Saturday, December 30, 2023

Jet Aviation Flight Services (USA) Gulfstream Aerospace GVI (G650ER) Bizjet N650HA Arrives into Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

On Saturday 30 December, the sleek looking Jet Aviation Flight Services (USA) Gulfstream Aerospace GVI (G650ER) bizjet N650HA was noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport.


It flew up from Sydney and the Ballina / Byron Bay Gateway Airport, and was heard to be using the flight number and callsign of 'JS91'.

N560HA had arrived into Sydney from overseas a couple of days earlier - as pictured above.

UPDATE!  On Monday 1 January, N650HA departed Hamilton Island Airport and returned to Sydney but as 'JS72'.

Meanwhile, also on Saturday 30 December, Homada Pty Ltd Cessna 560XL Citation XLS bizjet VH-XCU also flew into Hamilton Island Airport but from Melbourne (Moorabbin) and Melbourne (Essendon). It then departed back to Moorabbin.

Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ visited Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield.

Eagle One Aviation (Navair Flight Operations) Cessna 525B CitiationJet CJ3+ bizjet VH-X8X diverted into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport after flying up from Bankstown and being unable to land at the Sunshine Coast. It then departed Hervey Bay Airport for Melbourne (Avalon).

Finally, also on Saturday 30 December, Cirrus SR22 VH-8MK departed Hamilton Island Airport for the Gatton Airpark. It had arrived the previous day.

Emerald Air Surveys P/L (Western Australia) Diamond DA42NG Twin Star VH-PXT arrived into the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour after flying all the way across from Jandakot, Kalgoorlie, Ceduna and Broken Hill.

And Cessna 182s VH-RYZ and VH-COF were noted operating the parachuting flights out of Lakeside Airpark around the Laguna Quays Resort.

Sincere thanks to Sydney-based specialist aviation photographer Grahame Hutchison for allowing us to share this great photo!

Do check out more of Grahame's fantastic images on his well-known Sydney Airport based website http://www.16right.com/

Photo taken by Grahame Hutchison  ©

A Couple of Diversions into Rockhampton Airport including Jetstar Australia Airbus A321neo VH-OFY First Ever Landing in CQ!! – Plus More!

On Saturday 30 December, some inclement weather in the South-East corner of Queensland saw a couple of nice diversions into Rockhampton Airport.

Perhaps the nicest was the first ever visit into Central Queensland by a Jetstar Airways Airbus A321-251NX (A321neo).  VH-OFY was operating as JST794 from Melbourne (Tullamarine) to the Sunshine Coast but flew up to land at Rockhampton Airport.



After taking on fuel, VH-OFY departed to the Sunshine Coast again as JST794.

Of interest, Jetstar Airways is taking delivery of as many as 18 brand new Airbus A321neo aircraft with 232 seats.  They presently operate up and down the Queensland Coast but sadly, not currently to any CQ destinations.

Meanwhile, the other diversion into Rockhampton Airport, also on Saturday 30 December, was Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-YQM as VOZ1035 which also flew up from Tullamarine and was also unable to land at the Sunshine Coast.

After it also took on fuel, it too flew down to the Sunshine Coast.

Finally, it's worth mentioning that there was a third diversion from the Sunshine Coast, also on Saturday 30 December, with Eagle One Aviation (Navair Flight Operations) Cessna 525B CitiationJet CJ3+ bizjet VH-X8X diverted into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport after flying up from Bankstown.  It then departed Hervey Bay Airport for Melbourne (Avalon).

Photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Lance East Aviation (Seletar Jet Charter) Bombardier BD-700-2A12 Global 7500 Bizjet VH-LON Finally Departs Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

On Thursday 14 December, Lance East Aviation (Seletar Jet Charter) Bombardier BD-700-2A12 Global 7500 bizjet VH-LON departed Hamilton Island Airport for Sydney.  It then returned to Hamo before then departing back to Perth.  


It had originally arrived into Hamilton Island Airport late last week and completed flights to Sydney and back to Hamo at different times last weekend - as pictured above!

While Darwin-based Lloyd Aviation Jet Charter Dassault Falcon 900 bizjet VH-PPD flew into Hamilton Island Airport from the Gold Coast.  It then departed Hamo for Perth.

