Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Air Charter CQ / Australia by Seaplane De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk1 Float Plane VH-IDO Diverts into Rockhampton Airport due Weather at Mackay

Early on Wednesday 24 April, locally-based Air Charter CQ / Australia by Seaplane De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk1 Float Plane VH-IDO departed its Gladstone Airport base on a flight to Mackay Airport.  However, due to poor weather in Mackay - including rain and low cloud - the Beaver Float Plane was forced to divert to Rockhampton Airport.

After making a landing at Rocky reportedly with "minimum fuel", VH-IDO remained parked on the Rockhampton Airport General Aviation (GA) apron for the remainder of the day.

Of interest, another light GA aircraft also diverted away from Mackay Airport due to the weather with Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Raytheon B200 King Air VH-FDR "FlyDoc 414" departing Rockhampton Airport and later returning to Rocky!

Meanwhile, also spotted on the Rockhampton Airport GA Apron also on Wednesday 24 April was The Redcliffe Aero Club's Cessna 310R VH-ULF which later departed to Georgetown.

Cloncurry-based Piper PA-34-200T VH-COP which arrived at Rocky from there last Friday 18 April and remains parked.  Along with Gayndah-based Beech 95-B55 VH-MYM which seems to alternate between there and Rocky.

While noted passing through Rockhampton Airport twice this week was Heli-Aust Whitsundays Eurocopter EC135 P2+ helicopter VH-XUV.  It flew South from its Mackay Airport base to Gladstone Airport via Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 23 April, and returned to Mackay Airport over the same route on Wednesday 24 April.

Finally, to the West, noted visiting Emerald Airport also on Wednesday 24 April was Armidale Fire and Safety Piper PA-31-350 VH-ASD which arrived from Cairns and departed home to Armidale.  It flew North to Cairns over the same route last Wednesday 17 April.

While further out West at Longreach Airport also on Wednesday 17 April, Easternwell Group Raytheon B200 King Air VH-EWG was noted departing to Toowoomba.  While as many as three Soar Aviation (Melbourne) BRM Aero Bristell NG-5 ultralight aircraft were noted passing through Longreach Airport.  However, only VH-YUW and VH-YVF were noted arriving from Mount Isa and departing to Roma Airport - although they looked to return to Longreach Airport due to weather.

Photos taken by Paul Tyler and Trevor Hardsman  ©

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