Saturday, May 11, 2013

CQ Plane Spotting - A Special Post - Some Fantastic Images of Gladstone Airport Bizjet Visitors

With the lovely pair of Australian corporate jets to pop into Gladstone Airport this week – see Blog posts below – I thought it rather timely to showcase some photos of more bizjets that have been photographed at Gladstone Airport over the last year by local plane spotter Jamie C.

There was a nice mix of Australian and even overseas registered and operated bizjets.

The more common visitors that to call into Gladstone include the Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP VH-SGY.

Also visiting Gladstone often is the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra VH-PSU.

Cessna 550 Citation Bravo VH-CCJ is also a common visitor to Gladstone and other airports in Central Queensland bringing executives to inspect resource-sector related projects.

Other Australian-based bizjets to visit Gladstone have included:
Marcplan Charter Gulfstream G-IV VH-MBP

Little Aviation Gulfstream G-V-SP VH-LAL

GoJet Embraer 500 Phenom 100 VH-PNM

Falcon Operations Dassault Falcon 50EX VH-FOL

Brenzil Dassault Falcon 2000EX VH-CRW

Aeromil Pacific / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra VH-SJP

Edwards Coaches Cessna 525 Citation CJ2 VH-RJB

Lloyd Aviation Jet Charter / Paspaley Pearling Company Dassault Falcon 900 VH-PPD

Former Inghams Enterprises Cessna 650 Citation VII VH-ING

Sundown Pastoral Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 900XP VH-EVF

Despite wearing an overseas registration, Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign VP-CFP, is actually operated locally and flys Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer to various destinations in Australia and overseas.

Probably the biggest corporate aircraft to call into Gladstone Airport over the last year were Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express bizjets  VH-LAW of Walker Air Services and VH-VGX of Pratt Aviation.

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 A37-002, which is operated by the VIP 34 Squadron in Canberra, also called into Gladstone Airport last year.

Two other Australian-based bizjets in the form of Execujet Australia Gulfstream G-IV VH-DBT – which has since left Australia – and Canadair CL-604 Challenger VH-VRE, called into Gladstone Airport, along with Execujet New Zealand Gulfstream GV-SP (G550) ZK-KFB, on Monday 7 May 2012.

ZK-KFB is one of a handful of lovely overseas bizjets to call into Gladstone Airport over the last year.

Resource company Bechtel have had a pair of Falcon bizjets visit Gladstone at various times, with Dassault Falcon 900EX bizjets N960SF and N970SF noted at Gladstone over the last couple of years.  N970SF was photographed by Jamie C last year.

Other overseas registered and operated corporate bizjets to call into Gladstone Airport over the last year have included:
MJets (Thailand) Cessna 750 Citation X HS-KCS, which is a multiple visitor.

Conoco Phillips-operated Gulfstream G550 (GV-SP) N661CP

Bombardier BD-700-1A11 Global 5000 N50XC

A nice pair of Canadian bizjets popped into Gladstone Airport on Friday 30 March 2012 in the form Sunland Aviation (Canada) Dassault Falcon 900EX C-GOAG and Canadian Utilities Limited Cessna 750 Citation X C-GCUL.

Lastly, a pair of Shell Oil Company (Shell Aviation) operated Dassault Falcon bizjets popped into Gladstone Airport on Tuesday 19 June 2012.  These were two of four Shell bizjets that were in Australia at the time, and this pair arrived from Brisbane and later departed to Perth.  Dassault Falcon 900EX VQ-BSO and Dassault Falcon 7X VQ-BSN were the two aircraft to call into Gladstone and were captured by Jamie C.

Sincere thanks to Jamie C for spending some time compiling and then sending these fantastic images of some fantastic visitors to Gladstone Airport over the last year!

Regular followers of the CQ Plane Spotting Blog will know and appreciate the hard work of Jamie C who is probably Central Queensland's finest aviation photographer!

All photos taken by Jamie C  ©

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