Saturday, April 25, 2015

RAAF Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-221 Spotted Overhead Maryborough and Rockhampton - And More - On Anzac Day

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-221 highlighted a great day of fly-overs throughout Central Queensland during commemorations on Saturday 25 April - ANZAC Day.

The Super Hornet was heard flying North from RAAF Base Amberley as "Falcon 41" and was initially spotted over Maryborough at 500 feet by local photographer and part time plane spotter Rowena B, who has again this year allowed us to share her stunning photos.

"Falcon 41" was then heard to fly further North via Mount Larcom and on to Rockhampton where local plane spotter Ben O also captured A44-221 as it overflew Rocky.

Of interest, fellow Super Hornets (or "Rhinos") A44-203 and A44-223 were spotted overflying the Brisbane Anzac Day parade and commemorations, and featured on the state-wide television coverage.

As we mentioned below, the skies above Bundaberg played host to CAC CA-18 Mk21 Mustang VH-MFT 'Snifter'.  VH-MFT landed back at Bundy, and during the afternoon on Saturday 25 April, it departed to Mackay where it will be based for the next couple of days.

Mike Manning /

Further up the Queensland coast, RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air turbo-props A32-426 "Dingo 46" and A32-673 "Dingo 45" were noted overflying commemorations from Proserpine and Airlie Beach, West to Charters Towers, and North to Cairns.

The Whitsunday Tiger Moth (Adventures) DH-82A VH-ARU was also spotted in the skies over Airlie Beach also dropping around 4000 poppies onto the main street Whitsunday tourist hub.

Big thanks to Rowena and Ben for capturing their stunning photos and allow us to share them with you all!

Photos taken by Rowena Baumgart and Ben O'Dowd  ©

Raytheon 390 Premier 1 Bizjet N7088S Returns to Mackay Airport!

Well, we were wrong!  Raytheon 390 Premier 1 bizjet N7088S has returned to its Mackay Airport home after heading to Bankstown in late March for maintenance.

There was speculation that N7088S may have graced Mackay skies for the final time with it reportedly also being up for sale, however, on Friday 3 April, the smart little bizjet touched down at Mackay Airport directly from Bankstown following its planned maintenance.

On Friday 24 April, N7088S then popped up to Townsville Airport where it was captured on finals by local plane spotter 'Shinpow16'.

The operator of the N7088S has recently taken delivery of the new Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ.  Local plane spotter 'AC' captured these stunning atmospheric night-time photos during a recent trip to Mackay Airport.

N142GZ - which remains parked outside a construction zone where its new hangar is being built on the Western side of Mackay Airport - recently returned home following a sales demonstration tour to South-East Asia for Embraer.

Photos taken by 'Shinpow16' and 'AC'  ©

Friday, April 24, 2015

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) ANZAC Day Flypast Details for Central Queensland Tomorrow

With ANZAC Day tomorrow, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have released details of planned flypasts during Queensland commemorations - including some Central Queensland locations.

File photo taken by Rowena Baumgart  ©

Details from the RAAF 'Flying Operations' website ( indicate a single F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft from Number 82 Wing at RAAF Base Amberley will conduct a flypast of Anzac Day commemoration activities on Saturday 25 April around Queensland, including in CQ at:
10:15am - Hervey Bay
10:20am - Maryborough
10:20am - Woodenbong
10:25am - Howard
10:40am - Calliope
10:45am - Mount Larcom
10:50am - Rockhampton

Meanhile, a single RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air is expected to flypast at:
8.50am - Airlie Beach
10:10am - Charters Towers
11:00am - Proserpine

A full list of Queensland flypasts is shown below..

The RAAF 'Flying Operations' wesbite contains a full Australia-wide list, and advises everyone that "Please note that flypasts have been allocated based on available resources, and are subject to operational and weather considerations. All activities and times are subject to variation."

