Tuesday, May 2, 2023

'New' Aerlink ATR 42-500 VH-FVZ Spotted Completing Another Training Flight into some CQ Airports - Plus More!

On Tuesday 2 May, 'new' Aerlink ATR 42-500 VH-FVZ was photographed at a couple of Central Queensland Airports as it looked to complete another training flight out of and eventually back to Brisbane.


VH-FVZ looked to first call into Roma Airport before being spotted (below) arriving into Emerald Airport all as HT492.  


It then flew across to Rockhampton Airport again as HT492 where it was again photographed above and below.




VH-FVZ then flew down to the Sunshine Coast and then back to Brisbane all as HT493.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 2 May, Victorian-based but American-registered Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 N227SL noted visiting Rockhampton Airport. It arrived from Archerfield and later departed to Townsville.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 3 May, N227SL returned to Rockhampton Airport from Townsville before it then returned to Archerfield.

While Property Maintenance Australia P/L Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-WJA was also noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport but from Dubbo. 

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 3 May, VH-WJA departed Rockhampton Airport for Mount Isa before returning later in the day.  On Thursday 4 May, VH-WJA departed Rockhampton Airport once again but this time to return to its Dubbo base.

Brisbane-based Beech 58 Baron VH-VSA visited Booloogarah from Archerfield. 

And Consolidated Pastoral Company P/L Cessna 421C Golden Eagle VH-UTC landed at Middlemount Aerodrome from Wrotham Park and Charters Towers Aerodrome before it then departed to Archerfield.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 3 May, VH-UTC returned to Middlemount Aerodrome from Archerfield before continuing to Isisford.

Finally, also on Tuesday 2 May, there was the 'usual' Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter movements including DeGunst Transport P/L Textron (Cessna) 208 Caravan VH-NPZ which completed its weekly FIFO run from Bundaberg Airport and then Rockhampton Airport to Nebo Aerodrome and back to Bundy direct.

Southern Airlines Beech B200 King Air VH-AMF completed the weekly FIFO charter flight up to Moranbah Airport. It flew up from Latrobe Valley and Bourke to Moranbah Airport before then heading back South to those places and then Melbourne (Moorabbin).

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

Seair Pacific / Istlecote Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208B Caravan VH-TQI arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport and then joined fellow Seair Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TQW on both departing to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site.  Both returned to Rockhampton Airport before VH-TQI continued to Hervey Bay Airport and VH-TQW departed to the Gold Coast.

Later, VH-TQW returned to Rockhampton Airport from the Gold Coast, with fellow Seair Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TFB flying up too.  Both VH-TQW and VH-TFB then flew to Labona and back again to Rockhampton Airport.  Both VH-TQW and VH-TFB then flew to Hervey Bay Airport with VH-TQW eventually continuing back to the Gold Coast again.

While Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravans VH-ETF and VH-CVN seem to be currently operating out of Rockhampton Airport on their flights to LAbona and back.  Plus, Hinterland Aviation Beech 200 King Air VH-HJS was noted completed a flight into Labona from Cairns and back as HND100/110.

Brisbane-based Crockett Aviation Group Beech B200 King Air VH-FAQ arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield before then departing for Labona.  It later returned to Rocky and then returned to Archerfield.

And after arriving into Rockhampton Airport on Monday and operating flights to Labona and back, the visiting Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQG departed to Townsville as SKP787 - a day earlier than 'usual'.

Sincere thanks to the local plane spotters for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by 'AC' and John Lee  ©

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