Thursday, August 22, 2019

Jetstream Aviation (Emprja P/L) Cessna 550 Citation II Bizjet VH-VDF at CQ Airports This Week

Over the course of this week, Jetstream Aviation (Emprja P/L) Cessna 550 Citation II VH-VDF has been noted calling into some Central Queensland Airports, seemingly on an around-Queensland tour.

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It looked to depart its Sunshine Coast base on Monday 19 August and call into Charleville Airport before continuing to Birdsville.

On Thursday 22 August, VH-VDF then touched down at Longreach Airport from Ayers Rock before it then continued to Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport where it looks to be spending the night.

Photo taken by Far North Queensland Skies Blog  ©

Greensill Capital (IOM) Ltd Dassault Falcon 7X Bizjet M-GGBL Arrives into Bundaberg Airport - Plus More!

Very late on Wednesday 21 August, Greensill Capital (Isle Of Man) Ltd Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet M-GGBL was noted arriving into Bundaberg Airport from Sydney and Brisbane.  It had arrived into Sydney from overseas the previous day.


After staying for the night, the sleek Falcon 7X was photographed by local plane spotter Dan B early on Thursday 22 August.  It then departed back to Brisbane during the middle part of the afternoon.

At the time of writing, M-GGBL was due to return to Bundaberg Airport very late on Thursday 22 August.

M-GGBL is a familiar visitor to the rum city, with this being its third visit this year!

Meanwhile, also spotted this week at Bundaberg Airport were a pair of McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia helicopters which have returned to the region in preparation for the forthcoming bushfire season.



Bell Textron Helicopter 214B-1 Big Lifter helicopter VH-SEK and Aerospatiale AS.355F1 Squirrel helicopter VH-YUR were both photographed (above) parked on the Bundaberg Airport apron during this week.

Sincere thanks to Dan from Dan Beck Photography for allowing us to share these great photos!

All photos and video taken by Dan B  ©

Cirrus Design Corp Gen 6 SR22T Turbo N53DL Spotted at Rockhampton Airport on Australia-wide Demo Tour

On Thursday 22 August, Cirrus Aircraft Australia & New Zealand brought brand new Cirrus Design Corp Gen 6 SR22T Turbo N53DL to Rockhampton Airport on the penultimate leg of an Australia-wide demonstration tour.




The American-registered turbocharged SR22T, N53DL, has previously been noted on display in all corners and the centre of Australia and seems to be currently based at the Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport in northern New South Wales.  It flew into there after concluding its display at the Rockhampton Aero Club.


The Cirrus website suggests that N53DL will be on display at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour on Friday 23 August - watch this space!

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Scott H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by Scott Harris  ©

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra Bizjet VH-MMC Pops into Biloela / Thangool Airport

On Wednesday 21 August, Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-MMC was back in CQ once again, this time landing at Biloela / Thangool Airport after flying up from its Sunshine Coast base.

VH-MMC taxiing at the Sunshine Coast recently  (File photo)

After spending much of the day on the ground, VH-MMC departed Biloela / Thangool Airport and returned to the Sunny Coast.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 21 August, it appeared that New Zealand-based JAK Air (of Rotorua) Learjet 60 bizjet ZK-JAK returned to Rockhampton Airport from Longreach Airport.  It flown West on Monday 19 August.

At the time of writing, it appears that ZK-JAK remains parked at Rocky.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 22 August, ZK-JAK departed Rockhampton Airport for the Gold Coast before it continued 'home' to New Zealand.

Finally, as it has done for the last few weeks, during the afternoon also on Wednesday 21 August, Brisbane-based Cessna 525A CitationJet2 bizjet VH-MOR was noted flying into Theodore Airport direct from its Archerfield base.  It will most likely return to Archerfield early on Thursday 22 August.

Sincere thanks to the Sunshine Coast Plane Spotting Facebook page for allowing us to share their great photo of VH-MMC!

