On Tuesday 8 May, Beef Australia 2018 - Australia’s national beef expo - continued at the Rockhampton Showgrounds and at Rockhampton Airport several more General Aviation (GA) and another corporate bizjet aircraft and helicopters were noted and spotted calling in.
Brisbane-based Piper PA-31-350 VH-RPV made another early morning arrival from Bundaberg Airport. Again, after spending the day on the ground at Rocky, VH-RPV returned once again to Bundaberg Airport.
Urella Station (near Clermont) Robinson R44 VH-DLY looked to arrive at Rockhampton Airport from Alton Downs. It soon departed to Saint Lawrence in company with Rockhampton Aero Club's Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-8 Islander VH-SLM in association with Beef Australia 2018.
Both VH-DLY and VH-SLM returned to Rocky from Saint Lawrence, along with Mareeba-based Robinson R22 Beta VH-EGQ. VH-DLY then returned to Alton Downs, while VH-EGQ departed to Bundaberg Airport.
Walhallow Pastoral Co (Northern Territory) Cessna 182T VH-ZJD arrived into Rocky from Arcturus Downs.
Swan Hill (near Blackall) Cessna T210N VH-CRL arrived from there.
Blackwater-based Cessna 210N VH-JSC arrived into Rocky from Toowoomba and departed back there during the afternoon.
One final Cessna 210N VH-FXC of Crown Cattle departed Rocky for its Hughenden base.
Beech F33A Bonanza VH-ZWB arrived into Rockhampton Airport from its Capella base.
After visiting the previous day, Cloncurry-based Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-MDH returned to Rocky from its Devoncourt Station home.
Cessna 208 Caravan VH-DJG arrived back into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane via Saint Lawrence. It also visited over the weekend.
Perhaps the 'star' visitor into Rocky on Tuesday 8 May was Gulf Aircraft Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-PYN.
It arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane and appears to have remained on the ground.
Perhaps not associated with Beef Australia 2018, Wolff Aviation Hawker Beechcraft C90GTi VH-VWG popped into Rockhampton Airport from Wanella Station near Coppabella. It then departed to its Toowoomba base.
Finally, the visiting Cessna 560 Citation Encore bizjet VH-YUL of the Yulgibar Pastoral Company (of Montmorency, Victoria) departed to Melbourne (Moorabbin).
VH-YUL had arrived into Rockhampton Airport the previous day from Baryulgil in Northern New South Wales via the Gold Coast.
Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Kayanne H and Trevor H for supplying the photos and information in this post!
Photos taken by Trevor Hardsman and Kayanne Hardsman ©