Monday, July 16, 2018

Qantas Flight Flown by New Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-UQC Diverts into Longreach Airport with Engine Problems

On Monday 16 July, Alliance Airlines most recently delivered Fokker F-100 VH-UQC made its first and rather unexpected first visit into Central Queensland when it was forced to make an emergency landing into Longreach Airport with what has been reported to be a failure of one of the engines.

VH-UQC was operating as UTY2700 from Brisbane to Mount Isa, flying the route on behalf of QantasLink - Qantas Airways.  As shown, it circled over Longreach for some time before eventually making an approach and landing.

The Fokker was met at Longreach Airport by emergency services after the crew completed a textbook landing.

Passengers continued their journey to Mount Isa some hours later with fellow Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-XWS positioning empty into Longreach Airport from Townsville as UTY997.

VH-XWS later continued to Mount Isa as UTY2700.

At the time of writing, VH-UQC remains parked at Longreach Airport with one report suggesting that it is grounded pending repairs from Alliance Airlines engineers.

Of interest, Alliance Airlines also flys from Brisbane to Mount Isa also on behalf of Virgin Australia Airlines.

Finally, Fokker F-100 VH-UQC was delivered to Alliance Airlines at Brisbane on Friday 29 June after it completed the final legs of its delivery flight from Europe via Kupang and Townsville.  It entered service last Tuesday 10 July by completing a Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) closed charter flight from Brisbane to Alice Springs and The Granites and back.

VH-UQC was registered to the airline in February 2018 and previously operated as OE-LVI with Austrian Airlines since 2005.

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

All photos taken by Greg Weir  ©

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Brisbane-based Cessna 525A CitationJet2 Bizjet VH-MOR Pops into Moura Airport Once Again - And into Biloela / Thangool Airport too!

Over the course of Wednesday 11 July and Thursday 12 July, Brisbane-based Cessna 525A CitationJet2 bizjet VH-MOR once again completed a flight from Archerfield and Brisbane to Moura Aerodrome and then return.

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Then later on Thursday 12 July, VH-MOR was back in CQ.  It completed a return flight from Archerfield to Biloela / Thangool Airport and back.

Of interest, it appears that last Wednesday 4 July and Thursday 5 July, the flight looked to be completed by Flight One (Services) Beech B200 King Air VH-FON which flew from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane and then Moura before flying back to Brisbane and then its Archerfield base on the Thursday.

Research shows that last Tuesday 3 July and Wednesday 4 July, VH-MOR in fact completed a flight from Brisbane to Roma Airport and back - so it was otherwise engaged!

Photo taken by the Col B  ©

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 Jet VH-NKU Pops into Mackay Airport Operating for Qantas

A surprise arrival into Mackay Airport on Wednesday 11 July with Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-NKU touching down from Brisbane as UTY2600.

The flight was reportedly on behalf of QantasLink - Qantas Airways - caused by the breakdown of one of the QantasLink aircraft that was due to operate the flight.

After unloading and then loading, VH-NKU departed back to Brisbane but as UTY2601.

Meanwhile, also spotted at Mackay Airport late on Wednesday 11 July and preparing for an overnight stay was Townsville-based NQ Heli-Worx (Meridian Helicopters) Aerospatiale AS350 B2 Squirrel helicopter VH-MHE.

Sincere thanks 'JM' for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by 'JM'  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-450 Pops into Rockhampton Airport

On Wednesday 11 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft A97-450 was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from the South as "Trojan 05".

After a little while on the ground, the Herc was spotted above departing to Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport.

Of interest, it appears that A97-450 no longer wears the attractive tail art it was spotted with at Rockhampton Airport last year as shown below.

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Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H who captured the photo at the top of this post from her backyard as the Herc departed!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Scott Harris  ©

Regional Express (REX) SAAB 340B VH-ZLC Operates Charter Flight to Longreach and Birdsville Airports

On Wednesday 11 July, Regional Express (REX) SAAB 340B VH-ZLC was noted arriving into Longreach Airport from Townsville on what appeared to be a closed charter flight as RXA9479.  It soon after continued to Birdsville Airport again as RXA9479.

VH-ZLC at Brisbane Airport last week

VH-ZLC was due to return to Longreach Airport from Birdsville but flew back direct to Townsville as RXA9478.

The 'Birdsville Big Red Bash' has been held this week where some of the biggest names in Australian music were set to perform in the desert at the iconic Big Red sand hill Birdsville.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-PWX and SOCATA TBM-700 N700BK Visit Bundaberg Airport

On Tuesday 10 July, Special Mining Services / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-PWX was noted arriving into Bundaberg Airport from the South.

