Wednesday, May 18, 2022

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" Pops into CQ Airports - UPDATED!

On Wednesday 18 May, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" was noted visiting Mackay Airport.  It looked to arrive from Townsville.

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After around three hours on the ground, VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" departed Mackay Airport for Brisbane.

UPDATE!  Later on Wednesday 18 May, VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" departed Brisbane and called into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.  It then flew back up to Townsville.

Photo taken by John Lee  ©️

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" Late Visit to Rockhampton Airport

Late on Monday 16 May, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport.  It looked to arrive from Brisbane.

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After a short time on the ground, VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville.

Photo taken by John Lee  ©️

Sunday, May 15, 2022

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Calls into a Couple of CQ Airports

On Sunday 15 May, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was noted visiting a couple of Central Queensland Airports during a busy morning of flying.  It firstly landed at Emerald Airport after flying down from Townsville before then departing to Brisbane.

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A little later, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" then flew up from Brisbane and into Rockhampton Airport.  After a short time on the ground, it then departed Rocky and returned to Townsville.

Photo taken by John Lee  ©

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Stroud Aviation and Transportation (Boonah) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-SHI Pops into the Labona Station Airstrip in the Carmichael Mine Site – Plus More!

On Saturday 14 May, Stroud Aviation and Transportation (Boonah) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SHI was noted visiting the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site during a busy day of flying.  

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It looked to originally depart Adelaide and fly across to Forest and then Jandakot in Western Australia, before then heading to Archerfield via Alice Springs and Labona.  VH-SHI had flown to Adleaide from Archerfield the previous day.

Meanwhile, also on Saturday 14 May, Tex Onsite (Tex Assets P/L) Aero Commander 500-U VH-TXE departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville.  It returned later in the day.

Finally, also on Saturday 14 May, Heli-Aust Whitsundays (Mackay) Eurocopter EC135 P2 helicopter VH-ZGZ ferried up from Gladstone Airport towards Mackay Airport but seemed to stop at the Hay Point Coal Loading Terminal.

Photo taken by Tony Haynes  ©

Friday, May 13, 2022

Koolardie Aviation (Townsville Helicopters) Robinson R44 Helicopters VH-HTA and VH-HLM Fly into CQ Airports - Plus More!

On Friday 13 May, Koolardie Aviation (Townsville Helicopters) Robinson R44 helicopters VH-HTA and VH-HLM were noted flying South from their Townsville base to land at Mackay Airport and then Rockhampton Airport. 

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UPDATE!  On Saturday 14 May, both VH-HTA and VH-HLM departed Rockhampton Airport for Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport where they appeared to stay.

UPDATE!  Over the course of the next couple of days, both VH-HTA and VH-HLM looked to operate out of Hervey Bay Airport, completing local flights before then eventually heading back North to Townsville on Thursday 19 May.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 13 May, Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQF is flying back across the country from Western Australia to Townsville as SKP007.  It flew across to Perth early last month but doesn't seem to have done anything whilst over in the West!

Thursday, May 12, 2022

RAAF Boeing B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-002 "Envoy 70" - And Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-QQY "Envoy 40" - Both at Gladstone Airport - Plus More! - UPDATED!

On Thursday 12 May, the Federal election campaign rolled back into Gladstone Airport with Federal Labor Leader Anthony Albanese stopping in for a visit.  He looked to arrive on board Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-002 which arrived from Sydney as "Envoy 70".


It later departed to Brisbane before then flying up to Cairns.

Joining the RAAF BBJ was Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-QQY which also called into Gladstone Airport but with the travelling media contingent following Mr Albanese.  VH-QQY also touched down from Brisbane but as "Envoy 40".  It too later departed to Brisbane before also heading up to Cairns.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 12 May, Federal Government chartered Seidler Properties P/L / Australian Corporate Jet Centres Beech B200 King Air VH-OWN as "Envoy 80" also called into Gladstone Airport.  It looked to arrive from and then later depart back to Canberra.  

UPDATE!  On Friday 13 May, VH-OWN "Envoy 80" returned to Gladstone Airport from Canberra via Armidale before then later returning to Canberra.

UPDATE!  After sunset also on Thursday 12 May, RAAF Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet A56-002 "Envoy 53" also looked to arrive into Gladstone Airport but from Cairns and Brisbane.  Then on Friday 13 May, it departed to Darwin before heading to Canberra.

