Wednesday, February 22, 2023

American-Registered Eclipse EA500 Bizjet N257AK Pops into the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour - Plus More!

On Wednesday 22 February, a nice little corporate bizjet that we haven't seen around the region for a little while in the form of American-Registered Eclipse EA500 Bizjet N257AK, was noted visited the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.

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It arrived from and later departed back to its Archerfield base.  It looks like N257AK looked to have completed a possible training or check flight to Chinchilla Aerodrome on Monday 20 February.

And Stroud Aviation and Transportation (Boonah) / Navair Flight Operations Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SHI as "Navair 125" visited Hamilton Island Airport also from Archerfield.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 22 February, Brisbane-based Hewitt Cattle Australia P/L SOCATA TBM 700 VH-PGA visited my local Clermont Aerodrome from Archerfield. 

Brisbane-based Avcair Cessna 425 Conquest 1 VH-BSM visited Middlemount Aerodrome from Toowoomba and Archerfield. 

Basair Aviation (Vecta Holdings) Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee VH-BWJ flew up from Archerfield to Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Mackay Airports before continuing to the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour. 

UPDATE!  On Thursday 23 February, VH-BWJ returned South from the Whitsunday Airport to Rockhampton and Bundaberg Airports before returning to Archerfield. 

While Aerometrex Vulcanair (Partenavia) VH-EPX is back in the region once again, flying into Roma Airport over the weekend and this week, completing aerial survey work at and around Gladstone, Mackay and now, Rockhampton Airports.  On Wednesday, VH-EPX eventually departed Rockhampton Airport for Archerfield via some aerial survey work.

And Townsville-based NQ Heli-Worx (Meridan Helicopters) Eurocopter EC135 T2 VH-MVY which has been noted completing power-line inspections in the region as "Energy 402", flew up from Bundaberg Airport to Rockhampton Airport before continuing up to Mackay Airport.

Finally, also on Wednesday 22 February, Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Carvan VH-TFQ flew down from Townsville to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site before then heading across to Mackay Airport.  It then returned to Labona and then back to Townsville.  VH-TFQ flew as HND280/1/2/3.

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