Finally, as we mentioned on our Facebook page, Caboolture-based Mustang Flights Australia are flying CAC CA-18 Mk21 Mustang VH-MFT (originally A68-110) - named 'Snifter' - North to ‪‎Bundaberg‬ and ‪Mackay‬ on Friday 24 April.  'Snifter' will be in Bundy from 24-26 April to take part in the ANZAC day commemorations marking 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.  An opportunity will then be provided to anyone wanting a ride in this classic aircraft to take a backseat ride at discounted rates!.

Tamworth-Based Eclipse EA500 Bizjet N227G Pops into Rockhampton Airport Thursday

Tamworth-based Eclipse EA500 bizjet N227G called into Rockhampton Airport from there on Thursday 23 April.  At the time of writing, it remains parked on the General Aviation (GA) Apron.

I'm unsure who the actual operator of the Eclipse here is in Australia however after a demonstration tour of Australia late in 2014, it looks to have taken up residence in Tamworth - the Country Music Capital of Australia!

Meanwhile, while he was capturing some photos of the Eclipse, local plane spotter 'IAD' also captured some photos of Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-VUQ - ex New Zealand-based Virgin Australia aircraft registered ZK-PBL.

VH-VUQ departed Rocky back to Brisbane as VOZ1248.

Notable in the photos as VH-VUQ departed is that Rockhampton Airport's Runway 15 is operating at a shortened length with a displaced threshold while runway lighting works are undertaken.  Pilots are asked to refer to relevant NOTAM's.

Finally, the new Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Rockhampton Base Patient Transfer Facility is certainly taking shape and recently, a plaque was unveiled in memory of RFDS Captain Greg McNaughton who was tragically killed in a recent shooting incident near Rockhampton.

Thanks to 'IAD' for capturing and sending through these great photos!

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pel-Air (Navy Support) IAI Westwind 1124 VH-AJJ at Mackay Airport

Spotted shortly after arriving into Mackay Airport on Thursday 23 April was Pel-Air Aviation (Royal Australian Navy Fleet Support) IAI Westwind 1124 bizjet VH-AJJ.

The Westwind's exact movements are not known however it was a great movement for Mackay.

Of interest, there was also word that a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air was also due to call into Mackay on Thursday 23 April however at the time of writing, we are unable to confirm if it did actually arrive.

However, last Thursday 16 April RAAF Super King Air A32-651 was noted performing airwork in the Mackay Airport circuit area as "Dingo 35".

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©

RAAF Challenger 604 Bizjets A37-001 and A37-002 Call into Maryborough Airport This Week

This week Maryborough Airport has played host to a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjets as locally-based Minister of Federal Parliament (and Deputy Prime Minister) Warren Truss ventured out West to Winton to see off the 2015 ANZAC Troop Train Re-Enactment.

On Sunday 19 April, A37-001 reportedly called into Maryborough and possibly departed to Winton as Deputy Prime Minister Truss was spotted at Winton seeing off the train.  However, early on Monday 20 April, local plane spotter David G spotted A37-001 departing Maryborough heading South.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday 23 April, fellow RAAF Challenger 604 A37-002 was spotted by David G shortly after arriving in Maryborough Airport from the South.

It reportedly brought Mr Truss back to to town as the Troop Train made its arrival into Maryborough for the night.

Thanks to David G for sending through these great photos!

All photos taken by David Geck  ©

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Big Weekend at Emu Park with “Festival of the Wind” and Rocky Aero Club Flying Comp on Sunday

The Rockhampton Aero Club (RAC) has sent out a reminder to start planning for a massive weekend at Emu Park - 45km NE of Rockhampton & 21km NW of Yeppoon.

On Sunday 26 April, a special event to celebrate local aviator Ivan Unwin's 70 years of active flying will be held at the Emu Park Airstrip, in conjunction with the Rockhampton Aero Club flying competition.  The competition is open to everyone including non pilots!