UPDATE!  Also on Friday 13 May, fellow RAAF Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet A56-003 "Envoy 75" also visited Gladstone Airport, arriving from Cairns and later departing to Armidale.

Photo taken by ‘AC’  ©️

Darwin-based Lloyd Aviation Jet Charter Dassault Falcon 900 bizjet VH-PPD Pops into Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

On Thursday 12 May, Darwin-based Lloyd Aviation Jet Charter Dassault Falcon 900 bizjet VH-PPD was noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport.

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VH-PPD looked to arrive from the Gold Coast before later returning there via Brisbane.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 12 May, American-Registered Eclipse EA500 Bizjet N257AK flew up from Archerfield on a training flight to a complete a missed approach at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport before then heading across and completing one at Kingaroy Aerodrome.  It then returned to Archerfield.

Photo taken by 'JM'  ©

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Pops into Rockhampton Airport

On Thursday 12 May, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville and Cairns.

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After a short time on the ground, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" departed Rockhampton Airport and headed to Brisbane.  It later returned to Cairns and then Townsville.

Photo taken by John Lee  ©

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Machjet (Machjet International) Beech B200C King Air VH-PUY Calls into CQ Airports - Plus More!

On Wednesday 11 May, Machjet (Machjet International) Beech B200C King Air VH-PUY was noted visiting a couple of Central Queensland Airports while on a busy day of flying.

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VH-PUY firstly, departed its Sunshine Coast base for the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site. It then flew across to Rockhampton Airport before returning to the Sunshine Coast.

VH-PUY then departed up to Charters Towers Aerodrome where it appears to be staying for the night.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 11 May, Beech 95-B55 Baron VH-MYM flew from Gayndah Aerodrome to Alpha and then Emerald Airports before then returning to Gayndah Aerodrome.

Finally, also on Wednesday 11 May, Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQC departed Rockhampton Airport for the Labona Station Airstrip and back as SKP793/4.  It then departed to Mackay Airport as SKP795.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Brisbane-based Teys Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ2 Bizjet VH-TEY at CQ Airports - Plus More!

On Tuesday 10 May, Brisbane-based Teys Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ2 bizjet VH-TEY was noted flying up from Archerfield to Biloela / Thangool Airport.  It then flew up to Rockhampton Airport where it appears to be staying for the night.

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UPDATE!  On Wednesday 11 May, VH-TEY departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Archerfield. 

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 10 May, Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 bizjet VH-OLJ visited Barcaldine Airport from Brisbane.

Maryborough-based Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) 1124A Westwind II bizjet VH-IER flew down from Cairns to Maryborough Airport following a period of maintenance in Far North Queensland.  However, due to bad weather, it diverted to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

While Seair Pacific / Istlecote Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208B Caravan VH-TQI was noted flying up from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport to Middlemount Aerodrome.  VH-TQI then flew to Maryborough and then Hervey Bay Airports.

And the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK flew down from Cairns to Mackay Airport before then departing to Brisbane.  It flew up to Rockhampton Airport before then flying up to Townsville and back to Cairns.

Finally, also on Tuesday 10 May, Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQC departed Rockhampton Airport for the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site, before then flying to Townsville.  It later returned to Rockhampton Airport.

Photo taken by Steve Vit  ©

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Pops into Gladstone Airport Late Monday

Late on Monday 9 May, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was noted back in the region yet again, this time visiting Gladstone Airport at the end of a busy day of flying.

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It originally departed Townsville and eventually touched down at Gladstone Airport from Brisbane.

After around an hour on the ground, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" departed Gladstone Airport and flew back up to Townsville.

Photo taken by Glenn Lloyd  ©

Monday, May 9, 2022

Auscott P/L (Sydney) Beechcraft B200GT King Air VH-NMW Calls into Bundaberg Airport - Plus More!

On Monday 9 May, Auscott P/L Beechcraft B200GT King Air VH-NMW was noted visiting Bundaberg Airport.

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It looked to fly from Toowoomba to Moree and then Archerfield before heading to Bundy.  VH-NMW then departed to Sydney.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 10 May, VH-NMW returned to Toowoomba.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 9 May,  Brisbane-based Australian Agricultural Company Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-AAC flew up from Archerfield to Goonoo Feedlot before later departing there to Surat and back to Archerfield.

