|VH-FIY after arriving at Gladstone Airport on Friday|
The pilot on board the twin turboprop declared a “PAN” over the radio and elected to continue to Gladstone Airport on one engine. A short time later VH-FIY made a safe landing at Gladstone Airport.
I presume that VH-FIY was heading to Gladstone to complete one of its regular calibration flights of the Gladstone Airport Instrument Landing System (ILS) and other navigational aids (navaids).
Although it seemed that with the aircraft now grounded, fellow AirServices Australia / Pearl Aviation Hawker Beechcraft B300 Super King Air VH-FIZ "Auscal 04" was also noted arriving into Gladstone Airport also from Brisbane a little later on Friday 29 September.
On Saturday 30 September, VH-FIZ indeed completed an almost four-hour long sortie on what was clearly navaid calibration.
Job done, on Sunday 1 October, VH-FIZ departed Gladstone Airport for Townsville, but on the way, it was noted completing further navaid calibration at Rockhampton Airport.
VH-FIY and VH-FIZ are two of three Beech King Air aircraft that Aero Pearl operates for AirServices Australia to calibrate the Instrument Landing System (ILS) and other navigational aids (navaids) at airports around Australia and in South-East Asia.
UPDATE! On Wednesday 4 October, VH-FIY departed Gladstone Airport for Sydney.
Photo taken by Terry Purcell ©