Local plane spotter 'IAD' popped out to Rockhampton Airport early on Monday 18 August to capture some photos of QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 Next Gen VH-LQM which is now looking resplendent in its new 'Recognise' colour scheme.
VH-LQM was departing Rockhampton for Brisbane on the early QLK2349 service after arriving the previous night. Internet-based flight tracking programs indicate that VH-LQM then operated to Roma (twice), before it will operate to Gladstone later on Monday 18 August.
The livery has been unveiled by Qantas as it has joined the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution by unveiling a new QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 aircraft showcasing a large 'Recognise' logo on its livery.
Meanwhile, also spotted by 'IAD' early on Monday 18 August at Rockhampton Airport was Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) Bell 412 VH-LSY. The Australian Helicopters-operated chopper is the 'operational spare' for both the CHRS and Mackay-based CQ Rescue, and it currently in Rocky as the usual CHRS Bell 412EP VH-EPR is receiving maintenance.
Finally, parked on the Rockhampton Airport apron was Surveillance Australia / Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Cobham Aviation) Dash-8-202 VH-ZZB which arrived into Rocky the previous evening as "Customs 22".
Sincere thanks to 'IAD' for capturing these great photos of a lovely looking aircraft!
Stay tuned to the CQ Plane Spotting Blog's Facebook page and Twitter feed for the latest updates as VH-LQM no doubt continues to call in to local Airports.
All photos taken by 'IAD' ©