Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Chinese Registered Learjet 36A Bizjet B-4185 Pops into Longreach Airport Heading Home!

On Wednesday 15 July, Chinese-registered Learjet 36A bizjet B-4185 popped into Longreach Airport.  It appears to be heading 'home' from Sydney after completing a long period of heavy maintenance, including a re-paint.


After taking on fuel, B-4185 continued to Darwin where it is pictured arriving above and where it appears to be spending the night.

B-4185 had arrived into Sydney back in September 2019 for some heavy maintenance with Execujet which reportedly took until mid January to complete. It then spent some time at Wagga Wagga where it was re-painted.

Of interest, it appears that B-4185 has previously operated for the Chinese Government / The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) as a spy plane.  Note the large camera pod on the Port side of the forward fuselage!

Sincere thanks to Darwin-based plane spotter James H for allowing us to share his great photo of a nice little bizjet!

Photo taken by James Healy  ©

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Three RAAF Aircraft Around and At Rockhampton Airport - incl. Dassault Falcon 7X Bizjet A56-002 Bringing Deputy PM to Rocky

On Tuesday 14 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet A56-002 was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport.


The still fairly new Falcon 7X bizjet, which is flown by the RAAF's VIP 34 Squadron, looked to arrive from Canberra as "Envoy 30".  It was also noted completing a missed approach and closed circuit before finally landing on Rocky's Runway 15.






After a couple of hours on the ground, A56-002 departed Rockhampton Airport for Port Macquarie and then Canberra.

Meanwhile, around the same time, RAAF Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-001 "Dragon 50" was photographed completing a missed approach also at Rockhampton Airport.







A39-001 earlier departed RAAF Base Amberley and flew up to Townsville via a missed approach at the Sunshine Coast.  It then flew down and completed the missed approach at Rockhampton Airport before then returning to Amberley.

Finally, also spotted completing a missed approach, also at Rockhampton Airport, was RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-210 "Stallion 43".






The Globemaster flew up from Amberley to complete the missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.  It then flew down and completed another missed approach at Bundaberg Airport before then returning to Amberley.

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

Photos taken by Scott Harris and Michael Malick  ©

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Brisbane-based Cessna 525 CitationJet M2 Bizjet VH-YWS Pops into Longreach Airport

Also on Saturday 11 July, Brisbane-based Cessna 525 CitationJet M2 bizjet VH-YWS was noted visiting Longreach Airport.  It arrived from its Archerfield base.

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After taking on fuel, the sleek little bizjet then departed to The Granites, a large gold mine in the Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory.  VH-YWS then returned to Archerfield later in the evening.

Meanwhile, also on Saturday 11 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air A32-988 "Beaufort 07" also visited Longreach Airport.  It arrived from RAAF Base East Sale and Tamworth before later returning to East Sale but via RAAF Base Richmond.

Photo taken by Ryan Hothersall  ©

Cessna 550 Citation II Bizjet VH-ZLE - And LifeFlight Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" - Both Pop into Longreach Airport

Late on Friday 10 July, Corporate Aircraft Charter (South Australia) Cessna 550 Citation II bizjet VH-ZLE was also noted visiting Longreach Airport.  It looked to arrive from Brisbane.

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After quite some time on the ground, VH-ZLE departed back to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, early on Saturday 11 July, LifeFlight (Aeromed) recently acquired Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" was also noted visiting Longreach Airport.  It arrived from Townsville and later departed to Brisbane.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

Friday, July 10, 2020

Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 Bizjet VH-WMY Back in CQ and Again at the Labona Station Airstrip

On Friday 10 July, Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY had a very busy day of flying and was noted visiting the Labona Station Airstrip which is located within the Carmichael Coal Mine site.

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VH-WMY flew into Labona from Melbourne (Moorabbin) and Swan Hill and later departed back to Moorabbin.

Then, a short time ago, also on Friday 10 July, VH-WMY was noted visiting Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport, touching down from Moorabbin via Corowa, Balranald and Cobar.  It now looks to be flying back to Moorabbin via Balranald.

