Thursday, November 27, 2014

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

Yet another Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 jet has called into Gladstone Airport with, on Thursday 27 November, VH-ZPR operating the late afternoon VOZ1717/1720 scheduled service from and back to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, on the lighter side of movements at Gladstone Airport over the last couple of days, BAS Aviation Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-KJD touched down on Wednesday 26 November from Archerfield.  It then operated a returned flight to Roma, before returning to Archerfield later in the day.

Also spotted at Gladstone Airport this week was Bayswater Road / Australian Aerial Mapping (AAM) Cessna 402B VH-SVQ, along with New South Wales-based Piper PA-28-140 VH-UQM.

Business Aviation Solutions Cessna 650 Citation VII Bizjet VH-DHN at Rockhampton Airport

Business Aviation Solutions Cessna 650 Citation VII bizjet VH-DHN called into Rockhampton Airport on Thursday 27 November.  It arrived from Townsville and departed a short while later to the Gold Coast.

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Of interest, VH-DHN originally started its journey at Mount Hagen in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and called into Townsville before arriving at Rocky.

One other interesting movement into Rockhampton on Thursday 27 November was Pekal Aviation of Boggabilla (NSW) Partenavia P.68B VH-JQM.  It arrived from its Goondiwindi base.

QantasLink Network and Schedule Changes Affect Central Queensland Airports

Date:  Tuesday 25 November

File photo by Anthony Schulz  ©

QantasLink has announced changes to our network and schedule to increase efficiency and better match capacity with demand.

We've done a complete rebuild of our turboprop network and schedule from the bottom up to ensure we have the right aircraft on the right route – matching capacity with customer demand.

We're increasing the utilisation of our aircraft, similar to the changes made in Qantas International and Domestic.

More than 10 regional centres across our network will benefit from the changes we are implementing via upgauges to our Q400 aircraft, including Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Coffs Harbour, Emerald, Weipa, Horn Island, Rockhampton, Mt Isa, Townsville, Moranbah, and Mackay coastal services.

Summary of network and schedule changes:
- Coastal route from Brisbane – Gladstone – Rockhampton – Mackay – Townsville – Cairns will experience most capacity reductions including:
- Cessation of Gladstone – Rockhampton services
- Rockhampton to Mackay services reduced from a double daily service to single daily
- Mackay to Townsville services reduced from four per day to three per day, however, partially offset by increase in gauge to all Q400 services
- Cairns to Townsville services reduced from seven per day to five per day, however, partially offset by increase in gauge to all Q400 services
- Brisbane – Gladstone, Brisbane – Rockhampton, and Brisbane – Biloela services will be reduced marginally to match capacity to demand.
- Brisbane – Newcastle will experience material growth in seats with increased gauge to Q400 services, partially offsetting reduction in Jetstar capacity.
- Two Q300s will be relocated and based in Adelaide. All QantasLink services out of Adelaide will be operated by Q300 aircraft, as the Q400 currently in Adelaide will be relocated to Queensland.
- The two Q300s in Adelaide will allow QantasLink to look at new route opportunities in South Australian regional markets. We are in discussions with a number of stakeholders and expect to announce a new route in the coming weeks
- Both Cairns to Weipa and Horn Island services will be upgraded to Q400 aircraft with a marginal reduction in frequency.
- All QantasLink services out of Perth will be operated by either QantasLink B717s or F100s operated by Qantas Group airline Network Aviation.

We plan to publish the new schedule around Thursday 4 December 2014, with the network changes coming into effect on Sunday 29 March 2015.

All customers with existing bookings for travel on/after Sunday 29 March 2015 will be re-accommodated onto suitable other services.

Great Photos of Careflight Queensland (Aeromed) LearJet 45 VH-VVI at Mackay Airport Wednesday

Another great aircraft movement into Mackay Airport on Wednesday 26 November was Careflight Queensland (Aeromed) LearJet 45 VH-VVI which popped in from Brisbane.

After posing for some great photos, VH-VVI departed back to Brisbane.

It was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Ambulance 451".

Thanks to the Mackay spotters for sending through these great photos!

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Landing at Great Keppel Island Airstrip - 24 Hour Prior Notice Now Required

A recent notice to Central Queensland aviators advises that Peter Williams - who controls Great Keppel Island Airfield - that 24 hours prior notice to land at Great Keppel Island is now required.

ERSA Notification is pending publication.

This is due to heavy aircraft traffic recently at Great Keppel.

Pilots with landing requests are requested to please contact Peter Williams on mobile 0408 004 536.

