Monday, March 20, 2023

Conoco Phillips Gulfstream G550 (G-V-SP) Bizjet N797CP Calls into Gladstone Airport - Plus More!

On Monday 20 March, a nice corporate bizjet in the form of Conoco Phillips Gulfstream G550 (G-V-SP) bizjet N797CP arrived into Gladstone Airport from Brisbane.

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After spending the day parked, N797CP returned to Brisbane during the early evening.

While another bizjet in the form of Navair Flight Operations Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100 VH-HQK as "Navair 141" flew up from Sydney to Rockhampton Airport.  It then departed to Chinchilla Aerodrome and then Dubbo. 

Meanwhile, also on Monday 20 March, Capital Jet Charter (Canberra) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-STE arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Toowoomba before it then departed to Ingelara.   It then flew from Ingelara to Emerald Airport.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 21 March, this morning departed Emerald Airport for Charters Towers Aerodrome before then departing to Normanton.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 22 March, VH-STE flew down from Normanton to Rockhampton Airport.  Then on Thursday 23 March, VH-STE departed Rockhampton Airport for Emerald and Maryborough Airports before continuing to Toowoomba and Canberra.

While RDO Equipment Co. Pilatus PC-12/47 VH-WPH flew up from Toowoomba to Biloela / Thangool Airport and then Emerald Airport.  It later returned to Toowoomba. 

And Stella Aviation Beech 95-B55 Baron VH-EHN landed at Hedlow Airfield direct from its Bathurst base via Goondiwindi. 

Finally, several Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) movements around the region, also on Monday 20 March, included Seair Pacific / Istlecote Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TQW which flew up from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) and Maryborough Airports to Middlemount Aerodrome.  It then flew to Rockhampton Airport.

It joined fellow Seair Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208B Caravan VH-TLH at Rockhampton Airport (which arrived late on Sunday 19 March), and VH-TLH and VH-TQW both departed to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site and back to Rockhampton Airport twice!

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 21 March, both VH-TQW and VH-TLH operated more flights to Labona before they both departed to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport - but VH-TLH flew via Rockhampton Airport.

Brisbane-based Crockett Aviation Group Beech B200 King Air VH-FAQ visited Labona from Archerfield and the Sunshine Coast.  It then flew up to Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield and later departed there to Labona.  It then returned to Rockhampton Airport.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 21 March, VH-FAQ also operated more flights to Labona from and back to Rockhampton Airport before then departing back to Archerfield.

McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King Air VH-ZPY flew up from the Sunshine Coast to Rockhampton Airport and then Labona before it returned to the Sunshine Coast.

UPDATE!  On Friday 24 March, VH-ZPY flew the reverse flight, calling to Labona from the Sunshine Coast before flying across to Rockhampton Airport and then back to the Sunshine Coast.

Fellow Machjet International Raytheon B200 King Air VH-NSN was noted visiting Mackay Airport from the North.  Sadly, its exact movements are not fully known.

It also appears that VH-NSN called into Labona a couple of times last Monday 13 March from Townsville and then back.

While back at Rockhampton Airport, Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravans VH-JES and VH-MRZ also operated flights to Labona and back to Rockhampton Airport.

And Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQI arrived from Cairns and Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport as SKP85/780 before operating a flight to Labona and back to Rockhampton Airport.  It should also operate more flights on Tuesday 21 March before departing on Wednesday 22 March.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

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