Friday, July 5, 2024

New Queensland Police Service (QPS) / Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Textron Aviation B300C Super King Air 350 VH-8PD Pops into Rockhampton Airport

On a quiet Friday 5 July, the new Queensland Police Service (QPS) / Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Textron Aviation B300C Super King Air 350 VH-8PD was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport.


It arrived from Cairns and then departed to Brisbane.  

VH-8PD then returned to Cairns.

Photo taken by Brodie Lawson  ©

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Austrek Aviation Beech B200 Super King Air VH-ZGD Spotted at Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Thursday 4 July, Austrek Aviation Beech B200 Super King Air VH-ZGD arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Toowoomba and Brisbane.


It then departed to Townsville before returning to Brisbane and Toowoomba.

Brescon (Toowoomba) Beech B200 King Air VH-XDW flew up from Toowoomba-Wellcamp to Rolleston Aerodrome before returning to Wellcamp but via Roma Airport.

While American Registered but Australian based Pilatus PC-12/47E N81DW landed at Bundaberg Airport from Townsville and then departed to Archerfield, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba.

Hughes Aviation (Hughes Pastoral Group) (Gympie) Pilatus PC-12/47E NGX VH-8HP landed at Emerald Airport from Miranda Downs and then departed to Archerfield.  Later, it returned to Miranda via Hughenden.

UPDATE!  On Friday 5 July, VH-8HP flew down from Miranda Downs to Mackay Airport and back and this afternoon flew down to Emerald Airport, Bundaberg Airport and then Armidale in New South Wales.

Sydney-registered Skydive Australia Cessna 208 Caravan VH-OZQ landed at Emerald Airport from Shellharbour and then departed to Cairns.

And Edwards Coaches Cessna 441 Conquest II VH-OXY landed at Mackay Airport from Jandakot and Alice Springs.

UPDATE!  On Friday 5 July, VH-OXY departed Mackay Airport for Armidale.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 4 July, Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ landed at Clermont Aerodrome from Archerfield and then departed to Wagga Wagga.

UPDATE!  On Friday 5 July, VH-JSZ flew back into my local Clermont Aerodrome from Wagga Wagga. It then departed to Archerfield. 

Machjet (Machjet International) Cessna 525A Citation CJ2 bizjet VH-ZIY as "Machflight 421" flew up to Hamilton Island Airport from the Sunshine Coast before later returning there but via Bundaberg Airport.

And LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" was in the region yet again, flying out to Barcaldine Airport from Brisbane and then across to Mackay Airport.  It then flew up Townsville and Cairns and then back to Townsville.

Photo taken by Steve Vit  ©

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Navair Flight Operations Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100 Bizjet VH-LXZ as "Navair 131" Calls into Mackay Airport - Plus More!

On Wednesday 3 July, Navair Flight Operations Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100 bizjet VH-LXZ as "Navair 131" flew up to Mackay from Bankstown and Cessnock and late this afternoon flew back to there.

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LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFA "Ambulance 614" popped into Gladstone Airport from Townsville and Brisbane. It then departed to Cairns and then back to Brisbane.

And Shortstop Jet Charter Dassault Falcon 900C bizjet VH-OAA visited Hamilton Island Airport from Melbourne (Essendon).

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 3 July, Government (QGAir) Rescue Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-EZJ as "Rescue 521" was noted completing a medical evacuation flight from Mackay Airport to Townsville.

As posted below, the two (now former) Central Queensland Rescue (CQ Rescue) (Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia) Bell 412 helicopters VH-CQJ and VH-VAU have gone from Mackay Airport for good; while LifeFlight Agusta Westland AW139 helicopter VH-XIA, which has been at Mackay Airport since the start of the month, completed its first medical evacuation flight on Wednesday 3 July from Mackay to Proserpine Hosptial and back as "Rescue 401".

While Parklea (Air Services) (of Victoria) Agusta AW109SP helicopter VH-CZT landed at Emerald from Townsville and then departed to Roma Airport and then Tamworth.

The Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane then departed to Mackay Airport, Townsville and then Cairns.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 4 July, VH-SGQ reversed these flights, coming down from Cairns to Townsville and then Mackay Airport and Rockhampton Airport and then to Brisbane.

FKG Air (Redjet Aviation) Hawker Beechcraft B200GT VH-FKB visited Rockhampton Airport from Toowoomba.

Seair Pacific (Istlecote) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TFB departed Rockhampton Airport to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.  It had arrived on the weekend.

And Gold Coast registered Extra EA300/LT VH-XKW arrived into Rockhampton Airport from the South then departed to Townsville.

