Sunday, October 26, 2014

Vincent Aviation (New Zealand) Placed into Receivership Too

Following on from the grounding and closure of Vincent Aviation Australia in May, the parent company, Wellington-based Vincent Aviation New Zealand, has now also been placed into receivership.

Vincent SAAB 340B ZK-VAB at Cairns  (Photo taken by the FNQ Skies Blog  ©)

See referring post from May 2014 - http://cqplanespotting.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/vincent-aviation-australia-grounded-and.html

The appointment of receivers for Vincent comes as a result of court proceedings starting last week by the owner of BAe 146-200 ZK-ECO which flew for Vincent Aviation and had been operating largely on Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) and other charter flights in Australia.

The collapse of the parent company has been largely blamed on the collapse in May of Vincent Aviation Australia which was based in Darwin but owned by Vincent Aviation in New Zealand.  The balance sheet from the Australian arm of the company showed its debts outweighed its assets by A$8.8 million.  The Australian business, although a subsidiary, was much larger than the New Zealand operation and the level of cost that had come back was difficult for the smaller New Zealand business to withstand, Vincent said.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Few Nice Landing Photos from Mackay Airport

With special thanks to a contributor comes some stunning photos of some recent arrivals into Mackay Airport touching down on the main Runway 14/32.










A great set and sincere thanks to our contributor for send through these awesome photos!

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Friday, October 24, 2014

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-001 at Mackay Airport Friday

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet  A37-001 was spotted visiting Mackay Airport on Friday 24 October.



It called in from Brisbane as "Envoy 92" and was noted to bring Queensland Governor Paul De Jersey to town.





After being parked for most of the afternoon, "Envoy 92" departed back to Brisbane and then further South.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-FKG at Mackay and Rockhampton Airports for Virgin Australia

On Friday 24 October, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-FKG was noted operating for Virgin Australia into both Mackay and Rockhampton Airports.

File photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

It initially operated the VOZ605/608 service from Brisbane to Mackay and back, before operating two return flights from Brisbane into Rockhampton as VOZ1243/1246/1249/1252.

Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra Bizjet VH-PSU Around CQ Airports Again on Wednesday and Friday

The Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU has had a busy week.  As mentioned below, it visited several Central Queensland Airports on Monday 20 October, but made a return on both Wednesday 22 October and Friday 24 October.

VH-PSU at Mackay Airport this week  (Photo taken by 'AC'  ©)

On Wednesday, it called into Maryborough (twice), Rockhampton, Towsville (twice), Cairns and Mackay, while on Friday, VH-PSU flew from Brisbane to Cairns via Rockhampton, Mackay and Townsville.

It would appear that fellow Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK is undergoing maintenance or is unserviceable.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Busy Thursday Morning for Seair Cessna 208 Caravan VH-LMD

Seair Cessna 208 Caravan VH-LMD had a busy morning on Thursday 23 October.  It started its day at Hervey Bay and departed around dawn for Middlemount on a Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter.  From Middlemount, it departed to Gladstone, before eventually flying on to Maryborough.

File photo

It was noted returning to its Gold Coast base later on Thursday.

It is believed that Aerospatiale AS.350BA Squirrel helicopter VH-EGI also called into Gladstone Airport on Thursday 23 October while on a ferry flight from Far North Queensland to the South-East corner.

File photo taken by the FNQ Skies Blog ©

It is believed that VH-EGI is operated in Far North Queensland by Cape York Helicopters.

Careflight Queensland (Aeromed) LearJet 45 VH-VVI Missed Approach at Bundaberg Airport Thursday

A great week of plane spotting action at Bundaberg Airport continued on Thursday 23 October with Careflight Queensland (Aeromed) LearJet 45 VH-VVI performing a missed approach while on a flight up from Brisbane.

File photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

The visit was all too quick though with VH-VVI climbing away and returning straight back to Brisbane.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Qantas Founders Museum at Longreah has Acquired a Lockheed C-121J Super Constellation Aircraft

The Qantas Founders Museum at Longreach has recently acquired a Lockheed C-121J Super Constellation aircraft from Manila in the Philippines which will eventually be displayed as a part of the Museum's collection.