Qantas Airways Boeing B737-800 VH-VXI Pops into Longreach Airport on Closed Charter

A little-known but welcome charter flight into Longreach Airport on Wednesday 21 August with Qantas Airways Boeing B737-800 VH-VXI touching down from Sydney as QFA1369.


After just over an hour on the ground, VH-VXI positioned empty direct to Melbourne (Tullamarine) as QFA6113.

Any readers know more?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X VH-CRW Finally Departs Mackay Airport – Calls into Hamilton Island Airport – Then Home to Brisbane

After spending almost two weeks parked up at Mackay Airport, on Tuesday 20 August, the visiting Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW was noted finally departing Mackay Airport.

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It looked to fly up to Hamilton Island Airport where it collected some passengers before it then flew home to Brisbane.

VH-CRW had arrived into Mackay Airport from Sydney via Hamo back on Wednesday 7 August.

Photo taken by 'JM'  ©

Monday, August 19, 2019

Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 Bizjet VH-ILJ Pops into Hamilton Island Airport

On Monday 19 August, Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 bizjet VH-ILJ was back in CQ this time noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport.

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It looked to arrive from and later depart back to Brisbane.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

JAK Air (New Zealand) Learjet 60 Bizjet ZK-JAK Departs Rockhampton Airport for Longreach Airport

After arriving into the beef capital over the weekend, on Monday 19 August, the visiting New Zealand-based JAK Air (of Rotorua) Learjet 60 bizjet ZK-JAK was noted departing Rockhampton Airport heading West.

ZK-JAK parked at Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 18 August

It is believed that it landed at Longreach Airport where it is believed that is staying for the night.

ZK-JAK had arrived into Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 17 August from the Sunshine Coast.

Photo taken by Trevor Hardsman  ©

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Former MAC Rescue (South Australia) / Babcock Misson Critical Services Australasia Agusta (Bell) AB412 Helicopter VH-LSA Arrives into Rockhampton Airport

An interesting helicopter to arrive into Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 18 August was Babcock Misson Critical Services Australasia Agusta (Bell) AB412 Helicopter VH-LSA.


It arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Roma Airport and looked to fly across from Adelaide in South Australia, departing there on Saturday 17 August.







The distinctive bright red-and-white rescue chopper has until recently been operating for the South Australia-based MAC (Motor Accident Commission) Rescue service.  It looked to complete possibly its final flight in late July as "Rescue 55".

File photo  (Peter Browne / https://www.flickr.com/)

MAC (Motor Accident Commission) Rescue is South Australia's rescue helicopter service used by the health and emergency service organisations to undertake medical retrieval, policing, bushfire management and search and rescue tasks.  It was established in 2009 under contract with Australian Helicopters (now Babcock Misson Critical Services Australasia) for use by MedSTAR Emergency Medical Retrieval Service, SA Police and the SA Country Fire Service.

It appears that Babcock currently operates fellow Bell 412 rescue helicopters VH-VAS "Rescue 51" and VH-VAO "Rescue 52" for MAC Rescue out of Adelaide Airport and reportedly conducts more than 1000 missions across South Australia each year.

At the time of writing, VH-LSA appears to be still parked at Rockhampton Airport.

UPDATE!  It appears that VH-LSA has come to Rockhampton Airport to replace fellow Babcock Misson Critical Services Australasia Bell 412EP helicopter VH-VAU which departed Rockhampton Airport for the Sunshine Coast and Coffs Harbour on Monday 19 August.  It is believed that VH-VAU will undergo planned maintenance while at Coffs Harbour, while VH-LSA will commence operating for the Rockhampton Airport-based Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS).

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Trevor H and Kayanne H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by Trevor Hardsman and Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 Bizjet VH-WMY Back in CQ Again This Time at Miles and Roma Airports

On Sunday 18 August, Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY was back in Central Queensland and noted visiting Miles and Roma Airports.

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It looked to fly up to Miles Airport from Melbourne (Moorabbin) and Swan Hill before continuing to Roma Airport.  VH-WMY then returned direct to Moorabbin.

