Saturday, November 19, 2022

Babcock Offshore Services Australasia Sikorsky S-92A Helibus Helicopter VH-NVU Pops into CQ Airports - Plus More!

On Saturday 19 November, there was an interesting visitor to pop into a couple of Central Queensland Airports in the form of Babcock Offshore Services Australasia Sikorsky S-92A Helibus VH-NVU.

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The hard to track helicopter looked to fly into Roma Airport from Archerfield before then calling into Longreach Airport and then all stops to Darwin.

UPDATE!  On Monday 21 November, it seemed that VH-NVU was operating around Charters Towers Aerodrome.

Meanwhile, also on Saturday 19 November, Brescon (Toowoomba) Beech B200 King Air VH-WXB departed the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site bound for Toowoomba-Wellcamp.  It had arrived into Labona from Wellcamp the previous day.

Brisbane-based Avcair Cessna 425 Conquest 1 VH-BSM arrived into Emerald Airport from its Archerfield base.  It later departed to Quilpie and is due to return to Archerfield on Sunday 20 November.

Jetstream Electrical (Darwin) Piper PA-30-160 Twin Comanche VH-NEE was noted flying around the Central West including Longreach, Blackall and Injune Airports.  Of interest, VH-NEE seems to have flown down from its Darwin base at the start of last week and was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Sparky 423".

Airlie Beach-based Gippsaero GA8 Airvan VH-WSU looked to complete a flight from the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour down towards Emerald (or the Goonoo Feedlot near Comet) and then back to Shute.

And Brisbane-based New Zealand Aerospace CT/4A Airtrainer VH-YBD/A19-050 was spotted visiting Maryborough Airport from Watts Bridge.

Finally, also on Saturday 19 November, Air Charter Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 bizjet VH-VKX flew up from Brisbane to Hamilton Island Airport.  It then flew across to Ayers Rock and then back to Brisbane.

Photos taken by Sid Mitchell and David Geck  ©️

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