Special Mining Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300E bizjet VH-UYX visited Hamilton Island Airport from Sydney. 

Victorian-based but American-registered Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 N227SL visited Emerald Airport from Archerfield. 

And LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" visited Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane. 

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 14 December, Seair Pacific / Istlecote Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208B Caravan VH-TLH popped into Rockhampton Airport, arriving from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport and departing to Townsville.  It later reversed this flight.

The Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and Townsville.  It then departed to Brisbane. 

Air Link Beech B200 King Air VH-ZOS flew down from Labona to Archerfield and then up to Biloela / Thangool Airport and back to Archerfield.

And Narrabri (New South Wales) based Piper PA-46-350P VH-ZYR departed Emerald Airport for Julia Creek.

Sincere thanks to Sydney-based specialist aviation photographer Grahame Hutchison for allowing us to share this great photo!

Do check out more of Grahame's fantastic images on his well-known Sydney Airport based website http://www.16right.com/

Photo taken by Grahame Hutchison  ©

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" Pops into CQ Airports - Plus More!

On Wednesday 13 December, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane.  It then departed to Gladstone Airport where it was spotted below before then later departing back to Brisbane.


While Jetstream Aviation (Emprja P/L) Cessna 550 Citation II VH-VDF flew up to Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from the Sunshine Coast.  It later returned there but via Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

And The sleek SG Aviation Australia / Business Aviation Solutions Gulfstream G-VI (G650ER) bizjet VH-SGA visited Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport from Melbourne (Essendon).

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 13 December, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopter (Agusta) AW139 helicopter VH-EGF arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield and then departed to Townsville.  It later completed a medical evacuation flight from Townsville to Mackay Airport and back as "Rescue 521"

Photo taken by Swavek Topolski  ©

RAAF Super King Air Turboprops A32-670 & A32-003 Both Complete Airwork at Bundaberg Airport - Plus More!

On Wednesday 13 December, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air turboprops were noted completing airwork at Bundaberg Airport.

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A32-670 as "Hudson 07" followed by A32-003 as "Hudson 05" flew up from the Sunshine Coast to complete airwork at Bundaberg Airport before they both then returned there.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, late on Monday 11 December, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft were noted completing nighttime airwork around a couple of places in the South.

A34-006 as "Wallaby 33" and A34-002 as "Kaos 32" both looked to complete airwork at Miles and Wondai Airports while on flights out of and back to RAAF Base Amberley.

Photo taken by Alex Eecen  ©

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Airlines and Aviation Companies Prepare for Tropical Cyclone Jasper by Positioning Aircraft Away from Cairns to Charters Towers Aerodrome and Further - UPDATED WITH PHOTOS!

Also on Tuesday 12 December, a number of aircraft were noted and spotted flying away from parts of Far North Queensland as Tropical Cyclone Jasper tracks towards the region, with strong winds and rain expected to begin today.

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Two Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100s positioned down to Rockhampton Airport. VH-QQC as SKP503 arrived from Cairns. VH-QQG as SKP702 arrived from Kidston. They joined Skytrans Dash-8-300 VH-QQL at Rockhampton Airport which has been operating FIFO flights to Labona and back.  they were all spotted parked at Rockhampton Airport early on Wednesday 13 December.






Of interest, another Skytrans Dash-8-100 VH-QQB as SKP745/6 completed the weekly Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) run from Brisbane and Toowoomba-Wellcamp to Emerald Airport and back.

Slightly larger, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-UQN as UTY9823 also arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns.


Several Hinterland Aviaton Cessna 208 Caravans hopped down from Cairns to Charters Towers Aerodrome - as shown below - as well as being hangered at their Carins facility - as shown above.

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While also arriving into Charters Towers Aerodrome - as posted below - was McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King Air VH-NSN as "Machflight 242", Beech B200C King Air VH-PUY as "Machflight 11", Beech B200 King Air VH-SUW as "Machflight 121" and Beech B200 King Air VH-ZSY.

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

Photos taken by Trevor Hardsman  ©

Conair Aerial Firefighting Dash-8-Q400MR C-FFQE Departs Bundaberg Airport at the Conclusion of Qld Bushfire Season - Heads to Victoria for Theirs! - Plus More!

