Saturday, December 27, 2014

Gladstone Airport Saturday - Virgin E-190 VH-ZPQ - Corporate Bell 429 VH-EQP - And More!

Another nice day for plane spotting at Gladstone Airport on Saturday 27 December, and local plane spotter Anthony S ventured out there to capture some of the action!

The star attraction on Saturday was Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPQ which, for the second consecutive week, operated a scheduled service into the industrial city from Brisbane and back as VOZ1709/1712.

Around the same time, a familiar visitor to Gladstone Airport called in again, in the form of Corporate Aviation Bell 429 Helicopter VH-EQP.  It arrived from its Southport base and later departed North to Hamilton Island.

Back on the commercial front, Anthony captured a gaggle of QantasLink Dash-8s as they operated up and down the Queensland coast.  Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOE was operating the QLK2301 'milk run' from Cairns to Brisbane via Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and Gladstone.

Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOI was spotted arriving from Brisbane as QLK2338.

While Dash-8-Q300 VH-SBV was spotted operating the QLK2308 'milk run' up the Queensland coast from Brisbane to Cairns via Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay and Townsville.

On the lighter side of the movements captured by Anthony on Saturday 27 December, locally-based Air Charter CQ / Australia by Seaplane De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk1 Floatplane VH-IDO was venturing out on another local flight.

Also heading out on a local flight was Evektor Sportstar (Plus) VH-JTO.

While returning to Gladstone Airport from a local flight was Gladstone Helicopters / Helireef Eurocopter EC135 P2 helicopter VH-ZGZ.

Finally, locally-based Robinson R-44 helicopter VH-JWN was spotted departing for parts unknown.

Sincere thanks to Anthony for capturing these great photos and allowing us to share them with you all!

All photos taken by Anthony Schulz  ©

1 comment:

  1. I think I can solve some of the mystery of where the R44 was going. I was at the mouth of the Boyne river the other day and the above chopper flew over from the northern side of Facing Island and deposited a lady and two kids on the beach and then returned. Would love to see the beach house if that is the runabout.