Saturday, December 27, 2014

Bizjets and Lighties Come and Go at Hamilton Island Airport Saturday

The lead-up to New Year's Eve is starting to bring a few interesting movements into Hamilton Island Airport - and on Saturday 27 December a nice mix of bizjets and light aircraft were noted arriving and departing.

Firstly, Jet City Cessna 750 Citation X bizjet VH-XCJ departed Hamo for Sydney and Melbourne (Essendon) having arrived on Christmas eve.  Replacing the Citation on Hamo on Saturday was Marcplan Charter Gulfstream G-IV bizjet VH-MBP which touched down around lunchtime.

File photo taken by Micah S  ©

Numerous light General Aviation (GA) aircraft were also noted calling into Hamilton Island on Saturday 27 December including a pair of King Airs - FKG Air (Redjet Aviation) Hawker Beechcraft B200GT VH-FKB and Lucas Avaition / Lucas Air Transport Raytheon B200 VH-LWO which flew in all the way from Adelaide.

File photo taken by Dave  ©

Calling in from Monto was Hawker Beechcraft G58 VH-EZD, while Velge Aviation Piper PA-30 VH-TTS touched down from parts unknown.  Townsville-based Cessna 172 VH-NSH also called in.

And a nice pair of helicopters arrived at Hamo in the form of Mendi Enteprises Robinson R44 II VH-NEM which made the short hop from the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour, and, as we mentioned below, Corporate Aviation Bell 429 Helicopter VH-EQP touched down from Southport and Gladstone.

File photo taken by Anthony Schulz  ©

Of note on the commercial front, Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800s VH-VOT - recently re-painted into new colours - and VH-VUL - one of only three Virgin aircraft in the old red Virgin Blue colours - both called in.

Finally, down the road at Mackay Airport, the resident Raytheon 390 Premier 1 bizjet N7088S flew from Mackay to the Sunshine Coast and back on Saturday 27 December.

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