Photo taken by 'JM'  ©

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

A Pair of LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair Challenger 604 Bizjets VH-OFA and VH-OFC Both Call into CQ Airports - Plus More!

On Tuesday 2 July, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" was spotted visiting Gladstone Airport.  It had earlier flown out to Barcaldine Airport from Brisbane and then flew across to Gladstone Airport.





It is pictured departing back to Brisbane.

And fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFA "Ambulance 614" flew into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville and Brisbane before then departing to Mount Isa and Cairns and then back to Townsville.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 2 July, Navair Flight Operations Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100 VH-HQK arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Dubbo.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 3 July, VH-HQK departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Dubbo.

Robindale Group / Air Link Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-CMK landed at Emerald from Orange and the Sunshine Coast.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 3 July, VH-CMK departed Emerald Airport and returned to the Sunshine Coast and Orange. 

Finally, also on Tuesday 2 July, now ex-CQ Rescue (Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia) Bell 412EP helicopter VH-VAU was noted arriving into Horn Island from Cairns, Cooktown and Coen.  It departed Mackay Airport to Townsville and Cairns yesterday.

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

All photos taken by Jamie C  ©️

Monday, July 1, 2024

Flight One (Services) Beech B200 King Air VH-FON Pops into My Local Clermont Aerodrome - Plus More!

On Monday 1 July, Flight One (Services) Beech B200 King Air VH-FON flew up from Archerfield and the Sunshine Coast to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site but was unable to land so diverted into my local Clermont Aerodrome.

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It later departed and successfully landed at Labona before then returning to the Sunny Coast and Archerfield.

Also at Clermont on Monday 1 July was the familiar sight of Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VEJ visited my local Clermont Aerodrome from Brisbane.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 1 July, Aircair Aviation (Aircair Helicopters) Cessna 340A VH-MPQ landed at Emerald Airport from Moree and then departed to Pinnarendi.

Tillair Services / ACTAS P/L Cessna 208B Caravan VH-POV landed at Bundaberg Airport from Archerfield and then departed to the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour and Cairns.

Poolhurst Aviation Air Charter Services Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-PDE landed at Planet Downs from Archerfield.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 3 July, VH-PDE departed Planet Downs to Archerfield.

Cairns-based Cessna 206 VH-SQX landed at Longreach Airport from Bourke then departed to Mareeba.

Beech 95-B55 Baron VH-MYM departed Hamilton Island Airport for its Gayndah Aerodrome base.  It had flown up from there late last week.

New Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Beech B300C Super King Air 350 VH-8PE visited Bundaberg Airport from Brisbane.

And through the day, Hughes Aviation (Hughes Pastoral Group) (Gympie) Pilatus PC-12/47E NGX VH-8HP flew down from Mackay Airport to Armidale and Tamworth before then flying back up to Archerfield, Bundaberg Airport and then up to Charters Towers Aerodrome and Miranda Downs and then back to Mackay Airport.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 2 July, VH-8HP flew out from Mackay Airport to Emerald Airport and then up to Miranda Downs and to Normanton and back to Miranda Downs.

Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook Helicopter A15-301 "Pegasus 9" Pops into Rockhampton Airport

On Monday 1 July, Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopter A15-301 was spotted visiting Bundaberg Airport. 


It was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Pegasus 9" and flew in from Townsville.

After completing an engagement with the local Army Cadets, it departed to the Oakey Army Aviation Centre.

Facebook posts suggest that it will continue further South over the week.

UPDATE!  On Friday 5 July, A15-301 "Pegasus 9" returned North to Townsville this time via Rockhampton Airport.

Photo taken by Hayden Matthew Alexander  ©

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-300 VH-QQL at CQ Airports on Rugby League Charter - Plus More!

On Saturday 29 June, Skytrans Airlines Dahs-8-300 VH-QQL as SKP963 departed Rockhampton Airport for Mackay Airport and then Cairns.  It looked to carry the local Mackay Cutters Rugby League team up to Cairns to play the local Northern Pride in the Queensland Rugby League Competition.

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After the game, VH-QQL then departed Cairns and returned to Mackay Airport and then back to Rockhampton Airport but as SKP964.

Meanwhile, also on Saturday 29 June, Seair Pacific / Istlecote Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TQI flew up from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport to Middlemount Aerodrome before then flying back to Maryborough and Hervey Bay Airports.

McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King Air VH-ZPY as 'MC73' / "Machflight 73" landed at Longreach Airport from Sunshine Coast and then departed to Mount Isa. 