Australian Country Choice Properties (Brisbane) Cessna 560 Citation V Encore bizjet VH-ACC continues to fly around Central Queensland Airports and properties.  On Friday 10 July, VH-ACC was noted calling into Dooloogarah before departed to Brindley Park and then Roma Airport.

Meanwhile, some smaller General Aviation (GA) aircraft noted around CQ Airports also on Friday 10 July included Cloncurry-based Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-MDH departed Kierawonga (near Lotus Creek) for Devoncourt Station near Cloncurry.

While Cessna 208 Caravan VH-DJG arrived into its Natal Downs Station base from Archerfield before flying across to Rockhampton Airport.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 12 July, VH-DJG departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Archerfield.

And another Cessna 208 Caravan, VH-DZZ, of the Skydive the Beach Group, popped into the Whitsunday Coast Airport at Shute Harbour while ferrying South from Cairns to Coffs Harbour and Wollongong.

Of interest, as mentioned below, at the start of the week on Monday 6 July, Wollongong-registered Cessna 208 Caravan skydiving aircraft VH-NMV was noted visiting Emerald Airport while ferrying North from Wollongong via Coffs Harbour to Cairns.

Also on Friday 10 July, Mackay-based Rockwell 114 VH-WFA departed Charleville Airport for Longreach Airport before it then continued home to the Palmyra Airstrip near Mackay.  It had arrived into Longreach Airport from there last Sunday 5 July.

While back on the coast, also on Friday 10 July, Raytheon A36 Bonanza VH-YGM was also noted visiting Rockhampton Airport, arriving from its Orange base in New South Wales.  It then departed to Roma Airport.

Also visiting Rockhampton Airport also on Friday 10 July was Austrek Aviation Beech B200 King Air VH-WXO.  It arrived from Toowoomba and departed back there via Archerfield.  VH-WXO flew the opposite route on Monday 6 July - as posted below.

Finally, on Wednesday 8 July, Brescon (Toowoomba) Beech B200 King Air VH-WXN completed a return flight from Toowoomba-Wellcamp to Roma Airport and back before it then flew up to Oaky Creek Mine site and then Labona.  After spending the night parked, on Thursday 9 July, VH-WXN departed Labona for Oaky Creek before returning to Wellcamp.  It did the same flight last week.

Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208B Caravans VH-LZK & VH-TFQ Spotted at Rockhampton Airport

On Friday 10 July, a pair of Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208B Caravans were spotted at Rockhampton Airport. 

VH-LZK arrived into Rocky from Townsville and Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's Carmichael Coal Mine site as HND319/320.  It remained at Rockhampton Airport.




While VH-TFQ flew down from Townsville as HND430.




After a short time on the ground, it returned to Townsville but as HND648.

As reported below, Hinterland Aviation has secured a contract to complete Fly-in Fly-ouy (FIFO) charter flights from both Townsville and Rockhampton Airports to the Carmichael Coal Mine site.  Current scheduled indicate 1x week-daily flight from Rocky while there seems to be 1-2 operating from Townsville each week day.  It also seems that Hinterland Aviation has added signage within the Rockhampton Airport terminal building including their own dedicated check-in counter.

Of interest, fellow Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-ETF completed a return flight to Labona Station Airstrip from and back to Townsville also on Friday 10 July.

The Labona Station Airstrip upgrade was recently completed with sealed runway now about 1080m long.

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

All photos taken by Michael Malick  ©

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-210 Completes Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport as "Stallion 25"

During the morning on Thursday 9 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-210 was spotted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.


A41-210 looked to depart RAAF Base Amberley flew straight up to Rocky.  After completing the missed approach, the C-17 then returned to Amberley.

A41-210 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Stallion 25".

Photo taken by Steve Vit  ©

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

MT Air Charters / Pilatus Australia Pilatus PC-24 Bizjet VH-JMU Pops into Barcaldine Airport - Plus More!

