Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Rural Funds Management (A.C.T.) (formerly Capital Jet Charter) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-STE Arrives into Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Tuesday 18 July, there were quite a few lighties around including Rural Funds Management (A.C.T.) (formerly Capital Jet Charter) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-STE which looked to arrive into Rockhampton Airport from Canberra.

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UPDATE!  On Wednesday 19 July, VH-STE flew to Maryborough and Bundaberg Airports before returning to Rockhampton Airport.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 20 July, VH-STE departed Rockhampton Airport for Emerald Airport and then Canberra.

Another nice PC-12 in the form of the new Hughes Aviation (Hughes Pastoral Group) (Gympie) Pilatus PC-12//47E NGX VH-8HP was back in the air again.  It's been doing quite a number of flights and today flew from Emerald Airport to Quilpie and Armidale and then back to Emerald Airport.  It had arrived yesterday from Keeroongooloo after arriving there over the weekend.

UPDATE!  VH-8HP spent each day this week, flying out of Emerald Airport and visiting various places (including Clermont Aerodrome on Wednesday 19 July) before later returning to Emerald Airport.  It then flew back to Mackay Airport on Friday 21 July.

And Private Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-YKG landed at Longreach Airport from Camooweal and Mount Isa before it then departed to Winton and back to Camooweal. 

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 18 July, WDC Equipment and Contracting Raytheon 58 Baron VH-EZR flew up from Chinchilla Aerodrome to Kidston before then flying down to my local Clermont Aerodrome and then departing back to Chinchilla Aerodrome.

Recently re-registered Piper PA-31 VH-DWX flew down from Innisfail and Mareeba to Charters Towers Aerodrome and then Mackay Airport.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 22 July, VH-DWX departed Mackay Airport and returned to those places.

Reefchange P/L (Cairns) Piper PA-34-220T Seneca VH-YSJ flew down from Mareeba to Rockhampton Airport and then Bundaberg Airport.  It is due to return to Mareena on Wednesday 19 July.

While Brisbane-based Robinson R44 II VH-SMD flew up from Archerfield and Gayndah Aerodrome to land at Rockhampton Airport before then continuing up to Mackay Airport.

UPDATE!  VH-SMD looks to have continued up through Far North Queensland and into the Northern Territory, landing and flying out of and back to Emkaytee near Darwin.

Privately-owned Airbus Helicopters MBB-BK 117 D-2 (H145) Helicopter N163WT possibly called into Gladstone and Mackay Airports while flying up from the Sunshine Coast to points further North.

UPDATE!  On Friday 21 July, N163WT looked to return South again via Mackay and Gladstone Airports before finishing the day at Redcliffe.

And normally Darwin-based Careflight Kawasaki BK117 B-2 helicopter VH-IME "Careflight 2" was spotted at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport after flying down from Townsville.

I suspect it is in town to support operations during the upcoming joint Military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023 (TS23) which will have some focus this time around the Proserpine and Whitsundays area.

Finally, also on Tuesday 18 July, there were the 'usual' Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charters into the region including Southern Air Beech 1900 VH-YSO which visited Moranbah Airport once again.  It arrived from Latrobe Valley and Bourke and then departed back to Latrobe Valley and then eventually to Melbourne (Moorabbin).

DeGunst Transport P/L Textron (Cessna) 208 Caravan VH-NPZ operated from Bundaberg Airport to Nebo Aerodrome and back direct.

While Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-HLL looked to fly down to Mackay Airport from Townsville and then to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site and back to Mackay Airport and Townsville as HND2290/1/2/3.

Fellow Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-ETF continues to operate their FIFO flights from Rockhampton Airport to Labona and back.  Plus Beech B200 King Air VH-HLJ looked to fly into Labona from Cairns before later returning.

And yet again, Aerlink (formerly Hevilift) ATR 72-500 turboprop VH-FVY looked to complete a flight from Moranbah Airport to Mackay Airport and back to Moranbah. 

Photos taken by 'AC' and James Kirk  ©

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