Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Brisbane-based Teys Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ2 Bizjet VH-TEY Spotted at Maryborough Airport - Plus More!

On Wednesday 20 October, Brisbane-based Teys Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ2 bizjet VH-TEY was spotted visiting Maryborough Airport. It arrived from Archerfield and Brisbane.



After some time on the ground, VH-TEY then departed Maryborough Airport for Townsville.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 20 October, Seair Pacific / Istlecote Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208B Caravan VH-TLH flew into Middlemount Aerodrome from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport before later flying back there via Biloela / Thangool and Maryborough Airports.

While Vanderfield Pilatus PC-12/47 VH-WPH flew up to Emerald Airport from Toowoomba before then departing to Julia Creek.  It later returned to Emerald and then Toowoomba Airports.

And The Recreational Flying Company Cessna 421C Golden Eagle VH-UTC visited Rockhampton Airport from Gympie.

Finally, Brisbane-based FIFO Jet P/L Beech B200 King Air VH-FAQ, completed two more flights to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site and back to Rockhampton Airport before it then departed Rocky for Archerfield.

As posted below, VH-FAQ made its usual arrival into Rockhampton Airport at the start of the week.

Sincere thanks David G of Maryborough Aviation Services for taking the time to capture and send through this great photo!

All photos taken by David Geck  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-002 Pops into CQ Airports - Spotted at Bundaberg Airport

On Wednesday 20 October, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-002 was spotted on the ground at Bundaberg Airport.  It looked to arrive from Canberra via Coffs Harbour on a training flight as "Envoy 17".


After some time on the ground, A36-002 departed Bundaberg Airport and continued up to land at Hamilton Island Airport for a short time.  The BBJ then flew up to complete a missed approach at Cairns before it then finished the day at Townsville..

It is assumed that A36-002 will fly back South - possibly via Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) and Rockhampton Airports - on Thursday 21 October, as these training flights have done in the past.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 21 October, and indeed as predicted, A36-002 "Envoy 17" flew South from Townsville and completed a missed approach at Proserpine Airport before doing airwork and then landing at Rockhampton Airport.  It continued back to Canberra then via another missed approach at Tamworth.

Photo taken by Daniel Gorza  ©

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Machjet (Machjet International) Cessna 525A Citation CJ2 Bizjet VH-ZIY Calls into Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Tuesday 19 October,  Machjet (Machjet International) Cessna 525A Citation CJ2 bizjet VH-ZIY was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport.  It looked to fly up from Brisbane and bring the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Queensland Health officials to town.

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VH-ZIY later departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Brisbane.

Also noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport, also on Tuesday 19 October, was Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 bizjet VH-ILJ.  It flew down from Townsville having earlier flown up from Brisbane.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 20 October, VH-ILJ departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Brisbane.

While Pilatus PC-12/45 VH-PID also arrived into Rockhampton Airport but from Toowoomba.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 20 October, VH-PID departed Rockhampton Airport for Taroom.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 21 October, VH-PID returned to Rockhampton Airport from Taroom before then returning to Toowoomba.

And Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) SAAB 340B VH-VEP visited Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane on one of its regular Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights.

Meanwhile, up in the Whitsundays, also on Tuesday 19 October, Stroud Aviation and Transportation (Boonah) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SHI arrived into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from Archerfield.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 21 October, VH-SHI departed Prosie and returned to Archerfield.

While over at Hamilton Island Airport, Machjet (Machjet International) Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-SIY flew down from Hamilton Island Airport to Sunshine Coast.  It had arrived from there back on Saturday 16 October.

UPDATE!  As this post was being written, late on Thursday 19 October, VH-SIY flew into Bundaberg Airport from the Sunshine Coast.  It then departed to Cairns early on Wednesday 20 October.

And Darwin-based Lloyd Aviation Jet Charter Dassault Falcon 900 bizjet VH-PPD arrived into Hamilton Island Airport from the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

UPDATE!  On Friday 22 October, VH-PPD departed Hamo and returned to Brisbane and then the Gold Coast.

Finally, also on Tuesday 19 October, Brisbane-based Australian Agricultural Company Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-AAC departed Archerfield and landed at St George before then continuing to Longreach Airport.  VH-AAC then continued to Dalgonally and Canobie Stations and then up to Mount Isa. 