On Wednesday 8 July, MT Air Charters / Pilatus Australia Pilatus PC-24 bizjet VH-JMU was noted visiting Barcaldine Airport.  It looked to arrive from Albury on the New South Wales / Victoria border and later depart to Warrnambool in Victoria.

VH-JMU at Adelaide Airport recently  (File photo)

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 8 July, there were a few light General Aviation (GA) aircraft to be noted visiting some CQ Airports including the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's Carmichael Coal Mine site.

Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TFQ completed the Townsville to Labona to Rockhampton and back FIFO charter flights as 'HND319/320/321'.

Air Gold Coast Beech 76 Duchess VH-ZUA was noted arriving into Biloela / Thangool Airport from the Gold Coast and Archerfield.  It then departed to Labona and my local Clermont Aerodrome before departing back to Archerfield and the Goldie.

While fellow Air Gold Coast Beech 58 Baron VH-YDC made its weekly visit to Rockhampton Airport, but on this occasion it arrived from and then later departed back to Townsville.  As per usual, it had flown North the previous day.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 9 July, VH-YDC flew back into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville and later departed to Archerfield and the Gold Coast.

Finally, also on Wednesday 8 July, Seair Pacific / Istlecote DHC-6-100 Twin Otter VH-ZKF was noted yet again completing its weekly run from the Gold Coast and Brisbane to Rockhampton Airport before flying up to Collinsville Airport and then Townsville.  It then returned South over the same route.  While fellow Seair Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TQW was also noted departing Rockhampton Airport for Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.  VH-TQW had arrived into Rocky on Monday 6 July after completing its weekly run from Hervey Bay and Maryborough Airports to Wanella Station near Coppabella.

Photo taken by Tony Haynes  ©

Poolhurst Aviation Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-VTF Spotted at Mackay Airport - Plus More!

On Wednesday 8 July, Brisbane-based Poolhurst Aviaton Air Charter Services Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-VTF was spotted arriving into Mackay Airport from the Sunshine Coast.


After some time on the ground, it returned to the Sunny Coast.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 8 July, Longreach-based Air Central West Beech 58 Baron VH-TNR departed Longreach Airport for Mackay and then Rockhampton Airports. 

UPDATE!  On Thursday 9 July, VH-TNR departed Rockhampton Airport for the Sunshine Coast.

VH-TNR also looked to complete a flight to Emerald Airport and back to Longreach Airport on Sunday 5 July.

Finally, FKG Air (Redjet Aviation) Hawker Beechcraft B200GT VH-FKB was noted visiting Mackay Airport twice on Monday 6 July.  It flew between Toowoomba and Archerfield.

Photo taken by 'JM'  ©

Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP Bizjet VH-SGY Pops into Gladstone Airport

Early on Wednesday 8 July, the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY was noted visiting Gladstone Airport.

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It arrived from Brisbane and departed back there during the early part of the afternoon.

Photo taken by Col B  ©

Monday, July 6, 2020

Australian Country Choice Properties (Brisbane) Cessna 560 Citation V Encore Bizjet VH-ACC Around the Region and at Roma Airport - Plus More!

On Monday 6 July, Australian Country Choice Properties (Brisbane) Cessna 560 Citation V Encore bizjet VH-ACC was noted back in CQ, again mostly popping into local properties, but also visiting Roma Airport during what was a busy day of flying.

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VH-ACC originally departed from Archerfield and flew down to Tamworth in New South Wales.  It then was noted heading to Opal Creek but due to fog there they continued on to Brunette Downs.  After some time on the ground, VH-ACC then flew down to Roma Airport before later departing to  Babbiloora and then back to Roma Airport.  VH-ACC then once again departed and popped into Opal Creek before finishing the day back at Roma Airport.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 7 July, VH-ACC departed Roma Airport for Opal Creek before then continuing to Archerfield.  Later, it flew down to Tamworth before returning to spend the night at Roma Airport once again.

Meanwhile, a few light General Aviation (GA) movements were also noted around some CQ Airports, in particular Rockhampton Airport, also on Monday 6 July.

Austrek Aviation Beech B200 King Air VH-WXO popped into Rockhampton Airport.  It arrived from Toowoomba and Archerfield and departed back directly to Toowoomba.

