Thursday, August 21, 2014

More Awesome Photos as JetGo Australia Embraer E-135 VH-JTG Touches Down at Bundaberg Airport Tuesday


Local plane spotter Micah S has sent through some stunning photos from Tuesday 19 August as JetGo Australia Embraer E-135 VH-JTG popped into Bundaberg Airport.




As we reported below, VH-JTG was operating a training flight, which saw it fly from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast and then Bundaberg as JG90.  It departed Bundy and returned to the Sunshine Coast as JG91, before continuing on to Brisbane.







I understand that officials from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) were on board the flight as a part of JetGo's push to launch Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) flights in the future.



I believe that RPT flights linking Roma to Sydney are on the horizon, with no doubt, more training and possible route proving flights set to occur over the next few weeks.







Sincere thanks to Micah for taking the time to capture these simply stunning images, and for allowing us to share them on the CQ Plane Spotting Blog!

All photos taken by Micah S  ©

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

And Yet More Bizjets Call into Hamilton Island Airport - And They Have to Park at Proserpine!

As we mentioned below, Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-ZEK did call into Hamilton Island Airport on Tuesday 19 August, touching down from Bankstown.

Then on Wednesday 20 August, Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW was spotted by my father-in-law also arriving into Hamo but from Brisbane.


Seemingly due to the increasingly crowed parking apron at Hamilton Island Airport, VH-CRW then positioned across to the nearby Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport.

My father-in-law also captured the visiting Qantas Boeing B737-800 VH-XZB as it was on final approach operating QFA866 service from Sydney.


He also reports that he also captured some photos of some local helicopters that were flying around Hamilton Island in support of and filming the yachting action of the Hamilton Island Race Week.

Finally, Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO operated a return flight from Hamo to Bankstown and back later on Wednesday 20 August.

All photos taken by John Hodgkin  ©

General Aviation Maintenance (GAM) Dornier DO 228-202 VH-VJE at Maryborough Airport

Brisbane-based plane spotter Dave D has again spotted a General Aviation Maintenance (GAM) Dornier DO 228-202 visiting Maryborough Airport, with VH-VJN spotted departing for Brisbane on Wednesday 20 August.  It had reportedly completed some airwork at the field, including missed approaches along with numerous take-offs and landings.



It had earlier flown up from Brisbane.

Meanwhile, another GAM aircraft is becoming a familiar sight around Maryborough and other Fraser Coast Airports.  AeroCommander 500-S VH-MEH has been operating freight flights into the region most days of most weeks recently.  It usually departs Brisbane before dawn, landing first at Maryborough, and then heading to Bundaberg and Gayndah where it spends the day.  In the evening, it departs Gayndah and retraces its steps to Bundaberg and Maryborough before continuing to Brisbane.

Sincere thanks to Dave for allowing us to share his photos of VH-VJN!

All photos taken by Dave Deem  ©

Beauty! JetGo Australia Embraer E-135 VH-JTG Touches Down at Bundaberg Airport Tuesday

A great surprise for local plane spotters with JetGo Australia Embraer E-135 VH-JTG touching down at Bundaberg Airport on Tuesday 19 August.


VH-JTG was operating a training flight, which saw it fly from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast and then Bundaberg as JG90.  It departed Bundy and returned to the Sunshine Coast as JG91, before continuing on to Brisbane.

I understand that officials from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) were on board the flight as a part of JetGo's push to launch Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) flights in the future.

Thanks to the Bundaberg Aviation and Meteorology Facebook Page for allowing us to share this great image of VH-JTG on the ground at Bundy Airport on Tuesday!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Little Aviation Gulfstream G-V-SP (G550) Bizjet VH-LAL at Gladstone Airport Tuesday

A great surprise arrival into Gladstone Airport on Tuesday 19 August was Little Aviation Gulfstream G-V-SP (G550) bizjet VH-LAL.



It appears that the sleek bizjet arrived from Melbourne (Tullamarine) during the morning, and by the look of these fantastic photos captured by Michael F, VH-LAL will be staying the night at Gladstone Airport.




UPDATE!  VH-LAL eventually departed Gladstone to the South during the afternoon of Wednesday 20 August.

Sincere thanks to Michael for capturing these great photos of a great looking bizjet.

