Thursday, August 30, 2012

Gladstone Airport Spottings on Wednesday Morning

A few interesting spottings at Gladstone Airport on Wednesday 29 August, including the 'usual' commercial traffic, but also inside the local aeroplane and helicopter maintenance provider, Aerotor, where we noted a couple of helicopters that were in for maintenance.

First up, Virgin Australia (Skywest Airlines) ATR 72-500 VH-FVM, arrived from Brisbane as DJ1711.  It later depared back to Brisbane as DJ1712.

A pair of QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 were sighted with VH-QOV passing through Gladstone operating the QLK2332/QLK2335 service from and back to Brisbane, and VH-QOA, which arrived from Rockhampton and later departed to Brisbane as QLK2301.

A little later, Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Raytheon B200 King Air VH-FDR arrived and departed as "FlyDoc 414".

Meanwhile, at Aerotor, Urangan-based Robinson R-44 VH-RZZ which was undergoing a 100-hour service.  Also in the hangar was Robinson R-22 BETA VH-HBG. While parked outside were Robinson R-44 VH-JXQ and Cessna 210 VH-SOV, which has recently taken up residence at Gladstone.

Outside, Eurocopter EC135-P2 helicopter VH-ZGZ was noted returning to its apron after completing another pilot transfer flight.  This chopper is based at Gladstone Airport.

Lastly, a quick look over the General Aviation (GA) apron at Gladstone Airport revealed the 'usual' aircraft that call Gladstone home, plus one visiting Robinson R-44 in the form of VH-DQA, which is operated by Forster Helicopters in Charters Towers.

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