While Pilatus PC-12/45 VH-PID of Kibble (Aeronautics and Technology Holdings) looked to arrive into Emerald Airport from Toowoomba and Brisbane.  It then departed to Pinnarendi.

And Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VEJ flew from Brisbane to Newcastle (Williamtown) before then heading to Roma Airport and the Newlands mine Site.  It then returned to Brisbane.

Finally, also on Monday 9 May, Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQC arrived from Cairns and Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airports as SKP88 before then departing on a Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) run to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site and back to Rockhampton Airport as SKP780/771.

Fellow Skytrans Dash-8-100 VH-QQI flew from Cairns to Townsville and Labona and then back as SKP781/761.

Photo taken by Robert Myers  ©

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" Pops into Charleville and Roma Airports

Also late on Sunday 8 May, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" was noted departing Brisbane and calling into Charleville Airport. After arround an hour on the ground, it then flew to Roma Airport.

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After just over an hour on the ground, VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" departed Roma Airport and flew to Toowoomba-Wellcamp before then returning back to Brisbane.

Photo taken by John Lee  ©️

Sunday, May 8, 2022

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Spotted at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport - Plus More!

On Sunday 8 May, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was spotted on the ground at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport.  It had earlier arrived from Townsville.


After around an hour on the ground, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" departed Proserpine Airport for Brisbane.  It then returned to Townsville.

Meanwhile, also on Sunday 8 May, as shown above, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESH visited Proserpine Airport as "Rescue 521".  It looked to fly down from its Townsville base to Proserpine Hospital before completing the short hop to Proserpine Airport then back to Townsville.

Of interest, VH-ESH "Rescue 521" also visited Bowen Hospital earlier on Sunday 8 May.

Finally, also on Sunday 8 May, RACQ Central Queensland Rescue Service (CQ Rescue) Bell 412EP helicopter VH-VAU "Rescue 412" was spotted at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport.


It appears to have arrived from Mackay Airport in the wee small hours of the morning and eventually returned to Mackay Airport during the middle part of the morning.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Skytrans Dash-8 VH-QQC and Hevilift ATR 72 VH-FVI Both Spotted at Rockhampton Airport on Sports Charter Flights from Cairns

Also on Saturday 7 May, a nice pair of turboprop visitors were spotted at Rockhampton Airport, with both believed to be operating sports charters for both Far North Queensland-based Rugby League and Basketball teams.

Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQC arrived from Cairns as SKP953 and looked to be staying for the night.


UPDATE!  On Sunday 8 May, VH-QQC departed Rockhampton Airport for Mackay Airport before then later returning to Cairns as SKP954/5.

While Hevilift Australia (Fixed Wing Division) ATR 72-500 VH-FVI arrived also from Townville and then Cairns but as HT712/3.  


It later returned to Cairns as HT714 before then returning to Townsville as HT762.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter John L for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by John Lee  ©️

McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Cessna 525C CitationJet CJ4 Bizjet VH-PIY Spotted at Bundaberg Airport - Plus More!

On Saturday 7 May, McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International recently delivered Cessna 525C CitationJet CJ4 bizjet VH-PIY was spotted visiting Bundaberg Airport.  



It looked to arrive from the Sunshine Coast and then later depart to Brisbane.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 8 May, VH-PIY returned to Bundaberg Airport from Brisbane before then later returning to its Sunshine Coast base.

Meanwhile, also on Saturday 7 May, New M. D. H. P/L (Cloncurry) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-MDH flew across from Cloncurry to Mackay Airport before then flying down to Keeroongooloo.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 8 May, VH-MDH departed Keeroongooloo and called into Moranbah and then Mackay Airports before then returning 'home' to Devoncourt Station.

While Victoria-based Cirrus SR22T VH-EPG flew up from Archerfield to Hamilton Island Airport.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 12 May, VH-EPG departed Hamilton Island Airport and flew all the way down to Tamworth.

Finally, on Saturday 7 May, Kirkhope Aviation (of Melbourne) Beech B200 King Air VH-ZOK flew up from Melbourne (Moorabbin) and Broken Hill to Windorah and then Winton.

Sincere thanks to Dan B from Dan Beck Photography for allowing us to share these great photos!

All photos taken by Dan B  ©

Friday, May 6, 2022

Air Link (Metro Holdings) (New South Wales) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjets VH-PWX and VH-SQY Spotted at Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

On Friday 6 May, a pair of Air Link (Metro Holdings) (New South Wales) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjets VH-PWX and VH-SQY were both spotted visiting from Bankstown.  



