Saturday, December 30, 2023

Jet Aviation Flight Services (USA) Gulfstream Aerospace GVI (G650ER) Bizjet N650HA Arrives into Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

On Saturday 30 December, the sleek looking Jet Aviation Flight Services (USA) Gulfstream Aerospace GVI (G650ER) bizjet N650HA was noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport.


It flew up from Sydney and the Ballina / Byron Bay Gateway Airport, and was heard to be using the flight number and callsign of 'JS91'.

N560HA had arrived into Sydney from overseas a couple of days earlier - as pictured above.

UPDATE!  On Monday 1 January, N650HA departed Hamilton Island Airport and returned to Sydney but as 'JS72'.

Meanwhile, also on Saturday 30 December, Homada Pty Ltd Cessna 560XL Citation XLS bizjet VH-XCU also flew into Hamilton Island Airport but from Melbourne (Moorabbin) and Melbourne (Essendon). It then departed back to Moorabbin.

Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ visited Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield.

Eagle One Aviation (Navair Flight Operations) Cessna 525B CitiationJet CJ3+ bizjet VH-X8X diverted into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport after flying up from Bankstown and being unable to land at the Sunshine Coast. It then departed Hervey Bay Airport for Melbourne (Avalon).

Finally, also on Saturday 30 December, Cirrus SR22 VH-8MK departed Hamilton Island Airport for the Gatton Airpark. It had arrived the previous day.

Emerald Air Surveys P/L (Western Australia) Diamond DA42NG Twin Star VH-PXT arrived into the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour after flying all the way across from Jandakot, Kalgoorlie, Ceduna and Broken Hill.

And Cessna 182s VH-RYZ and VH-COF were noted operating the parachuting flights out of Lakeside Airpark around the Laguna Quays Resort.

Sincere thanks to Sydney-based specialist aviation photographer Grahame Hutchison for allowing us to share this great photo!

Do check out more of Grahame's fantastic images on his well-known Sydney Airport based website http://www.16right.com/

Photo taken by Grahame Hutchison  ©

A Couple of Diversions into Rockhampton Airport including Jetstar Australia Airbus A321neo VH-OFY First Ever Landing in CQ!! – Plus More!

On Saturday 30 December, some inclement weather in the South-East corner of Queensland saw a couple of nice diversions into Rockhampton Airport.

Perhaps the nicest was the first ever visit into Central Queensland by a Jetstar Airways Airbus A321-251NX (A321neo).  VH-OFY was operating as JST794 from Melbourne (Tullamarine) to the Sunshine Coast but flew up to land at Rockhampton Airport.



After taking on fuel, VH-OFY departed to the Sunshine Coast again as JST794.

Of interest, Jetstar Airways is taking delivery of as many as 18 brand new Airbus A321neo aircraft with 232 seats.  They presently operate up and down the Queensland Coast but sadly, not currently to any CQ destinations.

Meanwhile, the other diversion into Rockhampton Airport, also on Saturday 30 December, was Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-YQM as VOZ1035 which also flew up from Tullamarine and was also unable to land at the Sunshine Coast.

After it also took on fuel, it too flew down to the Sunshine Coast.

Finally, it's worth mentioning that there was a third diversion from the Sunshine Coast, also on Saturday 30 December, with Eagle One Aviation (Navair Flight Operations) Cessna 525B CitiationJet CJ3+ bizjet VH-X8X diverted into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport after flying up from Bankstown.  It then departed Hervey Bay Airport for Melbourne (Avalon).

Photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Friday, December 8, 2023

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-206 "Stallion 31" Completes Airwork at CQ Airports

On Friday 8 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-206 was noted completing airwork, including missed approaches at a couple of Central Queensland Airports.


It was flying as "Stallion 31" and departed RAAF Base Amberley and headed for Charleville Airport where it completed a missed approach. It then did the same at Rockhampton Airport and the Sunshine Coast before returning to Amberley.

Nice!

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Lance East Aviation (Seletar Jet Charter) Bombardier BD-700-2A12 Global 7500 Bizjet VH-LON at Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

On Thursday 7 December, Lance East Aviation (Seletar Jet Charter) Bombardier BD-700-2A12 Global 7500 bizjet VH-LON arrived into Hamilton Island Airport from Perth.  It then departed to Sydney.

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UPDATE!  On Friday 8 December, VH-LON flew back into Hamo from Sydney before returning to Sydney and then back to Hamo.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 10 December, VH-LON flew another trip to Sydney and back to Hamo.