On Tuesday 12 December, the resident Canadian-based Conair Aerial Firefighting Dash-8-Q400MR C-FFQE departed Bundaberg Airport for good following its fourth deployment to Queensland where it was contracted to be the State's own heavy water bomber for the recently completed bushfire season.

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It looked to fly down as "Bomber 141" to Melbourne (Avalon) Airport in Victoria.  It is to be reportedly based at Avalon Airport now for the Victorian bushfire season which coincides with the Queensland wet season.

The Dash-8-Q402MR, C-FFQE (msn 4325), arrived into Bundaberg Airport at the end of August from Avalon after being stored there since February.  

Meanwhile also on Tuesday 12 December, McDermott Aviation Group Bell 214ST helicopter N823H and Avalon Aviation (Executive Helicopters) Eurocopter EC130B4 VH-EHY as "Firebird 404" operated over some bushfires West of Hervey Bay.

McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King Air VH-NSN as "Machflight 242" and Beech B200C King Air VH-PUY as "Machflight 11" flew down from Cairns to Mackay Airport and then to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site and back and this afternoon flew to Charters Towers Aerodrome. 

Also into Charters Towers Aerodrome was McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King Air VH-SUW as "Machflight 121" and Beech B200 King Air VH-ZSY.

Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-ETF as "Hinterland 497" arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville and then departed to Cairns. 

Mandalay Two P/L Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SCQ landed at Emerald Airport from Toowoomba then departed to Kidston.  It later flew down to Archerfield. 

And AERgO Asset Management Beech B200 King Air VH-XGV as "Navair 173" landed at Emerald Airport from Archerfield and Kidston. 

Finally, also on Tuesday 12 December, Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield. 

And LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" arrived at Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane and Kingaroy.  It then departed to Townsville. 

Photo taken by Jan Kretschmer  ©

Monday, December 11, 2023

Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia Agusta AB412 (Bell 412) VH-LSV Departs Rockhampton Airport for Good - Plus More!

On Monday 11 December, it seemed that Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia Agusta AB412 (Bell 412) VH-LSV departed Rockhampton Airport for good.  It had been operating for a period of time with the locally-based Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) - as pictured below.

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VH-LSV departed Rockhampton Airport for Roma, Moree, Dubbo, Griffith and Mildura.  

It had completed a 'test' flight to the coast and back yesterday.

UPDATE!  VH-LSV continued to Adelaide where it appears to have now taken up operations with the local State Rescue Helicopter Service.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 11 December, McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 bizjet VH-SUY as "Machflight 421" visited Moranbah Airport from the Sunshine Coast and Archerfield. 

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" visited Mackay Airport from Brisbane.

Special Mining Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300E bizjet VH-UYX flew up from Sydney and Newcastle (Williamtown) to Hamilton Island Airport.  It then looked to depart to Brisbane.

While Seair Pacific / Istlecote Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TQW arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport and Maryborough Airport before it then flew to Moranbah Airport.  VH-TQW then returned to Hervey Bay Airport. 

Air Link Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftan VH-MZI arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield and then departed to Charters Towers Aerodrome.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 12 December, VH-MZI flew from Charters Towers Aerodrome back Rockhampton Airport and then Archerfield.

Emerald Coaches (Emerald) Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage VH-ZMM looked to fly down from Emerald Airport to Archerfield.

And DeGunst Transport P/L Textron (Cessna) 208 Caravan VH-NPZ looked to fly up from Bundaberg Airport to Rockhampton Airport.

Photo taken by John Lee  ©

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-LZK Pops into CQ Airports Heading for Re-Painting - Plus More!

On Sunday 10 December, Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-LZK as "Hinterland" 485 landed at Gladstone Airport from Cairns.  It then departed to Redcliffe where it will undergo planned maintenance including re-painting into the current blue and white livery of the company. 

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Of interest, VH-LZK was registered for the first time in Australia way back in late 2002 and spent many years operating out of Cairns flying to the Cape Flattery Silica Mines and back.  It then spent some time operating in Western Australia before eventually finding a home with Hinterland Aviation who have operated it all over Queensland and into the region on their Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flight operations.

