Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Couple of Other Bizjets and Lighties Around CQ Airports incl Qld Gvt VH-SGY & VH-SGQ

As well as the aircraft movements mentioned in the posts below, there have been a couple of other interesting corporate bizjets and light General Aviation (GA) aircraft to call into various CQ Airports over the last couple of days, including some interesting movement by the Queensland Government aircraft.

On Sunday 23 October, the Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY and Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ were both noted arriving into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from Brisbane.

File photo

After spending the night, both aircraft departed Prosie on Monday 24 October with VH-SGQ returning to Brisbane, while VH-SGY made a very short hop down to Mackay Airport.

After spending the night in the sugar city, VH-SGY was noted flying from Mackay to Brisbane and then back to Mackay on Tuesday 25 October.

At the time of writing, VH-SGY was scheduled to depart Mackay Airport for Brisbane one final time early on Wednesday 26 October.

Meanwhile, a couple of interesting helicopter visitors into Mackay Airport on Monday 24 October included Whitsunday Air Services / Hamilton Island Air Robinson R-44 VH-WIY which is on a flight South from the Whitsundays, and Rotorco Eurocopter AS.350B2 Squirrel VH-LFD was noted departing to Rockhampton from Mackay and is believed to be completing powerline inspections.

Also, Mackay Airport-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ was noted completing a flight from Mackay to Rockhampton and back.

Another bizjet into Rockhampton Airport on Monday 24 October was the familiar sight of Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang VH-KXM which arrived from Vanrook Station and Normanton.  It looks to be staying for at least the night.

Back in the Whitsundays at Hamilton Island Airport, on Monday 24 October, GSA Industries Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601 bizjet VH-NSB made yet another visit, this time flying from the Gold Coast and back.

Finally, a couple of interesting lighties have been noted passing through Longreach Airport in the last couple of days including Air Australia International (of Jandakot, Western Australia) Piper PA-31 Navajo VH-CYY which arrived from Tennant Creek and Mount Isa on Monday 24 October.

It appears to have flown from Jandakot to Geraldton and Port Hedland last Thursday 20 October on the start of this flight to Queensland.

UPDATE!  VH-CYY is due to fly from Longreach to Saint George on Wednesday 26 October.

Also visiting Longreach Airport was McNab Aviation Cessna 414A VH-FKH which visited from Toowoomba on Monday 24 October, while on Sunday 23 October, Hawker Beechcraft C90GTi King Air VH-JJU visited from its Cloncurry base, while Wagga Wagga-based SOCATA TBM-850 VH-PVM arrived into Longreach from Orange (New South Wales) and departed to Burketown.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Monday, October 24, 2016

Some Plane Spotting Photos from Emerald Airport incl GAM Dornier 228 VH-VJN and Citation Bravo Bizjet VH-XBP

On Monday 24 October, I took a quick drive to Emerald Airport to check out some of the action and to capture a couple of photos of General Aviation Maintenance (GAM) Dornier DO 228-202 VH-VJN which, as we reported last week, has now taken over the week-daily Toll Freight Express run from Brisbane.

VH-VJN touched down at Emerald earlier on Monday morning from Brisbane and Biloela / Thangool Airport and was photographed preparing for departure back to Brisbane but via Rockhampton Airport.


It was joined on the Western apron by fellow GAM AeroCommander 500-S VH-UJX which touched down at Emerald Airport from Longreach and Barcaldine Airports.

Parked nearby at Emerald Airport after arriving earlier on Monday 24 October was Maxem Aviation (of Western Australia) Cessna 550 Citation Bravo bizjet VH-XBP.

It touched down from Brisbane and Mackay Airports and was expected to return to Brisbane later on Monday.

UPDATE!  VH-XBP spent the night at Emerald Airport and departed to Brisbane late on Tuesday 25 October.

Also parked at Emerald Airport on Monday 24 October was Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Raytheon B200 VH-FDZ which had earlier arrived from its Roma Airport base as "FlyDoc 458".

This RFDS King Air is currently configured to transport doctors and other specialist around to remote communities and on this occasion flew specialists to Emerald for an overnight stay.  At the time of writing it is due to return to Roma on Tuesday 25 October.

Finally, a pair of Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 jets were spotted visiting Emerald Airport late on Monday 24 October on different flights.

VH-QQX was spotted arriving from Brisbane as UTY1265 - one of 2-3 daily flights that Alliance Airlines now operates for Virgin Australia Airlines.

While in the fading light shortly after sunset, VH-JFB was spotted on short finals as UTY4078 from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

This is one of two Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights that Alliance Airlines continues to operate each week on a Monday evening and then again early on a Tuesday.

A great afternoon!

RAAF Canadair Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-001 Calls into Rockhampton and Longreach Airports

On Monday 24 October, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-001 was spotted on the ground at Rockhampton Airport.