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 20 October, VH-AAC looked to return back to Archerfield by reversing the above route.

And Colville Aviation Services (Torres Strait Air) Britten-Norman BN-2B-20 Islander VH-BNG departed Emerald Airport for Watts Bridge and planned maintenance.  It looked to fly down from Horn Island, Cooktown and Cairns the previous day.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

Monday, October 18, 2021

Sleek Brisbane-based FIFO Jet P/L Beech B200 King Air VH-FAQ Spotted Back at Rockhampton Airport Yet Again - Plus More!

On Monday 18 October, Brisbane-based FIFO Jet P/L Beech B200 King Air VH-FAQ was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport yet again from Archerfield. It was then spotted below as it departed Rockhampton Airport for the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site.


VH-FAQ then later returned to Rockhampton Airport where it appears to be staying for at least the night. It is expected to operate more flights to Labona over the next couple of days.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 19 October, VH-FAQ operated a pair of flights between Rockhampton Airport and Labona.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 20 October, VH-FAQ completed two more flights to Labona and back to Rocky before it then departed Rockhampton Airport for Archerfield.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 18 October,  the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK flew down from Cairns and Townsville to Rockhampton Airport before it then continued down to Brisbane.  VH-PSK then landed at Mackay Airport before continuing back up to Cairns.

Finally, also on Monday 18 October, Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 bizjet VH-ILJ was noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport during a busy day of flying.  It looked to arrive from and then later depart back to Brisbane.

Photo taken by Steve Vit  ©

Saturday, October 16, 2021

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Pops into Mackay Airport

Very early on Saturday 16 October, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Brisbane.

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After almost four hours on the ground, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" departed Mackay Airport and returned to Brisbane.

A Few Photos from Aircraft Australia Open Day at Mackay Airport - A New Opportunity for Flight Training in Central Queensland - Cessna 182 VH-MLY and Cessna 172 VH-JIP

A new aviation partnership is set to allow future pilots in Central and North Queensland to take to the sky!


Aircraft Australia is set to kick off operations in Mackay from early November to create new training opportunities for the next generation of pilots. They held an open day at Mackay Airport this week on Wednesday 13 October with free flights on offer on board either their Cessna 182 VH-MLY or Cessna 172 VH-JIP.




Local plane spotter 'JM' popped out to Mackay Airport and sends through some fantastic photos of VH-MLY and VH-JIP parked at the old Mackay Airport terminal on Casey Avenue where Aircraft Australia will operate from.






He was also fortunate enough to be invited on board VH-JIP for a local flight around the Mackay area.




Aircraft Australia will work with CQ University to create pilot training opportunities at Mackay Airport with up to 150 pilots able to earn their wings each year. It’s a fantastic opportunity for Central and North Queensland student pilots to be able to get into the aviation industry, by either becoming a charter pilot, airline pilot, instructor or in one of the many other avenues.

It also means that students around these areas to be able to train around their hometowns and not have to relocate to pressure their passions.

Mackay is Aircraft Australia’s third pilot training base in Queensland with established facilities also at Redcliffe and Bundaberg Airports.




Aircraft Australia started out in Redcliffe in 2010 as a General and Recreational Aviation School and in this time they have trained thousands of students up to the highest standard of training and getting them ready for all real world scenarios.

Thanks to Aircraft Australia for allowing us the opportunity to have a closer look at their operations and all the very best for the venture in Mackay!

Sincere thanks too to 'JM' for taking the to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by 'JM'  ©️

Friday, October 15, 2021

Another Big Week of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Action as the Singapore Armed Forces Exercise Wallaby 2021 Continues at Rockhampton Airport

Again, the end of the week saw no flying, but over the remainder of the week, the various Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) aircraft and helicopters were kept busy coming and going at Rockhampton Airport as the Singapore Armed Forces Exercise Wallaby 2021 (XWB21) continues.


The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules transport aircraft '733' continues to 2-3 flights each day to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) and back to Rockhampton Airport.  It was spotted below on Monday 11 October and has been heard to use the radio callsign "Condor" for each of its flights which have also included nighttime sorties.



