Thursday, January 27, 2022

Execujet Australia Bombardier Global 6000 Bizjet VH-YAI Pops into Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

Early on Thursday 27 January, Execujet Australia Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 bizjet VH-YAI was noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport.  It looked to touch down from Cairns.

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After a short time on the ground, VH-YAI then departed to Sydney.

Also noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport, also on Thursday 27 January, was Moorabbin Aviation Services (Victoria) Cessna S550 Citation SII bizjet VH-JLU which arrived from and later departed back to Sydney.

And after arriving the previous day, Spectrum Air Hire (of Sydney) Beech 76 Duchess VH-IPH was noted departing Hamilton Island Airport for Mackay Airport.  At the time of writing, it was due to then continue to Bundaberg Airport on Friday 28 January.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 27 January, the locally-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ was back in the air, noted departing Mackay Airport for Sydney.

While Air Gold Coast Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-CDG was noted arriving into Roma Airport from the Gold Coast via Lismore. It the returned directly to its Gold Coast base.

And also noted visiting Roma Airport were Brescon (Toowoomba) Beech B200 King Air turboprops VH-WXB and VH-XDW.  The familiar visitors to Roma Airport on this occasion both arrived from and later departed back to Toowoomba-Wellcamp.

Finally, some other King Air turboprops noted around the region, also on Thursday 27 January, Avcair (Easternwell Group) Raytheon B200 King Air VH-EWG looked to visit Chinchilla, Injune, Roma and Miles Airports while on a flight out of and back to Toowoomba.

Austrek Aviation Beech B200 Super King Air VH-ZGD visited Rolleston Aerodrome from Toowoomba.

And Machjet (Machjet International) Hawker Beechcraft B200 King Air VH-ZSY looked to depart Charters Towers Aerodrome for the Sunshine Coast.  It had arrived there via Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport the previous afternoon.

Photo taken by Ryan Hothersall  ©

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

New Jetstar Airways Airbus A320-232(WL) Aircraft VH-YXW & VH-YXS Both Spotted at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport - Plus More!

A couple of nice days plane spotting at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport with a couple of new Jetstar Airways Airbus A320-232(WL) aircraft spotted visiting.

On Wednesday 26 January, VH-YXS (ex JA17JJ) was photographed as it operated the JST840/1 service from and back to Sydney.


And on Tuesday 25 January, VH-YXW (ex JA18JJ) was photographed as it also operated the JST840/1 service from and back to Sydney.  This is our first photo of this airframe in Central Queensland!


As mentioned previously, the A320s are part of a group of four recently delivered Airbus A320 aircraft that have entered service with Jetstar Airways that all previously operated with Jetstar Japan.  VH-YXT (ex JA23JJ / EC-LZF) and VH-YXV (ex JA11JJ) are the others and visit Proserpine, Hamilton Island and Mackay Airports quite often.

Meanwhile, another two airframes - VH-YXU (ex JA06JJ) and VH-YXQ (ex JA12JJ) - were up until recently stored at Alice Springs but have flown to Darwin and Singapore (Seletar) in recent days with speculation that they have gone there to be prepared to enter service in Australia.

Finally, late on Saturday 22 January, Jetstar Asia Airways (Singapore) Airbus A320-232 9V-JSN flew into Melbourne (Tullamarine) from Singapore (Changi) as JSA903.  It is believed that it too is being prepared to be placed on the Australian Aircraft register and enter service with Jetstar in Australia.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

A Nice Pair of Familiar Bizjets Spotted at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport - Embraer Phenom 300E VH-NSQ & Cessna Citation CJ1 VH-SIY - Plus More!

On Wednesday 26 January, a couple of nice corporate bizjets were spotted visiting Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport.

Jampair P/L (Navair Flight Operations) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300E bizjet VH-NSQ arrived from Bankstown and the Gold Coast before later departing back direct to Bankstown.


And Machjet (Machjet International) Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-SIY arrived from the Sunshine Coast and Hamilton Island Airports.  It then flew down to Sydney before returning to the Sunny Coast.


While over at the Whitsunday Coast Airport at Shute Harbour, the often visiting American-registered Eclipse EA500 bizjet N257AK was noted arriving from Archerfield.

And down at Roma Airport, Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY arrived from Melbourne (Moorabbin) and Ballarat.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 27 January, VH-WMY departed Roma Airport for Ballarat, Melbourne (Essendon) and then back to Moorabbin.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 26 January,  Townsville Airlines (Flightech Air Logistics) Beech B200 King Air VH-WZN visited Hamilton Island Airport from Cairns.

Hawker Beechcraft G58 Baron VH-EZD arrived into Hamilton Island Airport from its Monto Aerodrome base.

While Spectrum Air Hire (of Sydney) Beech 76 Duchess VH-IPH flew across from Hamilton Island Airport to Proserpine Airport before returning to Hamo.  It seems to have arrived there from Bankstown, Warwick and Bundaberg Airports just over a week ago.

