Emerald Airport has played host to some interesting visitors over the last couple of weeks.
During the recent flood crisis in the town of Emerald, the Airport was largely unaffected and continued to be operational. It provided a staging point for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) support, with various ADF and other fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters noted flying around. Pictured below are a pair of Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A Blackhawks on the ground at Emerald Airport recently.
As mentioned in a previous post, Alliance Airlines has been operating FIFO mining charter flights with Fokker F-100 aircraft. These usually operate from and back to Brisbane, however on Tuesday 25 January, it was noted that the aircraft flew from Cairns to Emerald to Brisbane to Townsville.
There appears to be no set schedule for these flights however, with aircraft noted either departing Brisbane or in the air to Emerald on various days each week.
Pictured below at the Airport on Wednesday 26 January is Pel-Air (Regional Express - REX) SAAB 340A VH-EKD. This aircraft (or occassionally a Metro) arrives from and returns to Brisbane each Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning on a FIFO mining charter.
Also noted on Australia Day was QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOF departing on Runway 06 for Brisbane as QF2403.