Friday, April 9, 2021

Air Charter Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 Bizjet VH-VKX Spotted at Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Friday 9 April, there was yet another nice first-time visitor into Central Queensland with new Air Charter Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 bizjet VH-VKX spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport.  It looked to fly up from Brisbane.



After parking on the main apron for around an hour, VH-VKX then departed to the Sunshine Coast before returning to Brisbane.

Of interest, VH-VKX was delivered to Australia via Brisbane in March this year having only been registered in February.

Also noted visiting Rockhampton Airport, also on Friday 9 April, was new Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 bizjet VH-OLJ.  It looked to arrive from and later depart back to its Brisbane base.

This is the third visit into CQ by the still fairly new LearJet 60 over the last week - see Blog posts below!

Meanwhile, slightly smaller, but also noted visiting Rockhampton Airport, also on Friday 9 April, was the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK.  It arrived from Cairns and Townsville and later departed to Brisbane.  VH-PSK then returned direct to Townsville and Cairns later in the day.

Ipswich-based Airborne P/L (Palm Lake Works) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-PLE landed at Barcaldine Airport from Archerfield and appeared to stay.

VH-PLE also looked to call into Charleville Airport on Wednesday 7 April, arriving all the way from Melbourne (Avalon) and then departing to Dinah Island up in Far North Queensland.

Finally, also on Friday 9 April, Corporate Aviation Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopter VH-EQP finally departed Hamilton Island Airport and returned to its Southport base via Gladstone Airport.

It had arrived into Hamo back on Thursday 1 April.

While it appeared that on Thursday 8 April, the sleek Heli Qld Airbus Helicopters EC 130 T2 VH-WJY arrived into at the Lakeside Airpark at Bloomsbury near Proserpine from its Toowoomba base via a fuel stop at Rockhampton Airport.

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

All photos taken by Steve Vit  ©

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Edwards Coaches Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 Bizjet VH-KXL Calls into Longreach Airport - Plus More!

On Thursday 8 April, Edwards Coaches Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-KXL was noted visiting Longreach Airport.  It looked to arrive directly from Bankstown.

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After spending the day parked, VH-KXL departed Longreach Airport for Narrabri and then Bankstown.  It later flew on to its Armidale base.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 8 April, McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Raytheon B200 King Air VH-NSN looked to fly down from Charters Towers Aerodrome to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport before then departing to the Sunshine Coast.

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VH-NSN looked to fly North from the Sunny Coast the previous day.

Of interest, VH-NSN recently broke cover at the Sunshine Coast Airport (above) coming out of the McDermott Aviation hangar with a fresh coat of paint!

Finally, also on Thursday 8 April, Beech 58 Baron VH-CUY continued its adventures in Central Queensland, departing the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site for Iffley Homestead (South East of Moranbah) before then heading to Lotus Creek.  It had arrived into Labona the previous day - see Blog post below!  

UPDATE!  On Friday 9 April, VH-CUY departed Lotus Creek to Emerald and then Roma Airports before heading 'home' to its Cloncurry Airport base.

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

Before dawn on Thursday 8 April, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport.

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It looked to arrive from and then later depart back to Brisbane.

Photo taken by Steve Vit  ©️

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-OFA "Ambulance 614" Pops into Gladstone and Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airports

Late on Wednesday 7 April, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFA "Ambulance 614" was noted visiting Gladstone Airport.  It looked to fly down from Townsville.

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The Challenger then departed Gladstone Airport for Brisbane.

VH-OFA "Ambulance 614" then flew up to and touched down at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport.  It then returned to Townsville.

Photo taken by Steve Vit   ©

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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

On Wednesday 7 April, Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-ZEK finally departed Hamilton Island Airport.  It flew direct down to its Bankstown Base.

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It had arrived into Hamo from Bankstown last Thursday 1 April.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 7 April, new Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 bizjet VH-OLJ was noted visiting Longreach Airport from its Brisbane base.

And finally, also on Wednesday 7 April, Townsville-based ZephAir Australia - Aircraft Charters Piper PA-31 Navajo VH-AYT was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Normanton.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 8 April, VH-AYT departed Mackay Airport and flew to its Townsville base.

And Brescon (Toowoomba) Beech B200 VH-WXN arrived into Emerald Airport from Toowoomba-Wellcamp Airport.  It is due to return to Wellcamp early on Thursday 8 April.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Four Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters Pass Through CQ Airports Again Heading Home After Assisting with Recent NSW Flood Emergency

On Tuesday 6 April, four Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters returned to Townsville via Rockhampton and Gladstone Airports following their recent deployment to support the flooding crisis that gripped parts of New South Wales last month.

