Friday, June 21, 2013

A Few Other Movements and Plane Spotting Photos from Gladstone Airport This Week

Local plane spotters Jamie C and Tash C have sent through some fantastic plane spotting photos from Gladstone Airport this week.  Despite it a relatively quiet week - the only highlight being a pair of Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 jets to visit on behalf of QantasLink - they still managed to capture some spectacular images of some interesting visitors to the port city, as well as the usual selection of commercial traffic.

On Wednesday 19 June, ICP Savannah Ultralight 19-4638 was captured as it visited Gladstone Airport briefly during the middle of the day.  It later departed for parts unknown.

Another ultralight in the form of Jabiru J-230 24-7384 was also spotted - and eagle-eyed readers will note that this aircraft was spotted wearing 'TAA' titles on its port side. 

Beenleigh-registered Beech B58 Baron VH-DTU was captured as it departed Gladstone for parts unknown.  It had also visited Gladstone earlier in the week.

Finally, Gold Coast-based Cirrus SR22T VH-OPG was spotted as it was 'towed' to the fuel bowser, and then departing (presumably) for the Gold Coast.

Of the commercial traffic to pop into Gladstone Airport on Wednesday 19 June, there was the usual QantasLink (Cobham Aviation) Boeing B717-200 flights arriving from and departing back to Brisbane.  Tash managed to catch both VH-NXO and VH-NXR. 

There was also a nice pair of older QantasLink Dash-8-Q300s, with VH-SBI photographed arriving on Runway 28 and later departing of Runway 10 at Gladstone.

Dash-8-Q300 VH-TQL as also spotted on Wednesday 19 June.

On Thursday 20 June, by far the highlight was the visit of the Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-FKK operating on behalf of QantasLink.

Other visitors to the port city on Thursday that were photographed by Jamie and Tash included McNab Aviation Cessna 414A VH-FKH, which is pictured departing back to Toowoomba from where it arrived earlier in the day.

Another Cessna 414A VH-JYY was captured as it departed to the Sunshine Coast.

Spotted arriving into Gladstone was Dubbo-based Cirrus SR20 VH-ZCD.  It is pictured arriving from its home port of Dubbo, and after most of the day on the ground, it is also pictured departing back to Dubbo in the afternoon.


Robinson R-22BETA VH-UTX was photographed as made a spectacular approach to the General Aviation apron at Gladstone Airport.

Finally, the Gladstone-based Careflight Bell 412EP helicopter VH-XCY was photographed conducting yet more winch training at the Airport.  Reports suggest that the rescue helicopter hangar and building facilities will soon move over the Northern side of Gladstone Airport.  Soil testing and pre-drilling is reportedly occurring, and the move to the other side of the Airport will free up much needed space on the already over-crowded General Aviation apron at Gladstone Airport.

Sincere thanks to both Jamie C and Tash C for capturing and sending these absolutely magnificent photos of some very interesting visitors to Gladstone Airport this week.

Photos taken by Jamie C and Tash C  ©

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