Friday, November 23, 2012

A Few Light Aircraft at Gladstone Airport on Thursday

There's been quite a few light aircraft popping into Gladstone Airport over the latter part of this week.  Gladstone Airport Plane Spotter Jamie C has been on hand to capture some of these special visitors.

On Wednesday 21 November, Roma-based Beech 58 VH-KGK, Beech 35 VH-DDC, and Cirrus SR-22 VH-WWJ were noted arriving and departing.  Later, a pair of Mackay-based aircraft arrived into Gladstone.  Piper PA-31 VH-DEP and Cessna 206H VH-XHZ both arrived from Mackay and stayed overnight.  They were still noted parked on the General Aviation (GA) Apron on Thursday 22 November and later departed back to Mackay.

Arriving and departing on Thursday 22 November was CromAir (Bundaberg) Cessna 414 VH-CBT, while Port Macquarie-based Cessna 421B VH-YRK and Cirrus SR-22 VH-WWJ were also noted at Gladstone Airport.

On Friday 23 November, West Wing Aviation Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2B-26 VH-AEC passed through Gladstone Airport heading North.  Jamie C caught the Islander on departure to Mackay.

Jamie also caught the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK as it also departed Gladstone Airport for Mackay.

Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) King Airs made frequent visits to Gladstone Airport over the latter part of the week.  Raytheon B200 VH-FDR departed to Hervey Bay as "FlyDoc 414" on Thursday 22 November.  Later, Hawker Beechcraft B200 VH-FDM also popped into Gladstone.

On Friday 23 November, Jamie photographed another pair of RFDS King Airs on the Gladstone Airport apron.  Hawker Beechcraft B200 VH-FDT and Raytheon B200 VH-FDW are shown below.  They departed to Rockhampton and Brisbane respectively.

Lastly, an interesting pair of 'amphibious' looking aircraft passed through Gladstone Airport.  On Friday 23 November, Amateur built Searey LSX VH-XWW was spotted by Jamie C.  He also captured a nice close-up of the Bombardier Rotax 912-ULS engine that powers the little Searey.


As an late extra, on Saturday 24 November, another amphibious aircraft in the form of Super Petrel LS 24-8106 passed through Gladstone Airport.

Thanks Jamie for the great coverage and fantastic photos!

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