Monday, September 1, 2014

Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 Jet VH-ZPO Calls into Gladstone Airport Sunday Evening

Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 jet VH-ZPO made a welcome visit to Gladstone Airport late on the afternoon of Sunday 31 August.  It was operating the scheduled VOZ1717 service from Brisbane.

Local plane spotter Anthony S was on hand to capture its arrival.

It later departed back to Brisbane as VOZ1720.

Meanwhile, also spotted by Anthony calling into Gladstone late on Sunday 31 August was QantasLink (Cobham Aviation) Boeing B717-200 VH-NXJ which was captured touching down also from Brisbane but as QJE1716.

He also spotted the locally-based Air Charter CQ / Australia by Seaplane De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk1 Floatplane VH-IDO returning to Gladstone after completing one of its many flights to the nearby Heron Island.

Finally, Anthony captured a great photo of the new Gladstone Airport fire station - complete with its two fire trucks resting the late afternoon sunshine.

Consecutive increases in travelers has led to the requirement of the $10-million AirServices Australia Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting service dedicated to the travelling public at Gladstone Airport.  The local Gladstone Observer newspaper recently took a look at the recently completed fire station, which, following inspections and testing, was expected to be operational by the start of September.

Take a look at the Gladstone Observer's great report - including photos and a video - HERE.

Australian legislation declares that airports with more than 350,000 passengers per annum for consecutive years, require their own fire fighting services. The station has two second-hand trucks, with three commanders and 15 firefighters.  One commander and four firefighters are on shift at any one time.

Sincere thanks to Anthony for capturing these great photos and allowing us to share them with you all!

All photos taken by Anthony Schulz  ©

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