Sunday, February 7, 2016

And a Couple of Plane Spotting Photos from Mackay Airport Last Week - Jetstar Sunglass Hut A320 VH-VFV

Last week, Townsville plane spotter Dave again ventured to Mackay for work and found a bit of time to pop out to Mackay Airport where he captured some nice photos of a couple of commercial visitors, which he kindly shares with us once again.

One notable visitor to Mackay during the past few days has been Jetstar Airways Airbus A320(SL) VH-VFV which has been operating into the sugar city most afternoons from and back to Brisbane as JST888/889.  VH-VFV has had bright and colourful 'Elevate Your Summer' stickers for retailer 'Sunglass Hut' and was captured by Dave departing Mackay on Thursday 4 February.

Also on Thursday 4 February, Dave captured the departure of Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-YFE also to Brisbane but as VOZ616.

Dave also captured a couple of afternoon arrivals into Mackay Airport from Brisbane on Wednesday 3 February including QantasLink (Cobham Aviation) Boeing B717-200 VH-NXJ as QJE1768.

Along with Jetstar Airways Airbus A320(SL) VH-VFU as JST888.

And finally Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-VOM as VOZ613.

Sincere thanks to Dave for allowing us to share his great photos from Mackay!

All photos taken by Dave  ©

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 Jet VH-ZPI Spotted at Gladstone Airport Saturday

Local plane spotter Anthony S braved the continuing inclement weather in CQ to pop out to Gladstone Airport on Saturday 6 February to capture some photos of the visiting Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 jet VH-ZPI.

VH-ZPI touched down from Brisbane as VOZ1709, and after a quick turnaround, departed back to the capital as VOZ1712.

It's been great to see Virgin Embraer jets back at Gladstone Airport over the last week with VH-ZPL, VH-ZPR, VH-ZPC and VH-ZPN all noted visiting while operating scheduled service from and back to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, also on Saturday 6 February, Anthony also spotted QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 Next Gen VH-LQD as it too arrived from Brisbane but as QLK2334.

Finally, locally-based Air Charter CQ / Australia by Seaplane De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk1 Float Plane VH-IDO and Cessna 206 Float Plane VH-FKS were spotted coming and going by Anthony on various flights to nearby Heron Island.

Great to see Anthony back at Gladstone Airport and enjoying some plane spotting!  Thanks mate for allowing us to share your great photos!

All photos taken by Anthony Schulz  ©

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Few Light General Aviation Aircraft Come and Go From Maryborough Airport Wednesday

Wednesday 3 February seemed to be a busy day at Maryborough Airport with a few light General Aviation (GA) aircraft noted coming and going, from and to various places.

Locally-based Mile High Aviation Cessna 172 VH-DZW was noted departed to the Sunshine Coast.

File photo taken by Brendan Berry  ©

Cessna 210-5 VH-RYB visited for part of the day from its Gold Coast base.

McNab Aviation Cessna 414A VH-FKH called in from Gympie and later departed to Toowoomba.

File photo taken by Michael Fleetwood  ©

Bundaberg-based CromAir Cessna 414A VH-CBT called in for part of the day from the Sunshine Coast.

The Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK also called in briefly from Rockhampton before departing to Brisbane.

File photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Of interest, VH-PSK had yet another busy day of flying on Wednesday 3 February, starting and finishing at Cairns and also calling into Townsville (twice) and Mackay, while on Monday 1 February it called into Bundaberg Airport , as well as Townsville (twice), Rockhampton and Mackay.

Finally, calling into Maryborough Airport early and late on Wednesday 3 February was General Aviation Maintenance (GAM) AeroCommander 500-S VH-YJS.  The little cargo plane flew into Maryborough from Brisbane around dawn before departing to Bundaberg and Mundubberra.  It then flew in from Mundubbera and Bundaberg around sunset before departing back to Brisbane.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cessna 525 Citation M2 Bizjet VH-WMY Calls into Roma Airport

A nice surprise arrival into Roma Airport early on Wednesday 3 February with Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY of Mitchell Water Australia calling in from Melbourne (Moorabbin) Airport.

VH-WMY at Clermont last year  (File photo)

At the time of writing, it appeared that VH-WMY remained at Roma with a scheduled departure yet to be confirmed.

UPDATE!  VH-WMY departed Roma for Archerfield during the late afternoon on Thursday 4 February.

Dassault Falcon 2000LX Bizjet VH-WIO Back at Hamilton Island Airport

On Tuesday 2 February, Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO touched down at Hamilton Island Airport from Bankstown where Sydney plane spotter Bernie P captured a great image of it taxiing prior to departure.

Photo taken by Bernie Proctor  ©

It is the first visit of the Oatley family bizjet since the untimely passing of Hamilton Island's owner, and well-known vineyard owner, Bob Oatley.

VH-WIO departed back to Bankstown on Wednesday 3 February.

Meanwhile, a corporate turboprop in the form of Brisbane-based Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-JMU was noted visiting Hamo last Friday 29 January.

