Friday, March 8, 2013

Thursday Morning Plane Spotting at Mackay Airport

Townsville-based plane spotter Dave ventured to Mackay again this week, and managed to capture some fantastic images during a lovely morning of plane spotting at Mackay Airport on Thursday 7 March.  His day started early, capturing QantasLink Dash-8-Q300 VH-SCE depart Mackay to Townsville as QLK2304

Notable about VH-SCE now is that it has been repainted into the new Qantas / QantasLink livery.

Next, a familiar aircraft for Dave - he saw it last time in Mackay too - was Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-VUW, which he captured departing to Brisbane as VOZ600.  VH-VUW still wears a white nose!

Last of the early morning rush out of Mackay was QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOB which is seen departing to Brisbane as QLK2511.

Mackay Airport can be quite busy on weekday mornings with a a wide variety of commercial operators and aircraft.  A little later in the morning, Dave ventured back to the Airport and captured Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-YFC as it was departing to Brisbane as VOZ604.

Then QantasLink (Cobham Aviation) Boeing B717-200 VH-NXR was photographed departing as QJE1761 also to Brisbane.

And then to round off a nice half-hour of spotting, Jetstar Airways Airbus A320-200 VH-VGI was photographed by Dave touching down as JST882 from Brisbane.

He also managed a couple of photos of VH-VGI departing back to Brisbane as JST883.

Around lunchtime, Alliance Airlines (operating for QantasLink) Fokker F-100 VH-FWI touched down as UTY2514.

It later departed back to Brisbane as UTY2515.

Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-YIM was captured departing to Brisbane as VOZ608.

Lastly, and probably the highlight of the day for Dave, was capturing the arrival and departure of Tiger Airways Airbus A320-200 VH-VNP as it touched down at Mackay Airport from Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport as TGW382.

As they don't usually fly to Townsville,  this was a great for Dave opportunity to capture a Tiger Airways aircraft, and he certainly didn't let it go to waste, also capturing some fantastic images of VH-VNP as it departed back to Tullamarine as TGW383.

My sincere thanks to Dave for sending us through some of his fantastic photos from Mackay - the weather and technology Gods haven't smiled upon us this week, and I sincerely thank Dave for his efforts this week!

All photos taken by Dave  ©

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