Friday, September 13, 2013

Some More Plane Spotting Photos from Gladstone Airport This Week

Local plane spotters Jamie C and Tash C have had another enjoyable week of plane spotting at Gladsotne Airport, highlighted by the visit of the Australian Army marked NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-012 that has called into Gladstone Airport on Wednesday 11 September.

Earlier in the day, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU called into Gladstone Airport from Brisbane.  It later departed to Mackay from where it also flew into Townsville, Cairns, and Rockhampton in what was another busy day for VH-PSU.

On the commercial front, Jamie captured some lovely images of QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOK as it arrived into Gladstone as QLK2301 from Rockhampton.

He also captured some stunning images of QantasLink (Cobham Aviation) Boeing B717-200 VH-NXH and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines ATR 72-600 VH-FVY as they departed in-turn for Brisbane later in the day.

Much later on Wednesday 11 September – after the sun went down – Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-XWR was captured touching down from Brisbane as UTY664.  VH-XWR – believed to be operating a fly-in fly-out (FIFO) charter – stayed for the night and departed early on Thursday 12 September.

Meanwhile on Tuesday 10 September, QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOA – aptly named “Gladstone” – departed as QLK6713.  Jamie reports that VH-QOA had been parked on the ground at Gladstone for some days, and it is believed that the aircraft had maintenance issues.

As VH-QOA prepared for depature, QantasLink (Cobham Aviation) Boeing B717-200 VH-NXR was also captured arriving into Gladstone as QJE1708.

Jamie also captured some images of a unique visitor to Gladstone in the form of Aerobatics Australia American Champion (Amchamp) 8KCAB Extreme Decathlon VH-NEL.

As well as Blackwater-based Cessna 210 VH-JSC and Cessna 182 VH-FHL

Sincere thanks to Jamie and Tash for sending through these, and the other awesome images, that have been featured this week from a fantastic week of plane spotting at Gladstone Airport!

Photos taken by Jamie C and Tash C  ©

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