Thursday, November 3, 2022

Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Agusta AW139 Helicopter VH-ESZ Flys South via Emerald Airport - Plus More!

On Thursday 3 November, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESZ was spotted arriving into Emerald Airport as it was ferrying South from Townsville to Archerfield for planned maintenance.

As mentioned below, on Wednesday 2 November, fellow Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopter (Agusta) AW139 helicopter VH-EGK was noted passing through Gladstone and Mackay Airports while ferrying North from Archerfield to Townsville.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 3 November, Brisbane-based Teys Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ2 bizjet VH-TEY flew from Archerfield to land at Biloela / Thangool Airport.  It then continued up to Rockhampton Airport before later returning to Archerfield.

While several lighties around the region included the Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ which flew into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns before departing to Townsville. It then returned to Rockhampton Airport from Townsville before returning back to Cairns.

Austrek Aviation Beech B200 Super King Air VH-ZGD flew up from Toowoomba to Longreach Airport and then Tambo before flying across to Maryborough Airport.  VH-ZGD then returned to Toowoomba.

Brisbane-based Crockett Aviation Group Beech B200 King Air VH-FAQ visited the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site from Archerfield and the Sunshine Coast.

Central Highlands Aerial Services (CHAS) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-LMZ looked to fly out of its Emerald base to a place North of Clermont possibly in support of their aerial ag operations.  (It also did the same on Friday 4 November).

Aero Logistics / Bayswater Road Aerial Surveys Cessna 404 Titan VH-WGS continues to operate aerial survey flights out of Longreach Airport.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 5 November, VH-WGS looked to depart Longreach Airport for Mareeba.

Fellow Aero Logistics / Bayswater Road Aerial Surveys Cessna 441 VH-LEM looked to complete some aerial survey operations out of Emerald Airport, departing there for an aerial survey over Dysart before then continuing up and landing at Mackay Airport.

And Emerald Air Surveys P/L Diamond DA 42 NG VH-PXT landed at Longreach Airport from Ayers Rock before it then departed to the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.

Finally, on Wednesday 2 November and also on Thursday 3 November, a special flight was operated by QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOT which flew into Charleville Airport from Brisbane before continuing to Longreach Airport and then Cloncurry Airport as QLK660/1.

The special flight set out to re-trace the first ever fare-paying passenger and freight carrying Qantas flight across the Queensland outback which took off over a century ago.

The anniversary flight is following the 882-kilometre route originally taken by an open-cockpit FK8 biplane and is carrying another bag of mail in the cargo containing 106 handwritten letters from schoolchildren in Charleville to kids in Longreach and Cloncurry.

All photos taken by 'AC' and Zac Fitzgerald  ©

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