The four MRH-90s were again identified as A40-001 "Dropbear 01", A40-016 "Cowboy 16" and A40-031 "Destrier 31", which all arrived at Rockhampton Airport direct from RAAF Base Amberley.








They all later departed to Townsville.

While A40-023 "Kraken 23" called into Gladstone Airport from Amberley before it too later departed to Townsville.

All four MRH-90s appeared to arrive into Amberley from RAAF Base Williamtown via Coffs Harbour the previous day.

A job well done!

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Scott H for the taking the time to capture and send through these great photos from Rockhampton Airport!

All photos taken by Scott Harris  ©

Graham Aviation (Cairns) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-FNI Pops into Hamilton Island Airport Again - Plus More!

On Tuesday 6 April, Graham Aviation (Cairns) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-FNI was noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport.  It looked to arrive from and later depart back to its Mareeba base.

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VH-FNI also visited Hamo the previous day from Cairns.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 6 April,  Beech 58 Baron VH-CUY called into my local Clermont Aerodrome from Cloncurry before it then departed to Roma Airport and then North-West to Barkley Downs. 

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 7 April, VH-CUY departed Barkley Downs to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site.

Great Western Aviation Beech B200 VH-XGV made its weekly visit to Emerald Airport from Brisbane.

And Redjet Aviation Piper PA-31 Navajo VH-PJU visited my local Clermont Aerodrome once again from Toowoomba via Roma Airport before returning home directly to its Toowoomba base.

Photo taken by Jonathan Williams  ©

Monday, April 5, 2021

Some More Bizjet Action at Central Queensland Airports on Easter Monday!

On Monday 5 April, Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO was noted back at Hamilton Island Airport yet again.   It arrived from and later departed back to its Bankstown base.

This is the third visit in less than a week for VH-WIO.

Shortstop Jet Charter Dassault Falcon 900C bizjet VH-OAA also popped into Hamilton Island Airport also on Monday 5 April.  It flew South from Cairns before departing to its Melbourne (Essendon) base.

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VH-OAA had flown North to Cairns via Hamilton Island Airport on Friday 2 April.

And Graham Aviation (Cairns) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-FNI was also noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport, also on Monday 5 April.  It looked to arrive from Cairns and later return there before heading to Mareeba. 

While the often-visiting American-registered Eclipse EA500 bizjet N257AK was noted flying into the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour once again from Archerfield, also on Monday 5 April

Of interest, N257AK completed a local flight out of and back to Archerfield on Saturday 3 April where it was noted to have completed missed approaches at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) and Kingaroy Airports.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 5 April, Australian Country Choice Properties (Brisbane) Cessna 560 Citation V Encore bizjet VH-ACC was noted departing Roma Airport to Dooloogarah before heading to Brisbane.  VH-ACC then departed back to Roma Airport and Wellclose before then returning to Brisbane.  VH-ACC then made the short hop down to the Gold Coast.

And finally, also on Monday 5 April, Air Gold Coast Beech 58 Baron VH-YDC visited Rockhampton Airport from its Gold Coast base.

Photo taken by Tony Haynes  ©

Sunday, April 4, 2021

LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" Pops into Gladstone Airport

After a long time out of action, during the afternoon on Sunday 4 April, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted arriving into Gladstone Airport from Brisbane.

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It looked to be completing a medical evacuation flight and departed Gladstone Airport back to Brisbane some two hours later.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

Saturday, April 3, 2021

New Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 Bizjet VH-OLJ Spotted at Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Saturday 3 April, new Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 bizjet VH-OLJ was spotted at Rockhampton Airport as it departed to Brisbane.


VH-OLJ arrived into Rockhampton Airport during the early evening on Friday 2 April and spent the night parked.

VH-OLJ was only delivered to Avcair at Brisbane in December last year as N849WC and was re-registered to Avcair as VH-OLJ (Other Lear Jet) in January this year.  Avcair also operates fellow LearJet 60 VH-ILJ.

Meanwhile, also on Saturday 3 April, Australian Country Choice Properties (Brisbane) Cessna 560 Citation V Encore bizjet VH-ACC flew up from Archerfield to Dooloogarah then back south to Roma Airport via a low pass over the Mitchell township. 

Finally, also on Saturday 3 April, Graham Aviation (Cairns) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-FNI was noted visiting Longreach Airport.  It arrived from the South and later departed to Cairns. 

VH-FNI had flown South to Bankstown in March and looked to depart there for Melbourne (Moorabbin) on Friday 2 April before heading North.

Photo taken by Steve Vit  ©