Saturday, August 19, 2023

Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX Bizjet VH-WIO arrives into Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

On Saturday 19 August, Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO flew up to Hamilton Island from Bankstown.

File photo

UPDATE!  After a week-long stay, on Sunday 27 August, VH-WIO finally departed Hamilton Island Airport and returned to Bankstown.  

While a pair of Airflite / Commonwealth of Australia (Cadets Branch - Air Force) Diamond DA 40 NG Star aircraft VH-UEZ and VH-UEM flew several local flights out of and back to Rockhampton Airport as "Astra 201/226" and "Astra 205".  They had arrived from RAAF Base Amberely and Archerfield late on Friday 18 August.

Also on Saturday 19 August, a third Diamond DA 40 NG Star VH-UEX as "Astra 202" also arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Amberley.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 20 August, today the three Diamonds flew several flights in the Rockhampton area before departing to Amberley during the afternoon - VH-UEZ as "Astra 211", VH-UEM as "Astra 205" and VH-UEX as "Astra 202".

Stirling Helicopters Aerospatiale AS 350 B2 Squirrel VH-LBT arrived into Rockhampton Airport from the South then completed a couple of flights as "Firebird 421" to a fire South-West of Rocky.

After arriving during the week, McDermott Aviation Bell 214B Big-lifter Helicopter N1601L as "Helitak 339" looked to complete some aerial firefighting out of Bundaberg Airport.

Victoria based Hawker Beechcraft G58 VH-FKI popped into Winton Airport from Melbourne (Moorabbin) and Thargomindah.

Whitney Pastoral Co Cessna 206 VH-WPC flew up from Bankstown and Coombing Park to Roma Airport and the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.

And Southern Airlines Rockwell 690A Turbo Commander VH-SOU continues aerial survey operations out of Bundaberg Airport after arriving last weekend.

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©

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