Saturday, July 4, 2015

Quite a Few Lighties Also Call into Longreach Airport Over the Last Week or so!

I've been quite surprised to note a large number of interesting light General Aviation (GA) to call into Longreach Airport over the last week or so.  And no doubt there have been many more movements that what I have found below!

Dick Lang's Dessert-Air Safaris' Piper PA-31-350 VH-ODE was due to call in from Innamincka in South Australia on Saturday 4 July and stay overnight

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New South Wales-based Rockwell 685 Commander VH-NJT called in from Cunnamulla on Friday 3 July and later departed to Normanton.  It looked to be heading further North to Cape York Peninsula.

As mentioned below, Agile Aviation (of South Australia) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-TCP called into Longreach Airport on Wednesday 1 July and again on Friday 3 July while flying between Adelaide and Hamilton Island.

Toowoomba-based Beech B200 King Air VH-DYN has been noted back at Longreach Aiport, touching down three times over the last week or so while operating between the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport and Cloncurry.  Also, Redjet Aviation Piper PA-31 Navajo VH-PJU called in twice last week while also operating from Toowoomba to Cloncurry.

New South Wales-based Beech 50 Baron VH-DNG passed through Longreach also heading to Normanton but on Tuesday 30 June.  It returned South via Emerald Airport on Saturday 4 July.

Brisbane-based Amateur-built Van's RV-7 VH-ORF called into Longreach twice while on a big journey from Archerfield to Darwin and other parts of the Northern Territory and back, returning home to Archerfield from Longreach on Wednesday 1 July.

Visiting Longreach on Tuesday 30 June was Corporate Air (Vee H Aviation) SAAB 340B VH-VEF.  Its exact trip details are not known but it is assumed that it was involved with an outback tour of some description.

Over the course of the previous week, Corporate Air (Vee H Aviation) Cessna 441 VH-VEW was also noted operating several aerial survey flights from and back to Longreach Airport that encompassed the local area.  It was interesting to note that VH-VEW used the radio callsign "Survey" followed by a number.

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Sharp Aviation's "Outback Jet" Cessna 441 VH-YHV has had a busy couple of weeks flying up through Western and Far North Queensland before eventually landing at Longreach Airport on Monday 29 June from Charters Towers.  It departed to Rolleston the next day and on Thursday 2 July, departed Emerald for Scone and Melbourne (Essendon) Airport.

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Last Friday 26 June, Cirrus SR22s VH-OPG and VH-WWJ returned South to the Gold Coast and Archerfield respectively after completing flights to West Australia and the Northern Territory.  They were possibly also part of the group of Cirrus aircraft that passed through Emerald Airport about a fortnight earlier.

Finally, Burley Aircraft of Sydney Piper PA-42-1000 VH-BUR passed through Longreach from Darwin to Bankstown last Thursday 25 June using the radio callsign of 'XFX1' / "AirCorp01".  It had arrived into Darwin from Bali the previous day.

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