Monday, May 20, 2013

Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPQ And More at Gladstone Airport on Sunday

Local plane spotter Michael F enjoyed a great hour or so at Gladstone Airport on Sunday 19 May, capturing a nice mix of commercial jet aircraft plus a couple of helicopters.

The star arrival was Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPQ which touched down late morning as VOZ1711.

As VH-ZPQ taxiied to its parking gate, the Gladstone-based Careflight Rescue Bell 412EP helicopter VH-XCY was captured by Michael as it departed for parts unknown.

Michael also captured some lovely images of Robinson R-44 VH-DQA of Forster Helicopters in Charters Towers as it arrived from parts unknown.

Later, Michael captured the arrival of QantasLink (Cobham Aviation) Boeing B717-200 VH-NXJ as it touched down from Brisbane as QJE1712.

By this time, VH-ZPQ taxiied out for departure back to Brisbane as VOZ1714.

Lastly, Eurocopter EC135-T1 VH-ZGI was captured departing Gladstone on Sunday 19 May.  The chopper travels all over the Central Queensland coast being noted at Mackay and Rockhampton at other various times.  

VH-ZGI wears Marine Safety Queensland titles and predominantly used for pilot transfers to and from ships in various harbours and ports.

Sincere thanks to Michael F for sending through his photos of his very enjoyable spotting session on Sunday - and thanks for his patience during his technological difficulties during the afternoon!

All photos taken by Michael Fleetwood  ©

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