Sunday, July 3, 2022

A Few Nice Corporate Bizjets Call into Whitsunday Airports - Including a Couple of First Visits! - Plus More!

On Sunday 3 July, there was a few corporate bizjets noted visiting the Whitsundays Airports - including a couple of interesting 'new' Citations which were making their first visits into Central Queensland.

Victoria based Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 VH-VPM visited Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from the Gold Coast.  It then departed the Gold Coast for Albury and then its Melbourne (Essendon) base.  This is the first visit of VH-VPM to CQ!

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Execujet Australia Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-VSZ visited Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport again from Sydney.

And Victoria based Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 VH-SWI (ex VH-MOR) looked to arrive into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from Warrnambool, Hobart and Emerald Airports.  It then returned to its Warrnambool base.

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Of interest, until March 2021, VH-SWI was previously registered VH-MOR and was a frequent visitor to Central Queensland!  This is the first visit of the Citation as VH-SWI into CQ!

While over on Hamilton Island, Poolhurst Aviation Air Charter Services Pilatus PC-24 jet VH-VTF arrived into Hamilton Island Airport from Sydney before later departing to Archerfield.

Air Gold Coast Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-CDG finally departed Hamilton Island Airport for the Gold Coast.  It had arrived from there last Sunday 26 June.

And New South Wales-based Mooney M20J VH-SOM flew up from its Armidale base to Bundaberg and then Hamilton Island Airport.

UPDATE!  On Monday 4 July, VH-SOM departed Hamilton Island Airport for Hughenden, Tennant Creek and Darwin.

Finally, also on Sunday 3 July, Kirkhope Aviation (Victoria) Piper PA-31 Navajo VH-HXN departed Longreach Airport for Charleville Airport but ended up diverting to Cunnamulla.  It had arrived there on Friday 1 July.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 5 July, it looked like the closed tourist charter may have come to an end with VH-HXN noted returning to Melbourne (Moorabbin).

All photos taken by Brodie Lawson  ©

Saturday, July 2, 2022

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" Overnight Visit to Roma Airport

Late on Friday 1 July, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" was noted visiting Roma Airport.  It looked to arrive from Brisbane.

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Then, in the wee small hours of Saturday 2 July, VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" departed Roma Airport and returned to Brisbane.

Photo taken by Sid Mitchell  ©️

Friday, July 1, 2022

AAA Aircraft / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 550 Citation Bravo Bizjet VH-CCJ Calls into Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Friday 1 July, AAA Aircraft / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 550 Citation Bravo bizjet VH-CCJ was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport.  It looked to arrive from and then later depart back to the Sunshine Coast. 

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While Air Charter Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 bizjet VH-VKX was noted visiting Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.  It arrived from and later departed back to Brisbane.

And Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM called into Rockhampton Airport, arriving from Normanton and departing to Tamworth.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 1 July, Kirkhope Aviation (Victoria) Piper PA-31 Navajo VH-HXN flew up from Birdsville to Winton before finishing the day at Longreach Airport.  It seems to be on a closed tourist charter flight having left Melbourne (Moorabbin) at the start of the week.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 3 July, VH-HXN departed Longreach Airport for Charleville Airport but ended up diverting to Cunnamulla.

Photo taken by Samuel Felgate  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan Transport Aircraft A34-007 "Wallaby 02" Completes Airwork at Bundaberg Airport

On Friday 1 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-007 was noted completing airwork at Bundaberg Airport.

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The Spartan was flying as "Wallaby 02" and flew up from RAAF Base Amberley to complete at least two approaches at Bundaberg Airport.  It then returned to Amberley.

Photo taken by John Lee  ©

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Capital Jet Charter (Canberra) Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3 Bizjet VH-TCS Calls into Roma Airport - Plus More!

On Wednesday 29 June and again on Thursday 30 June, new Capital Jet Charter (Canberra) Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3 bizjet VH-TCS was noted visiting Roma Airport.  On Wednesday it looked to arrive from Canberra and Orange and then depart to Moruya and Mount Gambier.  On Thursday it returned to Roma Airport from Mount Gambier before departing back to Orange and Canberra.