All photos taken by Michael Fleetwood  ©

AirServices Australia / Pearl Aviation Super King Air VH-FIY Calls into Rockhampton Airport

On Monday 18 August, AirServices Australia / Pearl Aviation Hawker Beechcraft B300 Super King Air VH-FIY called into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane.  On Tuesday 19 August, VH-FIY operated a four-hour navigational aid (navaid) calibration flight out of Rocky.


Local plane spotter 'IAD' captured a quick photo of VH-FIY resting on the General Aviation (GA) Apron at Rockhampton Airport.  VH-FIY has been noted using its usual flight number of 'ADA3' and heard to be using the radio callsign of "AusCal 3".

It appears that VH-FIY will again stay overnight on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile also operating in and out of Rockhampton Airport were locally-based Atlass Aviation Vulcanair (Partenavia) P.68C aircraft VH-CFT and VH-KBO.


VH-KBO (shown above also on Tuesday 19 August) was noted flying to Biloela / Thangool Airport on Monday 18 August.  VH-CFT operated a local flight from and back to Rocky on Monday, before also flying to Biloela / Thangool Airport on Tuesday 19 August.

Atlass Aviation (Aerial Topographic Laser Survey Systems) operates aerial survey flights predominately out of Rockhampton to nearby Bowen Basin mine sites using a fleet of four aircraft - the two Vulcanair aircraft, plus Cessna U206G VH-JEK and Beechcraft A36 Bonanza VH-IOL.  See more at their website:  http://www.atlass.com.au/

Finally, an interesting visitor to Rockhampton Airport from 'out of town' was Tasmanian-based Aerospatiale AS.350BA Squirrel helicopter VH-BAA.





In the photo below, 'IAD' notes that he captured three blue and yellow coloured helicopters with VH-BAA pictured, along with Bell 412's VH-LSY and VH-EPR.  VH-EPR is inside the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) hangar currently receiving attention.


Sincere thanks to 'IAD' for the capturing and sending through these fantastic photos!

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©

Gulfstream GV-SP (G550) Bizjet N505D Calls into Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport Tuesday

Internet-based flight tracking software indicated that American-based Gulfstream GV-SP (G550) N505D called into Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport on Tuesday 19 August.

Daniel Jef / http://flightaware.com/

It's exact movements are not known, however during the afternoon it was noted climbing out of Proserpine before later landing at the Gold Coast.

Another Couple of Days - Another Couple of Bizjets - at Hamilton Island Airport

On Monday 18 August, it appears that Business Aviation Solutions Cessna 750 Citation X bizjet VH-RCA called in to Hamilton Island Airport.  Sadly, its exact movements are not known, however it was noted flying into Brisbane late on Monday.


VH-RCA is shown above with Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX VH-WIO, which remains parked on the Hamo apron.

Meanwhile, at the time of writing, it appears that yet another bizjet will call into Hamilton Island Airport on Tuesday 19 August with Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign VH-ZEK planned to call in from Bankstown.

Finally, one notable commercial movement on Monday 18 August was Jetstar's Airbus A320 VH-VGF - which wears a special orange (or jaffa as has been described on other forums) celebrating Jetstar's 10 years of service in 2014 - was noted operating the JST846/849 scheduled service into Hamo from and back to Sydney.


No doubt these bizjet movements are associated with Hamilton Island Race Week.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Old and New at Mackay Airport - Beech 65 VH-FDV and Bell 429 Helicopter VH-MJI

A couple of surprise and notable arrivals into Mackay Airport on Monday 18 August included 1966-build Beech 65 Queen Air VH-FDV.


The former Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) machine arrived from Caloundra where it seems to be based.

Then later on Monday 18 August, 2012-build Bell 429 'Global Ranger' helicopter VH-MJI touched down from Rockhampton.

The chopper appears to be in town to demonstrate to Mackay Helicopters, with information suggesting that it will be conducting local flights on Tuesday 19 August.

Finally, it's worth mentioning that locally-based Raytheon 390 Premier 1 bizjet N7088S returned home to Mackay from Bankstown on Monday 18 August.  It had previously departed Mackay for Brisbane on Thursday 14 August, and continued further South to Bankstown on Friday 15 August.

Queensland Government Hawker 850XP Bizjet VH-SGY Calls into Gladstone and Bundaberg Airports

Making another appearance in Central Queensland on Monday 18 August was the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY.

VH-SGY at Bundy  (File photo taken by Micah S  ©)

On this occasion, it was noted calling into Gladstone Airport from Brisbane, before later departing to Bundaberg.

It later departed Bundy for Brisbane.