Qld Gvt Hawker 850XPVH-SGY and Qld Police B1900D VH-PSK Call into Fraser Coast Airports

Noted making yet another visit to some Fraser Coast Airports on Wednesday 26 November were a pair of very familiar aircraft in the form the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY and Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK,

VH-SGY had a busy day's flying, departing Brisbane and calling into Hervey Bay, Bundaberg and Maryborough, while VH-PSK departed Cairns and called into Townsville (twice), Bundaberg, Brisbane and Rockhampton.

File photos taken by Micah S  ©

Re-painted Virgin Australia E-190 VH-ZPM and B737-800 VH-VON at CQ Airports Wednesday

A great surprise with a couple of recently re-painted Virgin Australia aircraft calling into Mackay and Proserpine Airports on Wednesday 26 November.

Embraer E-190 VH-ZPM - which only returned to Australia this week from maintenance in Europe - firstly called into Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport from Brisbane operating the morning VOZ1113/1114 service, before touching down at Mackay Airport, again from Brisbane, as VOZ607.

VH-ZPM - which is the last E-190 to be re-painted in the white Virgin Australia livery from the old Red Virgin Blue / Pacific Blue livery - has now noted re-named to "Maroochydore Beach".  It returned to Brisbane as VOZ610.

Meanwhile, back at Proserpine, the afternoon Virgin Australia VOZ1117/1116 service from and back to Brisbane, was operated by Boeing B737-800 VH-VON, which has also only just returned to Virgin service after being re-painted in Townsville.

Of interest, fellow B737-800 is now being re-painted in Townsville.

Photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 Jets Again for QantasLink and on FIFO at Central Queensland Airports

I travelled to Emerald on Wednesday 26 November and was pleasantly surprised to captured Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-JFB visiting from Brisbane.  It was operating a scheduled service for QantasLink, touching down as UTY2402.  VH-JFB then departed back to Brisbane as UTY2403.

VH-JFB then departed Brisbane for Rockhampton, again operating a scheduled service to and from Rockhampton for QantasLink as UTY2356/2357.

Of interest, Alliance Fokker F-70 VH-JFE was noted operating into Mackay from Cairns and Townsville, again operating for QantasLink as UTY2666.  It returned to Cairns via Townsville as UTY2667.

Finally, back at Emerald Airport, I also captured the weekly Alliance Airlines operated Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flight from Brisbane to Emerald and back.  On Wednesday 26 November, VH-QQY was operating the UTY1070/1071 flight.

A great day!

Some Spectacular Photos from up the Rockhampton Airport Air Traffic Control Tower

Local plane spotter Travis W was recently invited up the Rockhampton Airport air traffic control tower, and of course, he took his camera!  We hope you enjoy looking at Travis' photos as much as I did!

At the time of his visit, Travis captured a couple of photos of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters - 88195 & 88197 - which were stationed at Rockhampton Airport during the recently completed Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2014.

The new Rockhampton Airport air traffic control tower was officially opened in March 2013 and was one of the first towers in Australia to be fitted with the latest air traffic surveillance and communications technology, integrating flight and operational data, surveillance and voice communications into one tower-specific design.  This represented a significant change for air traffic controllers in Rockhampton as they moved away from the traditional paper strips used in the old Control Tower, and towards a full digital system.

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Travis would sincerely thank the staff at the Rockhampton Airport air traffic control tower for allowing him up into the tower for a look, and for allowing him take photos of the goings on at Rockhampton Airport.  And we thank Travis for sending through these fantastic photos!

Photos taken by Travis Whiting  ©

Some Comings and Goings at Hamilton Island Airport

A few movements so far this week in and out of Hamilton Island Airport have included the departure of two bizjets and a break-down of a QantasLink Dash-8-Q300 from Cairns.

File photo taken by the Dave  ©

Dick Smith Adventures Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3 bizjet VH-MIF departed Hamo on Monday 24 November to Bankstown, while Homada Pty Ltd Cessna 560XL Citation XLS bizjet VH-XCU departed Hamo on Tuesday 25 November to Essendon and then Moorabbin.

Also, touching down again at Hamilton Island on Tuesday 25 November was Agile Aviation (of South Australia) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-TCP which arrived from Adelaide.

Meanwhile, it appeared that on Monday 24 November, QantasLink had a serviceability problem with one of their Dash-8-Q300s.  After arriving from Cairns as QLK2503, the operating aircraft did not return to Cairns.  Dash-8-Q400 VH-LQK was then positioned to Hamo and operated the return QLK2504 to Cairns.

Finally, back on the mainland at Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport, Jetstream Aviation's (Emprja P/L) bright and colourful Cessna 550 Citation II bizjet VH-VDF visited from the Sunshine Coast on Sunday 24 November.  It seems to be planned to visit again on Wednesday 26 November.