Thursday, August 12, 2021

Hinterland Aviation Cessna 404 Titan VH-TFO Calls into Rockhampton Airport And Then Returns! - Plus More!

On Thursday 12 August, Hinterland Aviation Cessna 404 Titan VH-TFO was spotted on the ground after arriving from Cairns as HND430.

It is believed it flew down with engineers to repair fellow Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-MRZ which has suffered instrument problems in recent days.  Indeed after repairs were carried out, VH-MRZ completed a local flight out of and back to Rockhampton Airport.  

VH-MRZ then departed Rockhampton Airport for the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site

During the afternoon, VH-TFO departed Rockhampton Airport bound for Cairns again as HND430, however, it seems that VH-MRZ(?) continued to have maintenance issues and VH-TFO ended up returning to Rockhampton Airport and appears to be staying for at least the night.

UPDATE!  On Friday 13 August, Hinterland Aviation Cessna 404 Titan VH-TFO departed Rockhampton Airport for Cairns once again as HND430.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 12 August, Seair Pacific / Istlecote Cessna 208 Caravan VH-KNQ flew into Middlemount Aerodrome from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.  It then departed to Maryborough Airport before returning to Hervey Bay Airport.

Locally-based Keppel High Wing Cessna 182T VH-LJE departed its Rockhampton Airport base for Blackall Airport before then returning using an "Angelflight" callsign - something not heard for some time.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 19 August, VH-LJE returned to Blackall Airport from Rocky before then flying back to Rockhampton Airport, again using an "Angelflight" callsign.

FKG Air (Redjet Aviation) Hawker Beechcraft B200GT VH-FKB flew up from its Toowoomba base to Mackay Airport before flying South to the Samuel Hill Airstrip within the Shoalwater Bay Training Area before then returning to Toowoomba but via Archerfield.

Brescon (Toowoomba) Beech B200 King Air VH-WXB flew up directly to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site from Toowoomba-Wellcamp Airport.  

VH-WXB is due to return to Wellcamp early on Friday 13 August.

And NQ Heliworx Eurocopter AS.350 Squirrel helicopters have been noted heading South from Townsville to Archerfield via Mackay and Gladstone Airports.  VH-JKX flew down on Thursday 12 August, while VH-YHQ flew South on Wednesday 11 August.

Finally, a couple of bizjets noted in the region, also on Thursday 12 August, included Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ which flew up from Archerfield and Dalby to my local Clermont Aerodrome and then onward to Natal Downs.  In the late afternoon and into the evening, VH-JSZ returned to Archerfield, again via Clermont and Dalby.

Air Gold Coast Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-CDG flew up to Hamilton Island Airport from the Gold Coast.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 15 August, VH-CDG departed Hamilton Island Airport and returned to the Gold Coast.

While Graham Aviation (Cairns) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-FNI looked to fly down from Mareba to Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport before heading back North.

And the often visiting American-registered Eclipse EA500 bizjet N257AK departed to Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour for Archerfield.  It had originally arrived into the Whitsundays at the start of last week and has also completed a day-trip flight to Longreach Airport and back - see Blog posts below!

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©

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