Sunday, April 8, 2012

This Week at Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour / Airlie Beach

While on holidays in the Whitsundays this week, I have had some opportunity to pop into the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour / Airlie Beach.

There was of course plenty of movements on Saturday 7 April, with most being from local operators, including:

GSL Aviation's pair of aircraft - Gippsland GA-8 AirVan VH-URB and Cessna 210 VH-FOC - both were noted operating several passenger transfers to neighbouring destinations.

It was also interesting to note that VH-URB is now wearing GSL Aviation colours and titles. A full Blog Post on GSL Aviation can be found HERE.

Air Whitsunday Seaplanes Cessna 208FP Caravan and De Haviland DHC-2FP Beaver float planes were also regularly departing on island transfers and sightseeing joyflights. Pictured below is Caravan VH-PGT departing and VH-AWD parked waiting for its next flight.

I also spotted Beaver VH-AWY tucked away minus its wings, obviously undergoing some maintenance.

Also noted flying was Skydive Airlie Beach Gippland GA-8 AirVan VH-RTS.

And Whitsunday Tiger Moth Adventures De Haviland DH-82A VH-BOJ was busy flying joyflights.

There has also been a few interesting visitors to the Airport including:

Redcliffe-based Piper PA-22-160 VH-MBT. It was photographed parked on Saturday 31 March. It is registered to Bob Tait's Aviation Theory School at Redcliffe.

On Saturday 7 April, Noosa-based Cessna 401 VH-ARI was photographed. It arrived during the week from Gympie and wears titles promoting "Noosa Heads" and "Equine Nutrition".

A pair of Cirrus Aircraft were also noted with Cirrus SR20 VH-DRK and Cirrus SR22 VH-MHA both photographed parked up at the Airport for the Easter break.

Lastly, there were reports that Aeromil Pacific - Cessna Demonstrator - Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-PWX arrived at Whitsunday Airport after performing a demonstration tour of New Zealand.

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