Monday, March 3, 2014

A Few Interesting Light Aircraft Have Also Popped Into Gladstone Airport - GAF Nomad VH-ATO and Snoopy Flies Again!

There has also be a few interesting light aircraft to pop into Gladstone in recent days, starting with Cessna 310 VH-NFE - operated by the Aero Dynamic Flight Academy on the Sunshine Coast - which visited for the day last Wednesday 26 February.

As posted below, Cessna 150 VH-ZPY was spotted arriving into Gladstone Airport earlier last week complete with children's cartoon character Snoopy adorning the tail, along with the titles "Curse you Red Baron!"

On Friday 28 February, Snoopy took the air again, departing Gladstone for parts unknown.

Later on Friday 28 February, a real highlight for local plane spotter Jamie and Tash was the arrival of Government Aircraft Factories (GAF) N-22C Nomad VH-ATO.

VH-ATO is one of the last airworthy Nomads left in the world, and it currently flown predominately around Australia on aerial survey flights by Bayswater Road Aerial Surveys / Australian Aerial Mapping.  Early on Saturday 1 March, VH-ATO departed Gladstone for the North, with information suggesting that it later arrived at Mackay. 

On Sunday 2 March, a familiar visitor was spotted at Gladstone Airport in the form of local Mooney M20F VH-WBH.   

VH-WBH was joined by a nice little amateur-built Cavalier SA 102.5 registered VH-SLZ, which is seemingly based on the Sunshine Coast.

Also spotted on Sunday 2 March was this bright little 1980-build Cessna 180 VH-IHG.  It is registered to a farming property in Rolleston. 

And finally, Mackay-based Cirrus SR22 VH-TTV was captured departing back to Mackay.  It had arrived from there on Friday.

As usual, some great photos, and a great coverage by Jamie and Tash of some of the more unusual visitors into Gladstone Airport.  Thanks guys!

Photos taken by Jamie and Tash  ©

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