Early on Friday 29 October, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 jet VH-NKQ was noted arriving into Gladstone Airport from Brisbane as UTY583. It then departed direct to Ayers Rocky (Yulara) on what appears to be another closed charter flights to the Red Centre.
Then on Sunday 31 October, VH-NKQ was noted passing back through Gladstone Airport, arriving from Ayres Rock and then departing back to Brisbane but as UTY584.
On Saturday 30 October, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-001 was noted visiting a couple of Central Queensland Airports as it looked to complete a training flight up the New South Wales and Queensland coasts.
A36-001 was flying as "Envoy 38" and looked to depart Canberra for Coffs Harbour before it then landed at Bundaberg Airport for a short time. It then departed Bundaberg Airport and continued up to land at Hamilton Island Airport. A36-001 "Envoy 38" then flew up to complete a missed approach at Cairns before it then finished the day at Townsville (as pictured above).
As shown A36-001 still wears additional decals to commemorate the RAAF's 100th anniversary.
It is assumed that A36-001 will fly back South - possibly via Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) and Rockhampton Airports - on Sunday 31 October, as these training flights like this one have done in the past.
UPDATE! On Sunday 31 October, and indeed as predicted, A36-001 "Envoy 38" flew South from Townsville (pictured) and completed a missed approach at Proserpine Airport before doing airwork and then landing at Rockhampton Airport. It then landed at the Gold Coast before continued back to Canberra.
On Friday 29 October, Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM was noted departing Emerald Airport and completing the short hop up to my local Clermont Aerodrome. It then departed to Dorunda (Maramie) and Mareeba.
As mentioned below, VH-KXM had arrived into Emerald Airport from those places on Thursday 28 October.
UPDATE! On Saturday 30 October, VH-KXM flew across from Mareeba to Vanrook Station (near Normanton) before then returning to Clermont Aerodrome and then down to the Sunshine Coast.
Meanwhile, also on Friday 29 October, re-registered Avcair Cessna 425 Conquest 1 VH-BSM landed at Barcaldine Airport from Archerfield before then returning back to there.
Finally, also on Friday 29 October, Ipswich-based Airborne P/L (Palm Lake Works) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-PLE flew up to Hamilton Island Airport from the Gold Coast before then later returning back there later in the day.
Late on Thursday 28 October, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-002 was spotted on the ground at Bundaberg Airport. It looked to arrive from Canberra via Brisbane as "Envoy 54".
After almost an hour on the ground, A36-002 "Envoy 54" departed Bundaberg Airport and returned direct to Canberra.
After arriving late the previous day, and after being around the region for more than a week, on Thursday 28 October, two of the three Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopters finally departed Rockhampton Airport and looked to return 'home' to Townsville via fuel stop at Mackay Airport.
Local plane spotter Scott H was on hand to capture some nice photos as Chinook helicopters A15-302 and A15-310 departed together as "Chainsaw".
It is believed that the third Chinook A15-309 remains on the ground at Rockhampton Airport, possibly with a technical problem.
UPDATE! Early on Saturday 30 October, A15-309 departed Rockhampton Airport for Mackay Airport and then Townsville as "Stockman 362".
Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Scott H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!
On Thursday 28 October, I was able to captured some photos of MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC at my local Clermont Aerodrome.
The sleek Citation had earlier touched down from the Sunshine Coast via Brisbane.
Soon after I took these photos, VH-MMC returned to Brisbane and then the Sunshine Coast.
Of interest, this is the second time that VH-MMC has visited Central Queensland and the 'local' area this week with it also visiting Emerald Airport in the two days prior - see Blog post below.
Another familiar bizjet visiting the region, also on Thursday 28 October, was Brenzil Dassault Aviation Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW which visited Hamilton Island Airport from Brisbane.
And Stroud Aviation and Transportation (Boonah) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SHI flew across from Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport to Hamilton Island Airport before then flying back down to Archerfield.
