Monday, April 17, 2023

Sunshine Air Services (Victoria) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-VLZ Calls into Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

On Monday 17 April, Sunshine Air Services (of Victoria) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-VLZ visited Hamilton Island Airport once again from Melbourne (Essendon).

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Linfox Global Charter / Air National Australia Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 bizjet VH-LEP was noted departing Hamilton Island Airport for Essendon.  It had arrived into Hamo from Essendon back on Friday 7 April.

Stroud Aviation and Transportation (Boonah) / Navair Flight Operations Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SHI as "Navair 125" flew up from Archerfield to Cairns and then down to Hamilton Island Airport.  It then hopped down to Mackay Airport and then back to Archerfield.

While a nice 'new' corporate turboprop in the form of Microflite Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-8MF arrived into Hamilton Island Airport from its Melbourne (Moorabbin) base.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 18 April, VH-8MF departed Hamo and returned to Moorabbin.

And LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" visited Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane.  Plus sistership VH-OFA "Ambulance 614" visited Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from Townsville.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 17 April, New South Wales based Amateur-built Bearhawk 4 Place Model B VH-TGN landed at Emerald Airport from RAAF Base Richmond and Narrabri.

UPDATE!  Over the rest of the week, VH-TGN flew across from Emerald Airport to Gladstone Airport and then up to Rockhampton Airport before returning to Gladstone Airport and then continuing to Goondiwindi and back to RAAF Base Richmond on Saturday 22 April.

Dalydine P/L (Pilatus Australia) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-PDE flew up to from Archerfield and the Sunshine Coast to Mackay Airport before it then returned to Archerfield.

And BPW Aviation / Airspeed Aviation Cessna 441 Conquest II VH-EQU flew into Maryborough, Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) and then Bundaberg Airports after flying up from Archerfield via Lismore and Grafton.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 18 April, VH-EQU continued up from Bundaberg Airport to Gladstone and Rockhampton Airports before finishing the day in Townsville.  On Wednesday 19 April, VH-EQU flew to Cairns and Innisfail before finishing the day at Mackay Airport.  On Thursday 20 April, VH-EQU departed Mackay Airport for Archerfield and Tamworth.

Finally, also on Monday 17 April, Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQF arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport as SKP85.

UPDATE!  As shown above, on Tuesday 18 April, VH-QQF completed two flights to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site and back to Rockhampton Airport before departing to Townsville on Wednesday 19 April.

Seair Pacific / Istlecote Cessna 208B Grand Caravan VH-TFB flew up from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) and Maryborough Airports to Biloela / Thangool Airport and then Middlemount Aerodrome before then flying down to Rockhampton Airport.

It joined fellow Seair Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208B Caravan VH-TLH also flew into Rockhampton Airport but from Bundaberg Airport on Sunday 16 April.  

Both VH-TFB and VH-TLH then completed flights to Labona and back to Rockhampton Airport.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 18 April, both VH-TFB and VH-TLH completed more flights to Labona before both departed Rockhampton Airport for Hervey Bay Airport.

Brisbane-based Crockett Aviation Group Beech B200 King Air VH-FAQ flew into Labona from Archerfield and the Sunshine Coast before then popping down to Clermont Aerodrome and then returning to the Sunny Coast and Archerfield.

And a new aircraft to complete some Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights between Rockhampton Airport and Labona in the form of Air Link (Dubbo) Beech B200 King Air VH-ISS.

The recently re-painted King Air arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield before completing a run to Labona and back.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 18 April, VH-ISS flew out to Labona from Rockhampton Airport before then flying back down to Archerfield.

Photos taken by Ryan Hothersall and Trevor Hardsman  ©

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