Saturday, July 7, 2018

Air Charter CQ / Australia by Seaplane Takes Delivery of Found Aircraft Canada FBA-2C1 Bush Hawk VH-OOB at Gladstone Airport

Touching down at Gladstone Airport recently was the latest addition to the Air Charter CQ / Australia by Seaplane fleet - Found Aircraft Canada Bush Hawk XP VH-OOB.

The bright-red single-engine Bush Hawk joins their 1964-built De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk1 Float Plane VH-IDO and Cessna 206 Float Plane VH-FKS operating out of Gladstone Airport on their regular transfer flights to Heron Island and other general charter flights.

Of interest, VH-OOB is a relative 'young' aircraft being manufactured in 2005.  It is powered by a Textron Lycoming IO-540-D4A5 6-cylinder engine.  VH-OOB was recently flown from a location in Victoria to Gladstone Airport where it has since been undergoing preparation work before commencing flying duties with Australia by Seaplane.


Air Charter CQ / Australia by Seaplane also operated Cessna 182 VH-RBD for a period of time with the aircraft configured as a seaplane and operating from the nearby Lake Awoonga.  It's fate is unknown however it has possibly been withdrawn from service as it was sighted a little while ago in a yard looking a little worse for wear.

For more information or to make a booking, Australia By Seaplane can be contacted on 0419 669 575 or 0412 623 554.

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Their motto...  "Get your HIGH today, The SEAPLANE way!"

Photos taken by Col B  ©

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