Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Few Light GA Aircraft at Longreach and Barcaldine Airports over the Weekend

A busy couple of days out in the Central West with some interesting light General Aviation (GA) aircraft noted passing through both Longreach and Barcaldine Airports.

On Friday 15 April, Dick Lang's Dessert-Air Safaris' Beech B200 VH-ODI made yet another visit to Longreach Airport while presumably on another one of its air safari trips.  On this occasion, VH-ODI arrived from Birdsville and ended up departing to Innamincka on Saturday 16 April.

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An interesting arrival on Sunday 17 April into Blackall Airport from Canberra was Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VEH.

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VH-VEH then departed to Barcaldine and Longreach Airports.  It was noted using the flight number and callsign of either "NavCheck1" or "NavCheck2" suggesting that like in previous times, VH-VEH seemed to be operating flight safety check sorties.   On Monday 18 April, VH-VEH departed Longreach for Hughenden.

Meanwhile, other lighties noted visiting Barcaldine and Longreach Airports on Sunday 17 April included Burketown-based Piper PA-31-350 VH-MDM which called into Barcaldine from Mount Isa.  I have also that VH-MDM has visited Barcaldine Airport at other times of the last few weeks.  Visiting Longreach Airport was Sunshine Coast-based Cirrus SR22 VH-MCX, along with Sunshine Coast-based Cessna 172 VH-HAX which arrived from Julia Creek.  Finally, New South Wales-based Beech V35A Bonanza VH-FWY was noted departing Longreach Airport for Boulia.

It's also worthwhile noting that as this post is written late on Tuesday 19 April, Austrek Aviation Beech B200 King Air VH-WXO is winging its way to Longreach Airport from Brisbane.

Finally, back on the previous weekend, Air Link (Dubbo) Cessna 310R VH-HSL called into Longreach Airport twice on Saturday 10 April while flying from Dubbo to Normanton and back to Dubbo.  While on Friday 9 April, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU called into Longreach Airport from Brisbane before it later departed to Winton.

Photos taken by 'AC' and Michael Fleetwood  ©

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