Sunday, May 8, 2011

Whitsunday Airport Grand Airshow - A Closer Look at the Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus) Ultralight Aircraft and other Light Aircraft Visitors

So far over the last week, we have presented reports on most of the fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter participants and visitors to the Whitsunday Airport Grand Airshow on Sunday 1 May.

This report focuses on the Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus) ultralight aircraft and other light aircraft visitors that popped into the Whitsunday Airport over the weekend. Some of the following aircraft participated in the static part of Airshow, but most were noted later noted flying scenic joyflights over the nearby Whitsunday Islands on the Sunday afternoon.

Visiting ultralight aircraft included:

Local Kitfox MKII registered 19-5175

Recently registered Savannah registered 24-7753

Another recently registered Savannah - this one is named "Cab Sav" - registered 19-7817

One final Savannah, 19-4206, flew into the Airport on Saturday afternoon.

Spectrum Aircraft Tara registered 19-3227

Rand Kar X-air Australian registered 19-3146

John Gordon from Free Flying Emerald flew Storm Century LSA 24-5303 flew in from Emerald for the Airshow

TL Ultralight Co Sirius registered 24-7308, also flew in from Emerald

One of the more interesting ultralight aircraft was an M-22 Voyager Gyrocopter, which is owned in Western Australia and registered G2512.

Of the other light aircraft that visited for the Airshow, the majority of these were various Cessna models registered to mostly local addresses.

Local Cessna 172 VH-NLW was on static display at the Airshow

Local Cessna 210 VH-TLR parked on the Western grass visitor parking area

Cessna 182 VH-EHJ flew from Mackay, and is pictured returning to the Airport after flying a scenic joyflight after the Airshow

Cessna 206 VH-RXT is registered in Caboolture but based at Sarina, South of Mackay

Moranbah based Cessna 172 VH-ELE

Cessna 172 VH-UAC is registered in Tasmania

Piper PA-28RT-201 VH-WJV visited from Mackay

Piper PA-32R-301 VH-DWH also visited from Mackay

General Avia Construzioni Aeronautiche F22R VH-PIQ visited from North Queensland

Lastly, two Amateur Built aircraft in the form of an F1 Rocket, registered VH-MYO, and a Van's RV-7, registered VH-NHL, visited from Tully.

It was a fantastic day at the Airshow, and a great days spotting at the Whitsunday Airport!!

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