Monday, December 18, 2017

A Trio of Nice Bizjets at CQ Airports - Brand New Challenger 605 VH-LEF - Citation CJ2 VH-RJB - Citation Sovereign VH-ZEK

The run of nice bizjets to call into CQ has continued on Monday 18 December with a nice trio of locally-based bizjets popping into various Central Queensland Airports.

Perhaps the nicest of the three was brand new Linfox Express Charter / Air National Australia Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 605 VH-LEF which was photographed arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville.

It had earlier departed Cairns for Townsville before continuing to the beef city.  After a couple of hours on the ground, VH-LEF departed Rocky for Brisbane before continuing to Sydney and Melbourne (Essendon) where it is based.

VH-LEF is a brand new 2017-build Canadair Challenger 605 bizjet (c/n 6100) and was only placed on the Australia register on Thursday 7 December and delivered to Linfox Express Charter at Essendon on Sunday 10 December.

Of interest, the 'former' VH-LEF is 2004-build Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet (c/n 5577) and it departed Essendon back on Monday 16 October for Apia, Honolulu and Tucson where it was then cancelled from the Australian register on Friday 27 October and re-registered N875BA.

VH-LEF (c/n 5577) at Rockhampton Airport in 2015  (File photo)

Its final visit to CQ was in late August when it spent four nights parked at Hamilton Island Airport, arriving from and then departing back to Essendon.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 18 December, Edwards Coaches Cessna 525 Citation CJ2 VH-RJB was noted touching down at Emerald Airport very early in the morning from its Armidale base and Sydney.  It then departed to Townsville and Ayr before later returning to Armidale.

Finally, Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign VH-ZEK was noted visiting Gladstone Airport also on Monday 18 December.  It arrived from its Bankstown base and Brisbane. 

Later, after departing Gladstone Airport, VH-ZEK was noted to initially fly North and to a position overhead The Port of Hay Point, located approximately 40 kilometres South of Mackay, where it looked to complete several circuits.  This was the second bizjet to do this over the last week with Melbourne Air Holdings (Executive Airlines) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign VH-EXG completing a similar pattern last Friday 15 December - see Blog post below.

VH-ZEK was then heard to fly West towards Moranbah and completed a wide circuit over the area.  It then turned and flew South to the Oaky Creek Coal mine between the towns of Tieri and Middlemount where it completed a low pass of the area.  From there, VH-ZEK returned back to the capital.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter 'IAD' for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos of VH-LEF at Rockhampton Airport!

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©

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