Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Several Light GA Aircraft Operating Aerial Survey Flights out of Various CQ Airports

Over the last week or so, we've noted several light General Aviation (GA) aircraft operating around different parts of Central Queensland on various aerial survey flights.

Operating out of Gladstone Airport of late has been Australasian Jet (AusJet) Cessna 206 VH-KPG.  Flight tracking websites show that VH-KPG has operated several aerial survey flights around parts of CQ, in particular, surveying high-voltage power lines and infrastructure.

File photo taken by Michael Fleetwood  ©

Another Australasian Jet (AusJet) Cessna 206 - VH-XHI - which has of late been operating in support of Ergon Energy’s Remote Observation Automated Modelling Economic Simulation (ROAMES) project - has also been heard flying around CQ.

Also during the previous week, Gladstone-based Cessna 210 VH-KTE was noted operating various flights to Rockhampton, Bundaberg and the Sunshine Coast.  Some of these flights looked to take the 'scenic route' so could have been aerial survey or training flights.

File photo taken by Col  ©

On Saturday 21 May, Australian Aerial Surveys (of Sydney) Cessna 340 VH-IRV flew into Gladstone Airport from the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.  I'm not entirely sure if it operated and survey flights around Gladstone during its stay but VH-IRV departed to Archefield and Scone on Tuesday 24 May.

Also this week, on Tuesday 24 May, Victoria-based Interair / Photomapping Services Cessna 404 VH-TTZ flew into Bundaberg Airport directly from its Melbourne (Essendon) base.

File photo

On Wednesday 25 May, VH-TTZ was noted completing a near-six hour aerial survey flight around the Fraser Coast that was out of and back to Bundy.

Of interest, VH-TTZ was noted visiting Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport in early May while flying from Essendon to Far North Queensland and beyond.

Finally, Bayswater Road / Australian Aerial Mapping (AAM) Reims F406 VH-EYQ has been noted operating out of Emerald Airport for at least the last week.

File photo taken by Michael Fleetwood  ©

On Wednesday 25 May, it too completed a survey flight over various parts of CQ that looked to land back at Emerald.

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