Meanwhile, also on Sunday 10 December, Stirling Helicopters Piper PA-23-250 Aztec VH-EQD visited Rockhampton Airport from Roma Airport.

Air Link Beech B200 King Air VH-ZOS flew up to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site from Archerfield. 

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Bayswater Road / Australian Aerial Mapping (AAM) survey aircraft - Reims Aviation F406 VH-LAA was spotted operating aerial survey flights out of Gladstone Airport.


And Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESZ arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville and then departed to Archerfield. 

Finally, on Saturday 9 December, Pacific Helicopters (Papua New Guinea) Airbus Helicopters H125 P2-PHR was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from the Sunshine Coast.  It then departed to Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport and Mareeba.

Skyhook Helicopters Eurocopter AS350B2 Squirrel helicopter VH-NYC flew out of Clermont Aerodrome for the South.

SFC Farming (of Goondiwindi) Raytheon B200 King Air VH-TXT visited Bundaberg Airport from Archerfield.

While LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane and then departed to Mackay Airport.  It then flew out of Longreach Airport and then back to Brisbane.

And Machjet (Machjet International) Cessna 525A Citation CJ2 bizjet VH-ZIY as "Machflight 41" looked to fly down from Darwin to Longreach Airport.  It had earlier arrived from Bali.

Photos taken by Steve Vit and Jamie C  ©️

Friday, December 8, 2023

McDermott Aviation Group Bell 214ST Helicopter N787SR Pops into CQ Airports - Completes a Helicopter 'Rescue' of A109 VH-RUA out of Mackay Airport - Plus More!

On Friday 8 December, McDermott Aviation Group Bell 214ST helicopter N787SR flew up from the Sunshine Coast to Bundaberg Airport and then Mackay Airport.

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We have heard the big-lifter helicopter N787SR is at Mackay Airport and will be on a mission to ‘rescue’ a pilot transfer helicopter from a ship sometime on Saturday.  That would be an awesome sight!!

UPDATE!  On Saturday 9 December, the McDermott Aviation Group Bell 214ST helicopter N787SR completed its mission from and back to Mackay Airport to ‘rescue’ the locally-based Flyon Helicopters Agusta A109 pilot transfer helicopter VH-RUA from a ship and fly it back to Mackay Airport.


UPDATE!  On Sunday 10 December, N787SR, with its job completed, ferried back to the Sunshine Coast from Mackay Airport, calling into Gladstone Airport for fuel - as pictured below.


Meanwhile, also on Friday 8 December, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" landed at Gladstone Airport from Brisbane and then departed to Mackay Airport and then Townsville. Later in the, afternoon VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" arrived at Rockhampton Airport from Townsville and then departed to Brisbane. 

And Navair Flight Operations Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100 VH-HQK as "Navair 169" landed at Mackay Airport from Bankstown and Cessnock.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 9 December, VH-HQK "Navair 169" departed Mackay Airport and returned to Cessnock and Bankstown.

Finally, also on Friday 8 December, AERgO Asset Management Beech B200 King Air VH-XGV as "Navair 173" landed at Emerald Airport from Brunette Downs and then departed to Brisbane. 

Vectra Holdings / Basair Australia Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee aircraft VH-BKM and VH-RMZ landed at Emerald Airport from Mackay Airport and then departed to Roma Airport and further to Narrabri. 

RAAF Amberley Flying Club Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk VH-TLA landed at Gladstone Airport from Amberley. 

Auscott P/L Beechcraft B200GT King Air VH-NMW visited Bundaberg Airport.

And Re-registered Atherton Creek Air Charters (Mareeba) Piper PA-24-260 Commanche VH-SMJ flew up from Casino, Warialda and Archerfield to Mackay and then Mareeba Airports. 

Photos taken by John Palmer and Joan Mclellan  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-206 "Stallion 31" Completes Airwork at CQ Airports

On Friday 8 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-206 was noted completing airwork, including missed approaches at a couple of Central Queensland Airports.


It was flying as "Stallion 31" and departed RAAF Base Amberley and headed for Charleville Airport where it completed a missed approach. It then did the same at Rockhampton Airport and the Sunshine Coast before returning to Amberley.

