Monday, April 22, 2024

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) ANZAC Day 2024 Flypast Details for Central Queensland on Thursday

With ANZAC Day on Thursday 25 April, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has released details of planned flypasts during Queensland commemorations - including some Central Queensland locations.


Details from the RAAF flypasts for Anzac Day for Australia webpage (https://www.airforce.gov.au/news-events/flying-activities-events) indicate a single RAAF C-17A Globemaster transport aircraft from Number 36 Squadron based at RAAF Base Amberley will conduct a flypast of ANZAC Day commemoration activities on Thursday 25 April around Central Queensland, including in the Fraser Coast region as shown:


Meanwhile, RAAF Boeing EA-18G Growler Aircraft from No. 6 Squadron and Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet Aircraft from No. 1 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley are expected to flypast at locations in the Southern part Queensland.

ANZAC Day is a time to reflect on the contribution made by past and present service personnel who have displayed great courage, discipline and self-sacrifice in choosing a life of service to their country.

The RAAF 'Flying Operations' also reminds everyone that "All Air Force flypasts can be cancelled or changed subject to weather, operational requirements or other aviation considerations. For public safety, drones must not be operated in the vicinity of flypasts."

Photo taken by John Van Den Bosch  ©

Monday, February 26, 2024

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) (Cobham SAR Services Pty Ltd) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-XNF "Rescue 550" Pops into Bundaberg Airport - Plus More!

On Monday 26 February, Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) (Cobham SAR Services Pty Ltd) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-XNF as "Rescue 550" flew down from Cairns to operate with LifeFlight Rescue Bell 412EP VH-XCY as "Rescue 522" low-level North-East of Bundaberg. 

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After a long time, they flew in to land at Bundaberg Airport. After a refuel VH-XNF "Rescue 550" departed Bundaberg Airport back to Cairns.  VH-XCY "Rescue 522" departed the area to the Royal Brisbane Hospital. 

While Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ continued flying in the region, starting the day at Moura Aerodrome and then heading to Rockhampton Airport and then Julia Creek and Alice Springs before heading to Archerfield.

And GBJ Nominees (Navair Flight Operations) Textron (Cessna) 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-IEQ as "Navair 131" visited Dalby Aerodrome from Bankstown.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 26 February, Rockhampton-based Peace Aviation Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-8 Islander VH-SLM flew down from Mackay Airport to my local Clermont Aerodrome and then onwards to Quilpie.  Later, it flew back to Clermont Aerodrome and then Mackay Airport before then flying to Rockhampton Airport.  VH-SLM had flown from Rocky to Mackay Airport on Sunday 25 February.

VH-SLM also did a similar flight at the start of last week - see Blog post and photo below.

South Australia-based Gippsaero GA8 Airvan VH-ANE also popped into my local Clermont Aerodrome while flying from Windorah to Mackay Airport.  It had flown up from Port Agusta in South Australia the previous day.

Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VEJ visited Emerald Airport from Brisbane.  This seems to be a weekly run. 

Hawker Beechcraft G58 Baron VH-EZD departed Hamilton Island Airport for Monto Aerodrome.  It had arrived last Thursday 22 February.

Emerald Coaches (Emerald) Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage VH-ZMM flew back to Emerald Airport from Gympie.  It had flown down there over the weekend.

RDO Equipment Co. Pilatus PC-12/47 VH-WPH flew up from Toowoomba and Archerfield to Biloela / Thangool Airport and then Emerald Airport before it later returned to Archerfield and then Toowoomba. 

And Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-CVN flew the normal HND3310/1 flight to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site  and back to Rockhampton Airport before it then returned to Labona but as HND428.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 27 February, VH-CVN departed Labona for Townsville again as HND428. 

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 28 February, VH-CVN departed Townsville for Rockhampton Airport again as HND428.  It then completed a run to Labona and back as HND3350/1.

Photo taken by Jonathan Williams  ©

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  ©

Sunday, February 25, 2024

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

On Sunday 25 February, recently registered (on Tuesday 13 February) Helicorp (Australian Army) Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopters (Agusta) AW139 helicopter VH-YQJ was spotted at Rockhampton Airport.  It arrived from the Oakey Army Aviation Centre and later departed to Townsville.


