Making yet another visit to CQ and at Longreach Airport on Sunday 10 February was Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) (Cobham SAR Services Pty Ltd) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-XNC.
VH-XNC seems to be on a training flight and used its registration as its radio callsign and arrived from its Cairns base via some practice search work across the North of the state. After landing at Longreach Airport and refuelling, VH-XNC then departed on a local flight including more practice search work around Barcaldine. After another landing at Longreach Airport, VH-XNC is pictured (above) departing back to Cairns but it looked to receive a task and changed radio callsigns to "Rescue 440" before eventually landing back Cairns.
Meanwhile, late on Sunday 10 February, the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY was also noted visiting Longreach Airport. It had a busy day of flying initially departing Brisbane for Hughenden before also visiting the flood-affected areas of Richmond, Julia Creek, Mount Isa, and Winton. VH-SGY departed Longreach Airport and returned to Brisbane.
Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Greg W for taking the time to capture and send through this great photo!
Photo taken by Greg Weir ©