The Qantas Founders Museum was the successful bidder on the Super Constellation - a stored Lockheed C-121J Super Constellation wearing the registration marking of N4247K - through an auction organised by the Manila International Airport Authority.  The aircraft has been grounded in Manilia for 25 years but had previously been used by World Fish and Agriculture Corp. to transport fish cargo.  Due to the condition of the Super Constellation, it will not be restored to be airworthy but instead, it is expected the aircraft will be transported by ship to Australia and by road to Longreach where it will be displayed as part of the Museums's aircraft collection.  The timing of the various stages of the project are yet to be determined.


The Qantas Founders Museum highlights that the Constellation is an iconic aircraft in the history of Qantas and Australian aviation for the following reasons:

  • The Constellation operated the Qantas Kangaroo Route air services between London and Sydney from 1947.
  • The Constellation was the first aircraft that enabled Qantas to establish long-range overseas air services in its own right.
  • This was the longest air service in the world using the same aircraft all the way.
  • A Super Constellation operated the first Qantas trans-Pacific air service in 1954.
  • The Constellation was the first Qantas aircraft to feature flight hostesses.
  • The Constellation was the first pressurised aircraft operated by Qantas.
  • Qantas Super Constellations operated the first ever regular round-the-world air services via both hemispheres in 1958.
We look forward to future development at the Qantas Founders Museum which are usually posted on their execellent Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/QantasFoundersMuseum

New Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Beech B200 King Air VH-FDO "FlyDoc 489" Spotted at Gladstone Airport

Local plane spotter Anthony S popped down to Gladstone Airport on Wednesday 22 October just in time to capture a couple of quick photos as one-of-two new Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Beech B200 King Air aircraft as it conducted an ILS approach followed by a go-around.


VH-FDO was delivered and registered in July and has only entered service this month.  VH-FDO is reportedly to be based at Mount Isa, and was part of a Queensland-wide competition to give the aircraft a name.  The aircraft's name was unveiled on Tuesday, with the name "Cooee" added to the front of the King Air.



VH-FDO positioned from Mount Isa to Brisbane on Wednesday, flying via Cairns, Townsville, Bowen, Gladstone and Bundaberg.

VH-FDO has been assigned the radio callsign of "FlyDoc 489".

Of interest, the other new RFDS King Air is registered VH-FDL.

Meanwhile, Anthony spotted another King Air parked at Gladstone Airport on Wednesday 22 October in the form of Wagners Development Company Hawker Beechcraft B300 Super King Air VH-WJW which visited for most of the day from its Toowoomba base.



A couple of other light General Aviation (GA) aircraft to call into Gladstone Airport on Wednesday 22 October were Cessna 310 VH-FFA of J.M. Kelly (Project Builders) - which called in from Rockhampton - and also Beech V35A Bonanza VH-ILC, which called into Gladstone from its Bundaberg base.

Local Careflight Bell 412EP VH-XCY was captured arriving back into Gladstone Airport after earlier being heard and seen flying around Rockhampton seemingly on a med-evac mission.  It was heard to be using its med-evac radio callsign on "Rescue 544".




QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 Next Gen VH-LQK was photographed operating the morning QLK2301 'milk run' from Cairns to Brisbane via Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and Gladstone.



Finally, it was noted by Anthony that Gladstone Airports Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) Service has seemingly taken delivery of a third Fire Truck - Tender 13.


This makes four fire service vehicles for the airport - three Tenders and a rapid response car.

Thanks to Anthony for allowing us to share his great photos!

All photos taken by Anthony Schulz  ©

Problems with QantasLink (Cobham Aviation) Boeing B717-200 VH-NXH Grounded at Mackay Airport

Some photos from Mackay Airport taken early on Wednesday 22 October showing QantasLink (Cobham Aviation) Boeing B717-200 broken down and grounded after arriving early on Tuesday 21 October after operating the QJE1760 service from Brisbane.







It is believed that it had a problem with the horizontal stabiliser, and at the time of writing, VH-NXH is now winging its way to Adelaide - where a major Cobham maintenance facility is located - as QJE6204.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©