Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Few Spottings From Rockhampton Airport on Friday

A few nice aircraft were noted on the General Aviation (GA) Apron at Rockhampton Airport on Friday 20 July.  We were fortunate enough to get up close to some of the locally based light General Aviation (GA) aircraft that were generally parked in and around the Rockhampton Aero Club ramp on the GA Side of Rockhampton Airport.

The Rockhampton Aero Club owns and operates a few light aircraft for flight training and other general charter work.  Parked on the apron directly in front of the Club building were Cessna 150 VH-RZN, Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-8 Islander VH-SLM (or 'SLIM' to the locals), Partenavia P.68C VH-XLI, Cessna 172 VH-XBM and Cessna 172 VH-XUI.

Other interesting locally-based and visiting light aircraft parked on the Rockhampton Airport GA Apron included Jabiru J-230 24-7347.

A recent arrival to Rockhampton Airport has been Cessna 206 VH-PGJ, which is still showing as being owned by Horizon Airways in Mackay - indeed we noted that the aircraft still wears a sticker on its tail for 'Keswick Island Aviation' from the days when it operated transfers from Mackay Airport to nearby Keswick Island.

Atlass Aviation is a locally company and owns and operates a fleet of three aircraft including Cessna 206 VH-JEK.  VH-JEK also operates as a fire spotting aircraft during the bushfire season.

Pro-Seed of Yeppoon owns Piper PA-23-250 Aztec VH-YUA is a frequent flyer throughout Central Queensland.

Another Piper aircraft - this time PA-28-140 Cherokee VH-MJP is owned in Biloela.

Visiting Rockhampton from New South Wales on Friday 20 July was Cirrus SR22-GTS-X VH-TNS.

Lastly, Brisbane-based Pilatus PC-12/47E was seen.  The lovely looking corporate turbo-prop was visiting for the day.

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