Of interest, VH-TCS looked to arrive into Australia from the USA via Townsville in the middle of May.

Fellow Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-SIY of Machjet (Machjet International) visited Hamilton Island Airport from its Sunshine Coast base.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 29 June, Townsville Airlines Beech 1900D VH-JYA was noted arriving into Longreach Airport from Cairns and Julia Creek.  It then departed to Brisbane.

Kirkhope Aviation (Victoria) Cessna 208B Grand Caravan VH-PRK was noted departing Longreach Airport for Injune.  It seems to be on a closed tourist charter flight out of Melbourne (Moorabbin).

Gulf Aircraft Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208 Caravan VH-PYO also visited Longreach Airport, arriving from the North-West and then looking to depart to Brisbane.

While new Moorabbin Aviation Services (Victoria) Raytheon B200 King Air VH-VTQ flew into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from Melbourne (Essendon) and Narrabri.  It had skipped across from Melbourne (Moorabbin) late the previous day.

And RDO Equipment (ex Vanderfield) Cessna 210N VH-JSC visited Emerald Airport from Toowoomba.  

UPDATE!  It looked like VH-JSC also visited Emerald Airport again from Toowoomba on Thursday 30 June.

A Pair of LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair Challenger 604 Bizjets VH-OFC and VH-OFC Both Call into CQ Airports at Opposite Ends of the Day

Before dawn on Thursday 30 June, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" called into Emerald Airport from Brisbane.  After a couple of hours on the ground, it then returned to the capital.

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While during the afternoon, fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville and Cairns.  It has now departed to Brisbane and is later due to return to Cairns and Townsville.

Photo taken by Sid Mitchell  ©️

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air A32-671 "Envoy 02" Calls into Longreach Airport Again

On Wednesday 29 June, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air twin-turboprop A32-671 was back in the region yet again, this time as "Envoy 02" and looking to again call into Longreach Airport.

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It arrived from RAAF Base East Sale and then departed to Cairns.

A32-671 has completed similar flights to Far North Queensland over the last few days, passing through Longreach Airport and also Roma Airport using the "Beaufort" radio callsign - see Blog posts below!

UPDATE!  On Friday 1 July, A32-671 but as "Envoy 10" returned South from Cairns to East Sale but this time flying via Charleville Airport.

Photo taken by Steve Vit  ©

Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VEJ Spotted at Clermont Aerodrome - Plus More!

On Wednesday 29 June, I was lucky enough to spot Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VEJ still parked at my local Clermont Aerodrome.  As mentioned below, it had arrived from Brisbane and Rolleston Aerodrome the previous day.


Later on Wednesday, VH-VEJ departed Clermont Aerodrome for the Oaky Creek Coal Mine site.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 30 June, VH-VEJ departed Oaky Creek for Emerald Airport before then flying to Mackay and Collinsville Airports and then the Newlands Coal Mine site.  It looked to be scheduled to fly back to Brisbane on Friday 1 July.

Fellow Link Airways Metro 23 VH-VET looked to visit Longreach and Boulia Airports from Brisbane.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 29 June, Property Maintenance Australia P/L Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-WJA arrived into Rockhampton Airport from its Dubbo base.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 30 June, VH-WJA departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Dubbo.

Fellow Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-MDH of M. D. H. P/L (Cloncurry) was noted flying across from Devoncourt Station to Kierawonga and back.

Auscott P/L Beechcraft B200GT King Air VH-NMW landed at Truganinnie from Toowoomba and Archerfield before it then returned directly to Toowoomba. 

While locally-based Piper PA-24-250 VH-CDA departed to Hedlow Airfield, North of Rockhampton, for Winton.  It is due to continue to Alice Springs the next day.

Alabar Aviation (Victoria) Cessna R182 VH-DMB flew up to the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour from Moree.  It flew into there from its Echuca base the previous day.

