Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Ipswich-based Airborne P/L (Palm Lake Works) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-VLQ Calls into Bundaberg Airport - Plus More!

On Wednesday 18 January, Ipswich-based Airborne P/L (Palm Lake Works) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-VLQ was noted once again visiting Bundaberg Airport.

This time is arrived from and later departed back to its Gold Coast base via the Sunshine Coast.

Fellow Pilatus PC-12/45 VH-PID of Kelsall P/L (Aeronautics and Technology Holdings) arrived into Rockhampton Airport from its Toowoomba base via Caloundra.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 19 January, VH-PID departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Caloundra and then Toowoomba.

While other lighties around the region, also on Wednesday 18 January, included Colville Aviation Services (Torres Strait Air) Britten-Norman (Bembridge) BN-2A-26 Islander VH-IZH, which looked to pass through Emerald Airport from Watts Bridge and to Charters Towers Aerodrome and Mareeba at the completion of planned maintenance. 

UPDATE!  On Thursday 19 January, VH-IZH continued to Coen and Horn Island.

Basair Aviation Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee VH-BIE also popped into Emerald Airport, arriving from Archerfield and Bundaberg Airport before later departing to Townsville.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 19 January, VH-BIE returned South to Archerfield, flying via the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour, Mackay Airport and Gladstone Airport.

West Wing Aviation / Helicopters Townsville Beech 58 Baron VH-ABP departed Mackay Airport for Townsville after arriving from Cairns last Friday 13 January.

ZephAir Australia - Aircraft Charters Piper PA-31 Navajo VH-AYT visited Hamilton Island Airport from its Townsville base.

And a couple of aerial survey aircraft were both noted arriving into Emerald Airport.  Aerometrex Vulcanair (Partenavia) VH-EPX flew up from Archerfield to complete airwork around the Gladstone area and then South of Emerald before landing at Emerald Airport.

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©️

UPDATE!  On Thursday 19 January, VH-EPX was photographed above shortly before departing on a local aerial survey flight out of and back to Emerald Airport, before it later departed Emerald Airport and returned to complete more airwork around the Gladstone area.  It then landed at Gladstone Airport.

Plus Aero Logistics Cessna 404 VH-AZU arrived into Emerald Airport from Maitland and Archerfield.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 19 January, VH-AZU commenced aerial survey operations out of Emerald Airport with a flight up through the Central Highlands and Coalfield before it eventually returned to Emerald Airport.

Finally, also on Wednesday 18 January, there was yet more Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter action around the region, and in particular, to and from the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site. 

Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-MRZ flew down from Cairns to Labona then to Rockhampton Airport as HND456.  It then departed back to Labona as HND350 and then departed there back to Cairns again as HND456. 

Fellow Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-JES looked to depart Rockhampton Airport for Labona as HND310 but did not return to Rocky. 

Fellow Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-ETF continued to operate flights into Labona from and back to Rockhampton Airport throughout the day.

And fellow Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-LZK flew down from Townsville to Labona and then across to Mackay Airport and back to Labona and Townsville.

While Machjet (Machjet International) Beech B200 King Air turboprops VH-PUY and VH-ZSY were again noted completing multiple visits to Labona from Rockhampton Airport and Townsville Airport respectively.   

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