Sunday, July 16, 2023

Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 Bizjet VH-OLJ at Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

An aircraft we haven't seen in Central Queensland for quite some time in the form of Avcair (Avgunn) LearJet 60 bizjet VH-OLJ was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport over the weekend.

It looked to arrive from Archerfield on Saturday 15 July and then return there on Sunday 16 July.

Meanwhile, also on Sunday 16 July, Hughes Aviation (Hughes Pastoral Group) (Gympie) Pilatus PC-12//47E NGX VH-8HP was noted departing Mackay Airport for Miranda Downs before it then flew to Mount Isa and Lake Nash.  During the afternoon it flew from there to Emerald Airport and Keeroongooloo. 

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" landed at Mackay Airport from Cairns and Townsville before then flew down to Brisbane.  Sistership, VH-OFC "Ambulance 634" visited Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane early on Saturday 15 July.

While also on Sunday, Sydney-registered Robinson R44 II helicopter VH-YEO flew up from Tyagarah to call into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast), Rockhampton and Mackay Airports before finishing the day at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.  It looked to have departed Sydney on Saturday 15 July.

UPDATE!  Over the subsequent days, VH-YEO has ended up flying through Far North Queensland and on to Darwin.

Property Maintenance Australia P/L Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-WJA departed Hamilton Island Airport for Dubbo.  It had arrived from there last Sunday 9 July.

Victoria-based Cessna 402C VH-ZMG flew up from Scone and Tamworth to Emerald Airport before it then continued to Cairns.

And making its first visit into CQ, new Wettenhall Air Service new Textron (Cessna) 525 CitationJet M2 VH-8RT flew up from Tocumwal to Roma Airport and then Ayr.

VH-8RT was only registered in the middle of June after being delivered at N513MW earlier in the month.

UPDATE!  On Monday 17 July, VH-8RT looked to fly down from Ayr to Emerald Airport and then back to Tocumwal.

Finally, also on Saturday 15 July, Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) / Qantas Group Pilot Academy Diamond DA-40 Star training aircraft VH-YTJ and VH-YTL visited Biloela / Thangool Airport from their Toowoomba-Wellcamp base.  A third, VH-YTI visited Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport also from Wellcamp.

While Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) (Cobham SAR Services Pty Ltd) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-XNE "Rescue 330" flew down from Cairns to complete airwork to the North of Longreach before then landing at Longreach Airport.  It then returned to Cairns.

And re-registered Essendon Aviation Services (Mackay, Queensland!!) Cessna S550 Citation S/2 bizjet VH-SQM arrived into Mackay Airport from Port Macquarie and the Sunshine Coast late on Friday 14 July.

Photos taken by Lloyd Fox and 'JM'  ©

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