It looked to have flown up from Melbourne (Essendon) to Oakey via Wagga Wagga, Tamworth and Toowoomba-Wellcamp the previous day.


VH-YQJ is registered to Helicorp (Toll Group) and we believe is the fourth 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.

VH-YQJ joins VH-YBG and VH-YQC at Townsville with these two still operating flights out and back with Australian Army flight numbers and callsigns.

Meanwhile, also on Sunday 25 February, Elite Helicopters (Archerfield) Eurocopter  AS 350 B3 Squirrel helicopter VH-YQK departed Roma Airport for Archerfield. 

Western Australia based Cirrus SR22 VH-SRY landed at Longreach Airport from Birdsville. It had come from Bendigo, Tyabb and Broken Hill yesterday.

UPDATE!  On Monday 26 February, VH-SRY departed Longreach Airport back to Bourke and Tyabb. 

DeGunst Transport P/L Textron (Cessna) 208 Caravan VH-NPZ looked to return to Bundaberg Airport from North Keppel Island.  It flew into there from Archerfield and Bundy on Friday.

And the Redcliffe Aero Club Vulcanair (Partenavia) P.68C VH-VMV completed aerial survey work over Blackwater mine sites while on a flight out of and back to Rockhampton Airport.

Finally, also on Sunday 25 February, a few bizjets noted around the region included AAA Aircraft / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 550 Citation Bravo bizjet VH-CCJ which flew up from the Sunshine Coast and landed at Bundaberg Airport.  It then departed to Bankstown.

UPDATE!  In the wee small hours of Monday 26 February, VH-CCJ returned to Bundaberg Airport from Bankstown before then returning to the Sunny Coast.

Australian Corporate Jet Centres' operated Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy bizjet VH-VLT called into Hamilton Island Airport from Kangaroo Island and Adelaide.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 28 February, VH-VLT departed Hamilton Island Airport for Sydney and then Melbourne (Essendon).

While S&S Aviation / Business Aviation Solutions Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-XPA departed Hamilton Island Airport for the Gold Coast.  It had arrived from there on Friday 23 February.

And Air Link (Dubbo) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SEQ was noted departing Archerfield for Charleville Airport.  It later returned to Archerfield.

Photos taken by Steve Vit and Scott Harris  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan Transport Aircraft A34-010 "Wallaby 10" Calls into Rockhampton Airport

On Sunday 25 February, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-010 was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport.  It was flying as "Wallaby 61" and flew down from Townsville.







After around an hour on the ground, A34-010 "Wallaby 10" departed Rockhampton Airport for RAAF Base Amberley.  It then departed to Wagga Wagga and then back to Amberley.

Of interest, A34-010 "Wallaby 10" originally departed Amberely on Friday 23 February and landed at Cairns.  It then flew up to RAAF Base Scherger and down to Townsville on Saturday 24 February.

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

All photos taken by Scott Harris  ©

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Rugby League Football Charters Begin - Skytrans Dash-8-100 VH-QQC and Aerlink ATR 72-500 VH-FVR Both Call into Gladstone Airport - Plus More!

On Saturday 24 February, North Queensland Junior Rugby League games in Gladstone saw the arrival of a couple of nice turboprop passenger charter flights from Cairns as the local Central Queensland Capras took on the Northern Pride across several age divisions.

First to touch down at Gladstone Airport was Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQC as SKP959 from Cairns.  During the afternoon, it departed back there as SKP960. 





Soon after, Aerlink (formerly Hevilift) ATR 72-500 VH-FVR as HT805 also landed at Gladstone Airport from Cairns and looked to return to there as HT806.





Nice!

Meanwhile, also on Saturday 24 February, Burbank Homes / Business Aviation Solutions Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-BMW departed Hamilton Island Airport for Sydney and Melbourne (Tullamarine).  It looked to have arrived into Hamo from those places on Wednesday 21 February.

While Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ flew up from Archerfield to Moura, Emerald, Roma, Mackay and then Rockhampton Airports before then returning to Archerfield.

UPDATES!  On Sunday 25 February, VH-JSZ again flew out from Archerfield and visited Rockhampton and Mackay Airports before finishing the day at Moura Aerodrome.  On Monday 26 February, VH-JSZ departed Moura Aerodrome for Rockhampton Airport before it then headed out to Julia Creek and Alice Springs before then flying back to Archerfield.

And LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" arrived Emerald Airport from Brisbane before then flying across to Rockhampton Airport.  It then flew out to Longreach Airport and back to Rockhampton Airport before then returning to Brisbane.

Finally, also on Saturday 24 February, Emerald Coaches (Emerald) Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage VH-ZMM flew from Emerald Airport to Gympie.

Townsville-based Forster Helicopters Bell Helicopter Textron 407 helicopter VH-DMF departed Rockhampton Airport for the North.

South Australia owned Robinson R44 helicopter VH-8CE arrived into Rockhampton Airport from the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour before then departing to Bundaberg Airport.

And Melbourne-based GE Aero P/L Cirrus SR22T VH-VH-8GE departed he Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour for the Ballina Byron Bay Gateway Airport in Northern New South Wales.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Jaymee C for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos of a couple of beaut visitors to Gladstone Airport.

All photos taken by Jaymee C  ©

Thursday, February 22, 2024

New Zealand Registered Pacific Aerospace PAC-750 ZK-SDT Pops into Mackay Airport on Ferry Flight to PNG - Plus More!

On Thursday 22 February, New Zealand registered Pacific Aerospace PAC-750 ZK-SDT was noted passing through Mackay Airport while on a ferry flight from New Zealand to Papua New Guinea (PNG).

ZK-SDT in New Zealand last week

It arrived from the Gold Coast and was enroute to Cairns however, due to a technical problem, ZK-SDT diverted into Townsville.  

Of interest, ZK-SDT had flown across from New Zealand during the latter of last week.  It has been registered to Aero Dynamics Ltd of Mt Hagen in Papua New Guinea since mid September 2023.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 25 February, ZK-SDT departed Townsville for Cairns and in the subsequent days, it has been noted completing local flights out of and back to Carins.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 5 March, ZK-SDT finally departed Cairns and ferried up to Papua New Guinea.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 22 February, Hughes Aviation (Hughes Pastoral Group) (Gympie) Pilatus PC-12/47E NGX VH-8HP flew down from Tierawoomba to Archerfield and during the afternoon, it flew up from there to Caldervale Station and then Lake Nash.

McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King Air VH-NSN as "Machflight 121" visited Rockhampton Airport from Townsville.

Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VEJ flew up from Brisbane to the Oaky Creek Mine Site and then Rolleston and Emerald Airports.

UPDATE!  On Friday 23 February, VH-VEJ departed Emerald Airport and returned to Rolleston Aerodrome before flying back to Brisbane.  It then completed one more flight to Emerald Airport and back to Brisbane.

And Townsville Airlines Beech 1900D VH-RUE landed at Longreach Airport from Cairns and Charters Towers Aerodrome before then continuing to Emerald Airport.

UPDATE!  On Friday 23 February, VH-RUE departed Emerald Airport for Kingaroy and Brisbane.  It then flew back up to Cairns.

Finally, also on Thursday 22 February, MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC landed at Emerald Airport from the Sunshine Coast.  It then continued to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site before later returning directly to the Sunshine Coast.

And Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ continues to visit the region, this time flying up from Archerfield to Moura and Emerald Airports before then flying down to Roma Airport and then back to Archerfield. 

Photo taken by Mike Condon  ©

National Jet Express (ex Cobham) Dash-8-Q400 Next Gen VH-IYP Adds Gladstone Airport to Rockhampton Airport Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) Charter Flights

On Thursday 22 February, a new tail was spotted making its first ever visit into Gladstone Airport in the form of National Jet Express (formerly Cobham) Dash-8-Q400 Next Gen VH-IYP.


It was operating as 'JTE392' / "Jetex 392" and arrived from Brisbane and departed to Rockhampton Airport on what seems to be a stop on the weekly closed Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights between Brisbane and Rocky which started in October 2023.







VH-IYP then departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Gladstone Airport before continuing back to Brisbane all as 'JTE393' / "Jetex 393" 

This stop at Gladstone Airport is reportedly a permanent addition to the Rockhampton Airport flights.

Sincere thanks to the local plane spotters for allowing us to share these great photos of a great first-time visitor to Gladstone Airport!

Photos taken by Jaymee C and 'AC'  ©

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  ©