Friday, November 17, 2023

Careflight (NSW) Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) Gulfstream G150 VH-OVG "Careflight 51" Spotted at Bundaberg Airport - Plus More!

On Friday 17 November, a surprise visitor to the region with Careflight (NSW) Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) Gulfstream G150 VH-OVG as "Careflight 51" calling into Bundaberg Airport from Darwin.  It later departed back to there. 

We believe that this is the first time this aircraft has visited Central Queensland!

And LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" flew up from Brisbane to Mackay Airport.  It then flew down to Rockhampton Airport and Bundaberg Airport before then returning back to Brisbane. 

Meanwhile, also on Friday 17 November, BPW Aviation / Airspeed Aviation Cessna 441 Conquest II VH-EQU arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns.  It then departed to Archerfield.

It appears that VH-EQU has flown North via other CQ Airports this week after starting the week at Grafton.  It appears to have visited Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast), Bundaberg and Mackay Airports.

The Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and Townsville and then departed to Brisbane. 

Brisbane-based Australian Agricultural Company Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-AAC landed at Emerald Airport from Avon Downs and then departed to Brisbane Airport.

And Brisbane-based Piper PA-31-350 VH-RPV visited Bundaberg Airport from Archerfield.  It also looked to visit Biloela / Thangool Airport from Archerfield on Thursday 16 November.

Finally, also on Thursday 16 November, Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-300 VH-QQL flew into the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site from Townsville as SKP765.  It then flew from Labona to Longreach Airport as SKP770. 

On Friday 17 November, VH-QQL departed Longreach Airport for Labona and then Townsville as SKP769/766.

Also on Friday, Skytrans Dash-8-100 VH-QQB arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane as SKP522.  It then did a return trip to Labona and back to Rockhampton Airport as SKP777/8 before returning to Brisbane as SKP523.

It also appears that after flying there on Wednesday 15 November, Skytrans Dash-8-300 VH-QQM is stuck at Labona with a technical problem.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 18 November, VH-QQM returned to Rockhampton Airport from Labona as SKP529.

Photo taken by Hayden Matthew Alexander  ©

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