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX Bizjet VH-WIO Pops into Hamilton Island Airport Again - Plus More!

For the second day in-a-row, on Saturday 17 August, Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO was noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport.  Like it did the previous day, it arrived from and later departed back to its Bankstown base.

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Meanwhile, also on Saturday 17 August, the very familiar sight of Homada Pty Ltd Cessna 560XL Citation XLS bizjet VH-XCU was noted once again arriving into Hamilton Island Airport from Melbourne (Moorabbin) via Melbourne (Essendon).

At the time of writing, VH-XCU is staying for the night and looks to be returning to Essendon and Moorabbin on Sunday 18 August.

Finally, an interesting light General Aviation (GA) visitor also noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport, also on Saturday 17 August, was US-registered but now Canberra-based Cirrus SR22 (SR22 G5 Australis Premium) N108PM.  It arrived direct from Bankstown.

N108PM spent some time at the Gold Coast in previous times and also has visited Hamilton Island at the start of the year

JAK Air (New Zealand) Learjet 60 Bizjet ZK-JAK Arrives into Rockhampton Airport

On Saturday 17 August, a nice surprise arrival into Rockhampton Airport with New Zealand-based JAK Air (of Rotorua) Learjet 60 bizjet ZK-JAK touching down from the Sunshine Coast.



It had arrived into the Sunny Coast from overseas via Melbourne (Essendon) during the latter part of the week.

At the time of writing, it appears that ZK-JAK is staying at Rocky for at least the night.

Meanwhile, a slightly smaller corporate turboprop visitor to also call into Rockhampton Airport, also on Saturday 17 August, was Brisbane-based SOCATA TBM 700 VH-PGA.  It looked to visit from its Archerfield base.

Of interest, VH-PGA visited Bundaberg Airport also from Archerfield but on Friday 16 August.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H for being at the right place at the right time and sending through these great photos!

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Friday, August 16, 2019

American Registered Bombardier Global 5000 Bizjet N2QE Calls into Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

Certainly a nice bizjet to once again visit Hamilton Island Airport this time on Friday 16 August was American registered Bombardier BD-700-1A11 Global 5000 N2QE.  The sleek bizjet looked to arrive from Sydney where is arrived from overseas the previous day.

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N2QE has visited Hamilton Island Airport on previous occasions and this time it appears to be staying at Hamo for at least the night.

UPDATE!  It appears that N2QE depared Hamilton Island Airport for the Darwin and overseas on Sunday 18 August.

Meanwhile, also noted visiting the Whitsundays yet again, also on Friday 16 August, was Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY.  It looked to fly up from Melbourne (Moorabbin) direct to the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour before making the short hop over the Hamilton Island Airport.  After a couple of hours on the ground, VH-WMY departed Hamo and returned to Moorabbin via Melbourne (Essendon).

While also on Friday 16 August, Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO was noted making yet another visit to Hamilton Island Airport.  As per usual, it arrived from and later departed back to Bankstown.

Finally, a nice little familiar bizjet to pop into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coait) Airport late on Thursday 15 August was AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ.  It looked to arrive from Ayers Rock, Mount Isa and Cairns.  After spending the night, VH-NEQ departed Prosie for Bankstown on Friday 16 August.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra Bizjet VH-MMC at Emerald Airport Yet Again - Plus More!

On Thursday 15 August, Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-MMC was noted making yet another visit to Emerald Airport.  This time though, it arrived from Brisbane.

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After the spending most of the morning on the ground, VH-MMC departed Emerald Airport for Newcastle (WIlliamtown) Airport in New South Wales.  It then flew to its Sunshine Coast base.

Meanwhile, a nice corporate turboprop to be noted visiting Emerald Airport on Wednesday 14 August was Sundown Pastoral Company (of Bonogin in the Gold Coast Hinterland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-NSI which looked to arrive from Moree in New South Wales and later depart to Undara and then Cairns.

