Thursday, June 2, 2016

Bond Helicopters Sikorsky S-92A Helicopter VH-NWD Ferries Through Emerald and Longreach Airports Heading to WA

The third of four of the big Bond Helicopters Sikorsky S-92A helicopters - VH-NWD - was noted ferrying North from Caloundra Airport on the Sunshine Coast to Mount Isa via Emerald and Longreach Airports on Thursday 2 June.

After a period of storage at Caloundra, VH-NWD is the third of four S-92A helicopters that will ferry back to Western Australia for operations to off-shore oil and gas rigs.

Also on Thursday 2 June, I noted that QantasLink completed an aircraft swap presumably after of their Dash-8-Q400s had maintenance issues.

VH-QOU had earlier operated the QLK2352 service from Brisbane to Longreach via Barcaldine but appeared to break down and remained on the ground at Longreach Airport.  Later, fellow Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOV operated into Emerald Airport as QLK2414.  It then positioning across to Longreach as QLK2674 before then departing back to Brisbane as QLK2533.  VH-QOU was then noted positioning back to Brisbane empty as QLK2675.

In the early evening of Thursday 2 June, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-004 was noted completing a missed approach at Longreach Airport as "Mitchell 06".

Finally, a couple of other interesting light General Aviation (GA) aircraft that were also noted calling into Emerald Airports on Thursday 2 June included Wolff Aviation Hawker Beechcraft C90GTi VH-VWG calling in from its Toowoomba base once again, while Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-21 Islander VH-WZD passed through while flying to Archerfield from Cairns presumably for planned maintenance.

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