Friday, April 12, 2013

A Few From Emerald Airport on Thursday Including Virgin ATR 72-600 VH-FVY Diversion from Moranbah

On Thursday 11 April, I took a drive to Emerald and popped into the Airport where I found Virgin Australia (Skywest Airlines) ATR 72-600 VH-FVY parked on the apron.

The new Virgin aircraft had operated the VOZ1661 service from Brisbane to Moranbah however due to the inclement weather affecting the northern part of Central Queensland, VH-FVY didn't land and diverted to Emerald.  VH-FVY later departed back to Brisbane as VOZ1882.

Meanwhile, I also spotted Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-XWQ as it arrived from Brisbane operating for QantasLink as UTY2404.

Toll Freight Aviation Metro III VH-UUO was photographed on the new Western General Aviation parking area.

These photos were taken near access Gate 8 which as mentioned previously (see Blog Post HERE) is now about the best spotting location for photographing aircraft on the main runway 06/24 at Emerald.

Next to the Metro was Flight Options (Australia) (Aeromil Pacific) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-SJP which arrived into Emerald on Tuesday 9 April from the Sunshine Coast.

On a busy Eastern general Aviation apron I spotted Toowoomba-based Wolff Aviation Hawker Beechcraft G58 Baron VH-WGU.

The Rockhampton Aero Club's Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-8 Islander VH-SLM was also visiting Emerald for the day.

I also spotted a couple of local aircraft in the form of Advance Aviation piper PA-31-350 Navajo VH-FWJ.

Also local Cessna 172R VH-BVY.

At the Northern end of the Airport - where most ultralight operations take place - including the hangar of FlyCQ flight training - I spotted Aeroprakt A22 Foxbat 24-4621.

Also spotted was locally-based Flysynthesis Texan Tc - LSA 24-4259.

The nearby hangars contained a mix of ultralight and fixed wing aircraft as well as a couple of locally based helicopters.

Despite the inclement weather, it was a good day!

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