Kirkhope Aviation newish Textron (Cessna) 208B Caravan VH-TKA flew up from Melbourne (Moorabbin) and Bourke to Charleville Airport and then onwards to Cairns.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 30 June, and then over the next couple of days, VH-TKA returned to Longreach Airport on what looked to be a closed tourist charter.  On Tuesday 2 June, VH-TKA departed Longreach Airport for Birdsville and Alice Springs.

Tillair Services / ACTAS P/L Cessna 208B Caravan VH-POV flew from Longreach Airport to Archerfield.  It looked to also have completed a closed tourist flight but out of Archerfield Airport at the start of the week to Birdsville and other parts around the region including Longreach Airport over the last couple of days.

Cairns-based Air Tours Australia Beech B200 King Air VH-LOA visited Hamilton Island Airport from Cairns.

UPDATE!  VH-LOA did another flight from Cairns to Hamo and back on Monday 1 June.

And Nautilus Aviation Bell Textron 407GXi helicopter VH-JIW arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Goondiwindi, Toowoomba and Bundaberg Airports.  It then departed to Mackay Airport.  VH-JIW has been operating around the state (including sometimes within CQ) operating what is believed to be aerial survey flights. 

UPDATE!  On Sunday 30 June, VH-JIW departed Mackay Airport for Townsville and Cairns. 

Finally, also on Saturday 29 June, Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ landed at Emerald Airport from Archerfield and Dalby.  It then hopped across to Alpha Aerodrome for the local races.  It then departed back to Dalby and Archerfield.

And LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" landed at Gladstone Airport from Brisbane and then hopped to Rockhampton Airport and then departed to Longreach Airport.  It then returned to Rockhampton Airport and back to Brisbane.

Photo taken by Steve Vit  ©

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Aerlink Freight ATR 72-212(F) VH-AK3 (Ex 2-PADY) Calls into Rockhampton and Mackay Airports for Training - Plus More!

On Thursday 20 June, a great first-time visitor into Central Queensland was Aerlink Freight ATR 72-212(F) VH-AK3 which flew up from Brisbane to Rockhampton Airport as HT895.  After completing some training, it continued to Mackay Airport again as HT895 where it was to stay for the night.

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UPDATE!  On Friday 21 June, after more training, VH-AK3 departed Mackay Airport and returned to Brisbane.

VH-AK3 was delivered in an all-white livery as 2-PADY and was painted at the start of April.  Its visit to the region was to provide training to ground crews for when the Aerlink ATR freighter will take over Qantas Freight services in the next week replacing the Pionair Australia British Aerospace BAe 146 quad-jet services.

UPDATE!  Late on Thursday 27 June, Aerlink ATR 72-212(F) VH-AK3 operated its first freight flight for Qantas Freight, departing Mackay Airport for Rockhampton Airport and then Brisbane as QFA7492/3.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 20 June, Air Link (Dubbo) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SEQ visited Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield and the Sunshine Coast.

While LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFA "Ambulance 614" landed at Emerald Airport from Brisbane.  It then departed to Mackay Airport and then to Townsville.

Comet-registered Cessna 208B Grand Caravan VH-RTC departed Hedlow Airfield to Red Rock Station, Longreach Airport and further West. 

Beech 95-B55 Baron VH-MYM flew from Gayndah Aerodrome to Taroom and then Emerald Airport. 

Air Link (Dubbo) Beech B200 King Air VH-ISS, which had flown up to Cairns from Brisbane this morning, arrived into Rockhampton Airport from there then departed back to Brisbane. 

Brisbane-based Beech 58 Baron VH-VSA visited Moura Aerodrome from Archerfield.

Tillair Services / ACTAS P/L Cessna 208B Caravan VH-POV visited Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield.

Finally, also on Thursday 20 June, several light aircraft were noted visiting Charters Towers Aerodrome with some ferrying school children home at the end of the school term.

McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King Airs VH-NSN as "Machflight 242", VH-ZSY as "Machflight 121" and VH-PUY as "Machflight 73" all arrived from Cairns and departed to Horn Island.

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Private Piper PA-31 Navajo VH-DWX arrived into Charters Towers Aerodrome from Cooktown and Cairns.

And Samaritan Aviation (Papua New Guinea) Cessna U206G Stationair P2-SAA visited Charters Towers Aerodrome from Mareeba and Cairns.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

South Australian-based Cessna 525A Citation CJ2 Bizjet VH-IYG Pops into Longreach Airport - Plus More!

On Wednesday 19 June, South Australian-based Cessna 525A Citation CJ2 bizjet VH-IYG landed at Longreach Airport from St George and this afternoon departed to Winton. 