They arrived from there almost together before then later returning South with VH-PWX heading to Narrabri before heading back Bankstown and VH-SQY heading back directly to Bankstown.

Fellow Air Link (Metro Holdings) (New South Wales) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjets VH-SQV and VH-SQY visited Hamilton Island Airport on Sunday 1 May.

While Privately-owned Bombardier BD-700-2A12 Global 7500 bizjet N444WT returned back to Hamilton Island Airport.  It arrived from the Gold Coast and departed back to Townsville.

It had flown down from Townsville and out to the Gold Coast the previous day - see Blog post and photos below!

And fellow Privately-owned Airbus Helicopters MBB-BK 117 D-2 (H145) Helicopter N163WT departed Hamilton Island Airport and called into Rockhampton Airport for fuel before it then continued South.  It appears to have possibly continued down to the Sunshine Coast.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 6 May, Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY flew up from Melbourne (Moorabbin) to Mackay Airport before then flying back to Moorabbin via Melbourne (Essendon).

While Brisbane-based Hewitt Cattle Australia P/L SOCATA TBM 700 VH-PGA landed at Emerald Airport from Ambilindum then departed to Moura and Archerfield Airports.

And Altitude Aviation Beech B200 King Air VH-ISS popped into Rockhampton Airport early from Archerfield and Brisbane before it then departed back to Archerfield

Finally, also on Friday 6 May, Corporate Aviation Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopter VH-EQP departed Emerald Airport for Biloela / Thangool Airport.  It then continued to Caboolture and its Southport base.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

QGAir Rescue (State of Queensland) Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopters (Agusta) AW139 Helicopter VH-EGF Ferries Back North Again via Emerald Airport

On Friday 6 May, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopter (Agusta) AW139 helicopter VH-EGF was spotted at Emerald Airport while ferrying North to Townsville and Cairns from Archerfield.


It is assumed that VH-EGF has been at Archerfield for planned maintenance after ferrying South also via Emerald Airport on Thursday 21 April.

As we have mentioned previously, this is all part of the 'rotational system' the service utilises to ensure the even distribution of flying hours on each of the QGAir Rescue helicopters. This system avoids the need to have multiple helicopters offline for simultaneous scheduled maintenance.

Of interest, after arriving into Cairns, it appears that VH-EGF was put straight back in service with it noted completing a medical evacuation flight as “Rescue 510”.

Photo taken by Mark Somers  ©️

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail A30-002 Missed Approach at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport

On Friday 6 May, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-002 was noted completing a missed approach at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

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A30-002 was flying as "Wedgetail 14" and looked to fly up from RAAF Base Williamtown near Newcastle in New South Wales, to Hervey Bay where it then completed its airwork.  A30-002 then returned South to complete another missed approach at Tamworth before then returning to Williamtown.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 6 May, RAAF beech B350 Super King Air A32-675 "Ausy 571" landed at Roma Airport from RAAF Base East Sale before it then continued up to Townsville.

Photo taken by Steve Vit  ©

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Brisbane-based Australian Agricultural Company Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-AAC Spotted at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour - Plus More!

On Thursday 5 May, Brisbane-based Australian Agricultural Company Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-AAC was spotted at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.

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It looked to arrive from the West and later depart to Archerfield.

While fellow Pilatus PC-12/45 VH-PID of Kibble (Aeronautics and Technology Holdings) looked to arrive into Rockhampton Airport from Toowoomba.

UPDATE!  On Friday 6 May, VH-PID departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Toowoomba.

And Gold Coast-based Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga VH-LTC arrived into Rockhampton Airport from there before it then departed to Bowen Aerodrome.  It later returned to Rockhampton Airport and then the Gold Coast.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 5 May, Shortstop Jet Charter Dassault Falcon 900C bizjet VH-OAA was noted visiting Moranbah Airport while flying up from Brisbane to Townsville.

And Federal Government chartered Seidler Properties P/L / Australian Corporate Jet Centres Beech B200 King Air VH-OWN as "Envoy 80" was again noted visiting the region, this time calling into Emerald Airport from Canberra.  It then continued up to Townsville.

Finally, also on Thursday 5 May, Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQC departed Mackay Airport for Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport as SKP786 before it then continued up to Cairns as SKP86.