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Lance East Aviation (Seletar Jet Charter) Bombardier BD-700-2A12 Global 7500 Bizjet VH-LON at Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

On Thursday 7 December, Lance East Aviation (Seletar Jet Charter) Bombardier BD-700-2A12 Global 7500 bizjet VH-LON arrived into Hamilton Island Airport from Perth.  It then departed to Sydney.

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UPDATE!  On Friday 8 December, VH-LON flew back into Hamo from Sydney before returning to Sydney and then back to Hamo.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 10 December, VH-LON flew another trip to Sydney and back to Hamo.

UPDATE!  Finally, on Friday 15 December, VH-LON departed Hamilton Island Airport and returned to Perth.

While McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 bizjet VH-SUY as "Machflight 421" also visited Hamilton Island Airport but from the Sunshine Coast.

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" landed at Longreach Airport from Brisbane and then departed to Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport and Townsville.   It then flew down and landed at Mackay Airport before then returning to Brisbane. 

And after arriving into Mackay Airport on Monday, Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ departed there to Clermont Aerodrome.  It then flew to Dalby and then up to Rockhampton Airport before it then departed to Archerfield. 

UPDATE!  On Friday 8 December, VH-JSZ arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield then departed to Dalby and then back to Archerfield.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 7 December, Townsville Airlines Beech 1900D VH-JYA arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and Townsville.  It spent much of the day on the ground before later returning to Cairns.

Fellow Townsville Airlines Cessna 402C Utiliner/Businessliner VH-UCM arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and a bit later departed back to there followed by VH-JYA. 

The Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK visited Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and Townsville. 

And Rural Funds Management (A.C.T.) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-STE landed at Springsure Aerodrome from Maryborough Airport. 

Finally, also on Thursday 7 December, National Jet Express (formerly Cobham) Dash-8-Q400 Next Gen VH-IYK completed the recently started Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) run from and back to Brisbane as JTE392/3. 

Photo taken by David Rowcroft  ©

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Robindale Group (Bathurst) / Air Link Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-CMK Arrives into Mackay Airport - Plus More!

On Wednesday 6 December, Robindale Group / Air Link Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-CMK arrived into Mackay Airport from the Sunshine Coast.  It appears to have earlier flown there from its Orange base.

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UPDATE!  On Thursday 7 December, VH-CMK departed Mackay Airport and returned to the Sunshine Coast and Orange.

MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC visited Hamilton Island Airport from the sunshine Coast.

Eagle One Aviation (Navair Flight Operations) Cessna 525B CitiationJet CJ3+ bizjet VH-X8X as "Navair 131" flew into my local Clermont Aerodrome from Newcastle (Williamtown).

UPDATE!  On Thursday 7 December, VH-X8X "Navair 131" departed Clermont Aerodrome to Newcastle. 

And LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" landed at Bundaberg Airport from Brisbane.  It then hopped to Maryborough Airport and then returned to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 6 December, Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VEY flew from Emerald Airport to Clermont Aerodrome and then to Brisbane.  It then flew down to Newcastle (Williamtown).  VH-VEY appears to have arrived into Emerald Airport from Goulburn at the start of the week.

General Aviation Maintenance (GAM) Aero Commander 500-S VH-UJU flew out of Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport and completed aerial survey work over Gympie and Maryborough before landing at Archerfield.

The Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane and then departed to Mackay Airport. 

UPDATE!  On Thursday 7 December, VH-SGQ returned to Rockhampton Airport from Mackay Airport before then departing to Brisbane.

Four Vectra Holdings (Basair Australia) Piper PA-28-181 Cherokees were in the area, with VH-VDQ and VH-VOU noted flying down from Longreach Airport to Charleville Airport and then Roma Airport, while VH-BKM and VH-RMZ flew up from Archerfield to Rockhampton Airport and Mackay Airport. 

And Seair Pacific / Istlecote Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208B Caravan VH-TLH flew up from Lady Eliott Island to Middlemount Aerodrome and then down to Biloela / Thangool Airport and then Maryborough Airport and Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport. 

Finally, also on Wednesday 6 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters Australia / Lloyd Helicopters) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-SYZ as "Choppa 22" flew down from Townville to Mackay Airport and then Rockhampton Airport where it looks to be spending the night.  It has been at Townsville supporting the RAAF's Exercise High Sierra.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 7 December, VH-SYZ "Choppa 22" departed Rockhampton Airport to Amberley. 

