Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Avia Aviation (Victoria) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-MSU Pops into Emerald Airport - Plus More!

On Wednesday 2 December, Avia Aviation (Victoria) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-MSU made what appears to be its first visit to Central Queensland, popping into Emerald Airport.

VH-MSU at Adelaide Airport late last month

VH-MSU looked to touch down from Toowoomba after arriving there direct from its Melbourne (Moorabbin) base the previous day. It then departed Emerald Airport for Innisfail.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 2 December, the visiting UP Aviation (Victoria) Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express 6000 bizjet VH-UBH was noted departing Rockhampton Airport for Townsville.  It had arrived during the previous afternoon - see Blog post below.

While slightly smaller, but also noted visiting Rockhampton Airport, also on Wednesday 2 December, was Seair Pacific / Istelcote De Havilland DHC-6-100 Twin Otter VH-ZKF which was again noted operating the weekly Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) closed charter flight from the Gold Coast and Brisbane to Rocky then up to Collinsville Aerodrome and Townsville.  As usual, VH-ZKF later returned South over the same route.

While fellow Seair Pacific / Istlecote Cessna 208 Caravan VH-LYT was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.  

After spending the day parked, early on Thursday 3 December, VH-LYT is due to depart Rockhampton Airport for Middlemount Aerodrome.  It should then fly back to Maryborough and Hervey Bay Airports.

During the afternoon, also on Wednesday 2 December, the 'resident' Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-NDC departed Rockhampton Airport on what looked to be a training flight over the coast and Keppel Islands before returning back to Rockhampton Airport where it was heard to complete several circuits. 

UPDATE!  On Thursday 3 December, the other 'resident' Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-CVN departed Rockhampton Airport on a training flight as "Hinterland 815" to Gladstone Airport and back via several circuits at Rocky.

Finally, a couple of more bushfire fighting aircraft and helicopter movements included R-Mach Aviation Ayres S2R Turbine Thrush VH-NFF "Bomber 407" flying from Rockhampton Airport to Bundaberg Airport.  While Stirling Helicopters newly registered Eurocopter AS350B3 Squirrel helicopter VH-EUM arrived into Rockhampton Airport from its Dululu base as "Firebird 429".

UPDATE!  On Thursday 3 December, VH-EUM "Firebird 429" departed Rockhampton Airport for the South.

And Heli Qld Airbus Helicopters EC 130 T2 VH-WJY was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport once again while flying home to its Toowoomba base from the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.  It had flown North via Rocky at the end of last week.

Photo taken by Tony Haynes  ©

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