Local plane spotter 'IAD' popped out to Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 29 August and captured some great photos of a couple of interesting light General Aviation (GA) visitors. Perhaps the nicest looking aircraft to arrive was Gippsaero GA8 Airvan VH-EHS of Go Air at Barwon Heads in Victoria. It arrived from the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.
VH-EHS is involved with transporting cast and crew for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's (CASA) Flight Safety Video - "Out-N-Back 2" - described as a mini-series following a VFR flight around the North-Eastern parts of Australia - Far North Queensland and now parts of Central Queensland. More can be found on the video on CASA's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CivilAviationSafetyAuthority
I believe that Bathurst-based Cessna 172 VH-CYF of Stella Aviation is flying in company with VH-EHS.
Spotted departing Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 29 August was Cairns-based Cirrus SR-22 VH-REY. It had earlier arrived from Cairns and was captured departing to the Sunshine Coast.
Meanwhile, as mentioned below, also calling into Rockhampton Airport early, and then again late on Saturday 29 August, was Pel Air / Regional Express (REX) SAAB 340B VH-ZLQ. Local plane spotter Kayanne H was also on hand and also captured some great photos!
As mentioned, it called in from Brisbane and departed to Mackay and Cairns, ferrying the locally-based Central Queensland Capras Rugby League team North to play the Northern Pride in the Queensland Rugby League's Intrust Super Cup.
The Capras lost and so I presume it was a sombre flight back to Rocky very late on Saturday!
Finally, as this post is written, I note that Charleville-based Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Pilatus PC-12/45 VH-FDP "FlyDoc 434" called into Rockhampton Airport from Longreach late on Sunday 30 August. It is due to depart to Charleville later.
Photos taken by 'IAD' and Kayanne Hardsman ©