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign VH-MMC Calls into the Labona Airstrip at the Carmichael Mine - Plus More!

On Tuesday 5 December, MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC visited the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site from the Sunshine Coast.

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And Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO visited Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport from the Sunshine Coast.  It had earlier flown up there from Bankstown.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 5 December, Property Maintenance Australia P/L Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-WJA arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Dubbo. 

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 6 December, VH-WJA departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Dubbo.

McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King Air VH-SUW as "Machflight 242" arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville and then departed to Cairns.

Flight One (Services) Beech B200 King Air VH-FON visited Emerald Airport from Archerfield.

M. D. H. P/L (Cloncurry) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-MDH landed at Kierawonga from its Devoncourt Station base and in the afternoon flew back there via Cloncurry Airport. 

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 6 December, VH-MDH was back in the air again, flying down from Devoncourt to Miles Airport and then up to Kierawonga and back to Devoncourt. 

And in the afternoon, Rural Funds Management (A.C.T.) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-STE arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Canberra.

UPDATE!  Early on Wednesday 6 December, VH-STE departed Rockhampton Airport for Springsure, Rolleston and Brisbane Airports. 

Finally, also on Wednesday 6 December, private American registered Mooney M20K N228RM, which had landed at Winton from Birdsville yesterday, departed Winton to Cairns.  It seems to be on an around-the-world flight.

Monday, December 4, 2023

And Graham Aviation (Cairns) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-FMZ Pops into Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

Also on Monday 4 December, Graham Aviation (Cairns) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-FMZ visited Hamilton Island Airport from Mareeba and Cairns.



Brisbane-based Teys Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ2 bizjet VH-TEY arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield and Biloela / Thangool Airport.

UPDATE! On Tuesday 5 December, VH-TEY departed Rockhampton Airport for Tamworth.

Sydney-based Hawker Beechcraft G36 Bonanza VH-JKL departed Rockhampton Airport for Archerfield and then Bankstown. It looked to have arrived late last month.

Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ arrived into Mackay Airport from Archerfield, Dalby and Natal Downs.

And LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" had a busy day in the region yet again, flying into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport from Brisbane before then flying up to Townsville and then back down to Mackay Airport and across to Emerald Airport before returning to Brisbane.

Solo Around Australia Female Pilot Chloe Familton Touches Down at Rockhampton Airport on Her Mammoth Journey

On Monday 4 December, the youngest woman ever to fly solo around Australia, 17-year-old Chloe Familton, touched down at Rockhampton Airport at the controls of her Cessna 172 VH-NCO.  She flew up from the Sunshine Coast.


It is expected that Chloe and VH-NCO will continue to Cairns on Tuesday 5 December - and indeed she did!

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Chloe's 14,100km (7600nm) journey around Australia started in Cessnock in New South Wales and will see her stop at forty aerodromes including all the way over the Albany in Western Australia and back Ceduna in South Australia and down to Cambridge (Hobart) in Tasmania.  She is also flying with a signed handkerchief that belonged to Charles Kingsford Smith, given to her by his great niece, Nina.

Her aircraft is VH-NCO, a gorgeous 1980 Cessna 172 - the last Cessna 172 type to be produced before an eleven-year hiatus in 1986.

We wish Chloe all the very best as she completes this incredible journey!

QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOW 'Dasher-8' in Special Christmas Colour Scheme First Flight into CQ at Rockhampton Airport

Breaking cover on Monday 4 December and immediately calling into Central Queensland was QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOW which has had special Christmas themed stickers added.  It completed the QLK2372/3 service from Brisbane to Rockhampton Airport and back.  







VH-QOW then flew to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport and back to Brisbane.






The aircraft has been dubbed 'Dasher-8' and is designed to bring festive flair to passengers during the month of December.

Additionally, a Qantas Boeing B737-800 dubbed 'Roo-dolph' will also feature a special seatback Christmas message and Frequency Flyers travelling on either aircraft will receive double Qantas Points!

