By far the highlight of the last few days plane spotting at Gladstone Airport has been the first Virgin Australia jet service touching down from Brisbane on Tuesday 12 June. However, local plane spotter Jamie C has kept his camera close-by and sends through some pictures of some other recent visitors.
On Monday 11 June, he captured QantasLink (Cobham Aviation-operated) Boeing B717-200 VH-NXM operating to Gladstone from Brisbane. It was believed to be VH-NXM's first visit to Gladstone.
Piper PA-28R-180 VH-PBA is owned in Gladstone but has been leased to Peace Aviation in Rockhampton, where it has been a long-term resident at the Airport. VH-PBA has reportedly now returned to Gladstone - and the owner is looking forward to the new hangars that may be built!
Robinson R-22 BETA VH-HMJ is owned by Howard Helicopters in Biloela - just down the highway! Reid Helicopters Robinson R-44 VH-HZQ - which has been photographed at Gladstone Airport in previous weeks - was also in the Aerotor hangar. There were also another pair of Robinson R-22 BETA choppers in form of VH-HBG and VH-HYY which is owned by Channel Country Heliwork.
Aerospatiale AS.355F1 Squirrel helicopter VH-ZWB is becoming a frequent operator in and out of Gladstone Airport and it was noted parked on the Heli-Reef apron.
One other interesting arrival of the rotary-wing variety at Gladstone Airport on Tuesday 12 June was Bell 412EP VH-VAU of Australian Helicopters. The big bell chopper had arrived from Mackay.
Looked like a great few days and thanks to Jamie C for sending through his report and great photos!