Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Pionair Australia Embraer E190-E2 (ERJ-190-300 STD) VH-IKJ Pops into Rockhampton Airport Again - Plus More!

On Wednesday 8 February, Pionair Australia Embraer E190-E2 (ERJ-190-300 STD) VH-IKJ was noted completing a training flight into Rockhampton Airport.

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The Embraer arrived from and then later depart back to Brisbane and was heard to use the flight numbers and callsigns of "Skyforce 9078/9" for its flights.

While on the ground at Rockhampton Airport, crew changes occurred as well.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 8 February, Air Gold Coast Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-CDG visited Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from its Gold Coast base. 

Graham Aviation (Cairns) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-FMZ was noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport once again from its Mareeba base via Cairns. 

And Navair Flight Operations Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100 bizjet VH-LXZ as "Navair 131" visited Mackay Airport from Bankstown and Maitland.

Finally, also on Wednesday 8 February, the visiting Emerald Air Surveys P/L (Western Australia) Diamond DA42NG Twin Star VH-PXT looked to depart the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour for Thargomindah and Port Lincoln.  It is due to continue to Forest and Jandakot in Western Australia the next day.

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VH-PXT has been 'on holidays' at Shute Harbour since just before Christmas last year.

Beech 95-B55 VH-MYM visited Emerald Airport from its Gayndah Aerodrome base.

Piper PA-34-200 Seneca VH-IAJ arrived into Emerald Airport from Tamworth.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 11 February, VH-IAJ departed Emerald Airport and returned to Tamworth.

Brisbane-based Hawker Beechcraft G36 Bonanza VH-DYH visited Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield.

Private (New South Wales) Raytheon B200 King Air VH-MHV called into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane before later departing to its Scone base.

Bunderra Cattle Co Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage VH-KNV departed Rockhampton Airport for Boulia and Barrow Creek before returning direct to Rockhampton Airport.

Wagga Air Centre (Mabena) SOCATA TBM-850 VH-PVM landed at Bundaberg Airport from Wagga Wagga and Dubbo.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 9 February, VH-PVM departed Bundaberg Airport and returned to Dubbo Wagga Wagga direct. 

While new Bell Textron 407GXi helicopter VH-JIW flew up from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport to Rockhampton and Mackay Airports before then continuing up to Townsville and Cairns.  It flew up to Hervey Airport from Bankstown, Gunnedah, Inverell and Archerfield the previous day and looks to be the third of five new Bell 407 helicopters on delivery to Cairns-based Nautilus Aviation.

And Hinterland Aviation Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-NTQ flew down from Townsville to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site and then to Mackay Airport and back to Labona and Townsville as HND280/1/2/3.

Photos taken by Scott Harris and Lee Holloway  ©

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