Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Few Lighties at Fraser Coast Airports incl Partenavia P.68B VH-PNU Diverting to Maryborough Airport with Engine Troubles

Over the last couple of days, there has been an interesting variety of light General Aviation (GA) aircraft noted calling into Fraser Coast Airports, in particular, Bundaberg Airport.

On Monday 28 August, Brisbane-registered Partenavia P.68B VH-PNU arrived into Bundaberg Airport from Archerfield - where it seems to be presently based.

VH-PNU at Archerfield Airport in 2015 undergoing maintenance  (File photo)

On departure from Bundy on its return to Archerfield however, the aircraft suffered an engine failure and turned back and landed at Maryborough Airport.  It was only on the ground for a short time and problem was quickly rectified with VH-PNU noted a short time later back in the air and heading once again 'home' to Archerfield.

On Sunday 27 August, Privately owned Cirrus Design Corp SR22 G6 Australis Premium N436RP - which is currently being operated by Cirrus Aircraft Australia & New Zealand on various demonstration events around Australia - called into Bundaberg Airport from Townsville on the latest destination on the tour.  It has also recently called into Rockhampton and Mackay Airports.

N436RP on display at Mackay Airport recently  (https://www.facebook.com/cirrusaircraftaunz/)

After several hours on the ground, N436RP departed to Caloundra and the Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport in northern New South Wales.

Finally, on Saturday 26 August, an interesting quartet of lighties were noted passing through Bundaberg Airport including General Aviation Maintenance (GAM) AeroCommander 681 VH-NBT, Airlines of Tasmania Cessna 404 VH-WZM, Bayswater Road / Australian Aerial Mapping (AAM) Cessna 404 VH-LAV and Seair Pacific (Istlecote) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TQW which was noted completing a return flight to the nearby Lady Elliott Island.

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