Monday, May 25, 2020

Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra Bizjet VH-MMC Arrives into Biloela / Thangool Airport

On Monday 25 May, Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-MMC was back in CQ, this time landing at Biloela / Thangool Airport.  It looked to fly up from its Sunshine Coast base where it was photographed below.



At the time of writing, it appears to be staying at Bilo for at least the night.

Sincere thanks to the Sunshine Coast Plane Spotting Facebook page for allowing us to share their great photo of VH-MMC!

Local Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 Bizjet N142GZ Back in the Air Out of Mackay Airport - Plus More!

During the middle part of the afternoon on Monday 25 May, locally-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ departed Mackay Airport and headed to Brisbane.

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After a couple of hours on the ground in the capital, N142GZ returned to Mackay Airport during the early evening.

While up the road in the Whitsundays, also on Monday 25 May, the often visiting American-registered Eclipse EA500 bizjet N257AK was noted arriving back into the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour from Archerfield.  It also visited last week too - see Blog post below.

Meanwhile, on the lighter side of General Aviation (GA) movements, also on Monday 25 May, Seair Pacific / Istlecote Cessna 208 Caravan VH-KNQ looked to complete a Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) flight into Wanella Station (near Coppabella).  It was noted later arriving into Rockhampton Airport.

While Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ was also noted visiting Rockhampton Airport, arriving from Cairns and Bamaga (Northern Peninsula) and later departing to Brisbane.

And BPW Aviation / Airspeed Aviation of Scone, New South Wales, Cessna 404 Titan VH-SKV was noted visiting Emerald Airport.  It arrived from Tamworth and Archerfield and later departed back to Archerfield.

Photo taken by Michael Fleetwood  ©

Emerald Airport Redevelopment Announced Costing Around $4.3 million!

It was announced last week that $4.3 million will be spent redeveloping Emerald Airport.  The Airport will receive an extension of its terminal building, a new communications room, and better road access and parking.


The work is expected to support 14 construction jobs.

Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes said funding for large projects, such as the Airport expansion, is vital for continued regional growth.

The Central Highlands Regional Council (CHRC) has matched a State Government $2.14 million commitment to the renovation.  The State money is part of the Building our Regions program.

Funding applications for the program were submitted by local governments to the Department of State Development in August 2019.  State Development Minister Kate Jones indicated that construction at Emerald Airport was expected to commence in the coming weeks.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra Bizjet VH-PSU Back at Rockhampton Airport Once Again - Plus More!

On Sunday 24 May, and for the fourth time over the last week, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU was spotted visiting Rockhampton Airport on what appeared to be another training flight.


As it has done on the other occasions it visited the beef capital, VH-PSU arrived from Brisbane.  After parking for a short time, VH-PSU then departed but completed a series of circuits and missed approaches before it eventually returned to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, after arriving at the end of last week, also on Sunday 24 May, Gulf Coast Aviation Textron Aviation (Cessna) T206H VH-KQM departed Rockhampton Airport heading home to Vanrook Station home up near Normanton, again flying via Townsville.

While a few other light General Aviation (GA) aircraft were also noted visiting Rockhampton Airport, also on Sunday 24 May, including Aero Professional Services Piper PA-46-310P Malibu VH-BGK which visited from Emerald, while Flight One (Services) Beech B200 King Air VH-FON visited from Archerfield.

Up at Mackay Airport, also on Sunday 24 May, Brisbane-based Hewitt Cattle Australia P/L SOCATA TBM 700 VH-PGA was noted visiting from its Archerfield base.

Finally, it's worth mentioning that on Saturday 23 May,  Australian Country Choice Properties (Brisbane) Cessna 560 Citation V Encore bizjet VH-ACC was noted arriving into Wellclose Station from Archerfield.

Photo taken by Michael Malick  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Dassault Falcon 7X Bizjet A56-003 Pops into Bundaberg Airport as "Envoy 85"

On Sunday 24 May, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet A56-003 was noted visiting Bundaberg Airport.  It looked to arrive directly from Canberra and was noted flying as "Envoy 85".

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After around an hour on the ground, A56-003 departed Bundaberg Airport and returned to Canberra, again as "Envoy 85".

