Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Busy Day at Biloela / Thangool Airport - Skytrans FIFO - GAM AeroCommander - Toll Metro

On Thursday 3 January, Biloela / Thangool Airport experienced one of its busier days with no less than six Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights operating from back to Brisbane by Skytrans Airlines Dash-8's.

Over the course of the afternoon and into the evening, Dash-8-300s VH-QQM, VH-QQN and VH-QQP all called in, with VH-QQP appearing to visit Thangool twice.  Dash-8-100 VH-QQI was also noted calling in later in the day.

But that wasn't all to visit Biloela / Thangool Airport on Thursday 3 January with the scheduled QantasLink flight from and back to Brisbane, as well as the usual two freighter aircraft also touched down.

QantasLink Dash-8-200 VH-SDE operated the QLK2398/2399 service flying from and back to Brisbane.  Of interest, QantasLink currerntly operates 7 flights each way between Brisbane and Biloela / Thangool, with an early morning flight on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, a late afternoon service on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday supported by a midday service on Sunday.  The vast majority of these flights are operated by either Dash-8-200 or Dash-8-Q300, with the occasional Dash-8-Q400 noted touching down as well.

Finally, the two freighters to touch down at Biloela / Thangool Airport on Thursday 3 January included the usual General Aviation Maintenance (GAM) AeroCommander 500-S.  On this occasion, VH-UJL, touched down at Biloela / Thangool in the early evening from Rockhampton and Gladstone.  It had earlier operated in Bilo from Brisbane and departed to Gladstone.  On this occassion, VH-UJL taxied to a position at the Airport where the aircraft would remain overnight before its early morning return flight to Gladstone.

As soon as the engines shut down on the Shrike, Toll Freight staff began unloading the aircraft in preparation for the arrival of the Toll Metroliner from Emerald.  Just after dusk, the Toll Express Freight Metro III arrived from Emerald.  VH-UZP was operating tonight's flight, having flown through Biloela / Thangool earlier in the day whilst enroute to Emerald from Brisbane.

VH-UZP was parked and the freight from the Shrike VH-UJL, as well as other parcels were loaded.  Soon after it continued on its week-nightly run to Brisbane.

What a busy day!

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