Friday, March 24, 2023

Emerald-based Aero Professional Services Take Delivery of SOCATA TBM700 VH-VSV - Plus More!

We reported last week that Emerald-based aerial ag operator Aero Professional Services has taken delivery of former Brisbane-based (Bishopp Aviation) SOCATA TBM700 VH-VSV.  It arrived into their Denison Downs property last Monday 13 March.

So, on Friday 24 March, VH-VSV was noted departing Denison Downs and heading West to complete airwork and then landing at Barcaldine Airport.  It later returned to the property.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 25 March, VH-VSV was back in the air, this time heading further West to Longreach Airport where it again completed airwork and landed for a short time.  It then returned to the Denison Downs property.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 24 March, South Australia-based Mooney M20P VH-FAF finally departed Longreach Airport for Roma Airport and Toowoomba.  It had arrived last Thursday 16 March when the Mooney Pilots Association of Australia annual fly-in happened at Longreach Airport.

Recently registered (to a property near Richmond in Queensland) Quest Kodiak 100 VH-84M looked to fly from Mackay Airport up to Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport and back to Mackay Airport.  It had arrived there on delivery from overseas in mid-January.

While new Bell Textron 407GXi helicopter VH-JUF flew up from Bankstown to Townsville via Gunnedah, Narrabri(?), Roma and Clermont Airports, presumably on delivery to Cairns-based Nautilus Aviation.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 25 March, VH-JUF indeed continued from Townsville to Cairns.

McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King Air VH-ZPY flew up from Sunshine Coast to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site before then flying across to Rockhampton Airport and then back to the Sunny Coast.  It had flown the reverse inbound flight at the start of the week.

Fellow Machjet (Machjet International) Hawker Beechcraft B200 King Air VH-ZSY flew down from Cairns to Labona then to Mackay Airport and then later back up to Cairns. 

And Hinterland Aviation Beech B200 King Air VH-HJS as HND626 flew down from Cairns to Labona then to Rockhampton Airport and then back to Cairns. 

Finally, also on Friday 24 March, Jetstream Aviation (Emprja P/L) Cessna 550 Citation II VH-VDF departed Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport and returned to the Sunshine Coast.

It had arrived at Prosie from the Sunny Coast on Wednesday 22 March.

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©

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