Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) Brings Interesting Corporate Aircraft to Mackay Airport

A few interesting bizjets have popped into Mackay Airport over the last few days - most likely in conjunction with the running of the Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition (QME) that is being held at the Mackay Showgrounds this week.

First to arrive on Friday 20 July was Marcplan Charter Embraer E-135BJ Legacy bizjet VH-VLT.  The Legacy arrived after dark from Sydney, and remained overnight, before departing back to Sydney late on Saturday 21 July.

Late on Sunday 22 July, Bechtel Corporation Dassault Falcon 900EX N970SF touched down. As shown below, N970SF then departed to Gladstone, where is was photographed the next day.

On Monday 23 July, Cessna 510 Citation Mustang VH-PWX arrived into Mackay from Bankstown Airport in Sydney.  The little bizjet is owned and operated by Flight Options / Special Mining Services and, at this stage, is still parked on the Western Apron at Mackay Airport.

Alongside VH-PWX is SOCATA TBM700 VH-ICA which - although technically not a bizjet - arrived from Tamworth also on Monday 23 July.

On Tuesday 24 July, Menzies Aviation Cessna 525A CitationJet 3 N91GT arrived at Mackay Airport from Essendon Airport in Melbourne.  After spending the day on the ground, N91GT was noted departing to Brisbane.

Lastly, despite not being a bizjet, Skytrans operated an interesting charter that passed through Mackay Airport on Wednesday 25 July.  Dash-8-300 VH-QQM was noted operating the SKP1890/1891 charter which was a return flight from Brisbane to Hamilton Island, via Hervey Bay and Mackay.

QME wraps up later this week - here's hoping for another couple of interesting corporate visitors!

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