Tuesday, August 8, 2023

A Couple of McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King Air Turboprops Around CQ Airports - Plus More!

On Tuesday 8 August, Machjet International Beech B200 King Air VH-SUW as "Machflight 73" arrived into Rockhampton Airport from the Sunshine Coast before then departing to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site and back.  It then departed back to the Sunny Coast.

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Fellow Machjet King Air VH-ZSY as "Machflight" 242 flew down from Cairns to Labona and back to Cairns, plus Machjet King Air VH-NSN as "Machflight 121" flew down from Cairns to Labona and then across to Rockhampton Airport and then back to Cairns.

New South Wales based Cirrus SR22 VH-JPD was noted flying from Clermont Aerodrome to the Sunshine Coast.  It seems to have been flying around the local area over the last couple of days with visits possible at Roma, Emerald and Dysart Airports, as well as Clermont Aerodrome.

While 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).

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.

And Aerlink (formerly Hevilift) ATR 72-500 turboprop VH-FVY hopped across to Mackay Airport 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.

Finally, also on Tuesday 8 August, Heli-Aust Whitsundays Airbus Helicopters MBB-BK117 D-2 VH-ZFM flew up from Archerfield, Redcliffe and Bundaberg to Gladstone and Mackay Airports.  This seems to be a new 'addition' to local Mackay Airport scene.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

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