Monday also saw a formation of all four of the deployed Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopters complete a sortie also from Rockhampton Airport to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) and back.  They were heard to fly as "Astro".



Other days, the Apaches were heard flying in groups of 2 or 3, again as "Astro" and also as "Avon".




And the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopters also continue to complete sorties also from Rockhampton Airport to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) and back.  They have been again flying singularly and in formation as "Cyclops" and "Celtic".


Sincere thanks to local photographer Steve V for again allowing us share these great photos!

All photos taken by Steve Vit  ©

Clive Palmer's Mineralogy Company Bombardier Global Express XRS Bizjet VH-UPH Late Arrival into Rockhampton Airport

Around sunset, also on Friday 15 October, Clive Palmer's Mineralogy Company's registered Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS bizjet VH-UPH was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport.  It looked to fly up from Brisbane.



At the time of writing, it appears that VH-UPH is staying at Rockhampton Airport for at least the night.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 16 October, VH-UPH departed Rockhampton Airport and looked to fly back down to Brisbane.

Sincere thanks to local photographer Steve V for allowing us to share these great photos!

All photos taken by Steve Vit  ©

Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-UQW Passes Through CQ Airports on Closed Charter Flight to the Red Centre!

Another publicised closed tourist charter flight was noted passing through Hamilton Island and Rockhampton Airports on Friday 15 October with Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 jet VH-UQW passing through originally from Townsville before then departing to Alice Springs and Ayres Rock (Yulara) as UTY571/3/5.

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The closed charter flights and tours were organised by a local tourist company and includes two nights in the red centre of Australia. It is expected that VH-UQW will return to Rockhampton and Hamilton Island Airports on Sunday 16 October.

UPDATE!  Indeed on Sunday 16 October, VH-UQW returned to Mackay Airport from Ayres Rock before continuing to Townsville but as UTY570/2/4.

Photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

RACQ-LifeFlight Kawasaki BK117 B-2 Helicopter VH-EHQ "Rescue 400" Returns 'Home' to Mount Isa via CQ Airports - Plus More!

On Friday 15 October, RACQ-LifeFlight Kawasaki BK117 B-2 helicopter VH-EHQ "Rescue 400" returned to its Mount Isa base after a couple of long days of flying back from Archerfield.  On Thursday 14 October, it flew up from Archerfield to the Sunshine Coast and then Bundaberg Airport.  On Friday, it departed Bundy and called into Biloela / Thangool, Emerald, Barcaldine and Winton Airports before landing back at Mount Isa after dark.

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VH-EHQ "Rescue 400" had flown South from Mount Isa to the Sunshine Coast at the start of September where it underwent planned maintenance.  It then flew across to Archerfield later in the month for further maintenance.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 15 October, Brescon (Toowoomba) Beech B200 King Air VH-WXB flew up to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site from Toowoomba-Wellcamp Airport and then back. 

East Coast Traffic Controllers' Cirrus SR22 VH-YJX departed my local Clermont Aerodrome for Gladstone and Sunshine Coast Airports.  It had arrived from the Sunny Coast the previous day.

Beech A36 Bonanza VH-ILG arrived into my local Clermont Aerodrome from Gympie before then departing to Archerfield.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 16 October, VH-ILG flew back up to Emerald Airport from Archerfield.

Beech 58 Baron VH-CUY called into Mackay Airport from Cloncurry via Gregory Downs before then returning direct to Cloncurry.

And FKG Air (Redjet Aviation) Hawker Beechcraft B200GT VH-FKB visited Gladstone Airport from Toowoomba.

Finally, also on Friday 15 October, a couple of corporate bizets also around CQ Airports included Brisbane-based Adome P/L Cessna 525 CitationJet M2 bizjet VH-YWS flew up to Hamilton Island Airport from Archerfield. 

UPDATE!  On Sunday 17 October, VH-YWS departed Hamilton Island Airport and returned to Archerfield.

While Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 bizjet VH-ILJ was noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport from its Brisbane base.

And Air Charter Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 bizjet VH-VKX flew up from Brisbane to Hamilton Island Airport before then flying down to Scone.  It later returned to Brisbane.