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It appeared to be staying for at the least the night.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 11 July, VH-PWX departed Bundaberg Airport for Archerfield.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 10 July, new Archerfield-based SOCATA TBM-700 N700BK was also noted visiting Bundaberg Airport.  Sadly, its exact movements are not known.

And Tescorp (of New South Wales) Piper PA-31-325 VH-FHQ departed Bundaberg Airport for Cooktown also on Tuesday 10 July.  It had arrived on Sunday 8 July from Bankstown.

Finally, on Monday 9 July, RJS Charters (of Ipswich) Cessna 340 VH-SPS visited Bundaberg Airport from Archerfield.  While Microflite Helicopters (of Moorabbin) Eurocopter AS.350B3 Squirrel VH-PXX departed Bundaberg Airport for the Gold Coast.  It was returning South after completing operations in Townsville at the weekend's V8 Super Car Racing Round where it was used to capture images using a nose-mounted camera.

Local Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 Bizjet N142GZ Completes Flights out and back to Mackay Airport

It was a busy day at Mackay Airport on Tuesday 10 July for locally-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ with it noted completing two flights to Brisbane and one back into the sugar city.

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UPDATE!  N142GZ reversed its Tuesday flights on Thursday 12 July completing two flights from Brisbane into Mackay Airport and one back to Brisbane.  I suspect that N142GZ might have ferried people to and from Brisbane to watch the third State of Origin rugby league game.

As mentioned below, late on Tuesday 10 July, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" touched down at Mackay Airport from Brisbane.  It returned to Brisbane a little while later.

UPDATE!  On Friday 13 July, fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" made an early arrival into Mackay Airport from Townsville.  It later departed to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, on the lighter side of movements into Mackay Airport, Piper PA-31-350 Navajo VH-TTX was back on Tuesday 10 July arriving direct from its Toowoomba base and departing to Bowen and Gladstone Airports before returning to Toowoomba.

UPDATE!  VH-TTX did the same on Wednesday 11 July.

Also on Tuesday 10 July, Vanderfield Pilatus PC-12/47 VH-WPH arrived in Mackay Airport from its Toowoomba base via Biloela / Thangool Airport.  It is due to depart to Emerald Airport and stay for the night.  VH-WPH is then due to continue to Roma Airport on Wednesday 11 July.

While Brisbane-based Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche VH-ZOO departed Mackay Airport for Archerfield.  It had arrived on Sunday 8 July.

Finally, a pair of interesting helicopters visiting Mackay Airport also on Tuesday 10 July included Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412 helicopter VH-ESD which was noted visiting from its Townsville base as "Rescue 521".

While Parklea (Air Services) (of Victoria) Agusta AW109SP helicopter VH-CZT was noted departing Mackay Airport for Rockhampton Airport and then points further South on what appears to be a ferry flight South.

And its worth noting that locally-based Flyon Helicopters has recently taken delivery of and is operating Aviation Utilities (New South Wales) Agusta A109S helicopter VH-XPB on their marine transfer flights out of and back to Mackay Airport.  VH-XPB arrived into Mackay Airport from its (usual) Camden base in late June.

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Pops into Emerald and Longreach Airports

Late on Monday 9 July, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was noted visiting both Emerald and Longreach Airports after earlier departing its Brisbane base.

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It reportedly completed a medical evacuation flight from Longreach and departed there for Thargomindah before later returning to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, back on Thursday 28 June, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" also called into Roma Airport from Brisbane via Townsville.  It later returned to the capital.

Finally, on Sunday 8 July, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" was noted visiting Bundaberg Airport, arriving from Townsville and later departing to Brisbane.

While as this post is being written, late on Tuesday 10 July, fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" has touched down at Mackay Airport from Brisbane.  It is due to return to Brisbane later.

VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" also visited Bundaberg Airport last Thursday 5 July.

Photo taken by The FNQ Skies Blog  ©

Monday, July 9, 2018

Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-009 Pops into Rockhampton Airport

On Monday 10 July, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-009 was noted calling into Rockhampton Airport.

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It looked to arrive from Townsville and later depart to Brisbane.  A40-009 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Warhorse 244".

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Bundaberg-based Aero Optics Aero Commander 500-S VH-JAJ Spotted at Rockhampton Airport

On Saturday 7 July, Aero Commander 500-S VH-JAJ was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport.

It was noted arriving from Bundaberg Airport where it appears to now be based.  Indeed a search reveals that VH-JAJ is registered to locally-based Aero Optics.

VH-JAJ looked to arrive into Bundaberg Airport from the South in April.

VH-JAJ has since completed aerial survey flights out of and back to Rockhampton Airport, including a landing at Chinchilla Airport on Sunday 8 July.

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©