Finally, as it has done of the last few weeks, during the afternoon also on Wednesday 14 August, Brisbane-based Cessna 525A CitationJet2 bizjet VH-MOR was noted flying into Theodore Airport direct from its Archerfield base.  It returned to Archerfield early on Thursday 15 August.

Nice!

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-003 "Wisdom 01" Departs Rockhampton Airport for Maryborough Airport

After arriving the previous day (see Blog post below), early on Thursday 15 August, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 departed Rockhampton Airport and landed at Maryborough Airport, again as "Wisdom 01".



After spending much of the day parked at the Airport and with Australian Acting Prime Minister and Federal leader of the National Party of Australia Michael McCormack in town for a series of engagements, A37-003 then departed Maryborough Airport for Mildura in Victoria.

All photos taken by David Geck  ©

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-003 "Wisdom 01" Arrives into Rockhampton Airport

On Wednesday 14 August, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 was photographed arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane as "Wisdom 01".




It had flown into the State capital the previous evening from Canberra.

It appears that the Challenger brought Australian Acting Prime Minister and Federal leader of the National Party of Australia Michael McCormack to town for a series of engagements.


At the time of writing, the sleek bizjet of the RAAF's VIP 34 Squadron appears to be staying at Rockhampton Airport for the night.

UPDATE!  Indeed, A37-003 did stay for the night, and it departed to Maryborough Airport early on Thursday 15 August - see Blog post above!

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 Bizjet VH-ILJ Pops into Rockhampton Airport

On Tuesday 13 August, Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 bizjet VH-ILJ was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport.

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It looked to arrive from Brisbane via Townsville and later return to the capital.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 13 August, Homada Pty Ltd Cessna 560XL Citation XLS bizjet VH-XCU was noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport once again from Melbourne (Moorabbin) via Melbourne (Essendon).

UPDATE!  After spending the night, VH-XCU returned to Essendon and Moorabbin on Wednesday 14 August.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 Pops into Bundaberg Airport

A surprise arrival into Bundaberg Airport on Tuesday 13 August with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 calling in.  It was heard to be flying as "Envoy 64" and looked to fly up from Canberra via Coffs Harbour in New South Wales.

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It’s believed that A36-002 was completing a training flight and departed Bundaberg Airport a short time later for the South, possibly for Sydney.

Photo taken by Micah S  ©

Monday, August 12, 2019

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-213 "Stallion 62” Spotted Completing Airwork at Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Monday 12 August, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft A41-213 was spotted completing some airwork at and around Rockhampton Airport.


It looked to fly up from RAAF Base Amberley and was heard to complete three practice VOR approaches and low overshoots at Rockhampton Airport.

It then returned to Amberley.

A41-213 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Stallion 62".

Meanwhile, earlier on Monday 12 August, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-006 was noted completing a missed approach at Bundaberg Airport.

A30-006 was flying as "Wedgetail 16" and looked to fly up to Bundy from RAAF Base Williamtown in New South Wales via a missed approach at Coffs Harbour.  After completing the airwork at Bundaberg Airport. it returned South to William via airwork at an unknown inland New South Wales airport.

Photo taken by Steve Vit  ©

Sunday, August 11, 2019

United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 08-8195 "Trek 74" Finally Departs Rockhampton Airport

After arriving into Rockhampton Airport earlier in the week, on Sunday 11 August, the visiting United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft 08-8195 was noted finally departing Rockhampton Airport for the North-East, again as "Trek 74".

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The Globemaster had arrived into Rocky from Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii after dark on Tuesday 6 August.  It is believed to have suffered a mechanical problem and remained parked until its departure.

Of interest, 08-8195 is flown by The 62nd Airlift Wing (62 AW) stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-FGB Charter Flight into Rockhampton Airport - Plus Two Fokker F-70 Jets in Special Colours Coming Soon!

On Saturday 10 August, the spectacular looking Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-FGB was spotted on the ground at Rockhampton Airport.  It appeared to be operating a closed charter flight, arriving from Townsville as UTY3381, possibly carrying the Townsville Blackhawks Rugby League team to Rocky to take on the local Central Queensland (CQ) Capras Rugby League team in the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) Intrust Super Cup competition.


