Friday, February 14, 2014

A Few More Plane Spotting Photos from Emerald Airport This Week

As reported below, I personally popped into Emerald Airport during the afternoon of Wednesday 12 February, and was more than pleasantly surprised to see and photograph the visiting Challenger Management LLC Gulfstream GV-SP (G500) bizjet N760CC.

N760CC departed Emerald on Thursday 13 February for Rockhampton and later Sydney.

Back on Wednesday while I was at Emerald Airport, I captured a few other photos including another visiting bizjet in the familiar form of Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra VH-MMC, which had arrived from the Sunshine Coast earlier in the day.

Again on Wednesday 12 February, Vincent Aviation BAE 146-200 jet ZK-ECO operated the weekly Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights to Emerald Airport from Brisbane.  ZK-ECO is pictured below from a previous visit to Emerald.

The typical scene around lunchtime each Wednesday was also recently captured by local aviator Ben DV as he departed Emerald in his Bell 206 helicopter.  ZK-ECO and VH-MMC (both visiting at the time again) can be clearly seen, along with the parked Toll Freight / Toll Express Metro.

Photo taken by Ben De Veth  ©

There was of course two other FIFO movements of note into Emerald Airport over the week, with the twice-weekly Regional Express (REX) / Pel Air flights touching down from Brisbane late on Tuesday 11 February and then again early on Wednesday 12 February.  REX SAAB 340B VH-ZLO operated the PFY9282/9283 flight on Wednesday morning, while sister-ship VH-REX popped in late on Tuesday as PFY9286/9287 from and back to Brisbane.

Finally, QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOI was photographed departing Emerald on Wednesday 12 February on scheduled service to Brisbane as QLK2415.  VH-QOI still wears its Tamworth Country Music Festival colour scheme.

I spent less than an hour at Emerald Airport on Wednesday, but it sure was one of the better plane spotting trips I've had!

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