Photo taken by Steve Vit and Lachie Fuge  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-004 "Dragon 06" Arrives into Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Monday 4 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-004 was spotted as it arrived into Rockhampton Airport.


The MRTT flew up from Sydney as "Dragon 06".

At the time of writing, it appears that A39-004 "Dragon 06" is staying at Rockhampton Airport for at least the night.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 5 December, after some former Rockhampton locals boarded the plane as crew. A39-004 "Dragon 06" was photographed Rockhampton Airport for RAAF Base Amberley.




Of interest, the RAAF currently has seven KC-30A MRTT aircraft are flown by 33 Squadron based at RAAF Base Amberley.  The Squadron is responsible for aerial refuelling and long-range passenger transport and is controlled by No. 86 Wing, which is part of Air Mobility Group.


Meanwhile, also on Monday 4 December, fellow Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet A56-003 as "Envoy 74" landed at Bundaberg Airport from Canberra and Coffs Harbour.  It then departed to Mackay Airport and Cairns.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 5 December, A56-003 "Envoy 74" flew down from Cairns and landed at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) and Gladstone Airports before then continuing to the Gold Coast and then eventually back to Canberra. 

Photos taken by Janet Johnson and Steve Vit  ©

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Nauru Airlines Boeing B737-319 VH-XNU at Mackay Airport on Behalf of Bonza Airline - Plus More!

On Sunday 3 December, Nauru Airlines 'classic' Boeing B737-319 VH-XNU was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from the Gold Coast operating a flight for Bonza Airline as RON1609.

VH-XNU arrives into the Gold Coast prior to departing to Mackay Airport

It later returned to the Gold Coast as RON1610.

This seems to be the first time that VH-XNU has operated for Bonza, and certainly into Central Queensland.

Meanwhile, also on Sunday 3 December, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFA "Ambulance 614" flew down from Townsville to Gladstone Airport and then to Brisbane.

And LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" flew into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane before then departing to Cairns. Later it flew down to Mackay Airport and then back to Brisbane.

Finally, also on Sunday 3 December, Aero Professional Services SOCATA TBM700 VH-VSV departed its Denison Downs (Emerald) base for the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.

UPDATE!  VH-VSV looked to return to its landing site on Thursday 7 December.

Photo taken by Brodie Lawson  ©

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Jampair P/L (Navair Flight Operations) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300E bizjet VH-NSQ "Navair 188" Calls into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport - Plus More!

On Saturday 2 December, Jampair P/L (Navair Flight Operations) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300E bizjet VH-NSQ as "Navair 188" visited Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from Bankstown.

File photo

MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville and then departed to Sunshine Coast. 

And Auscott P/L Beechcraft B200GT King Air VH-NMW visited Bundaberg Airport from Toowoomba and Archerfield.

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©

Friday, December 1, 2023

Hughes Aviation (Hughes Pastoral Group) (Gympie) Pilatus PC-12/47E NGX VH-8HP Flys into Mackay Airport - Plus More!

On Friday 1 December, Hughes Aviation (Hughes Pastoral Group) (Gympie) Pilatus PC-12/47E NGX VH-8HP flew up to Mackay Airport from Redcliffe. 


Auscott P/L Beechcraft B200GT King Air VH-NMW landed at Bundaberg Airport from Toowoomba and Moree.  It then departed back to Toowoomba. 

AERgO Asset Management Beech B200 King Air VH-XGV as "Navair 173" landed at Emerald Airport from Mount Isa and then departed to Brisbane. 

Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-MRZ as 'HND430" flew from Rockhampton Airport to Bowen Aerodrome.  It looked to return later in the day.

And the Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-EZJ flew up from Archerfield to Rockhampton Airport and then Townsville.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 1 December, Air Charter Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 bizjet VH-VKX visited Bundaberg Airport from Brisbane. 

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and then departed to Brisbane. 

And fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFA "Ambulance 614" flew down from Townsville to Mackay Airport and then out to Mount Isa and then back to Townsville.

Finally, also on Friday 1 December, newly registered Aerostar Aviation (SA) Beech B300 Super King Air 350 VH-8HA, which had left Texas in the United States last week and arrived in Australia yesterday from Penang, landed at Roma Airport from Darwin and then departed to Warwick and Parafield in South Australia.