Thursday, June 19, 2014

Some Plane Spotting Photos from a Busy Thursday at Gladstone Airport - incl Virgin Australia E-190 Jet VH-ZPN

Local plane spotter Anthony S had a great time at Gladstone Airport on Thursday 19 June as a Virgin Embraer jet called in - along with a few other interesting aircraft!

The Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 jet VH-ZPN actually called in twice on Thursday, touching down early in the morning operating the VOZ1707/1710 rotation from and back to Brisbane, before being captured by Anthony later in the day operating back into Gladstone from Brisbane as VOZ1711/1714.

As shown above, the General Aviation (GA) Apron at Gladstone Airport was quite busy on Thursday 19 June with three King Airs and a Cessna Conquest all parked or visiting during Anthony's stay.  Two of the three King Airs were of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) with Hawker Beechcraft B200 King Air VH-FDI touching down first from Rockhampton, followed by Hawker Beechcraft B200 King Air VH-FDT touching down from Brisbane.

VH-FDI eventually departed to Dalby, while VH-FDT flew out to Brisbane.

The other King Air was Avcair (Sutherland Aviation) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-WXC, which Anthony photographed departing for parts unknown.  Information suggests that VH-WXC arrived into Gladstone late on Tuesday 17 June.

The Cessna Conquest was Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation Cessna 441 Conquest II VH-VEY which was also captured by Anthony departing to some unknown location.

Ergon Energy’s Remote Observation Automated Modelling Economic Simulation (ROAMES) project of aerial surveys has brought Australasian Jet-operated Cessna 206 VH-FEN to Gladstone this week.  VH-FEN is one of two Cessnas currently operating the aerial surveys.

Back on the commercial front, Anthony captured some great images of QantasLink (Cobham Aviation) Boeing B717-200 VH-NXG as it called into Gladstone from Brisbane on the QJE1706/1957 rotation.

And also QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOK which was operating into Gladstone as QLK2336.

It later departed to Sydney on (I believe to be) a Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) closed charter flight to Sydney as QLK2585.  It was due to return to Gladstone in the evening and looked to be staying overnight.

Also, QantasLink Dash-8-Q300 VH-SBB was captured as it departed to Brisbane on the last leg of the QLK2301 'milk-run' from Cairns to Brisbane via Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and Gladstone.

Finally, the locally-based CareFlight Rescue Helicopter - Bell 412EP VH-XCY - was also photographed by Anthony as it emerged from its hangar at Gladstone Airport and departed to parts unknown.

Certainly a great day of action at Gladstone Airport - part of a great week of action!  We sincerely thank Anthony for allowing us to share his great images!

All photos taken by Anthony Schulz  ©

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