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Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY flew up from Melbourne (Moorabbin) to the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour then down to Parafield.  It then flew to Melbourne (Essendon) and back to Moorabbin.

Elphinstone Group (Burnie) / Revesco Aviation (Perth) Embraer EMB-500 Phenom bizjet VH-PNM flew up to Hamilton Island Airport from Bankstown and then Sunshine Coast then down to Archerfield. 

Navair Flight Operations Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100 bizjet VH-LXZ flew up to Mackay Airport from Bankstown and Cessnock.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 20 June, VH-LXZ departed Mackay Airport for Emerald Airport and then back to Bankstown. 

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFA "Ambulance 614" arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville and then departed to Brisbane.  It then flew up to Mackay Airport and then back to Townsville. 

And Australian Corporate Jet Centres Embraer ERJ-145LR jet VH-JGS completed its fifth return trip to Moranbah Airport from and back to Brisbane.  (We may not report on this weekly movement any more!)

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 19 June, LifeFlight Agusta Westland AW139 helicopter VH-XIA as "Guardian 20" landed at Longreach Airport from Mount Isa then departed to Roma Airport and Archerfield. 


Cirrus SR20 VH-8P4 landed at Emerald Airport from Caboolture then departed to the South-East. 

New Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Beech B300C Super King Air 350 VH-8PE arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane on a training flight and parked for a crew change then departed back to Brisbane. 

NSW based Cessna 182P VH-IQV arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Roma Airport. 

FKG Air (Redjet Aviation) Hawker Beechcraft B200GT VH-FKB, which had flown up from Toowoomba to Bowen Aerodrome yesterday, arrived into Rockhampton Airport from there and then departed to Toowoomba. 

Flight One (Services) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-UVH returned back South from the Gulf of Carpentaria, arriving into Emerald Airport from Horn Island and Cairns before then departing to Archerfield.  It had flown North at the start of the week - see Blog post below!

Seair Pacific / Istlecote Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208B Caravan VH-TLH departed Rockhampton Airport to Middlemount Aerodrome and then down to Maryborough and Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airports. 

And Austrek Aviation Cessna 310R VH-DZU arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Roma Airport.

Photos taken by Brodie Lawson and Drew Mackay  ©

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Poolhurst Aviation Air Charter Services Pilatus PC-24 Jet VH-VTF Spotted at Gladstone Airport - Plus More!

On Tuesday 18 June, Poolhurst Aviation Air Charter Services Pilatus PC-24 jet VH-VTF was spotted at Gladstone Airport.






It looked to arrive from Archerfield and then depart to Cairns. 

While new Nioa Aviation (Avcair) Embraer EMB505 Phenom 300 bizjet VH-NJR and Air Charter Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 bizjet VH-VKX both appeared to depart Longreach Airport together bound for the Gold Coast.

They appear to have arrived together over the weekend from Ayres Rock via Winton.

And MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC landed at Emerald Airport from the Sunshine Coast.  It then hopped to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site and back to Emerald Airport.  Then during the afternoon, it hopped back to Labona and then departed there to the Sunshine Coast. 

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 18 June, the new Queensland Police Service (QPS) / Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Textron Aviation B300C Super King Air 350 VH-8PD arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and then departed to Brisbane. 

Amateur-built Avipro Bearhawk VH-MHU landed at Gladstone Airport from Heck Field and then departed to the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour. 

Cessna 172N VH-JER also landed at Gladstone Airport but from Southport and then also departed to Shute Harbour. 

Plus Raytheon G58 Baron VH-OCC also flew up to Shute Harbour but from the Gold Coast. 

While Brescon (Toowoomba) Beech B200 King Air VH-WXN flew up from Toowoomba-Wellcamp to Rolleston and Yellowbank Aerodromes before then departing to the Sunshine Coast and back to Wellcamp. 

McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King Air VH-NSN as "Machflight 55" arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and Townsville before it then departed back to Townsville.  It then flew down to Mackay Airport from Townsville and then headed back to Cairns. 

Brescon (Toowoomba) Beech B200 King Air VH-XDW departed Bowen Aerodrome for Archerfield and Toowoomba-Wellcamp.  It had arrived into Bowen Aerodrome from Wellcamp and Archerfield via Labona the previous day.

And Nautilus Aviation Bell Textron 407GXi helicopter VH-JIW continues to fly around the region - reportedly on aerial survey flights - departing Emerald Airport for the South.

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

All photos taken by Jamie C  ©