UPDATE!  Finally, on Friday 15 December, VH-LON departed Hamilton Island Airport and returned to Perth.

While McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 bizjet VH-SUY as "Machflight 421" also visited Hamilton Island Airport but from the Sunshine Coast.

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" landed at Longreach Airport from Brisbane and then departed to Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport and Townsville.   It then flew down and landed at Mackay Airport before then returning to Brisbane. 

And after arriving into Mackay Airport on Monday, Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ departed there to Clermont Aerodrome.  It then flew to Dalby and then up to Rockhampton Airport before it then departed to Archerfield. 

UPDATE!  On Friday 8 December, VH-JSZ arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield then departed to Dalby and then back to Archerfield.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 7 December, Townsville Airlines Beech 1900D VH-JYA arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and Townsville.  It spent much of the day on the ground before later returning to Cairns.

Fellow Townsville Airlines Cessna 402C Utiliner/Businessliner VH-UCM arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and a bit later departed back to there followed by VH-JYA. 

The Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK visited Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and Townsville. 

And Rural Funds Management (A.C.T.) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-STE landed at Springsure Aerodrome from Maryborough Airport. 

Finally, also on Thursday 7 December, National Jet Express (formerly Cobham) Dash-8-Q400 Next Gen VH-IYK completed the recently started Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) run from and back to Brisbane as JTE392/3. 

Photo taken by David Rowcroft  ©

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Robindale Group (Bathurst) / Air Link Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-CMK Arrives into Mackay Airport - Plus More!

On Wednesday 6 December, Robindale Group / Air Link Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-CMK arrived into Mackay Airport from the Sunshine Coast.  It appears to have earlier flown there from its Orange base.

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UPDATE!  On Thursday 7 December, VH-CMK departed Mackay Airport and returned to the Sunshine Coast and Orange.

MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC visited Hamilton Island Airport from the sunshine Coast.

Eagle One Aviation (Navair Flight Operations) Cessna 525B CitiationJet CJ3+ bizjet VH-X8X as "Navair 131" flew into my local Clermont Aerodrome from Newcastle (Williamtown).

UPDATE!  On Thursday 7 December, VH-X8X "Navair 131" departed Clermont Aerodrome to Newcastle. 

And LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" landed at Bundaberg Airport from Brisbane.  It then hopped to Maryborough Airport and then returned to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 6 December, Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VEY flew from Emerald Airport to Clermont Aerodrome and then to Brisbane.  It then flew down to Newcastle (Williamtown).  VH-VEY appears to have arrived into Emerald Airport from Goulburn at the start of the week.

General Aviation Maintenance (GAM) Aero Commander 500-S VH-UJU flew out of Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport and completed aerial survey work over Gympie and Maryborough before landing at Archerfield.

The Queensland Government Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane and then departed to Mackay Airport. 

UPDATE!  On Thursday 7 December, VH-SGQ returned to Rockhampton Airport from Mackay Airport before then departing to Brisbane.

Four Vectra Holdings (Basair Australia) Piper PA-28-181 Cherokees were in the area, with VH-VDQ and VH-VOU noted flying down from Longreach Airport to Charleville Airport and then Roma Airport, while VH-BKM and VH-RMZ flew up from Archerfield to Rockhampton Airport and Mackay Airport. 

And Seair Pacific / Istlecote Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208B Caravan VH-TLH flew up from Lady Eliott Island to Middlemount Aerodrome and then down to Biloela / Thangool Airport and then Maryborough Airport and Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport. 

Finally, also on Wednesday 6 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters Australia / Lloyd Helicopters) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-SYZ as "Choppa 22" flew down from Townville to Mackay Airport and then Rockhampton Airport where it looks to be spending the night.  It has been at Townsville supporting the RAAF's Exercise High Sierra.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 7 December, VH-SYZ "Choppa 22" departed Rockhampton Airport to Amberley. 

Photo taken by 'AC'   ©

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign VH-MMC Calls into the Labona Airstrip at the Carmichael Mine - Plus More!

On Tuesday 5 December, MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC visited the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site from the Sunshine Coast.

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And Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO visited Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport from the Sunshine Coast.  It had earlier flown up there from Bankstown.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 5 December, Property Maintenance Australia P/L Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-WJA arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Dubbo. 

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 6 December, VH-WJA departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Dubbo.

McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King Air VH-SUW as "Machflight 242" arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville and then departed to Cairns.