The "fun for everyone competition" consist of three events – balloon bursting, flour bombing and finally a spot landing. Highest total points wins!  The entire experience will cost only $85.00 (in their Cessna 150) and includes entry fee, certificate of participation and the fun of real flying.

The day commences when the Club flys their aircraft to Emu Park Airstrip and then mark the landing line. Names and details are taken, and the competition starts around 10.30am.

Following the competition, there will be a BBQ lunch at the Emu Park Airstrip.  Food and cold drinks will be available, along with shade, toilet and a water tank - and please bring a chair!

There's plenty of spacious aircraft parking in parking lots. The local Area Frequency is 126.7

Enquiries to Pat Nixon-Smith/Martin at the Emu Park Airfield Reference Group on: or 0448 746 114 (text message ok).

All aviators & friends are welcome, and even if you don’t know Ivan, come and celebrate a unique achievement in aviation!

Also at Emu Park on Sunday 26 April, the “Festival of the Wind” will be held at Bell Park / Fishermans Beach.  The event is being hosted by Emu Park Lions Club and will feature a formation flypast by the Rockhampton Aero Club aircraft.

RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-437 "Dingo 13" Surveying Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) near Rockhampton Airport

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air A32-437 - flying as "Dingo 13" - has been noted this week operating survey flights in and out of Rockhampton Airport to the nearby Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

File photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Images captured from flight tracking website Flightradar24 show "Dingo 13" operating several North-South runs over Shoalwater Bay which we presume is in preparation for the upcoming Military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 (TS15).

More details about Talisman Sabre are expected to emerge in the coming weeks with - at this stage - all that is known about the Exercise is that it will held in various locations - including Shoalwater Bay and Rockhampton Airport - during July and August 2015.

Finally, on Wednesday 22 April, fellow RAAF Super King Air A32-675 was noted descending into Bundaberg as "Dingo 30", while later in the afternoon, I stuck my head out of my classroom and spotted another RAAF Super King Air A32-651 "Dingo 26" climbing out of my local Clermont Aerodrome while on a flight from Townsville to Amberley!  What a nice surprise!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

2015 ANZAC Troop Train Re-enactment Brings Alliance F-100 VH-FWH and More to Longreach Airport

Lydia Burton /

The 2015 ANZAC troop train re-enactment has this week seen a steam train with nine authentic refurbished carriages depart Winton on Monday 20 April, with overnight stops at Longreach, Emerald, Rockhampton and Maryborough before arriving at Central Station in Brisbane on the afternoon of Friday 24 April.

Over the course of Sunday 19 April and Monday 20 April, several interesting light and larger aircraft and helicopters were seen at both Winton and Longreach Airports including Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-FWH which was noted at both Airports during a day of travelling that started and finished at Brisbane.

Robert Myers /

Of interest, as the photo shows, VH-FWH has recently been re-painted all white.

Also on Sunday 19 April, Air Central West Beech 58 Baron VH-TNR and Mareeba-based Cirrus SR22 VH-WJB both arrived into Winton.

Meanwhile, on Monday 20 April, Hinterland Aviation Cessna 404 VH-TFO flew from Cairns to Longreach and onto Windorah and back as "HND467".  Also calling into Longreach from Cairns on Monday was Hopair Cessna 337E Skymaster VH-OIQ.  It continued to Birdsville.

Later on Monday, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU touched down from Cairns and stayed overnight.  It departed to Cloncurry early on Tuesday 21 April.

Finally on Tuesday 21 April, Sunshine Coast-based Cirrus SR22 VH-MCX departed Longreach for the Sunshine Coast.

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

Captured by local plane spotter 'IAD' performing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport on Monday 20 April was Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-005.

It was making a rare visit using the radio callsign of "Ausy 510" - the callsign usually reserved for overseas flights by RAAF aircraft.

It appears that A39-005 departed Amberley Air Base and headed to Rocky before flying further North and reportedly landing at Townsville.  From Townsville it then flew on to Darwin.

Thanks to 'IAD' for sending through these great photos!

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©