It had flown up to Prosie from Archerfield via Rockhampton and Mackay Airports over the previous couple of days - see Blog post below!
Meanwhile, also on Thursday 28 October, AirServices Australia / Aero Pearl-operated Hawker Beechcraft B300 Super King Air VH-FIZ "Auscal 4" also called into Longreach Airport, arriving from Darwin and departing to Brisbane.
While Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) International Cessna 172s VH-MFQ and VH-WMC, along with Cessna 182 VH-WLX, together, departed Longreach Airport to Townsville. They appear to have been touring around Far North Queensland and the Northern Territory before returning back to Mareeba.
Finally, also on Thursday 28 October, Air Tractor AT-802A N8522Q flew up to Emerald from Brisbane. It looked to arrive into Brisbane from overseas the previous day - possibly on delivery to a local operator.
And Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM flew from Mareeba and Dorunda (Maramie) to Emerald Airport where it appears to be staying for at least the night.
UPDATE! On Friday 29 October, VH-KXM departed Emerald Airport for Clermont Aerodrome before it then departed back to Dorunda and Mareeba.
UPDATE! On Saturday 30 October, VH-KXM departed Mareeba for Vanrook Station and Clermont Aerodrome before it then flew down to the Sunshine Coast.
On Wednesday 27 October, the three Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopters that have been in various parts of Central Queensland over the last week returned into Rockhampton Airport, each flying in separately from the South.
The three Chinooks were again noted as A15-309 which flew as "Chainsaw 12", A15-310 which flew as "Stockman 369" and A15-302 (pictured) which flew as "Stockman 365".
At the time of writing, all three Chinooks remain parked at Rockhampton Airport.
Sincere thanks to local photographer Steve V for allowing us to share these great photos!
Before dawn on Wednesday 27 October, Special Mining Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300E bizjet VH-UYX was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport. It looked to arrive from and later depart back to Sydney.
Also visiting Rockhampton Airport, also before dawn on Wednesday 27 October, was Gulf Aircraft (SGPG Air) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-PYN. It arrived from and later departed back to Brisbane.
And also making an overnight visit to Rockhampton Airport, also on Tuesday 26 October and into Wednesday 27 October, was Brisbane-based Teys Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ2 bizjet VH-TEY. It arrived from and later departed back to Archerfield.
Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 27 October, Stroud Aviation and Transportation (Boonah) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SHI departed Rockhampton Airport for Mackay Airport, before it then completed the short hop up to Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport.
VH-SHI had arrived into Rocky the previous day from Archerfield.
Finally, also on Wednesday 27 October, American Registered but Australian based Pilatus PC-12/47E N81DW was noted visiting Longreach Airport. It arrived from the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba-Wellcamp and then later departed to a Station up in the North-West of Queensland.
And Privately-owned Gulfstream Aerospace (AeroCommander) 695-A JetProp 1000 VH-LMC "Birddog 376" departed Bundaberg Airport for Dubbo, Bankstown and RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales.
VH-LMC "Birddog 376" had arrived into Bundy from Melbourne (Avalon) on Sunday 24 October.
On Wednesday 27 October, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was spotted on the ground at Rockhampton Airport.
It looked to arrive from and later depart back to Brisbane.
While late on Thursday 26 October, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" also called into Rockhampton Airport. It arrived from Townsville and Cooktown and then departed to Brisbane.
On Tuesday 26 October, MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC was spotted at Emerald Airport.
It had earlier arrived from the Sunshine Coast and appears to be spending at least the night parked.
UPDATE! On Wednesday 27 October, VH-MMC departed Emerald Airport and returned to the Sunshine Coast.
Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 26 October, Stroud Aviation and Transportation (Boonah) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SHI was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield. It too appears to be staying for the night.
UPDATE! On Wednesday 27 October, VH-SHI departed Rockhampton Airport for Mackay and then Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airports.
While Vanderfield Pilatus PC-12/47 VH-WPH flew up from Toowoomba to Biloela / Thangool and Emerald Airports before then returning to Toowoomba.
