Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 Jet VH-ZPT at Gladstone Airport Monday

It was a spectacular morning at Gladstone Airport on Monday 23 July, as Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 jet VH-ZPT flew in from Brisbane mid-morning operating the DJ1711 service.

This was the first visit of this aircraft to Gladstone, and was certainly a real surprise to see it operating on Monday.  VH-ZPT departed back to Brisbane as DJ1712.

Then, much to everyone's surprise, for those that missed it the first time, VH-ZPT then returned to Gladstone Airport, again from Brisbane, this time as DJ1713.  It later departed as DJ1714.

As mentioned, the visit of VH-ZPT was a surprise, with the next 'scheduled' arrival of a Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 jet not planned until this weekend on Saturday 28 July.

While Jamie enjoyed catching multiple images of the Embraer, he also caught a couple of light General Aviation and helicopter movements at Gladstone Airport on Monday 23 July.

South Australian-based Piper PA-32-300 VH-DWL was photogrpahed departing.  The Cherokee - which seems to be a long way from home - is actually registered to a J.M. Dental services at Mount Osmond in South Australia.

Hughes Helicopters 369FF VH-PLF is operated by AeroPower, and is a sistership to VH-SUV which Jamie spotted performing low level airwork around Gladstone Airport late last week - see Blog Post HERE.

Aerospatiale AS.350BA Squirrel VH-PHU was noted parked on the Helicopter parking area.  This chopper is operated by Professional Helicotper Services out of Moorabbin Airport in Victoria.

Lastly, a quick snap of Mooney M20F VH-WBH which was spotted by Shane T at Gladstone Airport during his weekly trip to the Airport on Sunday 22 July.

Thanks guys!

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