Friday, April 28, 2017

Malaysian-based American-registered Cirrus SR22-G3 N238JG Passes Through Emerald Airport - Plus More!

Late on Wednesday 26 April Cirrus SR22-G3 N238JG was spotted parked at Emerald Airport.  It had earlier flown in from Darwin via Burketown.

The Cirrus is being ferried to Australia to allow its owner to use it while they are on a holiday in our great country.  It is usually based in Malaysia and wears an American registration belonging to Hallin Aviation Inc. of Delaware (USA).

N238JG had arrived into Australia via Darwin from Kupang (Indonesia) on Tuesday 25 April.

Also paying Emerald Airport a visit late on Wednesday 26 April was SFC Farming (of Goondiwindi) Raytheon B200 King Air VH-TXT which arrived from Toowoomba via Goondiwindi and later departed to the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport.

And on Tuesday 25 April, Tasfast Air Freight (of Victoria) Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Cheiftan VH-TBJ called into Emerald Airport from Moree (New South Wales).  After taking on fuel, it continued to Cairns where it looks to have since completed a series of brief local flights.

Meanwhile, out at Longreach Airport, Brisbane-based SOCATA TB-20 Trinidad VH-IPF was spotted sitting on the General Aviation (GA) Apron on Thursday 27 April.

It had arrived into Longreach Airport on Wednesday 26 April from Archerfield via Redcliffe and Charleville.  On Thursday 27 April, it flew from Longreach to Barcaldine Airport and back before departing to Emerald Airport and then eventually Archerfield.

While Jericho-based Beech 35-B33 Debonair VH-PUP was spotted parked also on the Longreach Airport GA Apron but on Friday 28 April.

Thanks to the local plane spotters for their help with this post!

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia Bell 412EP VH-VAU Operating for Capricorn Rescue Helicopter Service at Rockhampton Airport

Over the course of this week, the Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia (ex Australian Helicopters) Bell 412EP helicopter VH-VAU has been noted operating on its own out of Rockhampton Airport for the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) as "Rescue 300".  In fact, as these recent photos show, VH-VAU has now had CHRS titles and sponsor decals applied to its fuselage.

The 'usual' "Rescue 300" - fellow Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia Bell 412EP helicopter VH-EPR - seems to be away from Rockhampton for the time being, perhaps at Coffs Harbour (New South Wales) for planned maintenance.

Meanwhile, during the recent flooding in Rockhampton, fellow Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia Bell 412 helicopter VH-LSY flew South from Mackay and was also operated by the CHRS, often flying as "Rescue 310".

On Tuesday 25 April, VH-LSY was noted departing Rockhampton Airport for Mackay Airport where it appears to have taken up operations again with the locally-based Central Queensland Rescue Helicopter Service (CQ Rescue) as "Rescue 422".

CQ Rescue also operates Bell 412EP helicopter VH-CQJ as "Rescue 412".

It has also been noted that the Townsville-based Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412 VH-ESD "Rescue 521" has completed med-evac flights to Mackay and at Proserpine Hospitals over the course of the last couple of days.

All photos taken by Trevor Hardsman  ©

Thursday, April 27, 2017

RAAF C-17 Globemaster A41-208 & E-7A Wedgetail A30-004 - Plus Army MRH-90 A40-025 - All at Rockhampton Airport

A triple treat of Australian Defence Force (ADF) aircraft and helicopters were spotted at and around Rockhampton Airport on Thursday 27 April.

Firstly, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-025 arrived into Rocky from Townsville as "Destrier 25".

After the MRH-90 was refuelled - and the crew had lunch! - A40-025 departed to Brisbane.

Around the same time, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-208 again visited Rockhampton Airport - the third time in the skies over Rocky this week.

On Thursday 27 April, A41-208 flew back South from Townsville via Mackay where it looked to complete some airwork before continuing South and completing a spectacular holding pattern over Rockhampton Airport.  It eventually landed on Runway 15 and parked at the Southern end of the parking apron.

Soon after, A41-208 departed for RAAF Base Amberley.  On this occasion, the Globemaster, which is operated by the RAAF's 36 Squadron at Amberley, was flying as "Stallion 43".

Finally, just as local plane spotters thought the action had finished, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-004 completed a pair of low overshoot missed approaches at Rockhampton Airport after flying in from the South.

After completing its second missed approach, A30-004 - flying as "Wedgetail 03" - departed back down to the South.

Sincere thanks to the Rockhampton plane spotters for sending through these great photos!

Photos taken by Trevor Hardsman, Kayanne Hardsman and Travis Whiting  ©

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Flight Options (Australia) Cessna Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-PWX Also Pops into Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

A couple of other interesting arrivals into Rockhampton Airport on Wednesday 26 April were also photographed by local plane spotter Kayanne H.

Special Mining Services / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-PWX was noted arriving from Brisbane having earlier touched down from the South.

After spending most the day and the evening parked on the Rocky General Aviation (GA) Apron, VH-PWX returned to Bankstown.

As shown above, Eclipse EA500 bizjet N465DG remains parked on the Rockhampton Airport GA Apron after arriving last Thursday 20 April.

Meanwhile, also touching down at Rockhampton Airport was the Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ which arrived from Mackay.  It had earlier flown into Mackay Airport from Brisbane.

VH-SGQ was reportedly due to arrive into Rockhampton Airport earlier than planned however a thick fog over the Airport early on Wednesday 26 April saw it fly direct from Brisbane to Mackay.

Also forced to divert from landing at Rockhampton Airport on Wednesday 26 April was LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" which flew from Brisbane to the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport before heading North for Rocky.  Unable to land at Rockhampton Airport, VH-VVI continued to Mackay Airport and was reportedly due to return to Rockhampton.  It didn't - instead VH-VVI departed Mackay Airport for Cairns and then Townsville.

And New South Wales-based Cessna 210 VH-ZID arrived into Rockhampton Airport from the Gold Coast via Archerfield on Tuesday 25 April.  It completed an aerial survey flight around Gladstone before landing at Rocky on Tuesday 25 April and then again along the Capricorn Coast on Wednesday 26 April.

Finally, Cirrus SR22 VH-OBT was noted completing a flight to Rockhampton Airport from and back to the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour also on Wednesday 26 April.

Thanks Kayanne!

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-208 Back in CQ and Lands at Rockhampton Airport Briefly

A day after completing a spectacular low-level fly-by over Central Queensland Anzac Day commemorations, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-208 was back in CQ and landed at Rockhampton Airport for a short time on Wednesday 26 April.

The Globemaster was noted using the radio callsign of "Stallion 43" and looked to fly North from RAAF Base Amberley up to Townsville.  It then returned South to Rockhampton where local plane spotter Kayanne H was able to capture some great photos from her yard as the Globemaster flew downwind and then finals before landing on Runway 33.

At Rockhampton Airport, local plane spotter Scott H was on hand to catch the Globemaster as it was on aaproach and then touching down on Runway 33.

After a short time, A41-208 departed Rocky and returned to Townsville via some airwork around Proserpine.

Reports suggest the crew were heard on the radio stating that they would return to Rockhampton Airport on Thursday 27 April.  Stay tuned!

Sincere thanks to Kayanne and Scott for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Scott Harris  ©