Thursday, February 21, 2019

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-211 Spotted at Bundaberg Airport

Around lunch time on Thursday 21 February, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-211 was spotted completing a spectacular touch-and-go at Bundaberg Airport.


Flying as "Stallion 07", the Globemaster flew up from RAAF Base Amberley, and, after completing the touch-and-go at Bundy, returned at low level back to the South.

Video taken by Isaac S  ©

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Brisbane-based Cessna 525 Citation CJ2 Bizjet VH-TEY Arrives into Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Wednesday 20 February, Brisbane-based Cessna 525 Citation CJ2 bizjet VH-TEY was noted flying into Biloela / Thangool Airport from Tamworth in New South Wales.  It has been visiting other regional airports in New South Wales after flying South from its Archerfield base on Monday.

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After a few hours on the ground, the sleek Citation departed Bilo and flew up to Rockhampton Airport where it appears to be staying for the night.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 21 February, VH-TEY was noted departing Rockhampton Airport and returned to Archerfield.

Meanwhile, as posted below, also on Wednesday 20 February, the visiting AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ departed Dysart Aerodrome for Mackay Airport.  It had flown into Dysart from Rockhampton Airport the previous day.  After a short while at Mackay Airport, VH-NEQ departed to Cessnock and then Bankstown.

Finally, also on Wednesday 20 February, Archerfield-based SOCATA TBM 700 N700BK was heard back in CQ, visiting Bundaberg Airport.  It was heard to be in North Queensland earlier in the week.

Photo taken by David Geck  ©

Fly Corporate (Corporate Air) SAAB 340B+ (WT) VH-VEP Back in CQ at Theodore Airport

On Wednesday 20 February, Fly Corporate (Corporate Air) SAAB 340B+ (WT) VH-VEP was back in Central Queensland and was this time noted touching down at Theodore Airport from Brisbane.

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After staying on the ground for most of the day, VH-VEP then departed to the Sunshine Coast before later returning to Brisbane.

As posted below, VH-VEP was noted visiting Longreach Airport on Tuesday 19 February.

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail A30-002 Missed Approach at Hamilton Island Airport

On Wednesday 20 February, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft - A30-002 - was noted completing a missed approach at Hamilton Island Airport.

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A30-002 was flying as "Wedgetail 15" and looked to fly up from the South to Hamo where it then completed its airwork.  A30-002 then flew back South and was later noted completing another missed approach at the Sunshine Coast before heading to RAAF Base Williamtown.

Photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A Pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) VIP 34 Squadron Transport Bizjets Complete Airwork at CQ Airports

On Tuesday 19 February, there was a nice pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) VIP 34 Squadron aircraft that were noted completing airwork at and around Central Queensland Airports.

RAAF Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 "Envoy 30" was noted completing missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.  It looked to fly up from Canberra via a missed approach at Coffs Harbour.  A36-002 then flew South and landed at RAAF Base Amberley.

A36-002 touches down at Rocky on a previous visit  (File photo)

Meanwhile, RAAF Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 "Envoy 31" was noted on the ground at Roma Airport.  It too flew up from Canberra but via a missed approach at Tamworth.  A37-003 then returned South and was later noted flying from Griffith back to Canberra.

Photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

Fly Corporate (Corporate Air) SAAB 340B+ (WT) VH-VEP Pops into Longreach Airport - Plus More!

On Tuesday 19 February, Fly Corporate (Corporate Air) SAAB 340B+ (WT) VH-VEP was noted touching down at Longreach Airport from North-West of Mount Isa.  It looked to fly up that way the previous day.

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After a short time on the ground, VH-VEP then departed Longreach Airport for Orange in New South Wales.  It then flew to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, also noted passing through Longreach Airport, also on Tuesday 19 February, was South Australian-based Piper PA-46R-350T Malibu Matrix VH-ZXJ.  It arrived from Aldinga in South Australia and later departed to Cairns.