And BPW Aviation / Airspeed Aviation of Scone, New South Wales, Cessna 404 Titan VH-SKV was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Tamworth.  It later departed for Archerfield and then back to Tamworth.

Finally, also on Wednesday 26 January, Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQF departed Rockhampton Airport for Mackay Airport as SKP785 before it then completed two return flights from Mackay Airport to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site and back as SKP793/4/1/2. It then flew from Mackay Airport to Brisbane as SKP786.

And it appears that fellow Skytrans Dash-8-100 VH-QQC flew down from cairns to Rockhampton Airport as SKP775 before then flying to Labona as SKP777 and then back to Cairns as SKP778.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign Bizjet VH-ZEK Calls Into Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

On Tuesday 25 January, Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-ZEK was noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport.

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It looked to fly into from and the depart back to its Bankstown Base.

While after arriving from there at the end of last week, Melbourne Air Holdings (Executive Airlines) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-EXG departed Hamilton Island Airport Sydney and Melbourne (Essendon), also on Tuesday 25 January.

Machjet (Machjet International) Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-SIY looked to visit Charters Towers Aerodrome from its Sunshine Coast base.

And Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) (Cobham SAR Services Pty Ltd) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-XNC "Rescue 440" looked to fly up from Melbourne (Essendon) to complete airwork off the Central Queensland Coast.  It then landed at Mackay Airport for a refuel before then heading up to Cairns.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 25 January, Seair Pacific / Istlecote Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TQW was noted flying up from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast), Maryborough and Biloela / Thangool Airports to Middlemount Aerodrome on a closed FIFO charter flight before flying back down to Thangool and Hervey Bay Airports.

And DeGunst Transport P/L Textron (Cessna) 208 Caravan VH-NPZ departed its Bundaberg Airport base for Nebo and Rockhampton Airports before then returning to Bundy.

Finally, also on Tuesday 25 January, Skytrans Dash-8-100 VH-QQF completed a pair of Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site and back to Rockhampton Airport as SKP773/4/1/2..

While fellow Skytrans Dash-8-100 VH-QQI completed the SKP85/6 Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) flight from Cairns to Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) and Rockhampton Airports and back.

Monday, January 24, 2022

Airborne P/L (Palm Lake Works) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-PLE Back at Bundaberg Airport - Plus More!

On Monday 24 January, Ipswich-based Airborne P/L (Palm Lake Works) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-PLE made yet another visit to Bundaberg Airport. It looked to arrive from and then depart back to the Gold Coast via the Sunshine Coast.

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Meanwhile, also on Monday 24 January, AirCorrigan (Brisbane) EADS SOCATA TBM700 VH-TBM flew from Longreach Airport to Townsville.  It had arrived into Longreach Airport from Adelaide on Saturday 22 January.

And ZephAir Australia - Aircraft Charters Piper PA-31 Navajo VH-AYT visited Mackay Airport from its Townsville base.  It then looked to complete airwork at Bowen Aerodrome while on a flight from and back to Townsville.

Finally, also on Monday 24 January, a pair of Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) SAAB 340B turboprops were noted up from Brisbane and into various Central Queensland Airports.

VH-VEP was noted arriving into Emerald Airport from Brisbane then flying into my local Clermont Aerodrome.  VH-VEP then returned to Brisbane.  About the same time, VH-VEB flew up to Mackay Airport and back to Brisbane.  

Also, Link Airways (Corporate Air  / Vee H Aviation) Metro 23 VH-VEK completed the airline's Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) service into Biloela / Thangool Airport, arriving from and later departing back to Brisbane.

And Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQF flew into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane as SKP783 before it then completed a Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flight to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site and back as SKP771/2.

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

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Stroud Aviation and Transportation (Boonah) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-SHI Pops into Bundaberg Airport Again – Plus More!

On Sunday 23 January, Stroud Aviation and Transportation (Boonah) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SHI was noted visiting Bundaberg Airport again.

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It looked to fly up from Archerfield and then later return there.  VH-SHI had visited Bundaberg Airport - and other CQ Airports - during last week - see Blog posts below!

And during the late afternoon, Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 bizjet VH-ILJ visited Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane.

VH-ILJ also popped into Mackay Airport from Brisbane but late on Saturday 22 January.  It then departed to the Gold Coast and then back to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, also on Sunday 23 January, Bundaberg-based Aero Optics Aero Commander 500-S VH-JAJ looked to complete a local aerial survey flight out of and back to Rockhampton Airport.  It had arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Bankstown and then Archerfield over the previous couple of days.

While Machjet (Machjet International) Hawker Beechcraft B200 King Air VH-ZSY visited the Great Keppel Island Airport from its Sunshine Coast base.

And Brisbane-based Hewitt Cattle Australia P/L SOCATA TBM 700 VH-PGA looked to fly up from Archerfield to Mount Isa before it returned there but via Moura Airport.

Finally, also on Sunday 23 January, four Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) / Qantas Group Pilot Academy Diamond DA-40 Star training aircraft were noted visiting a couple of Central Queensland Airports.  VH-YTL, VH-YTW, VH-YTJ and VH-EQF all flew up from their Toowoomba-Wellcamp base to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport and then Gladstone Airport.  They all the returned to Wellcamp.

