Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Many Photos of RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-208 and Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-202 Overhead Central Queensland on Anzac Day

A pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft were spotted completing spectacular fly-overs throughout parts of Central Queensland during local commemorations on Tuesday 25 April - ANZAC Day.

RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-208 "Stallion 56" was photographed and videoed in multiple locations completing a spectacular low pass over commemorations in Rockhampton.


And in Gladstone where the Globemaster completed two low-level passes.

While Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-202 "Buckshot 21" completed spectacular fly-bys over parts of the Fraser Coast including Hervey Bay and Maryborough where it was captured by local photographer and part time plane spotter Rowena B.

Of interest, A44-202 joined fellow Super Hornet (or "Rhino") A44-211 in overflying the Brisbane Anzac Day parade and commemorations, and they both featured on the state-wide television coverage.

Meanwhile, also in the Fraser Coast region, Brisbane-based North American P51-D-30NT Mustang VH-FST was heard to overfly commemorations at Bundaberg.

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VH-FST is reportedly the only North American-built Mustang in Australia.

Finally, in the 'Northern' part of Central Queensland at Charters Towers, a pair of RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air turboprops overflew local commemorations before continuing to Townsville and Cairns as "Boomer".

Sincere thanks to to all the local plane spotters for capturing these stunning photos and for allowing us to share them with you all!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman, Gordon Clarke, Daniel Bishop and Rowena Baumgart  ©

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPI Departs Australia For Good - That's 10 Gone Now!

On Tuesday 18 April, Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPI looked to have departed Australia for good, flying out of Brisbane for Apia (Tonga) as VOZ9901.  It has since continued to Honolulu (Hawaii), Van Nuys (California) and Nashville (Tennessee) for post-lease maintenance.

VH-ZPI is now the tenth Virgin Australia E-190 that has been withdrawn from the fleet (for now) and be transferred to other operators or storage.  It follows VH-ZPD, VH-ZPF, VH-ZPE, VH-ZPG, VH-ZPJ, VH-ZPL, VH-ZPB, VH-ZPA and VH-ZPM whch have all departed Australia since February 2016.

VH-ZPI was the ninth of eleven new aircraft ordered by Virgin Blue in 2006 and it was delivered to Brisbane in September 2008.  It was noted to be wearing the name 'Allie Albury'.

VH-ZPI in Virgin Blue livery lands at Rockhampton Airport in 2013

VH-ZPI in Virgin Australia livery departs Brisbane in late 2014

With the airline renamed in 2011, VH-ZPI was first noted wearing the new titles and livery of Virgin Australia in June 2014.  Of interest, it returned to service following its repaint by flying into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane as VOZ1235.  VH-ZPI was also renamed 'Seven Mile Beach'.

VH-ZPI's final flight into Central Queensland was back on Wednesday 29 March when it operated the VOZ1707/1710 early morning rotation from Brisbane to Gladstone Airport and back.

VH-ZPI at Gladstone Airport earlier this year

In the meantime, VH-ZPI seemed to operate several Brisbane to Townsville flights before mostly operating out of Sydney for most of this month.

File photos taken by Phil M and Col  ©

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Couple of Bizjets at Rockhampton Airport - Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 N142GZ - Cessna 525 CitationJet1 VH-DAA

On Saturday 22 April, Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport.  It touched down from its Mackay Airport base.

N142GZ at Mackay a little while ago  (File photo)

After several hours on the ground, N142GZ returned to Mackay.

About the same time as the Embraer bizjet departed, Vanguard Aviation Cessna 525 CitationJet1 bizjet VH-DAA was also noted arriving at Rockhampton Airport, possibly from Archerfield.

VH-DAA looks to be staying for the night.

UPDATE!  VH-DAA departed Rockhampton Airport, possibly for Archerfield, on Sunday 23 April.

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©

Three Royal Australian Navy (RAN) MRH-90 Helicopters Depart Gladstone Airport Following Their Deployment for Rockhampton Flood

On Saturday 22 April, the final two Royal Australian Navy (RAN) NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters that had been based at Gladstone Airport for the last few weeks departed to the Gold Coast on the first leg home to HMAS Albatross at Nowra in New South Wales.

A40-016 is pictured departing on Runway 10 as "Poseidon 16".

A short time later, A40-026 also departed Gladstone Airport for the Gold Coast.

The third MRH-90 that was deployed to Gladstone Airport - A40-006 - is believed to have departed during this last week.

