Friday, September 19, 2014

A Few More Great Photos from Rockhampton Airport on Thursday Afternoon and Evening - RSAF Choppers and More!


Local plane spotter 'IAD' was also on hand at Rockhampton Airport late on Thursday 18 September and also captured some great action during the afternoon and evening including the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing AH-64D Apache and Eurocopter / Aerospatiale AS332M Super Puma helicopters which were all returning from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).












These, and the two RSAF Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters, have all commenced flying in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2014.

As mentioned below, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-029 also called into Rockhampton Airport late on Thursday 18 September.  It was heading South from Townsville to Oakey.





Finally, a few non-military movements captured by 'IAD' on Thursday 18 September included the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 208 VH-PSQ which, along with sister-ship VH-PSY, was in the beef capital due to a major police incident in nearby Mount Morgan.  Reports suggest that VH-PSQ performed some aerial surveillance in the area. 


Another aerial surveillance aircraft in the form of Surveillance Australia / Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Cobham Aviation) Dash-8-102 VH-ZZA also arrived at Rockhampton Airport on Thursday afternoon.



Finally, after the sun went down on Thursday 18 September, 'IAD' captured some great photos of the two Singapore Airlines Boeing B777-200s 9V-SRJ and 9V-SRH which both called in during the evening - see Blog post below.


While he was there, Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPF and QantasLink (Cobham Aviation) Boeing B717-200 VH-NXM were also spotted parked on the Rockhampton Airport apron while operating scheduled services from and back to Brisbane.  The crew of VH-ZPF were particularly interested in the night's activities around the Singapore Airlines B777-200!



Sincere thanks to 'IAD' for capturing and sending through these awesome photos!

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©

Two Singapore Airlines Boeing B777-200s 9V-SRJ & 9V-SRH at Rockhampton Airport Thursday Night


A real delight for local plane spotters Kayanne H and 'IAD' late on Thursday 18 September as a pair of Singapore Airlines Boeing B777-200 aircraft touched down at Rockhampton Airport.  Both aircraft brought passengers to Rockhampton in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2014.


Initially, 9V-SRJ touched down at Rockhampton Airport as SIA8931 direct from Singapore (Changi) Airport.






It departed after a couple of hours on the ground, just prior to fellow Singapore Airlines B777-200 9V-SRH which also touched down from Changi but as SIA8933.






It also departed back to Singapore but as SIA8934.

The next arrival of a Singapore Airlines aircraft is expected on Saturday 20 September.

Sincere thanks to Kayanne and 'IAD' for venturing the Rockhampton to capture the action!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and 'IAD'  ©

A Couple of Beaut American Bizjets Call into Hamilton Island Airport

A nice pair of American bizjets have called into Hamilton Island Airport on Thursday 18 September.  First to touch down was Gulfstream Aerospace GV-SP (G550) N45JE, followed by Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express N51SE.



Both bizjets seem to be operated by Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

A little earlier on Thursday 18 September, a bizjet frequent visitor to Hamilton Island Airport in the form of Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX VH-WIO touched down from Bankstown.  At the time of writing, it was due to depart back there on Friday 19 September.

Also on Thursday, McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King Air VH-MWZ also called into Hamilton Island.

Finally, on Friday 19 September, three interesting light aircraft were due to call into Hamo - Shadforth's Plant Hire Raytheon (Beech) C90A VH-JEO, Alizzi Aviation Beech B200 King Air VH-ZOS and Jedda Lin Hawker Beechcraft G36 Bonanza VH-JKL.

UPDATE!  It appears that VH-ZOS may have landed at the Whitsunday Airport at Airlie Beach / Shute Harbour on Friday 19 September.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Great Photos from Rockhampton Airport as RSAF Exercise Wallaby 2014 Kicks Off

Some great photos have been sent through by local plane spotter Ben O as the now 'resident' Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) helicopters have started taking to the air after the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2014 kicked off earlier this week.



Ben was on hand at Rockhampton Airport late on Thursday 18 September as captured a pair of RSAF Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopters returning from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).





They were heard to be using the radio callsign of "Atom".

A little later in the afternoon, a pair of RSAF Eurocopter / Aerospatiale AS332M Super Puma helicopters also returned to Rockhampton Airport after flying a sortie to the Bay.





They were heard to be using the radio callsign "Diamond".

Sincere thanks to Ben for capturing these images and for taking the time to send them through!

All photos taken by Ben O'Dowd  ©

And Australian Army MRH-90 Helicopter A40-029 at Rockhampton Airport Thursday Afternoon

Late on Thursday 18 September, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-029 also called into Rockhampton Airport.


Local plane spotter Ben O - who was on hand at Rockhampton Airport to capture some of the RSAF Helicopters (photos coming!) - captured some great photos as the MRH-90 arrived from Townsville.




He then captured some more great photos as A40-029 departed South to Oakey and was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Poseidon 29".





Thanks to Ben for capturing these great photos!

All photos taken by Ben O'Dowd  ©