We firstly visited local aeroplane and helicopter maintenance provider, Aerotor. The boys were very busy completing an engine change-out on a 2008-build Robinson R-22 BETA Helicopters - VH-HYY. The little Robbie is owned by Channel Country Heliwork and is powered by a 360 cubic horizontally-opposed, 4-cylinder Lycoming piston engine. Life expectancy between change-outs is 2000 hours, provided a scheduled service is completed every 100 hours.
Also sighted was Cessna 210N VH-SOV which is owned by Central Skies Pty Ltd of Alice Springs but reportedly now a resident in Gladstone.
Other aircraft noted on Thursday 28 June included Jabiru 55/3J with RA-Aus registration of 55-1981. It was preparing to depart on a local flight.
Locally-based Australian Helicopters Kawasaki BK117 B-2 VH-VRP was also noted just after returning from another flight.
Lastly, we noted a couple of interesting charter aircraft parked at Gladstone Airport on Thursday 28 June. Cessna 402 VH-ZMG is operated by Australasian Jet and has recently been based at Mackay Airport. While Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VEY, which is owned by Vee H Aviation in the A.C.T., but is operated by Corporate Air, of which it wears titles on the rear of the aircraft fuselage, was also noted.