Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Also Spotted Calling into Emerald Airport (So Far) This Week

While I was at Emerald Airport late on Tuesday 31 May I also captured a couple of other photos of some other interesting visitors including General Aviation Maintenance (GAM) AeroCommander 500-S VH-YJM which is currently operating the week-daily freight run from Emerald to Barcaldine and Longreach and back.

The GAM AeroCommander continues to operate the vital freight link out to Longreach following the recent closure of previous provider Advance Aviation.  On Tuesday 31 May, the freight from Longreach was loaded and flown out on Toll Freight Metro 23 VH-UZN as TFX111 to Rockhampton and Brisbane.

VH-UZN still (kind of) wears the titles of 'Jetcraft Air Cargo' - the precursor to Toll Aviation - along with 'The Australian' newspaper titles.

Also spotted at Emerald Airport on Tuesday 31 May was Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Raytheon B200 VH-FDZ which was preparing for departure back to its Roma Airport base as "FlyDoc 458".

This RFDS King Air is currently configured to transport doctors and other specialist around to remote communities and on this occasion flew three specialists to Emerald for an overnight stay on Monday 30 May.  Of interest, VH-FDZ flew to Rockhampton Airport on Monday where some planned maintenance took place on the aircraft before it returned to Emerald Airport during the afternoon on Tuesday.

On the RPT front, as well as the Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-QQX operating for Virgin Australia - see Blog post below - I also spotted QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 Next Gen VH-LQJ as it touched down at Emerald Airport operating the QLK2414 service from Brisbane.

And Longreach-based Beech A36 Bonanza VH-PRI was also captured arriving into Emerald Airport on Tuesday evening.

Finally, it's worth highlighting a couple of other interesting light General Aviation (GA) visitors to Emerald Airport in recent days.  On Wednesday 1 June, Redjet Aviation Piper PA-31 Navajo VH-PJU arrived into Emerald Airport from Redcliffe.  It later departed to Barcaldine before returning to Redcliffe later in the day.  On Monday 30 May, Brisbane-based Cessna 310 VH-KXG visited from Archerfield, while Wolff Aviation Hawker Beechcraft C90GTi VH-VWG was noted calling in once again from its Toowoomba base.

And last Friday 27 May, I (sadly) spotted Victorian-based Tex Onsite-operated AeroCommander 500-S VH-TZS as it departed Emerald Airport for Tamworth.  It had arrived the previous day from Townsville.

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