Finally, Dubbo-based Air Link Cessna 310 VH-BWQ arrived into Blackall Airport from Cloncurry.  It then departed to a property South-East of Roma.

A Triple Treat of Beech Super King Airs on Charter to Clermont Aerodrome

I had a real treat on Tuesday 19 February as my local 'drome came alive with three Super King Air turboprop aircraft all arriving in quick succession while on a closed charter flight from Brisbane.

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After earlier flying across from their Toowoomba base, Easternwell Group Beech B300 Super King Air VH-EWQ and Raytheon B200 King Air VH-EWG were joined by Brisbane-based Flight One (Services) Beech B200 King Air VH-FON in all flying into Clermont Aerodrome from Archerfield.







Passengers took a tour of local mine sites and all three Super King Airs departed back to Archerfield later in the evening, with VH-EWQ and VH-EWG then returning to Toowoomba.

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Sincere thanks to AVMIN - Air Charter Specialists - for allowing us to also share the great sunset photo of all three Super King Airs lined up at Clermont Aerodrome!

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Monday, February 18, 2019

AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-NEQ Pops into CQ Airports

On Monday 18 February, AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ was noted arriving into Biloela / Thangool Airport from Bankstown via Cessnock in New South Wales.

VH-NEQ at Rockhampton Airport  (File photo)

After a couple of hours on the ground, VH-NEQ continued to Rockhampton Airport where it looked to be spending the night.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 19 February, VH-NEQ departed Rockhampton Airport for Dysart Aerodrome.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 20 February, VH-NEQ departed Dysart Aerodrome for Mackay Airport.  It then returned to Cessnock and then Bankstown.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 18 February, FKG Air (Redjet Aviation) Hawker Beechcraft B200GT VH-FKB was noted back in CQ, also visiting Biloela / Thangool Airport.  It arrived from its Toowoomba base via Roma and Taroom.  It later departed back to Roma Airport and then Toowoomba.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Helicopters A15-302 & A15-304 Pass Through Rockhampton Airport

On Monday 18 February, Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopters A15-302 and A15-304 were spotted passing through Rockhampton Airport. 


A15-302 was heard to be flying as "Brahman 383" and was noted arriving into Rocky from Townsville.  After taking on fuel, it departed to RAAF Base Amberley.























Then A15-304, which was heard to be flying as "Brahman 389", also arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville.  After taking on fuel, it too appeared to depart to Amberley.









Of interest, as reported below, yesterday on Sunday 17 February, fellow Army Chinook A15-301 was also spotted passing through Rockhampton Airport while also heading South.

Sincere thanks to the local plane spotters for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos of the two Chinook visitors!

Photos taken by Russell Prothero, Scott Harris and Daniel Bishop  ©

Sunday, February 17, 2019

A Triple Treat of Cessna Citation Bizjets at CQ Airports over the Weekend - VH-WMY - VH-FNI - VH-SIY

Over the weekend - mostly (!) - there was a triple treat of Cessna Citation bizjets to call in and complete airwork at various Central Queensland Airports.

Late on Friday 15 February, the familiar sight of Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 VH-WMY was back at Hamilton Island Airport, arriving from and later departing back to its Melbourne (Moorabbin) base.

Then, during the morning on Saturday 16 February, Graham Aviation (Cairns) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang VH-FNI was noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport from its Mareeba base via Cairns.  A few hours later, it returned to Cairns before the positioning back to Mareeba.

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And on Sunday 17 February, Machjet (Machjet International) Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 VH-SIY was noted flying up from its Sunshine Coast base and completing airwork at Biloela / Thangool Airport and Gladstone Airport before returning home to the Sunny Coast.

Finally, not a Citation, but on Saturday 16 February, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" was noted visiting Mackay Airport.  It arrived from Townsville and later departed to Brisbane.  VH-CXJ then returned to Townsville.

Photo taken by The FNQ Skies Blog  ©