Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Also Spotted at Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday Afternoon

During a busy afternoon and evening at Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 23 April, local spotters Travis W and 'IAD' managed to captured some great images of some locally based and visiting aircraft.

Travis was on the scene to observe the local Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service Sikorsky S-76A helicopter - VH-JRD - as it performed several training manoeuvres in and around Rockhampton Airport.

As usual, VH-JRD operated under it callsign "Rescue 300" for the training drills.

Aero Professional Services (of Emerald) Piper PA-31-350 VH-RPV was spotted by Travis on a pretty packed General Aviation apron.

As can be seen, VH-RPV is a rare Colemill Panther re-engined Navajo with 350hp (261 kW) Lycoming TIO-540-J2B engines, 4-blade "Q-Tip" propellers and optional winglets. This conversion was designed by Colemill Enterprises of Nashville, Tennessee in the United States of America.

Travis also captured a lovely photo of a pair of R-Mach Aviation Aerial Agriculture (Air Ag) aircraft in the form of Weatherley Aviation 620A VH-WEA and Ayres S2R Turbo Thrush VH-NFF, framed by the tail of locally-based Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Raytheon B200 King Air VH-FDR.

Meanwhile, as local plane spotter 'IAD' waited for the arrival of the RAAF Boeing B737-700(BBJ) A36-002 (see his spectacular photo in the Blog Post BELOW), he spotted a couple of late afternoon commercial visitors to Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 23 April.

First, QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOP was caught at the moment of touch down onto Rockhampton's Runway 33.  

Then a little later, Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-VON was spotted by 'IAD' as it arrived from Brisbane as VOZ1245.

After a quick turnaround, VH-VON departed back to the capital as VOZ1248.

Some great images - thanks guys!

Photos taken by Travis Whiting and 'IAD'  ©

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