Sunday, April 14, 2019

Hevilift Australia (Fixed Wing Division) ATR 42-320 VH-YWH Pops into Charleville Airport Heading Home from Lake Eyre Scenic Flight - Plus More!

On Sunday 14 April, Hevilift Australia (Fixed Wing Division) ATR 42-320 VH-YWH was noted passing through Charleville Airport while heading back to Brisbane at the completion (reportedly) of a closed charter flight out to Lake Eyre.

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Lake Eyre is the largest lake in Australia and is currently teeming with wildlife after receiving the massive amounts of flood-water that have affected inland parts of Queensland earlier in the year.

VH-YWH was flying as HT406 and arrived into Charleville Airport from Coober Pedy in South Australia.  It then departed to Brisbane.  It had flown to Coober Pedy via Birdsville from Brisbane the previous day.

Meanwhile, a couple of other interesting 'lighties' also noted passing through Charleville Airport also on Sunday 14 April included ICM Australia (Melbourne) Piaggio P-180 Avanti II VH-ICK.  It arrived direct from its Melbourne (Essendon) base and later departed to Cooktown in Far North Queensland.

While new Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air A32-021 "Torch 24" was also noted visiting Charleville Airport.  It arrived from and later departed back to its 'home' at RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.

Finally, on Friday 12 April, Navair / Wagga Air Centre (Mabena) Piper PA-31 VH-HUW returned South to its Wagga Wagga base in New South Wales via Charleville Airport.  It arrived from parts unknown (possibly a remote property) and departed to Orange and then Wagga Wagga.  VH-HUW had flown North at the beginning of the month via Roma Airport - see Blog post below.  Again VH-HUW was noted using the flight number and radio callsign of 'WA658' / "Wagga Air 658" on all of its flights.

Photo taken by Col B  ©

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