As we mentioned in our Blog post below, we were in the Whitsundays last week and spent a great morning at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour capturing quite a few photos of some of the nice recently arrived aircraft that have taken up residence with some of the local operators. Perhaps the most spectacular of these recently arrived aircraft (in my opinion) is De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth VH-GAV for the locally-based Whitsunday Tiger Moth Adventures.
It appears that VH-GAV - which is painted up as A17-423 (RAAF) and is powered by a 130hp Gypsy Major engine - had previously operated in South Australia before moving to Atherton in North Queensland.
A couple of aircraft have arrived into the Whitsunday Airport for operations with Skydive Airlie Beach. Operating during our visit was the distinctive blue Cessna 208 Caravan VH-OAI which is owned by the Skydive the Beach Group in New South Wales.
Also to my surprise was the recently arrived Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8-TC 320 Airvan VH-YBA which also wears a bright blue livery and is operated by the Skydive the Beach Group for Skydive Airlie Beach.
Another new Airvan I spotted at the Whitsunday Airport was Gippsaero (Mahindra Aerospace) GA-8 VH-ASI which is a brand new aircraft for one of the major operators at the Airport, GSL Aviation. Indeed it was parked outside their hangar.
A couple of other photos of aircraft I captured at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour included GSL Aviation's Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TIY which has had a re-paint into a basic white livery since I last saw it.
Of interest, GSL Aviation also operate Cessna 208 Caravan VH-NGS - mostly out of Cairns Airport of late.
The other major aircraft operator at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour is Air Whitsunday Seaplanes and I spotted their Cessna 208FP Caravan VH-PGB and De Havilland DHC-2FP Mk1 Beaver VH-AWD as they returned from local scenic joyflights.
Finally, a couple of visiting aircraft I spotted at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour last week included Victoria-based Vulcanair (Partenavia) P.68R VH-LZT. It had earlier called in from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.
And Whitsunday Helicopters Agusta A109E VH-TRW was parked nearby to the Airport terminal outside the local Heli-Biz hangar where I assume it has been receiving attention.
It was another great visit to a great Airport in Central Queensland!
Thanks to the Whitsunday Airport management and local operators for their assistance in allowing me capture these photos!