Private (Matt Damon) Bombardier Global 7500 Bizjet N444WT - And Airbus Helicopters H145 N163WT - Both Photographed at Hamilton Island Airport

A nice pair of American-registered aircraft were both spotted visiting Hamilton Island Airport on Thursday 5 May, possibly carrying American and Australia superstar actors!


Privately-owned Bombardier BD-700-2A12 Global 7500 bizjet N444WT was the major visitor.  It looked to fly down from Townsville to Hamo before then departing to the Gold Coast.









UPDATE!  On Friday 6 May, N444WT returned back at Hamilton Island Airport.  It arrived from the Gold Coast and departed back to Townsville.

Some well known plane spotting websites suggest that Hollywood actor Matt Damon utilises this Global 7500 bizjet for his travel around the world.  Reports suggest he has been joined by Australia's Hemsworth Brothers on these trips.

Meanwhile, also spotted at Hamilton Island Airport, also on Thursday 5 May, was fellow Privately-owned Airbus Helicopters MBB-BK 117 D-2 (H145) Helicopter N163WT.


The H145 chopper was noted departing Bowen Aerodrome on Wednesday 4 May, heading South towards Hamilton Island.  However, it is believed that the chopper is landing and staying on a luxury super-yacht (boat) which is in the area - and moreover, is a place to stay for the Hollywood actors mentioned above!

UPDATE!  On Friday 6 May, N163WT departed Hamilton Island Airport and called into Rockhampton Airport for fuel before it then continued South.  It appears to have possibly continued down to the Sunshine Coast.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 "Stallion 65" Spotted Completing Airwork at CQ Airports

On Thursday 5 May, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 was spotted completing airwork including a missed approach and low overshoot at Rockhampton Airport. It was heard to be flying as "Stallion 65".









It appears that the Globemaster earlier departed from RAAF Base Amberley and flew directly up to Rockhampton.  From there, it overflew Gladstone and the completed another missed approach at Bundaberg Airport before it then returned to Amberley.

Then as night fell, A41-209 - now as "Stallion 67" - flew back up to Rockhampton Airport from Amberley for another missed approach before then returning once again to Amberley.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Scott H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by Scott Harris  ©️

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Jetstar Airways Airbus A320-200 VH-XNI (ex 9V-JSN) First Visit to CQ at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) and Mackay Airports

On Wednesday 4 May, Jetstar Airways Airbus A320-200 VH-XNI was noted completing its first ever visit to Central Queensland, operating out of Brisbane to and then back from Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport as JST834/3 and then Mackay Airport as JST888/9.

VH-XNI at Adelaide Airport last weekend  (File photo)

As mentioned previously, VH-XNI is one of three former Jetstar Asia Airways (Singapore) A320s that have recently arrived into Australia to join the Jetstar Australia fleet.

VH-XNI was previously registered as 9V-JSN. The A320 arrived into Australia from Singapore (Changi) at Melbourne (Tullamarine) as 9V-JSN in January this year.  It looked to enter service with Jetstar Australia at the end of March.

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Of interest, the other two A320s are VH-XNJ (ex 9V-JSP) and VH-XNN (ex 9V-JSM).  Both have also entered service in Australia, however VH-XNJ is yet to visit CQ.

These three former Jetstar Asia A320s complement the six former Jetstar Japan A320s that have also entered service here in Australia over the last few months. All but one - VH-YXU - have visited the region.

All photos taken by Tony Haynes  ©

Many Corporate and Other Bizjets In and Out of Central Queensland Airports - Plus More!

On Wednesday 4 May, there were several corporate and other bizjets that were noted visiting several Central Queensland Airports.

Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 bizjet VH-OLJ made an early morning visit to Rockhampton Airport from and back to Brisbane.

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GBJ Nominees (Navair Flight Operations) Textron (Cessna) 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-IEQ visited Blackall Airport from Bankstown and Archerfield.

Navair Flight Operations Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100 bizjet VH-LXZ looked to visit Mackay Airport once again from Maitland. 

Machjet (Machjet International) Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-SIY visited Hamilton Island Airport from its Sunshine Coast base. 

Fellow McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Cessna 525C CitationJet CJ4 bizjet VH-PIY called into Charleville and Blackall Airports.  It looked to arrive at these places from Melbourne (Essendon), Thargamindah and Cunnamulla over the previous couple of days.  Later, VH-PIY departed to Toowoomba-Wellcamp. 

