airport for Adelaide.

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It seems to have arrived into Roma Airport from the South Australian capital the previous day.

Meanwhile, also on Sunday 11 February, the Redcliffe Aero Club Vulcanair (Partenavia) P.68C VH-VMV arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Redcliffe no doubt ready to complete more aerial survey work in the area.

And the visiting Southern Airlines (Moorabbin) Cessna 404 VH-TTZ departed Rockhampton Airport for Mackay Airport (on Saturday 10 February). It then flew from Mackay Airport to Quilpie and back to Mackay Airport before then flying down to Redcliffe.

Finally, in the wee small hours on Saturday 10 February, Machjet (Machjet International) Cessna 525A Citation CJ2 bizjet VH-ZIY as "Machflight 41" visited Gladstone Airport from the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

Photo taken by John Lee  ©

Friday, February 9, 2024

Poolhurst Aviation Air Charter Services Pilatus PC-24 Jet VH-VTF Calls into Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

On Friday 9 February, Poolhurst Aviation Air Charter Services Pilatus PC-24 jet VH-VTF flew into Hamilton Island Airport from Archerfield and Sydney.  It later flew back to Archerfield.

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And Air Gold Coast Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 bizjet VH-ZDM also flew into Hamilton Island but from the Gol Coast and Sydney.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 9 February, Townsville Airlines Beech 1900D VH-JYA arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns before then departing to Brisbane.  It then flew back into Rockhampton Airport before continuing up to Townsville and Cairns.

Easternwell Group (Avcair) Beech B200C VH-HPP visited Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from Toowoomba and Brisbane.

And late morning, Flight One Australia Cessna 172 VH-NOE departed Gladstone Airport for Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport.  But on the way up, due to low cloud and poor visibility, it was forced to turn back and land at Rockhampton Airport.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 10 February, VH-NOE tried again and successfully made it into Proserpine Airport from Rockhampton Airport.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 11 February, VH-NOE returned to Rockhampton Airport from Proserpine Airport before it then departed to Archerfield.

Finally, also on Friday 9 February, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 jet VH-NUU was noted flying several closed charter flights in and out of Roma Airport including down to and back from Sydney as UTY9651.

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©️

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Air Link (Dubbo) Beech B200 King Air VH-ISS Pops into Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Thursday 8 February, Air Link (Dubbo) Beech B200 King Air VH-ISS popped into Rockhampton Airport.

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It flew from Archerfield to Brisbane and then up to Townsville before flyting back down to Rockhampton Airport and then back to Brisbane and Archerfield.  Busy!

Reefchange P/L (Cairns) Piper PA-34-220T Seneca VH-YSJ departed Bundaberg Airport for the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.  It had arrived into Bundy from Gympie the previous day.

UPDATE!  On Friday 9 February, VH-YSJ departed the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour for Townsville, Palm Island and Cairns.

While Brisbane-based Australian Agricultural Company Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-AAC landed at Goonoo Feedlot from Surat Aerodrome.  It later departed there to Brisbane.

And Hughes Aviation (Hughes Pastoral Group) (Gympie) Pilatus PC-12//47E NGX VH-8HP flew down from Tierawoomba to Keeroongooloo.

UPDATE!  On Friday 9 February, VH-8HP continued to Tamworth.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 11 February, VH-8HP landed at Emerald Airport from Tamworth and then departed to Mount Isa and Tennant Creek.

UPDATE!  On Monday 12 February, VH-8HP flew from Tennant Creek to Hooker Creek, Lake Nash and back to Emerald Airport where it stayed!

Photo taken by Emily C  ©️

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

PNG Registered Pacific Helicopters Airbus BK117 Helicopter PK-BKZ Spotted at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour - Plus More!

On Wednesday 7 February, a nice 'new' helicopter was spotted passing through the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour in the form of Papua New Guinea registered Pacific Helicopters (Goroka) Airbus BK117 helicopter P2-BKZ.


Little is known about the chopper, but it did ferry up to the Whitsundays on Tuesday 6 February from the Sunshine Coast via Bundaberg and Rockhampton Airports.
 
On Wednesday, P2-BKZ departed the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour for Townsville, Mareeba and ports to the North.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 7 February, the sleek SG Aviation Australia / Business Aviation Solutions Gulfstream G-VI (G650ER) bizjet VH-SGA visited Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport from Melbourne (Essendon).

Air Link (Dubbo) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SEQ arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield and the Sunshine Coast as "AirMed 923".

UPDATE!  On Thursday 8 February, VH-SEQ "AirMed 923" departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to the Sunny Coast and Archerfield.

And Victorian-based but American-registered Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 N227SL flew up Archerfield to Townsville and then Rockhampton Airport before then departing back to Archerfield.

Finally, also on Wednesday 7 February, Poolhurst Aviation Air Charter Services Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-PDE visited Rolleston Aerodrome from Archerfield.

Mackay-based Piper PA-31 Navajo VH-DWX departed Mackay Airport for Cloncurry Airport.

UPDATE!  After making a few stops, VH-DWX returned to Mackay Airport on Friday 9 February.

And the visiting Southern Airlines (Moorabbin) Cessna 404 VH-TTZ completed a flight from Rockhampton Airport to Emerald Airport and back to Rocky.

Photo taken by Lee Holloway  ©

New Helicorp (Australian Army) Leonardo (Agusta) AW139 Helicopter VH-YQC "Finch 22" Ferries North via CQ Airports - Plus More!

An interesting visitor through some Central Queensland Airports on Wednesday 7 February was recently registered (November 2023) Helicorp (Australian Army) Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopters (Agusta) AW139 helicopter VH-YQC which noted ferrying North from the Oakey Army Aviation Centre to Townsville via airwork at Bundaberg Airport and a landing at Rockhampton Airport.


It looked to have originally flown up from Melbourne (Essendon) and Bankstown at the end of January.

VH-YQC was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Finch 22".

VH-YQC is registered to Helicorp (Toll Group) and is the third and final AW139 helicopters that have been leased to the Australian Army's 5th Aviation Regiment based at Townsville. They have been provided to the Army to provide a similar capability to the NH Industries MRH-90 so pilots can keep up their hours.

The Australian Army's MRH-90 helicopters have suffered years of poor serviceability due to various technical issues so AW139 helicopters are a 'stop gap' measure.

There are reports though that the AW139 could ultimately be used by the Australian Army as a general utility helicopter.

UPDATE!  It appears that VH-YQC started flying for the Australian Army at Townsville the next day and on Saturday 10 February it was photographed above visiting Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) airport on a flight from and back to Townsville as "Warhorse 207".

UPDATE!  On Thursday 8 February, fellow Helicorp (Australian Army) Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopters (Agusta) AW139 helicopter VH-YBF as "Finch 22" ferried South to the Oakey Army Aviation Centre from Townsville also via Rockhampton Airport and airwork at ... Airport - see Blog post above!

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 7 February, fellow Helicorp (Australian Army) Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopters (Agusta) AW139 helicopter VH-YBG has been noted flying around Charters Towers Aerodrome as "Warhorse 203" at the start of the week and remains in Townsville.

Finally, also on Wednesday 7 February, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-004 as "Wallaby 34" looked to complete airwork at Kingaroy Aerodrome while on a flight out of and back to RAAF Base Amberley.

Photo taken by Bert Van Drunick  ©️