Saturday, November 26, 2022

Hevilift Australia (Fixed Wing Division) ATR 72-500 VH-FVI Calls into Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

Late on Friday 25 November, Hevilift Australia (Fixed Wing Division) ATR 72-500 VH-FVI was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Horn Island as HT710.  It had earlier flown up to there from Townsville.

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Then on Saturday 26 November, VH-FVI departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Horn Island but as HT718.  It then flew down to Brisbane as HT719.  

This appears to be a school charter, ferrying students home for the school holidays. 

Meanwhile, also on Saturday 26 November, Metro Holdings Australia / Air Link (Dubbo) Piper PA-31-350 VH-IGK flew up from Archerfield to land at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 27 November, VH-IGK departed the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour and returned to Archerfield.

It is believed it ferried up engineers to start preparing Cessna 510 Citation Mustang VH-FNI which has been acquired by Air Link and which has remained in a hangar at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour since its 'incident' in April this year.

Elsewhere in the region, Brisbane-based Avcair Cessna 425 Conquest 1 VH-BSM arrived into Longreach Airport from its Archerfield base.  It has also visited Charleville and Miles Airports over the last week.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 27 November, VH-BSM departed Longreach Airport and returned to Archerfield.

Southern Airlines Cessna 441 VH-YFD was again noted completing aerial survey work out of Emerald Airport.

Aerometrex Vulcanair (Partenavia) VH-EPX completed a local aerial survey flight out of and back to Rockhampton Airport.

Liddle's Air Service Partenavia P.68C VH-PNW completed an aerial survey flight out of Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport up to Bundaberg Airport.  It then flew down to Caloundra via more survey work.

Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) / Qantas Group Pilot Academy Diamond DA-40 Star training aircraft VH-YTU and VH-YTW both flew up from Toowoomba-Wellcamp to land at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.  They both then departed to Wondai and then back to Wellcamp.

Australian Flight Operations (Canberra) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-YQJ was noted calling into Bundaberg Airport after it flew up from the Shellharbour Airport at Woolongong.  It also has been known to complete 'anonymous' aerial survey flights.

While also calling into Bundaberg Airport was Airflite / Commonwealth of Australia (Cadets Branch - Air Force) Diamond DA 40 NG Star VH-UEL as "Astra 221" flying from and back to RAAF Base Amberley. 

Brisbane-based Hewitt Cattle Australia P/L SOCATA TBM 700 VH-PGA made an early departure from Moura Aerodrome to Archerfield before then continuing to Narrandera, Griffith and Mudgee.

ZephAir Australia Piper PA-34-220T Seneca VH-YSI once again looked to arrive into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from Townsville. It then completed a local flight before returning to its Townsville base.

Cessna 208B Supervan 900 Skydiving Aircraft VH-XLF arrived into Roma Airport from Wilton before then departing to the Lakeside Airpark where it seems to have commenced 'operations'.

And Townsville-based NQ Heli-Worx (Meridan Helicopters) Aerospatiale AS350 B2 Squirrel helicopter VH-MHE as "Energy 401" took off from Parkhurst (Rockhampton) and completed powerline inspections around the Rockhampton area. 

Photo taken by John Lee  ©

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