Well, I said I wouldn't prepare any specific Blog posts on the influx of Virgin Australia jets heading to Gladstone Airport, but on Tuesday 29 September it was a bit of an historic day as every Virgin Australia service in and out the industrial city was operated by an Embraer E-190 jet - there were no Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) ATR 72s to be seen!
In fact, the Virgin Australia jet action actually started on Monday 28 September with E-190 VH-ZPG operating the morning VOZ1707/1710 service before the larger Boeing B737-800 VH-YFP was noted operating as VOZ1709/1712 also from and back to Brisbane.
Later on Monday 28 September, Virgin E-190 VH-ZPD touched down from Brisbane as VOZ1719 and stayed for the night. VH-ZPD then kicked off the E-190 on Tuesday 29 September departing back to Brisbane as VOZ1708.
Also calling in on Tuesday 29 September were E-190s VH-ZPJ, VH-ZPG and VH-ZPH with VH-ZPG calling back in after dark and again staying for the night.
While we're posting about Gladstone Airport, a couple of other interesting visitors this week has included Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) (South East Section) Beech B300 Super King Air VH-SQR which had an early morning arrival from Moomba on Tuesday 29 September.
VH-SQR was due to depart to its Adelaide base early on Wednesday 30 September.
The helicopter action at Gladstone Airport has continued with Corporate Aviation Bell 429 VH-EQP calling in on Monday 28 September while flying from its Southport base to Hamilton Island.
Also on Monday 28 September, and as mentioned below, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters) Sikorsky S-76A VH-HRP "Choppa 3" passed through Gladstone Airport from Mackay. It continued further to the South.
And finally on Monday 28 September, McDermott Aviation Bell 214B-1 Biglifter helicopter VH-SUH was believed to have departed Gladstone Airport for good.
It has been based in Gladstone for the last couple of weeks while on standby for fire fighting duties.
File photos taken by Col ©