It had earlier arrived from Canberra as "Consort 90".

After the Federal Ministers completed their engagements in the beef capital, A37-001 departed Rockhampton Airport and headed West landing a short time later at Longreach Airport.

It later departed Longreach Airport for Brisbane.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Trevor H and Kayanne H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by Trevor Hardsman and Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-YFJ Diverts into Gladstone Airport Enroute Brisbane to Townsville

Late on Sunday 23 October, Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-YFJ was spotted visiting Gladstone Airport.  It had called into Gladstone while operating the scheduled VOZ383 service from Brisbane to Townsville.

It is believed that the evening Virgin Australia flight into Gladstone Airport from Brisbane was cancelled and the diversion of VH-YFJ brought the affected passengers into the port city.

VH-YFJ continued a short time later onward to Townsville.

Also early on Monday 24 October, the early morning VOZ1708 scheduled service from Gladstone to Brisbane was obviously cancelled as no aircraft overnighted from Sunday.

All photos taken by 'Mick'  ©

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Cessna 525 Citation M2 Bizjet VH-WMY Calls into Mackay and Hamilton Island Airports

On Sunday 23 October, Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY of Mitchell Water Australia was noted visiting Mackay and Hamilton Island Airports.

VH-WMY at Mackay Airport during a previous visit  (File photo)

It initially touched down at Mackay Airport from Melbourne (Moorabbin) and Melbourne (Essendon).  It then flew up to Hamo.  After just over an hour on the ground, VH-WMY then departed Hamilton Island Airport for Archerfield before it returned to Moorabbin.

Another (much smaller) visitor to Hamilton Island Airport over the weekend was Gold Coast-based Cessna 210N VH-JEI.  It arrived from the Gold Coast on Saturday 22 October and returned there on Sunday 23 October.

And another interesting Cessna in the form of Cessna 207 VH-JWA of Wrightsair - which is usually based in Cairns - called into Mackay Airport from Cairns on Sunday 23 October before continuing South to Roma Airport.

Meanwhile, a couple of other bizjet movements of note with Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizet VH-KXM touching down at Emerald Airport from Bankstown late on Friday 21 October.  On Saturday 22 October, VH-KXM then continued to Vanrook Station.

And as this post is written, VH-KXM is scheduled to fly from Vanrook Station to Normanton and then Rockhampton touching down late morning on Monday 24 October.

Also at the time of writing, Maxem Aviation (of Western Australia) Cessna 550 Citation Bravo VH-XBP is due to visit both Mackay and Emerald Airports early on Monday 24 October.  It is scheduled to touch down at Mackay Airport around 7.30am before heading to Emerald Airport where it will touch down at 8.30am.

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - Air New Zealand B787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZJ Makes one final Visit to Rockhampton Airport

On Sunday 23 October, the final flight of the third 'wave' of heavy jet passenger charters in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016 was operated by Air New Zealand Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZJ.

It touched down direct from Singapore's Changi Airport, positioning empty as ANZ6001.

As this post is being written, ZK-NZJ has been loading with a full flight of passengers and cargo, and has departed back to Singapore as ANZ1932.

The final wave of charter flights into Rockhampton Airport in support of Exercise Wallaby 2016 will take place across two nights in early November.  Word around the Airport is that these flights will possibly be operated once again by Air New Zealand Boeing B777-200 aircraft.

It's also worth noting that an Antonov AN-124 is expected to make three return visits to Rockhampton Airport shortly after in early to mid November.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters 'IAD' and Kayanne H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos of today's action!

Photos taken by 'IAD' and Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - More Great Photos as Air New Zealand B787-9 Dreamliners ZK-NZF & ZK-NZJ Visit Rockhampton Airport on Saturday

As we posted below, the third of four 'waves' of heavy jet passenger charter flights in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016 continued at Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 22 October, when Air New Zealand Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZF arrived back in the beef capital direct from Singapore's Changi Airport as ANZ6009.

After it positioned empty from Singapore, it returned back there later on Saturday 22 October this time as ANZ1930.

Shortly before ZK-NZF departed, fellow Air New Zealand Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZJ also arrived back into Rockhampton Airport touching down as ANZ1935.  As shown, it was made to wait on Taxiway Juliette before it could park on the Gate 6 on the Southern end of the apron.

ZK-NZJ also later departed back to Singapore but as ANZ1936.

As this post is being written on Sunday 23 October, ZK-NZJ is again returning to Rockhampton Airport, this time positioning empty as ANZ6001.  It will return to Singapore around 9pm on Sunday once more from Rocky before returning to Auckland some time on Monday 24 October.

Meanwhile, also on Sunday 23 October, ZK-NZF is positioning empty from Singapore back to Auckland as ANZ6007.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters 'IAD' and Kayanne Hardsman for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and 'IAD'  ©