Thursday, March 29, 2018

Regional Express (REX) SAAB 340B VH-ZLC - Plus Lighties - Operate Charter Flights out of Rockhampton Airport to Cairns

The semi-regular closed charter flights we see call into Rockhampton Airport from and back to the Cairns area have happened again this week with Regional Express (REX) SAAB 340B VH-ZLC noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns as RXA9907 late on Tuesday 27 March.

After staying for the night, VH-ZLC departed Rocky and returned to Cairns before continuing further to Horn Island  as RXA9908 early on Wednesday 28 March.

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Meanwhile, it is worth noting that the other 'semi-regular' light General Aviation (GA) visitors to Rockhampton Airport that also visit around the same time as the REX SAABs were again noted at Rocky this week.  Townsville Airlines (Flightech Air Logistics) Cessna 402C VH-JOH and Beech B200 King Air VH-WZN were both noted completing afternoon flights from Normanton and Cairns respectively to Rockhampton Airport arriving late on Wednesday 28 March.

After overnighting, both VH-WZN and VH-JOH also departed back to Cairns early on Thursday 29 March.

There are suggestions that these flights are charter flights for school children from Cairns and Far North Queensland who attend schools in Rockhampton.  They would be returning home given that school holidays start today!

Finally, a couple of other interesting light General Aviation (GA) aircraft to be noted visiting Rockhampton Airport this week have included McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King Air VH-MWZ which arrived from the Sunshine Coast and later departed to Townsville on Tuesday 27 March.

While on Wednesday 28 March, Proserpine-based Piper PA-34-200T Seneca VH-HKQ arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Mackay and later departed home to Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport.  And Australasian Jet (Ausjet) Cessna 404 VH-AZU was noted arriving into Rocky from Melbourne (Essendon).

UPDATE!  On Friday 30 March, VH-AZU returned to Essendon.  It was noted completing aerial survey work around Blackwater and Middlemount on Thursday 29 March.  A quick trip!

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