Friday, February 7, 2014

Bizjets, Celebrities and More This Week at Mackay and Proserpine Airports - VH-ING, N680VP, N360SL, VH-RCA - Brad and Angelina!

Certainly a busy week around Mackay and Whitsundays for bizjet spotters - and celebrity spotters!!

At Mackay Airport, Townsville plane spotter Dave was on hand to capture the arrival and departure of Victorian-based Cessna 650 Citation VII bizjet VH-ING on Wednesday 5 February.

It arrived from Melbourne (Essendon) Airport and later departed back there.

Also at Mackay Airport on Wednesday 5 February was Holypeak Pty Ltd Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet N360SL.  It arrived from Cairns and soon after reportedly departed to Emerald, Rockhampton and later Gladstone, where - as posted below - local plane spotter Jamie C captured the smart looking aircraft.

Then Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet N680VP popped in to Mackay from the Sunshine Coast on Thursday 6 February.

Finally, locally-based Raytheon 390 Premier 1 N7088S ventured down to Brisbane on Monday 3 February and returned.  It also flew to Brisbane on Friday 7 February.

But perhaps the most spectacular movements - both aircraft and celebrity - have been at the Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport.  On Sunday 2 February, Business Aviation Solutions Cessna 750 Citation X VH-RCA touched down at Proserpine from the Gold Coast carrying none other than American movie couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Bevin Jakes / The Daily Mercury

They were spotted later at Airlie Beach enjoying the spectacular Whitsundays.

VH-RCA departed Proserpine for the Gold Coast on Wednesday 5 February.

Meanwhile, Jetstream Aviation's bright and colourful Cessna 550 Citation II bizjet VH-VDF was in and out of Proserpine on Saturday 1 February from the Sunshine Coast.  Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra VH-MMC visited Proserpine briefly on Tuesday 4 February, touching down from the Sunshine Coast and later departing to Emerald.

And with the cyclone threat over the Whitsundays late last week and last weekend, the Queensland Government Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY called into Proserpine last Friday 31 January, arriving from Townsville and departing to Brisbane.

Finally, Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000EX bizjet F-GZLX visited Hamilton Island for the day on Monday 3 February.  It arrived from and later departed back to Bankstown.

Certainly some great aircraft movements - and certainly some photos from our loyal group of contributors!  Thanks Dave and Jamie for sending through these images!

Photos taken by Dave and Jamie C  ©

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