Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-005 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport

On Tuesday 28 January, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-005 was spotted climbing out of Rockhampton Airport after completing a missed approach and low overshoot.


The KC-30A flew North from RAAF Base Amberley and also completed a missed approach at Townsville before flying back to Amberley via a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.  A39-005 was noted flying as "Dragon 22".

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Saturday, January 25, 2020

TAG Aviation Asia Gulfstream Aerospace G-VI (G650ER) Bizjet VP-CPU Arrives into Hamilton Island Airport

On Saturday 25 January, a very sleek bizjet in the form of TAG Aviation Asia Gulfstream Aerospace G-VI (G650ER) VP-CPU was noted arriving into Hamilton ISland Airport.  It touched down from Cairns - where it is pictured below arriving from Auckland.


At the time of writing, it appears that VP-CPU is staying on Hamo for at least the night.

Of interest, VP-CPU was noted using the same flight number and callsign of 'TBJ93' / "TAG 93" for all of its flights.

Meanwhile, also noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport, also on Saturday 25 January, was Hinterland Aviation Cessna 402C VH-TFK.  It was flying as 'HND430' and flew in from Cairns via Lizard Island.

At the time of writing, it is due to depart back to Cairns from Hamo during the middle part of the morning on Sunday 26 January.

Photo taken by Jonathan Williams  ©

Thursday, January 23, 2020

LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" at Rockhampton Airport

For the second time this week, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" has been noted visiting Central Queensland, this time calling into Rockhampton Airport around lunch time on Thursday 23 January.  It arrived from Townsville.

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After some time on the ground, VH-VVI then departed to Brisbane.

VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was then due to head to Mackay Airport but 'diverted' to Mount Isa before then later returning to Townsville.

Machjet (Machjet International) Cessna 525A Citation CJ2 Bizjet VH-ZIY Calls into CQ Airports

On Thursday 23 January, Machjet (Machjet International) Cessna 525A Citation CJ2 bizjet VH-ZIY was noted touching down at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.  It appeared to fly up from the Gold Coast after earlier flying down there from the Sunshine Coast.

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After a couple of hours on the ground, VH-ZIY then continued further North to Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport.

During the early evening, VH-ZIY then departed Prosie and returned to the Sunshine Coast.

Meanwhile, over at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour, often visiting American-registered Eclipse EA500 bizjet N257AK was noted arriving back from Archerfield on Monday 20 January.  It departed back down there also on Thursday 23 January.

Finally, on Wednesday 22 January, the locally-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ was back in the air flying out of its Mackay Airport base for Brisbane.

UPDATE!  On Friday 24 January, N142GZ returned to Mackay Airport from Brisbane.

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King A32-670 "Beaufort 40" Pops into Rockhampton Airport

On Thursday 23 January, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air A32-670 was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport.  It looked to arrive from Canberra having flown up from its 'home' at RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria the previous day.

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After a little over an hour on ground, A32-670 departed Rockhampton Airport and flew back directly to RAAF Base East Sale.

A32-670 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Beaufort 40".

Photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

RAAF Dassault Falcon 7X Bizjet A56-003 Spotted at Charleville Airport - Plus New PC-24 Jet VH-JMU Also Pops in!

On Wednesday 22 January, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet A56-003 was spotted at Charleville Airport.  It appears to have arrived direct from Canberra and was heard using the radio callsign of "Envoy 62".



After some time on the ground, A56-003 departed Charleville Airport and returned direct to Canberra.


Meanwhile, also noted visiting Charleville Airport, also on Wednesday 22 January, was the first visit of recently delivered MT Air Charters / Pilatus Australia Pilatus PC-24 jet VH-JMU.

VH-JMU at Adelaide Airport recently  (File photo)

It looked to arrive from Bankstown and Scone in New South Wales and later departed to those two places.

Of interest, VH-JMU is a familiar registration marking in Central Queensland, but the PC-24 was delivered into Broome and Adelaide from overseas in early December.  It now appears to be based at Bankstown.  The PC-24 has seemingly replaced PC-12/47E VH-JMU of Pegasus Air (New South Wales) which completed its last flight in late-October and appears to have since been re-registered as VH-JKU.

Photos and Video taken by Zac Fitzgerald and Tony Haynes  ©

LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" Pops into Longreach Airport Late Tuesday

Very late on Tuesday 21 January, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted visiting Longreach Airport.

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VH-VVI originally departed its Townsville base and landed at Julia Creek.  It was due to return to Townsville but instead headed to Winton.  VH-VVI then popped into Longreach Airport before it then returned to Townsville.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 Bizjet VH-WMY Calls into Moura and Roma Airports - Plus More!

On Tuesday 21 January, Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY was noted visiting Moura and Roma Airports during a busy day of flying.

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It looked to depart Melbourne (Essendon) to Moura Airport before heading over to Roma Airport after lunch.  VH-WMY then departed back to Essendon.

UPDATE!  VH-WMY was back at both Moura and Roma Airports on Thursday 23 January, flying in again from Essendon.  From Roma Airport, it departed to Swan Hill and Horsham in Victoria, before returning to Essendon.

Meanwhile, also noted calling into Roma Airport, but on Monday 20 January, was Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 jet VH-QQY which looked to operate a closed charter flight from and back to Brisbane as UTY3360/1.

It was joined by Hevilift Australia (Fixed Wing Division) ATR 72-500 VH-FVH which also looked to operate a closed charter flight into Roma Airport, also flying from and back to Brisbane but as HT743/4.

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Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra Bizjet VH-MMC at CQ Airports - Plus More!

On Tuesday 21 January, the familiar sight of Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-MMC was back in CQ, this time calling into Biloela / Thangool Airport after flying up from its Sunshine Coast base.  After some time on the ground, VH-MMC continued to Emerald Airport.

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At the time of writing, it appears that VH-MMC is staying for at least the night at Emerald Airport.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 22 January, VH-MMC departed Emerald Airport and returned to the Sunshine Coast.

Meanwhile, on Monday 20 January, Sundown Pastoral Company (of Bonogin in the Gold Coast Hinterland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-NSI was noted visiting Emerald Airport once again.  It appears to be making almost weekly visits and on this occasion, it arrived from its Gold Coast base via Moree in New South Wales.

VH-NSI then departed Emerald Airport for Pinnarendi (YPNA) but was forced to divert and land at Mount Surprise (YMSP) due to weather.  It later returned to Emerald Airport before heading back to the Gold Coast, again via Moree.

Finally, also on Monday 20 January, Aero Optics Aero Commander 500-S VH-JAJ was noted visiting Mackay Airport.  It flew up from and then later returned to its Bundaberg Airport base.

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©

RAAF Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail A30-003 "Wedgetail 13" Completes Missed Approach at Emerald Airport

On Tuesday 21 January, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-003 was videoed (below) completing a missed approach at Emerald Airport.  It appears that the Wedgetail flew up from the South possibly RAAF Base Williamtown at Newcastle.


After completing the airwork at Emerald, it appears that A30-003 then returned South possibly back to RAAF Base Williamtown.  A30-003 was noted to be using the radio callsign of "Wedgetail 13".

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Of interest, earlier on Tuesday 21 January, A30-003 was noted completing a missed approach at the Sunshine Coast but as "Wedgetail 07".

Photo taken by David Geck  ©