Robert Frola /

It appears that VH-JMU was operating a series of flights from Bankstown to Far North Queensland.  On Friday, VH-JMU called into Hamilton Island from Hicks Island and departed to Lake Macquarie and Bankstown. 

UPDATE!  On Saturday 30 January, VH-JMU returned to Redcliffe - where it is pictured above.

Easternwell B200 King Air VH-HPP at Gladstone and Chinchilla Airports Wednesday

A nice King Air in the form of Easternwell Beech B200C VH-HPP was noted visiting Gladstone Airport from Toowoomba early on Wednesday 3 February.  It then departed to Chinchilla.

Brendan Berry /

Later on Wednesday 3 February, VH-HPP returned to Gladstone Airport from Chinchilla before returning to its Toowoomba base.

Of interest, VH-HPP was one of four King Air turboprops that were operated by 173 Squadron of the Australian Army during the late 1990s and early 2000s.  VH-HPJ, VH-HPX and VH-HPZ were the others and each of these have since left Australia.

Finally, on Monday 1 February, Seair (Istlecote) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-LMZ was spotted visiting Gladstone Airport.

Its exact movements are not known but I presume that it may have been operating some sort of Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) flight.

Photos taken by Col  ©

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 Jet on FIFO and QLink Flights to Emerald Airport Tuesday

Interesting to note that Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 jet VH-QQV visited Emerald Airport three times over the course of Tuesday 2 February both on Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights and operating services on behalf of QantasLink.

File photo

VH-QQV initially touched down at Emerald from the Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast operating a FIFO charter as UTY4072 before returning South as UTY4073.  Later in the day, VH-QQV then operated a pair of return services into Emerald Airport from and back to Brisbane, I believe on behalf of QantasLink, as UTY2602/2603/2604/2605.

It's also worth mentioning that last Wednesday 27 January, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-FKG was also noted operating a service for QantasLink into Rockhampton Airport from and back to Brisbane as UTY2600/2601.

Yulgibar Pastoral Company Take Delivery of Cessna 560 Citation Encore Bizjet VH-YUL via Longreach Airport

An interesting visitor noted calling into Longreach Airport for fuel on Tuesday 2 February was Cessna 560 Citation Encore bizjet VH-YUL.

Photo taken by Bernie Proctor  ©

VH-YUL was delivered to Australia on Monday 1 February, touching down at Darwin on completion of a flight from Brunei.  After calling into Longreach Airport, it departed to Bankstown Airport near Sydney where it was captured by local plane spotter Bernie P shortly after arrival.

The smart little Citation was recently registered to the Yulgibar Pastoral Company (of Montmorency, Victoria) and appears to be a replacement aircraft for their Cessna 550 Citation Bravo bizjet VH-FGK which was involved in an incident which saw it veer of the Runway at Lismore Airport last Friday 25 September.

Some research reveals that VH-YUL is a 2001-built Citation Encore (CN/MSN: 560-0553) that appears to have been operated in the United Kingdom (UK) for some time carrying the registration marking G-KDMA.

G-KDMA at Munich in 2012  (

Hope to see it back in CQ some time soon!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Community Cabinet Brings Hawker 850XP Bizjet VH-SGY and Cessna Caravan VH-PSQ to Gladstone Airport

The Queensland Government's Community Cabinet meeting was held in Gladstone over the weekend and as a result the Government's (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY touched down at Gladstone Airport early on Sunday 31 January from Brisbane.

It was parked and stayed for the night.  VH-SGY departed to Mackay on Monday 1 February.  It later returned to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, another visitor at Gladstone Airport, which I presume was in town providing aerial surveillance and reconnaissance in support of the visit by the Queensland Premier and other Ministers, was the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-PSQ, which was captured early on Sunday after arriving the previous day.

On Saturday 30 January, VH-PSQ was noted flying South from Mackay and performed several circuits in the skies above Gladstone, presumably on an aerial surveillance type flight.  I assume that there is camera equipment in the cargo pod on the underside of the aircraft.

VH-PSQ departed and then eventually returned to Gladstone Airport over the course of Sunday 31 January and was reportedly still parked at Gladstone on Monday 1 February.

Finally, it's also worth noting that on Saturday 30 January, fellow Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-PSY operated from Cairns to Mackay Airport and back.

Sincere thanks to Col for sending through these great photos from Gladstone Airport!

All photos taken by Col  ©

CQ Plane Spotting Historic Spot - Rockhampton Airport circa 1974

Rockhampton aviation enthusiast and plane spotter Travis W has sent us some photos he recently discovered while cleaning-up in the form of some wonderful old images of Rockhampton Airport from what he believes to be around 1974.

There are great photos of the old terminal and air traffic control (ATC) tower.

The photos also show Ansett Airlines of Australia Boeing 727-77(QC) VH-RMT parked at its gate.

The photos also show several old hangars and some light aircraft on the General Aviation (GA) apron.

Certainly some wonderful old photos and we sincerely thank Travis for taking the time to scan and send them through.

Photos supplied by Travis Whiting