And Machjet (Machjet International) Beech B200C King Air VH-PUY departed its Sunshine Coast base for the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site, before then flying across to Rockhampton Airport.  It then returned to the Sunshine Coast.

Meanwhile, other lighties around the region, also on Wednesday 4 May, included Flight One (Services) Beech B200 King Air VH-FON which landed at Truganinnie from Toowoomba before then departing to Archerfield. 

While Tex Onsite (Tex Assets P/L) Aero Commander 500-U VH-TXE arrived back into Rockhampton Airport from Tennant Creek, Mount Isa and Longreach Airports.  It flown out of Rocky on Monday 2 May.

And RDO Equipment Co. (ex Vanderfield) Pilatus PC-12/47 VH-WPH flew up from Toowoomba and Dalby to Roma, Emerald and then Longreach Airports.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 5 May, VH-WPH departed Longreach Airport for Roma Airport and then back to Toowoomba.

Finally, also on Wednesday 4 May, Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQC departed Rockhampton Airport for Labona as SKP779 before then flying to Mackay Airport as SKP792.  VH-QQC then completed another run to Labona and back to Mackay Airport.

Fellow Skytrans Dash-8 VH-QQI arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville, Mackay and Labona Airports as SKP782 before it then departed to Cairns as SKP782. 

And Pionair Australia British Aerospace BAe 146-200QC VH-SAZ visited Mackay Airport, arriving from and later departing back to Brisbane as SFZ667/8.  This appears to be a 'new' weekly Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flight.

Photo taken by Steve Vit  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Dassault Falcon 7X Bizjet A56-001 "Envoy 57" Pops into Mackay Airport

On Wednesday 4 May, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet A56-001 as "Envoy 57" was noted flying into Mackay Airport from the Gold Coast and Newcastle (Williamtown).  It had arrived there the previous day.

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After a short time on the ground, the Dassault Falcon 7X departed Mackay Airport for Canberra.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 4 May, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J Hercules A97-441 as "Trojan 03" flew down from Townsville and descended to low level West of Mackay and continued to South-West of Rockhampton before climbing and continuing south.

Photo taken by John Lee  ©️

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Clive Palmer's Mineralogy Company Bombardier Global Express XRS Bizjet VH-UPH Pops into CQ Airports - Plus More!

On Tuesday 3 May, Clive Palmer's Mineralogy Company's registered Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS bizjet VH-UPH was noted visiting a couple of Central Queensland Airports, seemingly bringing leader of the (Clive Palmer's) United Australia Party, Craig Kelly, into the region.

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It flew down from Townsville to Mackay Airport before then flying down to Rockhampton Airport.  VH-UPH then flew down to the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

And MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC was noted visiting the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site. It looked to arrive from and then later depart back to its Sunshine Coast base.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 3 May, Seair Pacific / Istlecote Cessna 208 Caravan VH-LMD flew up from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) and Maryborough Airports to Middlemount Aerodrome before it then departed back to Hervey Bay Airport.

FKG Air (Redjet Aviation) Hawker Beechcraft B200GT VH-FKB flew into Gladstone and then Rockhampton Airports after flying up from Toowoomba and Archerfield.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 4 May, VH-FKB departed Rockhampton Airport for Hervey Bay Airport before it then returned to Archerfield and Toowoomba.

Raytheon A36 Bonanza VH-YGM arrived into Rockhampton Airport from its Orange base.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 7 May, VH-YGM departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Orange.

While the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK flew down from Cairns and Townsville to Brisbane before arriving into Rockhampton Airport.  It then returned to Townsville and Cairns.

And A.C.T. based Cessna 182s VH-KAM and VH-XRJ, along with Piper PA-32R-300 Saratoga VH-ITJ all flew up from Bundaberg Airport to the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.

Finally, also on Tuesday 3 May, Corporate Aviation Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopter VH-EQP called into Biloela / Thangool Airport from Southport and Caboolture before it then departed to Bowen Aerodrome.  VH-EQP then looked to have flown back down to Emerald Airport.

UPDATE!  On Friday 6 May, VH-EQP returned to Caboolture and its Southport base from Emerald Airport via Biloela / Thangool Airport.

