Monday, July 24, 2023

(Re-Built?) SIL Aviation (PNG) Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III P2-SIL Calls into CQ Airports Heading North - Plus More!

On Sunday 23 July, it appears that Papua New Guinea registered Summer Institute of Linguistics Aviation (SIL Aviation) Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III P2-SIL passed through some Central Queensland Airports while flying from Redcliffe to PNG.

It looked to fly up from Redcliffe to Gladstone Airport and then Mackay Airport before continuing to Townsville and Cairns.

UPDATE!  P2-SIL continued North from Cairns on Wednesday 26 July.

Of interest, P2-SIL crashed in PNG in October 2022 and it is assumed that the helicopter has been re-built Redcliffe and was returning home.

While on Monday 24 July, another helicopter in the form of Helicorp (Toll) Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopters (Agusta) AW139 helicopter VH-XIU "Rescue 902" flew in from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) and landed at the Rockhampton Base Hospital.  It then returned to Camp Growl within the Training Area.

Also on Monday 24 July, Seair Pacific / Istlecote Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208B Caravan VH-TQI arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport and Maryborough Airport.  It then flew out to Middlemount Aerodrome before returning to Rockhampton Airport.  VH-TQI then departed to Lady Elliot Island.

Great Western Aviation Beech B200 King Air VH-XGV visited the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site from Archerfield via the Sunshine Coast.

Comet-registered Cessna 208B Grand Caravan VH-RTC, which flew out from Hedlow Airfield to the West near Winton yesterday, flew back to Longreach Airport and then Emerald Airport.  It is due to returned to Hedlow Airfield on Tuesday 25 July.

New Hughes Aviation (Hughes Pastoral Group) (Gympie) Pilatus PC-12//47E NGX VH-8HP departed Mackay Airport for Miranda Downs.

Mike Tango Operations (Toowoomba) Textron Aviation (Beech) B200GT Super King Air 260 VH-8MT departed Mackay Airport for Atherton.  It had arrived from Toowoomba, Archerfield and the Sunshine Coast.

Horizon Airways Piper PA-31 Navajo VH-WZS flew 'home' to Mackay Airport from Innisfail, Cairns and Palm Island after operating in FNQ for some time.

And a couple of flying 'groups' in the form of Victoria based Cirrus SR20s VH-TPS and VH-VJH along with Van's RV7 VH-ZGO landed at Longreach Airport from Charleville Airport.  Tasmania based Tecnam P-2006T VH-OWW also flew up to Longreach Airport from Charleville Airport. 

And Cirrus SR22s VH-ZGA, VH-LTH and VH-INW all flew south from Hamilton Island Airport.

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