Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Qantas Freight / Pionair Australia BAe 146-300(QT) VH-SQR Pops into Mackay Airport - First Visit to CQ! - Plus More!

Early on Tuesday 7 February, Qantas Freight / Pionair Australia BAe 146-300(QT) VH-SQR made a surprise visit to Mackay Airport, arriving from Brisbane as QFA7298.  It later departed to Cairns as QFA7299.

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This is believed to be the first visit by VH-SQR into Central Queensland since it was registered and delivered to Pionair Australia in late 2020.  The BAe 146-300(QT) has been a freighter since it was built in 1989 and operated by various companies in several countries in Europe.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 7 February, MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC visited Rockhampton Airport from its Sunshine Coast base.

Also visiting Rockhampton Airport was Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) - South-Eastern Section - Textron B300C Super King Air VH-MQK.  It was heard to fly as "FlyDoc 286" and arrived from and later departed back to Melbourne (Essendon).

Property Maintenance Australia P/L Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-WJA also visited Rockhampton Airport, arriving from Dubbo and later departing to Kidston.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 8 February, VH-WJA returned to Rockhampton Airport from Kidston before later departing back to Dubbo.

Recently registered (to 'Red Rock' near Comet) Cessna 208B Grand Caravan VH-RTC flew from Rockhampton Airport to the Sunshine Coast and back.

Vectra Holdings (Basair Australia) Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee VH-VDQ arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield and Bundaberg Airport before then departing to Hamilton Island Airport but returning to land at Rockhampton Airport for the night.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 8 February, VH-VDQ departed Rockhampton Airport and landed at Emerald Airport.  It later continued out to Longreach Airport.  On Thursday 9 February, VH-VDQ departed Longreach Airport for Mount Isa, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.

Plus, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK called into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and Townsville before later departing to Brisbane.

Also at Bundaberg Airport, Balus Air of Warrnambool (Victoria) Piper PA-31-350 VH-LGX visited from Redcliffe.  It had arrived the previous day from Warrnambool via Dubbo.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 8 February and Thursday 9 February, VH-LGX again visited Bundaberg Airport from Redcliffe.

While also out my way in Central Western Queensland, Brescon (Toowoomba) Beech B200 King Air VH-WXB visited my local Clermont Aerodrome from Toowoomba-Wellcamp.

Pekal Aviation Piper PA-31-350 Navajo VH-TRA visited Longreach Airport from Goondiwindi.

Tex Onsite (Tex Assets P/L) Aero Commander 500-U VH-TXE flew down from Townsville to Mackay Airport and then back.  It had flown across from Alice Springs to Mount Isa and then Townsville the previous day.

After arriving on Australia Day, Royal Victorian Aero Club Cessna 172S VH-LSP finally departed Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport for Cairns.

While Southern Air Beech 1900 VH-VSO visited Moranbah Airport once again, arriving from Latrobe Valley and Bourke and later departing back to Latrobe Valley and then eventually to Melbourne (Moorabbin).

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

Finally, also on Tuesday 7 February, Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQI arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane as SKP510 before operating a flight to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site and back.  Fellow Skytrans Dash-8-100 VH-QQB, which arrived yesterday, completed two trips to Labona and back and then departed to Brisbane as SKP511.

Of interest, Skytrans Dash-8-300 VH-QQL was noted again visiting Labona from Townsville, as was Dash-8-100 VH-QQG.

And Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TFQ was noted completing the 'Tuesday' run from Townsville to Mackay Airport and then Labona and back as HND290/1/2/3.  Fellow Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravans VH-JES and VH-HLL continue to operate out of Rockhampton Airport.

Photo taken by Tony Haynes  ©

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