Seair Pacific (Istlecote) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TQW arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast), Maryborough and Wanella Station Airports on what looked to be a closed Fly- in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flight.

UPDATE!  VH-TQW remained parked at Rockhampton Airport until Wednesday 8 July when it returned to Hervey Bay Airport.

Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) / Qantas Group Pilot Academy Diamond DA-40 Star VH-YTU visited Rockhampton Airport from its Toowoomba-Wellcamp base.

And Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208B Caravan VH-TFS was noted completing the daily Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flight at Rockhampton Airport, arriving from and later departing back to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's Carmichael Coal Mine site.

Out West at Emerald Airport Wollongong-registered Cessna 208 Caravan skydiving aircraft VH-NMV was noted visiting for fuel.  It arrived from Wollongong via Coffs Harbour and later departed to Cairns.

UPDATE!  On Friday 10 July, VH-NMV was noted operating skydiving flights at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.

While finally, even further out West at Longreach Airport, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air A32-988 "Beaufort 03" was noted arriving from RAAF Base East Sale and RAAF Base Richmond.  It later departed directly back to East Sale.

Photo taken by James Kirk  ©

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Careflight (NSW) Kawasaki BK117 B-2 VH-IME Pops into Roma and Longreach Airports Heading North - Plus More!

On Sunday 4 July, New South Wales based Careflight Kawasaki BK117 B-2 helicopter VH-IME was spotted visiting Longreach Airport.  It looked to arrive from Bankstown and Roma Airport and was heard to be using the radio callsign of “Careflight 3”.





After taking in fuel, VH-IME “Careflight 3” departed Longreach Airport for Mount Isa where it is due to spend the night.

At the time of writing, it appears that VH-IME “Careflight 3” will continue into the Northern Territory, finishing at Darwin, on Monday 5 July.

Meanwhile, also over the weekend, a couple of groups of light General Aviation (GA) aircraft were noted flying in and out of various CQ Airports.

On Sunday 5 July, Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) / Qantas Group Pilot Academy Diamond DA-40 Stars VH-ERE and VH-YTE visited Rockhampton Airport from their Toowoomba-Wellcamp base.

Basair Australia Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee aircraft VH-BWU and VH-RMZ looked to fly up from Archerfield on Saturday 4 July to Mackay Airport via Bundaberg and Gladstone Airports.

Then on Sunday 5 July, they flew back South to Archerfield over the same route.

It also appears that fellow Basair Cherokee VH-BKM also flew up to Gladstone Airport on Saturday 4 July.

Also on Sunday 5 July, Mackay-based Cessna 182 VH-ESS was the radio aircraft of a flight of five aircraft that flew to Barcaldine Airport.  It is unclear where the flight of five originated from.

While fellow Mackay-based Rockwell 114 VH-WFA flew across from Mackay Airport Palmyra Airstrip near Mackay to Longreach Airport also on Sunday 5 July.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Greg W for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos of a great looking chopper!

All photos taken by Greg Weir  ©️

Friday, July 3, 2020

Vanderfield Pilatus PC-12/47 VH-WPH at CQ Airports This Week - Spotted at Bundaberg Airport Friday - Plus More!

Over the last couple of days, Vanderfield Pilatus PC-12/47 VH-WPH has been noted visiting a couple Central Queensland Airports.  As shown below, on Friday 3 July, VH-WPH was spotted visiting Bundaberg Airport.  It arrived from Biloela / Thangool Airport and later departed to its Toowoomba base.


On Wednesday 1 July, VH-WPH flew into Emerald Airport from Toowoomba before then continuing to Mackay and Biloela / Thangool Airports on Thursday 2 July.

Meanwhile, fellow Vanderfield Cessna 210N VH-JSC has also been noted visiting some CQ Airports over the last week or so.  On Tuesday 30 June it looked to fly into Longreach Airport from Toowoomba.  Then on Wednesday 1 July, VH-JSC was noted visiting Charleville and Roma Airports.

