Monday, September 20, 2021

A Few Corporate Bizjets Around CQ Airport including Citation VH-JSZ and Eclipse N257AK Spotted at The Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour

On Monday 20 September, there were a number of corporate bizjets and light General Aviation (GA) aircraft around several Central Queensland Airports.

Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ was spotted arriving into the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.

It flew up from Archerfield and then departed to Natal Downs.

And the often visiting American-registered Eclipse EA500 bizjet N257AK arrived into the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour from Archerfield.

N257AK looks to now arrive each Monday and depart the Whitsunday each Thursday.

It's also worth mentioning that at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour, the locally-based Skydive Airline Beach is now operating Wollongong-registered Cessna 208 Caravan skydiving aircraft VH-NMV.  It arrived into Shute Harbour from Cairns and Tully on Saturday 18 September.

Their previous Cessna 208 Caravan VH-DZQ departed to Tully and Cairns on Saturday 18 September.

And also locally-based Fly Australia Airlines (Charter) continues to operate Cessna U206F VH-AEH and Cessna 172G VH-PLV on local scenic and charter flights.  There are reports that an additional two aircraft are soon to be flown to the Whitsundays to take up operations with them. 

Elsewhere in the Whitsundays, also on Monday 20 September, Air Charter Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 bizjet VH-VKX popped into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from Brisbane.  It then departed to the Sunshine Coast.

Private Pilatus Aircraft PC-24 'Super Versatile Jet' corporate bizjet VH-FGM flew up to Hamilton Island Airport from Adelaide.  It looked to stay parked on Hamo.

While down the road at Mackay Airport, Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 bizjet VH-ILJ visited Mackay Airport from Brisbane.

Further South, MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign VH-MMC popped into Rockhampton Airport while flying down from Cairns to the Sunshine Coast.

And Redjet Aviation Cessna 550 Citation Bravo bizjet VH-SCC flew up from the Sunshine Coast to complete airwork at Bundaberg Airport.  It then returned to the Sunny Coast.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 20 September, several light General Aviation (GA) visitors to CQ Airports included Sunshine Coast-based Rockwell International 114 VH-KSW which arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Caboolture.

Cloncurry-based Lorraine Pastoral P/L Cessna T206H VH-LPR also arrived into Rockhampton Airport but from Hughenden. 

While up at Mackay Airport, Flightech Aviation Piper PA-31-350 Navajo VH-WZS visited from Townsville.

And Brisbane-based Bell Helicopter Textron 429 helicopter VH-SUV looked to touch down at Hamilton Island Airport after flying up from Archerifeld via Gladstone, and Mackay Airports.

VH-SUV joins fellow Bell 429 VH-EQP on the ground at Hamilton Island Airport (shown above) with both helicopters reportedly bringing passengers up for a holiday in the stunning Whitsundays.

Finally, also on Monday 20 September, the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ was noted arriving into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport from Brisbane.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 21 September, VH-SGQ flew to Bundaberg Airport and back to Hervey Bay Airport.

And the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK flew down from Cairns and Townsville to Maryborough Airport before it later departed to Brisbane.  VH-PSK then returned to Townsville and Cairns.

Photos taken by Lee Holloway  ©️

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