And Gold Coast-based Eurocopter AS 350 B3 Squirrel helicopter VH-FJP flew up from Southport to Gladstone and then Mackay Airports.  It has since continued further North to Townsville, Cairns and Horn Island, and then possibly further.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

Monday, May 2, 2022

Torrens Creek (Hughenden) Based SOCATA TBM700 VH-CEA Spotted at My Local Clermont Aerodrome - Plus More!

On Monday 2 May, Torrens Creek (Hughenden) based SOCATA TBM700 VH-CEA was spotted by me at my local Clermont Aerodrome.


It looked to arrive from Cairns, having arrived there from its Aberfoyle Station base earlier in the day.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 5 May, VH-CEA departed Clermont Aerodrome for Tamworth.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 2 May, Sunshine Coast-based Beech V35A Bonanza VH-MCA landed at Longreach Airport from Sweers Island.  It is due to fly to Gympie on Tuesday 3 May.

While Victoria-based Cirrus SR22s VH-SDA and VH-CFD flew together and also called into Longreach Airport but from Burketown.  They later departed to Cobar in New South Wales.

New South Wales based Cessna LC-41-550FG 400 Corvalis TT VH-CSV also called into Longreach Airport while flying from Dubbo to Karumba. 

And after being stored since November last year, Tex Onsite (Tex Assets P/L) Aero Commander 500-U VH-TXE departed Rockhampton Airport for Alice Springs and The Granites. 

Finally, also on Monday 2 May, Seair Pacific / Istlecote Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208B Caravan VH-TLH popped into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from Lady Elliot Island.  It then departed down to the Gold Coast.
 
And Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQG flew down into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and Proserpine Airports and then back as SKP81/82.  While fellow Skytrans Dash-8-100 VH-QQC also arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns direct as SKP787 before it then completed a fly-in fly-out (FIFO) run to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site and back to Rockhampton Airport as SKP771/2.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

A Few Corporate Bizjets Around CQ Airports - Plus More - on a Busy Sunday!

A surprisingly busy day on Sunday 1 May with numerous corporate bizjets and other aircraft coming and going from several Central Queensland Airports.

Up at Hamilton Island Airport, a pair of Air Link (Metro Holdings) (New South Wales) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjets VH-SQV and VH-SQY were both noted visiting from Bankstown.  They arrived from there via Newcastle (Williamtown) almost together before then later returning together directly back to Bankstown.

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Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO also arrived into Hamilton Island Airport from its Bankstown base.  It appears to be scheduled to depart to Sydney on Monday 2 May.

And Redjet Aviation (Toowoomba) Falcon 50 Dassault Mystere Falcon 50 VH-FJQ was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport again.  On this occasion, it arrived from Townsville and later departed to the Gold Coast.  It also passed through Rockhampton Airport heading North on Friday 29 April.

Meanwhile, also on Sunday 1 May, a couple of smaller corporate aircraft noted around the region included the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ which arrived into Barcaldine Airport from Brisbane.  It is due to return to the capital on Monday 2 May.

Brisbane-based Piper PA-31-350 VH-RPV visited Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield.

Cirrus SR22 VH-VKZ also visited Rockhampton Airport but from its Sunshine Coast base.  It appeared to be operating an 'Angel Flight'.

And Easternwell Group Beech B300 Super King Air VH-EWQ flew into the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour from Brisbane.  It then returned to the capital before then flying to Toowoomba.  It had positioned to Brisbane from Toowoomba late the previous day.

Finally, also on Sunday 1 May, a couple of helicopters around the region included Orange Helicopters (Orange, New South Wales) Eurocopter AS 350 B3 Squirrel helicopter which departed Emerald Airport for the South.  It presently seems to be operating from Emerald Airport.

And Aerotech Helicopters (Parafield, South Australia) Eurocopter EC135 P2+ VH-LHZ was noted flying from the Sunshine Coast to Roma Airport.  The relatively new helicopter was registered in November 2021 and was previously SP-DMS.

UPDATE!  On Monday 2 May, VH-LHZ continued from Roma Airport to Charleville Airport and onwards to Moomba.

Of interest, the registration marking VH-LHZ is well known with it previously worn by a Sikorsky S-76A helicopter which was flown by Lloyd Helicopters / CHC Helicopters Australia for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in a search and rescue support role.  This helicopter looks to have been cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register in June 2021 with it exported to South Korea as HL-9675.