Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Some Recent Spottings from Gladstone Airport

Jamie C has again sent through some fantastic photos of some very interesting visitors and goings on at Gladstone Airport over the past week.

The lovely photo above was taken during the evening 'rush' on Thursday 17 May.  Earlier in the day, Jamie noted a couple of choppers pass through Gladstone in the form of Agusta (Bell) AB 206A VH-DPU (which is registered to Cipher Transport and Aviation Services at Caboolture), and also an unidentified Australian Army Sikorsky S70-9 Blackhawk helicopter.

Over the weekend, on Saturday 19 May Jamie caught a couple of interesting visitors, as well as some further redevelopment work on the Airport apron.  Tasmanian-registered Cirrus SR22 VH-VCD is shown parked on the General Aviation apron.  

Spotted arriving from the North was Rockhampton Helicopters' Robinson R-44 VH-HBV looking very patriotic with an Australian flag on its roof!

On Sunday 20 May, Jamie caught QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOC just after rotation from Gladstone's Runway 10.

You may note that underneath the Dash-8 - in the distance - is a set of poles - these turned out to be light poles, and Jamie has noted that these were being installed over the weekend on the Gladstone Airport apron, suggesting that a lighting upgrade is underway at the Airport.

Lastly, on Monday 21 May, AeroPower McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company (MDHC) 369E VH-HVO is pictured departing for (seemingly) power line inspections.

General Aviation Maintenance (GAM) AeroCommander 500-S VH-KAK is pictured taxiing for departure on its nightly freight run to Rockhampton Airport.

And finally, an artistic photo of Virgin Australia (Skywest Airlines-operated) ATR 72-500 VH-FVM making its final approach into Gladstone Airport late on Monday 21 May, with Mount Larcom in the background.

Fantastic photos Jamie! Many thanks!

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