Heliflite (Sydney) Bell Helicopter Textron B206 VH-BAM flew up Redcliffe to Gladstone, Mackay and then Townsville Airports.

And Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-21 Islander VH-WZD was noted passing through Biloela / Thangool Airport while heading South for planned maintenance.  It looked to fly down from Horn Island, Coen, Mareeba and Charters Towers Airports and then depart to Watts Bridge.

Finally, also on Wednesday 29 June, Southern Airlines Beech 1900 VH-VSO was noted once again completing a visit to Emerald Airport.  After arriving from Melbourne (Moorabbin), West Sale and Bourke the previous day, VH-VSO departed Emerald Airport for Dubbo, West Sale and Moorabbin.

And Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ called into Rockhampton Airport, arriving from Archerfield and then departing back there via Dalby.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Overnighting Rescue Helicopters - QGAir VH-EGK & Babcock VH-PXY - Both Spotted at Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Tuesday 28 June, the two visiting rescue helicopters that arrived into Rockhampton Airport the previous day, were both photographed as they rested in the cool morning air.


Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopter (Agusta) AW139 helicopter VH-EGK arrived late Monday from Archerfield, and later on Tuesday, it departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville and then Cairns where it has commenced operations as "Rescue 510".


And Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia Bell 412EP VH-PXY flew down from Cairns to Rockhampton Airport via Townsville and Mackay Airports on Monday, and later on Tuesday, it departed Rockhampton Airport for Bundaberg and Toowoomba Airports before then flying into Coffs Harbour where it looks to be undergoing planned maintenance.


While another nice helicopter to be noted passing through the region, also on Tuesday 28 June, was South-East Helicopters / Trecked Pty Ltd (New South Wales) Kawasaki BK117 B-2 VH-FHD.  It originally departed Bankstown and called into Cessnock, Tamworth, Moree, Roma, Emerald and Mackay Airports.

UPDATES!  On Wednesday 29 June, VH-FHD departed Mackay Airport and finished the day at Cairns.  On Friday 1 July, VH-FHD looked to arrive at its ultimate destination of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Meanwhile, a couple of corporate bizjets also noted around the region, also on Tuesday 28 June, included Execujet Australia Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-VSZ which visited Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from Sydney.

While McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 bizjet VH-SUY called back into Hamilton Island Airport from Cairns.  It then departed to its Sunshine Coast base. It had flown North to Cairns via Hamo on Sunday 26 June.

Finally, also on Tuesday 28 June, Gulf Aircraft Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208 Caravan VH-PYO arrived into Longreach Airport from Toowoomba.  It then looked to continue to the North-West.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 30 June, VH-PYO returned to Longreach Airport before departing to Brisbane.

Brisbane-based Australian Agricultural Company Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-AAC also flew into Longreach Airport but from Archerfield.  It then departed to Avalon Downs.  Later, VH-AAC returned to Archerfield.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 29 June, VH-AAC looked to again fly from Archerfield to Longreach Airport and Avalon Downs.

DeGunst Transport P/L Textron (Cessna) 208 Caravan VH-NPZ made its weekly flight from Bundaberg to Nebo Aerodrome and back - but via Rockhampton and Gladstone Airports.

While Aero Logistics Cessna 404 VH-AZU has been noted again completing an aerial survey flight out of Emerald Airport.

Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VEJ landed at Rolleston Aerodrome from Brisbane before it then flew up to my local Clermont Aerodrome where it looked to be staying for the night.

UPDATE!  VH-VEJ remained in the region, flying between some Central Queensland Coal Mine sites and Emerald Airport up until Friday 1 July.

And Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TFQ completed a flight out of and back to Rockhampton Airport down to Gladstone as HND480.

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

All photos taken by Trevor Hardsman  ©

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" Pops into Longreach Airport

On Tuesday 28 June, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" was noted visiting Longreach Airport. It looked to arrive from Brisbane.

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After around four hours on the ground, VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" departed Longreach Airport for Townsville.  It is due to later return to Brisbane.

Photo taken by Sid Mitchell  ©️