VH-JSC also looked to visit Maryborough Airport last Friday 26 June.

Also visiting Maryborough Airport but this week on Thursday 2 July was Seair Pacific (Istlecote) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TQW which arrived from Wanella Station (near Coppabella) on a Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) closed charter flight.  It had earlier flown up from Rockhampton Airport and then departed to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

VH-TQW had arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Hervey Bay Airport early on Wednesday 1 July.

While also on Wednesday 1 July, Seair Pacific (Istlecote) DHC-6-100 Twin Otter VH-ZKF completed its weekly run from the Gold Coast and Brisbane to Rockhampton Airport before flying up to Collinsville Airport and then Townsville.  It then returned South over the same route.

Another Seair Pacific (Istlecote) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TLH was noted arriving into Longreach Airport on Tuesday 30 June from the Gold Coast and Texas.  It departed to Lady Elliot Island Airport the Gold Coast on Thursday 2 July.

And one other Seair Pacific (Istlecote) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-LMZ was noted arriving into Emerald Airport from the Gold Coast late on Friday 3 July.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 4 July, VH-LMZ looked to complete four local flights out of, around and back to Emerald Airport.

Up at my local Clermont Aerodrome, on Thursday 2 July, Corporate Air  / Vee H Aviation Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VEJ was noted visiting from Cessnock in New South Wales.

Finally, noted visiting Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport on Tuesday 30 June was AirServices Australia / Pearl Aviation Hawker Beechcraft B300 Super King Air VH-FIY which appeared to complete a post-maintenance test flight from and back to Brisbane.

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

All photos taken by Dan B  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-006 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport

On Friday 3 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-006 was photographed as it was on finals prior to completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.  It was flying as "Dragon 41".










The MRTT had earlier departed RAAF Base Amberley and flew up to Townsville where it also completed a missed approach.  A39-006 then returned South and returned to Amberley via the missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.

Of interest, A39-006 was delivered to the RAAF's 33 Squadron at Amberley in September 2017 and wore the Spanish delivery registration marking of 'EC-339'.  This A330-200MRTT is an older airframe (MSN 892) and was originally manufactured in 2007 and delivered to Qantas Airways in early 2008 as VH-EBH.  It previously wore the name 'Hunter Valley'.

VH-EBH operated with Qantas on domestic and international flights until May 2015 when it was withdrawn from service and flown to Singapore (Changi) Airport for end of lease maintenance and storage.  VH-EBH/EC-339 was then flown to Getafe in Spain for conversion to A330-MRTT/KC-30A standard by Airbus Defence and Space.

A39-006 was joined by another ex-Qantas airframe and the seventh KC-30A which became A39-007/EC-334.



As we posted below with its visit to Rockhampton Airport in Thursday 2 July - and as pictured above - This airframe (MSN 898) also previously operated with Qantas Airways but as VH-EBI and wore the name 'Yarra Valley'.

A39-007 is also being utilised as a VIP transport jet for current Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo) who has named the aircraft 'Shark 1' after his beloved National Rugby League (NRL) team The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.

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

Photos taken by Scott Harris and Michael Malick  ©

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-007 Calls into Rockhampton Airport as “Dragon 24”

On Thursday 2 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-007 was spotted visiting Rockhampton Airport.


The KC-30A flew North from RAAF Base Amberley touched down on Runway 33 at Rocky before back-taxiing and parking on for a short time on Taxiway Juliette.










After completing a re-program and possible crew change, A39-007 taxied out and departed Rockhampton Airport for Amberley via airwork off the coast of South-East Queensland.







A39-007 was noted flying as "Dragon 24".

Of interest, A39-007 is the most recently delivered of the seven KC-30A's of the RAAF's 33 Squadron based at Amberley.  A39-007 was delivered in May 2019 and previously operated with Qantas Airways as VH-EBI.


A39-007 is also being utilised as a VIP transport jet for current Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo) who has named the aircraft 'Shark 1' after his beloved National Rugby League (NRL) team The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.

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

All photos taken by Jaxson White  ©