Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Air Charter CQ / Australia by Seaplane De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk1 Float Plane VH-IDO Returns to Gladstone Airport from Maintenance at Mackay Airport

On Wednesday 5 June, locally-based Air Charter CQ / Australia by Seaplane De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk1 Float Plane VH-IDO returned to its Gladstone Airport base on a flight from Mackay Airport following a period of maintenance.  It is pictured on the Mackay Airport Easter General Avation (GA) Apron earlier in the week.

VH-IDO had flown North in April, but not before a dramatic diversion to Rockhampton Airport with only "minimum fuel" after encountering less than favourable weather and head-winds during its first attempt to get to Mackay Airport - see Blog post HERE.

Meanwhile, there's also been a nice small selection of interesting GA aircraft and helicopters that have also noted visiting Gladstone Airport over the last couple of days including the Heli-Aust Whitsundays Eurocopter EC135 P2+ helicopter VH-XUV.  It flew South from the Hay Point Coal Export Loading Point (South of Mackay) to Gladstone Airport direct after dark on Tuesday 4 June.

It appears to be operating the regular marine pilot transfer flights out of Gladstone Airport to the Harbour in place of sister-ship Airbus Helicopters EC135 P3 (CPDS) VH-ZGP.

UPDATE!  VH-XUV didn't stay in the area long and returned to Mackay Airport from Gladstone Airport during the afternoon on Sunday 9 June.

While another helicopter in the form of Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESZ flew into Gladstone Airport after dark also on Tuesday 4 June as "Rescue 500" from Archerfield.  It looked to complete a medical evacuation flight then to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

Finally, over the weekend, on Sunday 2 June, Seair Pacific (Istlecote) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-LMZ was photographed resting at Gladstone Airport after it looked to arrive from Lady Elliott Island a little earlier in the day.

VH-LMZ returned to the Lady Elliot Island on Monday 3 June.

Photos taken by 'JM' and Anthony Groenintwoud  ©

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