Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Aerlink (formerly Hevilift) ATR 72-500 turboprop VH-FVY Spotted at Mackay Airport on new FIFO run to Moranbah Airport - Plus More!

On Tuesday 11 July, Aerlink (formerly Hevilift) ATR 72-500 turboprop VH-FVY was spotted at Mackay Airport soon after it had arrived from Moranbah Airport as HT722.  It had earlier flown up from Brisbane to Moranbah Airport as HT715.  This seems to be a new Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) run and it seems to have operated since the start of June.

VH-FVY then departed Mackay Airport and returned to Moranbah Airport and then Brisbane as HT721/719.

While a trio of Seair Pacific / Istlecote Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208B Caravans were noted completing some Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) runs in the region.

VH-TQI and VH-TLH arrived into Rockhampton Airport from the Gold Coast and Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport respectively before then both departing to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site and back to Rockhampton Airport.  VH-TQI then departed to Lady Elliott Island, while VH-TLH departed back to Hervey Bay Airport. 

VH-TFB arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Hervey Bay and Maryborough Airports before it then departed to Middlemount Aerodrome.  It then flew back to Hervey Bay Airport. 

And 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 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).

And Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TFS flew down from Townsville to Mackay Airport then out to Labona and back to Mackay Airport and then back to Townsville as HND2290/1/2/3.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 11 July, Townsville-based ZephAir Australia Piper PA-34-220T Seneca VH-YSI as "Zedair 440" flew survey work around the region out of Bundaberg Airport.  Fellow ZephAir Australia recently delivered Piper PA-31-350 VH-MJA as "Zedair 110" flew down from Townsville to Mackay Airport.

It joins another ZephAir Australia aircraft - Beech 58 Baron VH-ABP "Zedair 330" - which arrived yesterday.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 12 July, VH-ABP 'ZD330' departed Mackay Airport and returned to Townsville.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 16 July, VH-MJA 'ZD110' departed Mackay Airport and also returned to Townsville.

And the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK flew down from Cairns and Townsville to Brisbane before later returning North and calling into Mackay Airport before then returning to Townsville and then Cairns.

Finally, also on Tuesday 11 July, Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ was noted arriving into my local Clermont Aerodrome from Archerfield.  It then departed to Rockhampton Airport before returning to Archerfield.  VH-JSZ then flew back up to Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield before flying back out to my local Clermont Aerodrome and then finally back to Archerfield.

Navair Flight Operations Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100 bizjet VH-LXZ flew up to Mackay Airport from Cessnock before later flying back to there and then continuing to Bankstown.

And Poolhurst Aviation Air Charter Services Pilatus PC-24 jet VH-VTF landed at Longreach Airport from Cairns and then departed to Broken Hill and Adelaide. 

Photos taken by Jake Weir and 'JM'  ©

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