And a couple of choppers - Mackay-based Eurocopter AS 350 B3 Squirrel VH-XBO and Stirling Helicopters Bell 206 VH-JAQ - both looked to complete powerline inspections to the West of Rockhampton Airport.
Finally, also on Tuesday 26 October, Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) SAAB 340B VH-VEO completed two flights between Brisbane and Rockhampton Airport and back to Brisbane during the day.
While 'resident' Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TFS as 'HND400' departed Rockhampton Airport and flew down to Gladstone Airport for training and airwork before returning to Rocky.
On Monday 25 October, Avcair Embraer 500 Phenom 100EV bizjet VH-NJR was spotted as it departed Maryborough Airport. It looked to fly down to Brisbane and is believed it arrived from there the previous day.
Meanwhile, also on Monday 25 October, Poolhurst Aviation Air Charter Services Pilatus PC-24 jet VH-VTF flew into Hamilton Island Airport from Sydney. It then departed to the Gold Coast.
While Machjet (Machjet International) Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-SIY visited Hamilton Island Airport from its Sunshine Coast base.
And re-registered AAA Aircraft / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 550 Citation Bravo bizjet VH-CCJ was noted visiting Bundaberg Airport from the Sunshine Coast.
Finally, also on Monday 25 October, Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-LZK was noted completing a crew training flight out of Rockhampton Airport to Gladstone Airport and back.
It is currently joined by fellow Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TFS which completed their flights from Rockhampton Airport to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site.
And as mentioned below, Skytrans Airlines also started Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights between Rockhampton Airport and Labona.
Sincere thanks David G of Maryborough Aviation Services for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!
On Monday 25 October, a great surprise to see that Skytrans Airlines has started flying closed Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights between Rockhampton Airport and the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site.
It appears that Dash-8-100 VH-QQC flew down from Cairns to Rockhampton Airport as SKP505 before then flying to Labona and back to Rocky as SKP771/2.
UPDATE! On Tuesday 26 October, VH-QQC operated two more flights between Rockhampton Airport and Labona as SKP773/4/5/6.
UPDATE! On Wednesday 27 October, VH-QQC departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Brisbane as SKP776.
Meanwhile, also on Monday 25 October, fellow Skytrans Dash-8-100 VH-QQB looked to operated a FIFO charter flight into Labona but from Townsville. It flew down from Cairns to Townsville as SKP501 before then flying to Labona and back to Townsville as SKP761/2.
Finally, also on Monday 25 October, Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQG operated their Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) flight from Cairns to Rockhampton Airport via Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport and back as SKP81/82.
Sincere thanks to local photographer Steve V for allowing us to share these great photos!
On Monday 25 October, Antonov Airlines (Antonov Design Bureau) AN-124-100M-150 UR-82008 arrived into Rockhampton Airport, flying in direct from Colombo as 'ADB335F'.
In front of a small crowd of interested onlookers, the massive Antonov taxied in and parked on Gate 6 on the southern end of the Rockhampton Airport parking apron.
Soon after, the Antonov was lowered into its unique kneeling position and the front then opened. It was to load the four Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopters in preparation for their delivery home to Singapore.
The Apaches have been in Rocky to take part in the Exercise Wallaby 2021 (XWB21). As we have posted previously, they have been completing regular sorties to and from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA). Their serial numbers were believed to be 065, 066, 067 and 069.
With loading complete, UR-82008 departed to Brisbane as 'ADF3935' with word suggesting that it is staying for at least the night parked at Brisbane Airport.
UPDATE! In the wee small hours of Wednesday 27 October, UR-82008 departed Brisbane Airport direct for Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore as 'ADB3935'.
With all the helicopters and aircraft now gone from Rockhampton and the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) this sees the end of Exercise Wallaby 2021 - bring on 2022!
Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Scott H, 'IAD' and Ash B for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos of the Antonov!