Photo taken by 'JM'  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Dassault Falcon 7X Bizjet A56-003 "Envoy 82" Calls into Mackay Airport

On Sunday 23 January, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet A56-003 was spotted visiting Mackay Airport.


The Falcon 7X bizjet, which is flown by the RAAF's VIP 34 Squadron, looked to arrive from Canberra via Warwick Airport as "Envoy 82".

At the time of writing, it appears that A56-003 is staying for the night at Mackay Airport.

UPDATE!  During the afternoon on Monday 24 January. A56-003 "Envoy 82" departed Mackay Airport for Darwin.

Photo taken by 'JM'  ©️

Friday, January 21, 2022

Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-MRZ Pops into Rockhampton Airport Heading Home Cairns After a Re-paint - Plus More!

On Friday 21 January, Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-MRZ passed through Rockhampton Airport while heading home from Redcliffe to Cairns (pictured) after it had an overhaul and was re-painted.  VH-MRZ was heard to be flying as "Hinterland 663".

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VH-MRZ had also passed through Rockhampton Airport on Friday 3 December as it flew down to Redcliffe from Cairns but as HND637.

Of interest, fellow Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravans VH-CVN and VH-LZK are currently based at Rockhampton Airport operating the airlines' several week-daily Fly-in Fly-out closed charter flights to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site and back.

Other light General Aviation (GA) aircraft spotted and noted around the region, also on Friday 21 January, included RDO Equipment Co. (ex Vanderfield) Pilatus PC-12/47 VH-WPH which was spotted at Bundaberg Airport before it later departed to the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba.  It had arrived the previous day - see Blog post below.


And Edwards Coaches Cessna 441 Conquest II VH-OXY popped into Mackay Airport from Armidale and the Gold Coast before later departing back to its Armidale base.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 21 January, a couple of bizjet visitors into Central Queensland included Melbourne Air Holdings (Executive Airlines) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-EXG which was noted flying into Hamilton Island Airport from Melbourne (Essendon) via Sydney.

While Linfox Global Charter / Air National Australia Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 bizjet VH-LEP also arrived into Hamilton Island Airport but directly from its Melbourne (Essendon) base.

VH-LEP was scheduled to depart Hamilton Island Airport, but at the time of writing, it appears to be still parked on Hamo.

And Stroud Aviation and Transportation (Boonah) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SHI departed Rockhampton Airport for Bundaberg Airport and then Archerfield.

Finally, also on Friday 21 January, Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) SAAB 340B turboprop VH-VEO visited Mackay Airport from Brisbane.  While fellow SAAB 340B VH-VEB flew up from Brisbane to my local Clermont Aerodrome and then Emerald Airport then back to Brisbane.

Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VEJ departed Emerald Airport for Newcastle (Williamtown) and Brisbane.  It looks to have arrived from Brisbane the previous day.

And Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) Metro 23 VH-VEU operated the airline's Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) service into Biloela / Thangool Airport from and back to Brisbane.

Photo taken by Dan B  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan Transport Aircraft A34-006 "Wallaby 21" Spotted Completing Airwork at Bundaberg Airport

On Friday 21 January, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-006 was photographed as it complete airwork including at least two missed approaches at Bundaberg Airport.





The Spartan was heard to be flying as "Wallaby 21" and looked to fly up from and then return to RAAF Base Amberley.

Of interest, A34-006 later completed another flight out of and back to Amberley but via airwork at Kingaroy Airport as "Wallaby 20".  

And fellow C-27J Spartan A34-010 as "Wallaby 22" also completed a flight out of and back to Amberley but via airwork at Miles Airport.

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

All photos taken by Dan B  ©

Hevilift Australia ATR 72-500 VH-FVL Makes Emergency Landing at Bundaberg Airport While Enroute from Moranbah Airport to Brisbane

Late on Thursday 20 January, Hevilift Australia ATR 72-500 VH-FVL diverted into Bundaberg Airport while flying a closed Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flight as HT728 from Moranbah Airport to Brisbane Airport.



It was reported that the diversion was caused by "smoke in the cabin" however, a Hevilift spokesperson said no smoke or fire was observed in the cockpit or cabin.  It was reported on Friday 21 January, that the pilots were alerted to an electrical faulty and detected an electrical odour in the cockpit.

VH-FVL landed at Bundaberg Airport and was greeted by multiple emergency crews.  The four crew members and 19 passengers on board were provided with accommodation after landing.









After engineers inspected the aircraft, it was cleared to fly back to Brisbane and during the afternoon on Friday 21 January, VH-FVL positioned to Brisbane as HT707.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 21 January, it appears that the passengers were transported to Brisbane on board Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 jet VH-NKU which looked to complete a closed charter flight to Bundaberg Airport from and back to Brisbane as UTY8460/1.

Sincere thanks to Hayden M-A and Dan B from Dan Beck Photography for allowing us to share these great photos!

Photos taken by Hayden Matthew Alexander and Dan B  ©