Saturday, December 19, 2015

While We've Been Away - News and Movements at CQ Airports 12-18 December

On Saturday 12 December at Longreach Airport, Burley Aircraft of Sydney Piper PA-42-1000 VH-BUR flew in from Darwin and departed to Bankstown as “XFX 1”. On Friday 11 December  it flew Denpasar (Bali) to Darwin.

On Sunday 13 December at Mackay Airport, Aerorescue (AMSA - Australian Maritime Safety Authority) / Aero Pearl Dornier 328-100 VH-PPJ "Rescue 471" was noted to have called in while flying from Brisbane to Cairns.  In recent times VH-PPJ has been based at Melbourne (Essendon) and Perth Airports and may be flying to Cairns to cover for fellow Dornier VH-PPV "Rescue 441".

On Monday 14 December at Emerald Airport, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-JFE operated twice - once on behalf of QantasLink (as UTY2630/2631) and then on FIFO (as UTY4078/4079).

On Tuesday 15 December at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport, Cessna T240 (TTx) N362CS flew in from and returned to its Sunshine Coast base.

N362CS at Rockhampton earlier in the year  (File photo taken by Paul Tyler  ©)

On Tuesday 15 December at Bundaberg Airport, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESH "Rescue 500" flew Royal Brisbane Hospital to Bundy and back to Royal Brisbane Hospital.  RACQ Careflight Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service (SCHRS) Kawasaki BK117 B-2 VH-EHQ "Rescue 522" has also been noted flying around Bundaberg again. Also Grumman American AA-5B Tiger VH-WPM flew Tyagarah to Bundy and back to Tyagarah.

On Tuesday 15 December at Mackay Airport, Cessna 206 VH-MQX flew South from Cairns to Trumby Bay to Ayr to Mackay.

On Tuesday 15 December at Rockhampton Airport it was a busy day, Beech F33A VH-LYK flew into Rocky from Archerfield and out to Bowen. Piper PA-28-181 VH-NRH flew North from the Sunshine Coast to Rocky and out to Hamilton Island (it was Bankstown to Port Macquarie to Sunshine Coast on Monday 14 December). Locally based Tartrus Aviation Piper PA-30 VH-UCH flew South from Weipa to Cooktown to Ayr before landing at Rocky. Also locally based Blackwater- based Beech B58P VH-BLT operated from Rocky to Woorabinda and back while J.M. Kelly (Project Builders) Cessna 310 VH-FFA flew from Rocky to Mackay and back.

VH-LYK arrives at Rockhampton  (Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©)

VH-NRH arrives at Rockhampton  (Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©)

VH-UCH arrives at Rockhampton  (Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©)

On Tuesday 15 December, McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Cessna S550 Citation SII VH-JLU was spotted at Rockhampton Airport.  Its exact movements are unknown.  Later, Shortstop Jet Charter British Aerospace BAe-125-1000B VH-LMP flew South from Cairns to Townsville to Mackay to Rockhampton and to Bundaberg.

VH-JLU arrives at Rockhampton  (Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©)

VH-LMP arrives at Rockhampton  (Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©)

On Wednesday 16 December, VH-LMP flew South from Bundaberg to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport and then the Sunshine Coast.

On Wednesday 16 December at Rockhampton Airport, a trio of bizjets called in operating what was believed to be human tissue transfer flights. Edwards Coaches Cessna 525 Citation CJ2 VH-RJB flew in from and then back to Sydney. The Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP VH-SGY flew in from Cairns before operating to Brisbane and then back to Rocky before later returning to Brisbane. Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang VH-VSQ flew in from and then back to Bankstown.

VH-RJB arrives at Rockhampton  (Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©)

VH-SGY parked at Rockhampton  (Photo taken by Trevor Hardsman  ©)

VH-VSQ arrives at Rockhampton  (Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©)

On Wednesday 16 December at Gladstone Airport, Careflight Queensland (Aeromed) LearJet 45 VH-VVI flew in from Brisbane and out to the Gold Coast as "Ambulance 451".

On Wednesday 16 December, RACQ Careflight Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service (SCHRS) Kawasaki BK117 B-2 VH-EHQ "Rescue 522" and RACQ Careflight Agusta Westland AW139 VH-XIH "Rescue 533" were noted flying around Bundaberg Airport.

File photo

On Wednesday 16 December at Hamilton Island Airport, Agile Aviation (of South Australia) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-TCP arrived from its Adelaide base via Charleville.

On Wednesday 16 December Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPJ flew into Mackay Airport operating the scheduled VOZ617 service from Brisbane.  During the course of the flight though, it appeared that the Embraer had 'turned back' to Brisbane presumably with a maintenance issue.  But, it then turned back again and continued to Mackay landing with incident.  Early on Thursday 17 December VH-ZPJ positioned empty from Mackay to Brisbane as VOZ9900.

On Thursday 17 December at Emerald Airport, Vanderfield Pilatus PC-12/47 VH-WPH called in from Roma and departed to Toowoomba.

On Thursday 17 December at Hamilton Island Airport, West Australia based Nantay P/L Raytheon Hawker 800XPi VH-RIU flew in from Brisbane.  It wears a striking livery and usually operates medical retrieval flights in the West.

VH-RIU parked on Hamilton Island  (Photo taken by 'AC'  ©)

On Thursday 17 December Jetstream Aviation's (Emprja P/L) bright and colourful Cessna 550 Citation II bizjet VH-VDF arrived at Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport from the Sunshine Coast.  It hasn't flown for some time and seemed to operate a pair of testing flights earlier in the week around the Sunshine Coast.

On Friday 18 December at Hamilton Island Airport, a pair of Citation bizjets departed taking passengers to Ayres Rock.  Aeromil Pacific / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 650 Citation III VH-SPJ called in from Bankstown while Edwards Coaches Cessna 650 Citation VII VH-LYM called in from Armidale.  Both later departed to the ‘Red Centre’.  Shadforth's Plant Hire Raytheon (Beech) C90A VH-JEO also visited but from the Sunshine Coast.

On Friday 18 December at Mackay Airport, Careflight Queensland (Aeromed) LearJet 45 VH-VVI arrived from and later returned to Brisbane again as "Ambulance 451".

On Friday 18 December at Rockhampton Airport, Linfox Express Charter / Air National Australia Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 VH-LEF arrived from and later returned to Melbourne (Essendon).  The Airplane Factory Sling 2 Ultralight VH-KXJ also touched down at Rocky but from Archerfield and Gayndah.

VH-LEF at Rockhampton  (Photo taken by 'IAD'  ©)

On Friday 18 December Alliance Airlines did an aircraft swap at Emerald Airport.  Fokker F-100 flew in from Brisbane on FIFO as UTY4066 and departed on a positioning flight to Townsville as UTY994.  Fokker F-70 VH-QQY flew in from Townsville on a positioning flight as UTY993 and departed to Brisbane on FIFO as UTY4067.

Also notable on Friday 18 December was Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-XWQ which was pictured above with ‘Moose Air’ titles.  It later operated a closed charter flight from Adelaide to Melbourne (Essendon) and on to Hobart.

VH-XWQ at Adelaide with 'Moose Air' titles  (Photo taken by Tony Haynes  ©)

Sincere thanks to all the CQ Plane Spotters and other contributors for their assistance with me preparing this post!

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