Photo taken by Dan B  ©

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Regional Express (REX) SAAB 340B VH-ZLQ Spotted at Rockhampton Airport

During the afternoon on Saturday 23 May, Regional Express (REX) SAAB 340B VH-ZLQ was spotted at Rockhampton Airport after earlier arriving from Brisbane on a charter flight on behalf of Pel-Air Aviation as PFY9332.


After a short time on the ground, VH-ZLQ returned to Brisbane but as PFY9831.

Photo taken by Michael Malick  ©

Toll Freight Aviation ATR 43-300F VH-TOX Spotted at Rockhampton Airport Late Friday

Late on Friday 22 May, Toll Freight Aviation ATR 43-300F VH-TOX was spotted at Rockhampton Airport on what now appears to be a weekly visit.


As its sistership VH-TOQ has done over the last few weeks, VH-TOX arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville before later continuing to Brisbane as TFX5.

The Toll ATR freighters usually fly direct between Brisbane and Townsville in the early morning and then in the evening with the occassional diversion to Mackay Airport.  But it seems that the stop at Rockhampton Airport on a Friday evening has now become a permanent fixture after it started about a month ago.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Michael M for braving the rain and taking the time to capture and send through this great photo!

Photo taken by Michael Malick  ©

More Great Photos of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-005 at Rockhampton Airport on Friday

Local plane spotter Michael M was also on hand at Rockhampton Airport on Friday 22 May and also shares with us some more great photos of the visiting Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-005 which visited the beef capital for a short while as "Dragon 75".


As mentioned below, the KC-30A flew North from RAAF Base Amberley and also landed at Cairns for a short time before flying back South to Rocky.  It completed a low-level go around before landing on Runway 15 and parking on Gate 6 on the Southern end of the Rockhampton Airport parking apron.




















After complete a re-program and possible crew change, A39-005 taxied out and departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville.  It later returned to Amberley.








Of interest, the RAAF currently has seven KC-30A MRTT aircraft are flown by 33 Squadron based at RAAF Base Amberley.  The Squadron is responsible for aerial refuelling and long-range passenger transport and is controlled by No. 86 Wing, which is part of Air Mobility Group.


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

All photos taken by Michael Malick  ©

Friday, May 22, 2020

AAA Aircraft / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 550 Citation II Bravo Bizjet VH-HVM Back at Emerald Airport

Noted visiting Emerald Airport for the second time this week on Friday 22 May was AAA Aircraft / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 550 Citation II Bravo bizjet VH-HVM.

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As it did during its mid-week visit, VH-HVM looked to arrive from and later departed back to its Sunshine Coast Base.

Photo taken by Sunshine Coast Plane Spotting  ©

Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra Bizjet VH-PSU Back at Rockhampton Airport Again - Plus More!

On Friday 22 May, and for the third successive day, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU was spotted visiting Rockhampton Airport on what appeared to be another training flight.


As it has done on the other occasions it visited the beef capital, VH-PSU arrived from Brisbane, although it completed a missed approach prior to coming back around and landing.  VH-PSU then departed but completed a simulated engine failure on take-off before coming back around and landing again.  A short time later, VH-PSU actually departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK was also noted visiting Rockhampton Airport - twice - also on Friday 22 May.

While returning to Rockhampton Airport for the second time this week, also on Friday 22 May, was Gulf Coast Aviation Textron Aviation (Cessna) T206H VH-KQM.  It again landed from its Vanrook Station home up near Normanton via Townsville.

Out at Longreach Airport, also on Friday 22 May, Brisbane-based Hewitt Cattle Australia P/L SOCATA TBM 700 VH-PGA was noted departing to Ambalindum Station in the Northern Territory.  It had arrived the previous day from Archerfield and Moura Airport.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 23 May, VH-PGA ferried back through Moura Airport while returning from Ambalindum Station to Archerfield.

Finally, noted visiting Rockhampton Airport but on Thursday 21 May, was Brisbane-based Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-VTF.  It arrived from Archerfield and departed to Glen Innes in New South Wales.

Photo taken by Michael Malick  ©