Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Emerald Airport This Week - Dubbo-Based RFDS King Air VH-MSZ - More Alliance FIFO Charters

Making a surprise but welcome visit to Emerald Airport on Tuesday 10 March was Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Beech B200C King Air VH-MSZ.

Brisbane-based plane spotter - and frequent contributor to the CQ Plane Spotting Blog - Brendan B captured the King Air at Emerald as it departed to Cairns.  It had earlier arrived direct from Dubbo.  VH-MSZ was heard to be using the radio callsign on "FlyDoc 222".

This King Air is a rare visitor to Queensland as it is based with South-Eastern Section of the RFDS based out of Dubbo.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 11 March, VH-MSZ departed Cairns for Roma and then Dubbo and has resumed 'normal' service with the RFDS out of Dubbo.

Also on Tuesday 10 March, Brendan captured a few other late afternoon movements at Emerald Airport including Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) ATR 72-600 VH-FVY as it prepared for departure to Brisbane as VOZ1264.

QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOS was captured on short final after flying up from Brisbane as QLK2406.

Locally-based Aeroprakt A22 Foxbat 24-4621 was also spotted but returning from a local flight.

And also locally-based Advance Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-FLL was captured resting on General Aviation (GA) ramp.  It has recently returned from a flight to New South Wales presumably on an aerial survey mission.

Later on Tuesday 10 March, the usual weekday evening freight carrying aircraft were spotted by Brendan including Advance Aviation Piper PA-32-300 VH-MSR and Beech 58 Baron VH-FLZ which arrived from Longreach (via Barcaldine) and Middlemount respectively.

The Advance Aviation aircraft bring freight to load on Toll Freight Aviation / Toll Express Metro III VH-UZW, which soon after, departed to Rockhampton and Brisbane as TFX111.

On Wednesday 11 March, Wagners Aviation Services / Wagners Development Company Agusta Westland AW119 MK2 Helicopter VH-WJY was noted departing Emerald for its Toowoomba base.

Finally, on Monday 9 March, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70s VH-JFE and VH-QQY operated more Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.  These charters look to be becoming semi-regular given that is now two Mondays in a row that these flights have touched down.

Also on Monday, an interesting ferry flight passed through with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) / Arnhem Land Community Airlines Cessna U206G VH-UBV called into Emerald from Mareeba.  It departed to Coffs Harbour in New South Wales before heading overseas to Lord Howe Island. 

Some great photos captured at Emerald Airport, and we sincerely thank Brendan for sending them through!

All photos taken by Brendan Berry  ©

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