Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Lloyd Aviation Jet Charter Dassault Falcon 900 Bizjet VH-PPD Pops into Gladstone Airport - Plus More!

On Tuesday 28 February, Darwin-based Lloyd Aviation Jet Charter Dassault Falcon 900 bizjet VH-PPD was noted visiting Gladstone Airport.

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VH-PPD looked to arrive from the Gold Coast and Newcastle before later departing to Brisbane.

And MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC was noted arriving into Emerald Airport from its Sunshine Coast base.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 1 March, VH-MMC departed Emerald Airport and returned to the sunny Coast.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 28 February, it was Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights galore around the region including Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VEJ flew up from Newcastle to Roma and Collinsville then to Mackay. 

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 1 March, VH-VEJ departed Mackay Airport for the Newlands Coal Mine site before then flying all the way down to Moree, Newcastle and Goulburn. 

Of interest, fellow Link Airways Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VEW, which has been working in PNG for a month, flew down from Port Moresby and Cairns to Archerfield.

DeGunst Transport P/L Textron (Cessna) 208 Caravan VH-NPZ completed its weekly FIFO run from Bundaberg Airport to Nebo Aerodrome and back but this time via Mackay Airport.

Southern Airlines Beech B200 King Air VH-AMF was noted doing the weekly Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flight up to Moranbah Airport. It flew up from Latrobe Valley and Bourke to Moranbah Airport before then heading back to Latrobe Valley and then Melbourne (Moorabbin).

Brescon (Toowoomba) Beech B200 King Air VH-WXN visited the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site from its Toowoomba-Wellcamp base.

Easternwell Group (Avcair) Beech B200C VH-HPP arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Toowoomba.  It then departed to Labona before returning to Toowoomba.  It appears that VH-HPP had earlier complete two runs from Toowoomba to Taroom Aerodrome and back.

Machjet International Raytheon B200 King Air VH-NSN popped into Labona as well, arriving from and later departing back to Townsville.

Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-NDC flew down from Townsville to Mackay Airport before then flying out to Labona and back to Mackay Airport and then Townsville as HND290/1/2/3.  Of interest, fellow Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravans VH-CVN and VH-MRZ are currently completing the FIFO charter flights from Rockhampton Airport to Labona and back.

UPDATE!  VH-NDC also operated into Mackay Airport on Wednesday 1 March, flying down from Townsville to Labona and then to Mackay Airport and back to Labona and Townsville as HND280/1/2/3.

And after arriving into Rockhampton Airport the previous day from Cairns and Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport as SKP85/780 and then completing a flight to Labona and back as SKP771/2, Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQB departed once again to Labona but as SKP773 but did not return.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 1 March, after encountering a technical problem, VH-QQB departed Labona for Cairns as SKP506.

Fellow Skytrans Dash-8-100 VH-QQG flew down from Townsville to Labona as SKP761 before then flying across to Rockhampton Airport as SKP774.  It later flew back to Labona and then back to Rockhampton Airport again as SKP775/6. 

Plus Skytrans Airlines new Dash-8-300 VH-QQL also completed flights between Townsville and Labona.

Finally, also on Tuesday 28 February, Telford Aviation Beech A36 Bonanza VH-MPT flew up from Archerfield to Emerald Airport and then my local Clermont Aerodrome.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 1 March, VH-MPT departed Clermont Aerodrome for Biloela / Thangool Airport and then back to Archerfield.

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan VH-RTC departed Rockhampton Airport for 'Red Rock' Station near Comet and then down to Watts Bridge.  It later returned to Rockhampton Airport.

Brisbane-based Australian Agricultural Company Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-AAC was noted departing the Goonoo Feedlot near Comet for a property South of Rolleston before it then departed to Brisbane.  It appears to have flown up from Brisbane the previous day.

And Southern Airlines Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain VH-LCE finally departed Charleville Airport and headed back to Melbourne (Moorabbin).  It has been completing aerial survey flights out of Charleville and nearby Airports since late last year - including most days throughout February.

Photo taken by Brodie Lawson  ©

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