Wednesday, May 9, 2018

RAAF Challenger 604 A37-002 & Qld Govt Hawker 850XP VH-SGY Highlight Another Day of Comings and Goings at Rockhampton Airport for Beef Australia 2018

On Wednesday 9 May, Beef Australia 2018 - Australia’s national beef expo - continued at the Rockhampton Showgrounds and at Rockhampton Airport several more General Aviation (GA) aircraft and helicopters, along with a couple of awesome Government bizjets, were noted and spotted calling in.

Perhaps the two highlights of the day were the visits at Rockhampton Airport by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-002 and Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY.

A37-002 looked to arrive into Rocky from Canberra as "Regent 26" and looked to bring to Beef Australia 2018 the Federal Government Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud.

Interestingly A37-002 then departed Rockhampton Airport on what looked to be a training flight as "Regent 52".  It looked to land briefly at Hamilton Island Airport before then completing airwork at Emerald Airport including at least one missed approach.  A37-002 then returned to Rockhampton Airport.  At the time of writing, it was due to depart Rockhampton Airport and return to Canberra.

Meanwhile, VH-SGY touched down in the beef capital during the late afternoon from Brisbane.  It looked to bring Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to town to attend Beef Australia 2018.  VH-SGY then made the short hop down to Gladstone Airport where it appeared to be parking for the night.  At the time of writing, VH-SGY was due to return to Rockhampton Airport early on Thursday 10 May.

Finally, also on Wednesday 9 May, another nice mix of light General Aviation (GA) aircraft and helicopters continued to pop in and out of Rockhampton Airport.

After some morning fog cleared, around mid-morning, Brisbane-based Piper PA-31-350 VH-RPV departed Bundaberg Airport again on what appears to be a daily 'shuttle' to Rockhampton Airport.  However, due to the fog it had to divert to Gladstone Airport for some time before eventually landing at Rocky.

Gold Coast-based Hawker Beechcraft B300 Super King Air VH-OXF arrived from the South - only after being forced to hold for around at hour due to the fog.  It later departed to the Sunshine Coast.

After arriving earlier in the week, Brisbane-based Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-AAD departed to Archerfield.

Cessna 208 Caravan VH-DJG departed Rockhampton Airport for Saint Lawrence. It later returned to Rocky before then departing to Archerfield.

Another nice visitor in the form of Brescon P/L Beech B200 King Air VH-WXB arrived from the Toowoomba West Wellcamp Airport.  After spending much of the day parked, VH-WXB returned to Wellcamp as the sun was setting.

Springsure-based Cessna 182Q VH-WNJ arrived from there via a fog diversion to Gladstone Airport.  It was noted returning to Springsure during the afternoon.

BPW Aviation (of Scone in New South Wales) Beech 58 Baron VH-SQC returned to Rockhampton Airport from Gladstone Airport after flying there earlier in the week.  It then proceeded to complete some airwork around Rocky including a couple of touch-and-go's.  In the early afternoon, VH-SQC departed to Roma Airport.

Brisbane-based Beech A36 Bonanza VH-RMM arrived from Redcliffe via a fog diversion to Gladstone Airport.

Swan Hill (near Blackall) Cessna T210N VH-CRL departed 'home' to Blackall.

Armidale Aero Club Cessna 172M VH-WYZ arrived into Rocky from the South-West.

Usually Maryborough-based Cessna 172N VH-DZW arrived into Rockhampton Airport from the South.  After refuelling, it departed to Gladstone Airport where it presently seems to be operating from.

Another nice arrival in the form of newly delivered SOCATA TBM 700 N700BK touched down from Archerfield.

Julia Creek-based Piper PA-32R-301T Saratoga VH-NXT arrived from Townsville.

Beech F33A Bonanza VH-ZWB departed home to its Capella base. It is pictured after it had arrived yesterday.

And Piper PA-46R-350T Malibu Mirage VH-NYG finally touched down in the beef capital from its home base at Dalby.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters 'IAD', Kayanne H and Trevor H for supplying the photos and information in this post!

Photos taken by Trevor Hardsman and Kayanne Hardsman  ©

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