Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Shell Falcon Bizjets Highlight a Terrific Tuesday at Gladstone Airport

"Go Well, Go Shell" indeed!  A fantastic pair of Shell Oil Company (Shell Aviation) operated Dassault Falcon bizjets popped into Gladstone Airport on Tuesday 19 June.  The two bizjets are flying in company with two other sister-bizjets also operated by Shell, that are also currently in Australia.  The four aircraft all departed Canberra in the morning, and were expected to all arrive in Perth by days end.

Noted at Gladstone were Dassault Falcon 7X VQ-BSN, which was noted using the callsign "SHELL 961".

The other Shell aircraft was Dassault Falcon 900EX VP-BSO.

But the fun didn't stop there!!  The Shell Aviation bizjets capped off a great couple of days, with another bizjet at Gladstone Airport in the form of Pratt Holdings Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express VH-VGX departing on Tuesday 19 June as well.

VH-VGX actually arrived into Gladstone on Monday 18 June, and remained parked overnight, departing in quick succession with the Shell Aviation bizjets.

To cap off a terrific day of plane spotting at Gladstone Airport, Piper PA-46-310P Malibu, N9099Z was noted.  Despite wearing an American registration, the Malibu is a resident of New Zealand.  Since arriving in New Zealand in 2007, the Malibu has based at Rangiora, and more recently, in Nelson.

Cessna 182RG ZK-ETX is also a New Zealand resident and was also spotted at Gladstone Airport on Tuesday 19 June.  Until recently, the Cessna had been based at Ardmore.

Both aircraft departed Gladstone for Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast Airport.  We thank the GA Long Haul News Blog for the information contained in this post!

What a terrific day's spotting!  And big thanks to Jamie C who managed to catch all of the action!

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