After the game was complete, the triumphant Blackhawks then flew back to Townsville with VH-FGB operating as UTY3382.

As we’ve mentioned previously, VH-FGB is adorned in a very attractive livery celebrating the 90th anniversary of the first trans-Pacific crossing completed in 1928 by four aviators including Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith in his Fokker F.VIIb/3m Trimotor named "Southern Cross".

And of interest, Alliance Airlines is soon to take delivery of a pair of attractive Fokker F-70 logo jets in special colours.

Alliance Airlines is continuing its partnership with Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) by operating a special themed Fokker F-70 in full BCNA colours - supporting Australians affected by breast cancer.  The 'Pink Lady' coloured F-70 is designed by Lila Design and will wear the registration marking of VH-NUU.  It is due for delivery into Australia shortly.

https://www.liladesign.com/

VH-NUU will surely attract some attention during its work flying around regional Australia.  More about BCNA at:  http://www.bcna.org.au

While Alliance Airlines' final Fokker F-70 jets due for delivery which will be registered VH-NUY will be painted into a livery to commemorate a significant Australian aviation event.  The livery will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first aerial flight from England on 10th December 1919.

https://www.liladesign.com/

VH-NUY will reportedly fly to Darwin from Europe in December this year in a livery designed by the world acclaimed Netherlands design house Lila Design.  It will recreate the route from London to Darwin and touch down exactly 100 years to the minute at 3:40pm on December 10 2019.

At 3:40pm on December 10 1919, Ross Smith landed the "Vimy" at Port Darwin’s Fannie Bay airfield - exactly 27 days and 20 hours after departing Hounslow airfield in London. The Great Air Race had been won, as had the 10,000-pound Australian Government prize. The crowd at Fannie Bay was overcome with excitement!

https://www.greatairrace.com.au/

Hudson Fysh and Paul McGinness, representing the Australian defence department, were the first to officially welcome the four airmen.  On 16 November 1920 Fysh and McGinness with grazier Fergus McMaster founded Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd (QANTAS). No doubt inspired by the heroic achievements of the Vimy crew, the previous year.

The crew of the aircraft - Captain Ross MacPherson-Smith, Lieutenant Keith Macpherson, Sergeant Walter Henry Shiers and Sergeant James Mallett - are commemorated on the Ross Smith Memorial at Fannie Bay in Darwin.

Finally, it's worth noting that Alliance Airlines took delivery of its latest Fokker F-70 VH-NUO at Perth Airport in Western Australia in late June this year.  It has been operating out of Perth on mostly Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights around the state and other parts ever since.  We hope to see it on the East coast of Australia soon!

Alliance is Australasia’s leading provider of contract, charter and allied aviation services currently employing in excess of 590 full time staff. The business currently operates a fleet of 23 Fokker F-100, 10 Fokker F-70LR jet aircraft and five Fokker F-50 turboprops with additional fleet units scheduled to enter service during the remainder of 2019. Alliance has world leading operational performance, a key attribute sought by its customers. The Company has operational bases in Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Rockhampton.

Photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

Friday, August 9, 2019

And UP Aviation (Victoria) Bombardier Global Express XRS Bizjet VH-UPH Flys from Mackay Airport to Rockhampton Airport

On Friday 9 August, UP Aviation (of Abbotsford, Victoria) Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS bizjet VH-UPH was noted departing Mackay Airport and calling into Rockhampton Airport.  It was spotted below resting quietly on the Mackay Airport apron earlier on Friday, after it arrived from Townsville the previous day.


VH-UPH was photographed below parked on the Northern part of the Rockhampton Airport parking apron and looked to be staying for the night.


UPDATE!  Indeed VH-UPH did stay the night and ended up departing Rockhampton Airport for the Gold Coast on Saturday 10 August.