All three MRH-90s are flown by the Navy's 808 Squadron based at HMAS Albatross in Nowra and their departure from Gladstone Airport sees the end of a significant deployment which started in Townsville to provide relief to coastal regions down to Airlie Beach as Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit.  They then moved south to Gladstone to help out in the region, particularly Rockhampton, during the recent flood event.  During their deployment, the three MRH-90s were involved with transporting VIPs, delivering water and other supplies and evacuating people from the Whitsunday Islands.

A great job!

All photos taken by Col  ©

New Heli-Aust Whitsundays (of Mackay) Airbus Helicopters EC135 P3 (CPDS) VH-ZGH & VH-ZGP at Mackay and Gladstone Airports

During the early part of this week, a pair of brand new 2017-build Airbus Helicopters EC135 P3 (CPDS) helicopters were unveiled at Mackay Airport for marine pilot operations with the locally-based Heli-Aust Whitsundays (Mackay Helicopters).  It appears that they have taken up the registration markings of VH-ZGH and VH-ZGP.

Then on Wednesday 19 April, VH-ZGH flew direct to Gladstone Airport from Mackay to provide marine pilot transfer flights and training.  It is shown above soon after arriving in the port city.

Then on Friday 21 April, VH-ZGH returned to Mackay Airport from Gladstone and in its place, Whitsunday Helicopters' Agusta A109E Power VH-KZD flew South from Mackay into Gladstone Airport.

It was spotted (above) on Saturday 22 April preparing to depart on a local marine pilot transfer flight.

Of interest and as posted below, a pair of Heli-Aust Whitsundays Eurocopter EC135 P2 helicopters VH-ZGA and VH-ZGZ departed Mackay Airport just under a month ago for operations in Western Australia.

They have since been noted operating out of Port Hedland with the locally-based Port Hedland Helicopters.

Photos taken by Col and 'AC'  ©

Friday, April 21, 2017

Cessna 525A CitationJet2 Bizjet VH-MOR Pops into Biloela / Thangool and Hamilton Island Airports

On Friday 21 April, Brisbane-based Cessna 525A CitationJet2 bizjet VH-MOR made yet another visit to Central Queensland, initially touching down at Biloela / Thangool Airport from its Archerfield base.  After a couple of hours on the ground, VH-MOR then headed to Hamilton Island Airport.

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VH-MOR has just completed a flight from Hamo back to its Archerfield base.

Meanwhile, on Thursday 20 April, Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX VH-WIO visited Hamilton Island Airport once again, touching down from and later returning back to its Bankstown base.

Photo taken by Col  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 Calls into Rockhampton Airport

On Friday 21 April, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 touched down at Rockhampton Airport for a period of time.  The massive transport aircraft operated by the RAAF's 36 Squadron flew North from its RAAF Base Amberley home as "Stallion 50".

After around a couple of hours on the ground where a special guest appeared to be shown through the Globemaster, A41-209 returned to Amberley.

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

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 Bizjet N142GZ Flys to Sydney and Back From Mackay Airport

On Thursday 20 April, Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ had a busy day of flying departing its Mackay Airport base for Sydney.  After a few hours on the ground, it returned home from the New South Wales capital touching down at Mackay Airport after dark.

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Meanwhile, as mentioned below, Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-MMC departed Emerald Airport for its Sunshine Coast home also on Thursday 20 April.

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It had a busy week of flying calling into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport as well before heading to Emerald - see Blog post below.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Tamworth-Based Eclipse EA500 Bizjet N465DG Pops into Rockhampton Airport

On Thursday 20 April, Eclipse EA500 bizjet N465DG touched down at Rockhampton Airport from its Tamworth base via Armidale.

At the time of writing, it remains parked on the General Aviation (GA) Apron at Rocky.

I'm not exactly sure who the operator is here in Australia, however it is interesting to note that another Eclipse EA500 bizjet registered N227G was also once operated out of Tamworth.

Thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H for capturing these great photos of another great visitor to CQ!

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-351 Makes Two Visits to Rockhampton Airport This Week

A couple of interesting visits at Rockhampton Airport by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air A32-351.

On Wednesday 19 April, A32-351 - flying as "Hudson 03" - touched down at Rocky from RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.  It later departed to Canberra.

Then on Thursday 20 April, A32-351 - now flying as "Wisdom 04" - touched down at Rocky (as pictured) from Townsville after it had earlier flown there from Canberra via Parkes.

A32-351 departed Rocky again for Canberra.

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

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©