Friday, June 24, 2022

Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) - South-Eastern Section - Textron B300C Super King Air VH-MQK "FlyDoc 286" Spotted at Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Friday 24 June, the visiting Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) - South-Eastern Section - Textron B300C Super King Air VH-MQK was photographed as it rested quietly after spending the night parked at Rockhampton Airport.  As mentioned below, VH-MQK as "FlyDoc 286" touched down from Melbourne (Essendon), West Sale and Lismore the previous day.

Later on Friday, VH-MQK "FlyDoc 286" departed Rockhampton Airport for Essendon.

Also spotted at Rockhampton Airport early on Friday 24 June was Brisbane-based Avcair Cessna 425 Conquest 1 VH-BSM.  It arrived from Archerfield and later departed to Palm Island.

VH-BSM later flew down to Mackay Airport before returning to Archerfield.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 24 June, Seair Pacific / Istlecote Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TQW visited the Wanella Station Airstrip near Coppabella, arriving from and later departing back to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

Fellow Seair Pacific / Istlecote Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208B Caravan VH-TQI flew across from Longreach Airport to Rockhampton Airport and then down to Lady Elliot Island.  It had flown into Longreach Airport from the Gold Coast via Charleville and Birdsville Airport earlier in the week on what appears to be another closed tourist charter flight.

While the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-PSY arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and Townsville before later departing back directly to Cairns.

Re-registered Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-UJM of Poolhurst Aviation Air Charter Services flew into Hamilton Island Airport from Archerfield.  It then flew down to a property near Rolleston.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 26 June, VH-UJM returned to Archerfield.

And Beech A36 Bonanza VH-PGI arrived into Rockhampton Airport from its Port MacQuarie base.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 25 June, VH-PGI departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville.

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

All photos taken by Trevor Hardsman  ©

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