Friday, December 25, 2015

While We've Been Away - News and Movements at CQ Airports 19-25 December

On Saturday 19 December at Hamilton Island, Nantworks (USA) Gulfstream Aerospace G-VI bizjet N278L touched down from Kahului and Townsville.

N278L parked at Hamilton Island  (Photo taken by 'AC'  ©)

On Saturday 19 December Jetstream Aviation's (Emprja P/L) bright and colourful Cessna 550 Citation II bizjet VH-VDF departed Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport for the Sunshine Coast.  It had arrived from there on Thursday 17 December.

On Saturday 19 December PNG Registered Pacific Helicopters Airbus Helicopters H145 P2-PHA ferried from Redcliffe into Bundaberg Airport.

On Sunday 20 December P2-PHA continued further North to Cairns via Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Innisfail Airports. Stirling Helicopters operated Bell 206L-1 VH-JGO and Helibiz Robinson R44 II VH-MES were also spotted.

P2-PHA arrives at Rockhampton  (Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©)

P2-PHA at Rockhampton  (Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©)

VH-JGO at Rockhampton  (Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©)

On Sunday 20 December at Hamilton Island Airport, Agile Aviation (of South Australia) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-TCP departed for Longreach and Adelaide.  It had arrived on Wednesday 16 December.  Also Business Aviation Solutions Cessna 650 Citation VII bizjet VH-DHN flew from the Gold Coast to Hamilton Island and onward to Longreach and Ayres Rock.

Early on Monday 21 December at Gladstone Airport, Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-VUZ was captured operating the morning VOZ1707/1710 service from and back to Brisbane.

VH-VUZ arrives at Gladstone  (Photo taken by Michael Fleetwood  ©)

On Monday 21 December at Rockhampton Airport, Skyhook Helicopters Eurocopter EC130B4 VH-VRD was noted departing to the South early in the morning after arriving the previous day.  Stirling Helicopters Bell 206B VH-FYH was also noted flying around Rocky.  Meanwhile, Stirling Helicopters' OAS Parts (Bell) UH-1H Iroquois VH-OXE - which has been used as a fire fighting and heavy-lift platform - was spotted passing through Miles Airport while heading South from Rockhampton.  It has been later noted assisting with firefighting efforts in the Southern states.

On Monday 21 December at Mackay Airport, Jetstar cancelled the midday JST886/887 service and operated an additional JST7983/7389 service in the afternoon by Airbus A320 VH-VGU.  Mackay Airport also played host to a trio of Queensland Government (State of Queensland) aircraft including Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY (flying Brisbane-Mackay-Cairns), Queensland Police Service operated Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK (flying Cairns-Mackay-Cairns) and Police Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU (flying Townsville-Mackay-Maryborough).

On Monday 21 December at Hamilton Island Airport, both Shortstop Jet Charter British Aerospace BAe-125-1000B bizjet VH-LMP and recently re-registered (former Skypac Aviation) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ called in.  VH-LMP flew in from Melbourne (Essendon) and departed to the Sunshine Coast, while VH-NEQ had a busy day flying in from Wagga Wagga via Adelaide, Kingscote and Charleville.  It later positioned across to Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport.  Meanwhile, West Australia based Nantay P/L Raytheon Hawker 800XPi VH-RIU departed from Hamo back to its Perth base.  It had arrived from Brisbane on Thursday 17 December.

On Tuesday 22 December at Moranbah Airport, the damaged Virgin Australia ATR 72-600 VH-FVZ finally departed back to Brisbane empty to continue to receive attention.  It flew to Brisbane as VOZ9904.  Reports suggest that it had undercarriage problems which were repaired at Moranbah by engineers flown in from Brisbane.  VH-FVZ has been parked at Moranbah since Monday 16 November when it was damaged during a massive storm.

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On Tuesday 22 December at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport, Jet City (Melbourne) Learjet 45 bizjet VH-LJQ visited briefly from its Melbourne (Essendon) base.

VH-LJQ at Mackay earlier in 2015  (File photo taken by 'AC'  ©)

On Wednesday 23 December Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-XWR was noted operating flights into Rockhampton and Gladstone Airports from and back to Brisbane on behalf of QantasLink.  It was also reported that early on Wednesday 23 December QantasLink flights out of Gladstone Airport were delayed due to a computer glitch.

On Wednesday 23 December at Mackay Airport, Aviair (of Kununurra, Western Australia) Piper PA-31-350 VH-RKD arrived from the Sunshine Coast.  It had also flown from the Sunny Coast to Roma and Toowoomba and back earlier in the day.  Hawker Beechcraft C90GTi King Air VH-JJU also visited Mackay flying in from and back to its Cloncurry base.

On Wednesday 23 December a pair of bizjets both called into Hamilton Island Airport from Kingscote in South Australia before departing in separate directions.  Tower Holdings (Execujet Australia) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 VH-EVJ flew Sydney-Brisbane-Kingscote-Hamo-Balina/Byron Gateway.  Meanwhile, Jet City (Melbourne) Learjet 45 VH-LJQ flew Melbourne (Essendon)-Adelaide-Kingscote-Hamo-Cairns.

On Thursday 24 December at Hamilton Island Airport, Jet City (Melbourne) Learjet 45 bizjet VH-LJQ returned from Cairns and remained parked.  It was joined by fellow Jet City operated Cessna 750 Citation X bizjet VH-XCJ which flew in from Melbourne (Essendon) and Cairns.

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On Thursday 24 December at Rockhampton Airport, Sabstall Beech B200 King Air VH-NME flew in from Toowoomba and departed to the Sunshine Coast.

On Thursday 24 December at Gladstone Airport, QantasLink (Cobham Aviation) Boeing B717-200 VH-YQV positioned in from Sydney as QJE6202 and then operated a Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flight out to Sydney as QJE1969.  Fellow B717-200s VH-NXJ and VH-NXL also operated FIFO charter flights from Gladstone to Brisbane.

VH-YQV at Gladstone in 2014  (File photo taken by Michael Fleetwood  ©)

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