Thursday, October 5, 2017

More Charter Flights from Cairns to Rockhampton Airport and Back - Regional Express (REX) SAAB 340B VH-ZRM - Plus 3 Townsville Airlines Lighties

During the afternoon on Tuesday 3 October, Regional Express (REX) SAAB 340B VH-ZRM was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Horn Island and Cairns as RXA9511.  It had earlier positioned from Cairns to Horn Island as RXA9910.

VH-ZRM at Townsville Airport recently  (File photo)

Also on Tuesday 3 October, a pair of Townsville Airlines (Flightech Air Logistics) Cessna 402C twins VH-UCM and VH-THX also both flew into Rocky from Cairns.

All three aircraft stayed at Rockhampton Airport for the night.

Then before dawn on Wednesday 4 October, VH-THX departed Rockhampton Airport and looked to fly into Lockhart River before returning to Cairns, while VH-ZRM departed Rocky for Cairns as RXA9912.

It appears the VH-UCM may have broken down at Rockhampton Airport and so VH-THX then completed another return flight from Cairns to Rocky and back a little later on Wednesday 4 October.

Also on Wednesday 4 October, a third Townsville Airlines (Flightech Air Logistics) Cessna 402C VH-JOH was spotted shortly after arriving into Rockhampton Airport but from Charters Towers Airport.  It departed to Cairns before dawn on Thursday 5 October.

Finally, also on Thursday 5 October, Wolff Aviation Hawker Beechcraft C90GTi VH-VWG arrived into Rockhampton Airport from its Toowoomba base.

It was captured departing to Wanella Station (near Coppabella) and later returned to Rocky.  VH-VWG then returned South to Toowoomba.

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Trevor Hardsman  ©

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