Sunday, July 11, 2021

Kids+Champions Charity Flight (Dash Helicopters) Robinson R44 Helicopter VH-IWR Arrives into Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Sunday 11 July, a colourful Robinson R44 helicopter in the form of Gold Coast-based Dash Helicopters VH-IWR was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from the South-East.

The R44 is adorned in the titles and colours of the Kids and Champions (Kids+Champions) charity - traveling the state via helicopter to visit struggling kids and share a message with them that let's them know that people care about them. 

UPDATE!  On Monday 12 July, VH-IWR completed a local school visit before returning to Rockhampton Airport.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 13 July, VH-IWR continued from Rocky to Mackay Airport, again via another school visit.

Follow the progress of the flight via their website:

Meanwhile, also on Sunday 11 July, Gulf Aircraft Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-PYN looked to visit Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from the North.  It then flew down to Brisbane.

VH-PYN had flown up North the previous day.

Air Charter Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 bizjet VH-VKX was noted departing Hamilton Island Airport for Brisbane.  It had arrived from there on Thursday 8 July

Also visiting Hamilton Island Airport, also on Sunday 11 July, Hinterland Aviation Cessna 402C VH-TFK from and back to Cairns as HND835.  While ZephAir Australia - Aircraft Charters Piper PA-31 Navajo VH-AYT visited from its Townsville base.

UPDATE!  VH-AYT visited Hamilton Island Airport again from Townsville on Monday 12 July.

New South Wales-based Hawker Beechcraft G36 VH-EYY was noted departing Emerald Airport for Springsure, Chinchilla and Gold Coast Airports.

West Coast Seaplanes (Broome, Western Australia) Textron (Cessna) 208 Caravan VH-NPZ arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Great Keppel Island before it then flew down to Bundaberg Airport.

VH-NPZ looked to arrive into Bundaberg Airport from Western Australia late last month and could have taken up residence in the area.

And Bundaberg-based Aero Optics Aero Commander 500-S VH-JAJ completed a local flight out of and back to Bundaberg Airport, flying via Agnes Water and Lady Elliot Island.

Finally, also on Sunday 11 July, three separate aircraft were all noted completing aerial survey flights in the region.

Handel Aviation Cessna 210 VH-ZIK completed an aerial survey out of Mackay Airport before then finishing the day at Gladstone Airport.

Outline Global (Western Australia) Cessna 182Q VH-CFC completed an aerial survey South of Gladstone.

And General Aviation Maintenance (GAM) AeroCommander 500-S VH-UJU completed aerial survey work near Rockhampton while flying out of Bundaberg and Maryborough Airports.  

Of interest, VH-UJU has been operating out of Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) and Bundaberg Airports in recent days.

All photos taken by Steve Vit  ©

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