I popped down to Emerald Airport late on Tuesday 27 October - in between storms - to meet up and have dinner with Brendan B of Brisbane-based BMB Photography Plane Spotting and Travel Blog (http://madaboutplanes.blogspot.com.au/). One real treat of an aircraft to capture late on Tuesday was Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) (Skywest Airlines) Fokker 50 VH-FNF, which has recently started operating Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights into Emerald Airport on Tuesday nights and again on Wednesday mornings.
It taxied in under the gaze of a beautiful full moon.
One additional 168-seat Airbus A320 aircraft will also be purchased, taking the fleet to three (joining VH-FNP and VH-YUD).
Meanwhile, a little earlier on Tuesday 27 October, QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOI was spotted departing Emerald for Brisbane as QLK2415. It wears a now very faded 'Destination Tamworth' - Tamworth Country Music Festival colours.
Of interest, another QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 in special colours - VH-QOH - which still wears the Pink Breast Cancer Awareness colour scheme - also operated into Emerald no less than three times on Tuesday 27 October.
Meanwhile, around on the General Aviation (GA) Apron at Emerald Airport I spotted locally-based Advance Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-FLL. Of note, the Caravan features the Blackhawk upgraded Pratt and Whitney PT6A-42A engine.
Finally, Barcaldine-based Beech M35 Bonanza VH-CHW was also spotted resting peacefully in the late afternoon sun.
A great evening!