Meanwhile, also noted visiting Rockhampton Airport, also on Friday 9 August, was  the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ.  It arrived from and later departed back to Brisbane.

Finally, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" was noted completing a pre-dawn visit to Emerald Airport also on Friday 9 August.  It arrived from Brisbane and later departed to the Sunshine Coast before returning to the capital a short time later.

Photos taken by 'JM' and 'IAD'  ©

American Registered Gulfstream Aerospace G-V Bizjet N881HS Departs Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport

After arriving on the previous weekend, on Friday 9 August, the visiting Singapore-based American-registered Gulfstream Aerospace G-V bizjet N881HS was noted departing Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport bound for Cairns.

N881HS at Proserpine Airport during a previous visit  (File photo)

Presumably after completing Customs and Borderforce duties, N881HS continued to Bali/Denpasar in, Indonesia.

Meanwhile, after arriving the previous day, Special Mining Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300E bizjet VH-UYX was noted departing Hamilton Island Airport and returning to its Bankstown base also on Friday 9 August.

Finally, further down at Mackay Airport, Aerometrex (South Australia) Cessna 421B Golden Eagle VH-ECF was noted completing aerial survey flights in the area.


It was spotted above also visiting in late July.

Photos taken by James Kirk and 'JM'  ©

Thursday, August 8, 2019

More Corporate Bizjets and Turboprops Pop into the Whitsundays Airports - Citation VH-WMY Spotted at Shute Harbour and Phenom 300E VH-UYX at Hamilton Island

There were more corporate bizjet and turboprop aircraft movements around CQ Airports and particularly the Whitsundays on Thursday 8 August.

Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY was spotted visiting the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.


It had a busy day of flying, originally departing its Melbourne (Moorabbin) base for Melbourne (Essendon), Ballarat, Yarrawonga and Archerfield.  VH-WMY was due to call into Hamilton Island Airport but diverted to the Whitsunday Airport.  It then flew back directly to Moorabbin.

Meanwhile, up at Hamilton Island Airport, also on Thursday 8 August, Special Mining Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300E bizjet VH-UYX was noted arriving from its Bankstown base.  It appears to be staying for at least the night.

While back on the mainland, Wagga Air Centre (Mabena) SOCATA TBM-850 VH-PVM arrived into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from its Wagga Wagga base via Tumut and Roma Airport.  VH-PVM then departed Prosie and returned direct to Wagga Wagga.

Of interest, the visiting Singapore-based American-registered Gulfstream Aerospace G-V bizjet N881HS remains parked at Proserpine Airport after arriving on Sunday 4 August - see Blog post below.

Finally, the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ has returned to the air this week after a period of planned maintenance.  On Thursday 8 August, it completed airwork and then landed briefly at Bundaberg Airport while on a flight from and back to Brisbane.

It did the same on Tuesday 6 August.

Photo taken by Lee Holloway  ©

Mackay Airport Thursday - Early Fog Causes Diversions and Delays - Plus Global Express Bizjet VH-UPH Arrives

Early on Thursday 8 August, a thick blanket of fog engulfed Mackay Airport causing several delays and a couple of diversions.



Both morning inbound Toll Freight Metro flights - TFX132 VH-UZN from Brisbane and TFX162 VH-HPE from Rockhampton Airport - were forced to divert to Emerald Airport, returning to Mackay Airport during the middle of the morning.  While the morning QantasLink Boeing B717-200 QJE1772 flight VH-YQT from Brisbane was forced to divert to Townsville after making what looked to be a couple of unsuccessful attempts at landing.

Also spotted in the fog early on Thursday 8 August, after arriving late the previous afternoon, was Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW.


While also photographed soon after arriving into Mackay Airport, also on Thursday 8 August, was UP Aviation (of Abbotsford, Victoria) Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS bizjet VH-UPH.  It arrived from Townsville, having flown there from Melbourne (Tullamarine) and Cairns over the previous couple of days.



VH-UPH also looks to be staying at Mackay Airport.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter 'JM' for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by 'JM'  ©