Flight One (Services) Beech B200 King Air VH-FON visited Emerald Airport from Archerfield.

M. D. H. P/L (Cloncurry) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-MDH landed at Kierawonga from its Devoncourt Station base and in the afternoon flew back there via Cloncurry Airport. 

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 6 December, VH-MDH was back in the air again, flying down from Devoncourt to Miles Airport and then up to Kierawonga and back to Devoncourt. 

And in the afternoon, Rural Funds Management (A.C.T.) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-STE arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Canberra.

UPDATE!  Early on Wednesday 6 December, VH-STE departed Rockhampton Airport for Springsure, Rolleston and Brisbane Airports. 

Finally, also on Wednesday 6 December, private American registered Mooney M20K N228RM, which had landed at Winton from Birdsville yesterday, departed Winton to Cairns.  It seems to be on an around-the-world flight.

Monday, December 4, 2023

And Graham Aviation (Cairns) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-FMZ Pops into Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

Also on Monday 4 December, Graham Aviation (Cairns) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-FMZ visited Hamilton Island Airport from Mareeba and Cairns.



Brisbane-based Teys Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ2 bizjet VH-TEY arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield and Biloela / Thangool Airport.

UPDATE! On Tuesday 5 December, VH-TEY departed Rockhampton Airport for Tamworth.

Sydney-based Hawker Beechcraft G36 Bonanza VH-JKL departed Rockhampton Airport for Archerfield and then Bankstown. It looked to have arrived late last month.

Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ arrived into Mackay Airport from Archerfield, Dalby and Natal Downs.

And LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" had a busy day in the region yet again, flying into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport from Brisbane before then flying up to Townsville and then back down to Mackay Airport and across to Emerald Airport before returning to Brisbane.

Solo Around Australia Female Pilot Chloe Familton Touches Down at Rockhampton Airport on Her Mammoth Journey

On Monday 4 December, the youngest woman ever to fly solo around Australia, 17-year-old Chloe Familton, touched down at Rockhampton Airport at the controls of her Cessna 172 VH-NCO.  She flew up from the Sunshine Coast.


It is expected that Chloe and VH-NCO will continue to Cairns on Tuesday 5 December - and indeed she did!

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Chloe's 14,100km (7600nm) journey around Australia started in Cessnock in New South Wales and will see her stop at forty aerodromes including all the way over the Albany in Western Australia and back Ceduna in South Australia and down to Cambridge (Hobart) in Tasmania.  She is also flying with a signed handkerchief that belonged to Charles Kingsford Smith, given to her by his great niece, Nina.

Her aircraft is VH-NCO, a gorgeous 1980 Cessna 172 - the last Cessna 172 type to be produced before an eleven-year hiatus in 1986.

We wish Chloe all the very best as she completes this incredible journey!

QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOW 'Dasher-8' in Special Christmas Colour Scheme First Flight into CQ at Rockhampton Airport

Breaking cover on Monday 4 December and immediately calling into Central Queensland was QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOW which has had special Christmas themed stickers added.  It completed the QLK2372/3 service from Brisbane to Rockhampton Airport and back.  







VH-QOW then flew to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport and back to Brisbane.






The aircraft has been dubbed 'Dasher-8' and is designed to bring festive flair to passengers during the month of December.

Additionally, a Qantas Boeing B737-800 dubbed 'Roo-dolph' will also feature a special seatback Christmas message and Frequency Flyers travelling on either aircraft will receive double Qantas Points!

Photo taken by Steve Vit and Lachie Fuge  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-004 "Dragon 06" Arrives into Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Monday 4 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-004 was spotted as it arrived into Rockhampton Airport.


The MRTT flew up from Sydney as "Dragon 06".

At the time of writing, it appears that A39-004 "Dragon 06" is staying at Rockhampton Airport for at least the night.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 5 December, after some former Rockhampton locals boarded the plane as crew. A39-004 "Dragon 06" was photographed Rockhampton Airport for RAAF Base Amberley.




Of interest, the RAAF currently has seven KC-30A MRTT aircraft are flown by 33 Squadron based at RAAF Base Amberley.  The Squadron is responsible for aerial refuelling and long-range passenger transport and is controlled by No. 86 Wing, which is part of Air Mobility Group.


Meanwhile, also on Monday 4 December, fellow Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet A56-003 as "Envoy 74" landed at Bundaberg Airport from Canberra and Coffs Harbour.  It then departed to Mackay Airport and Cairns.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 5 December, A56-003 "Envoy 74" flew down from Cairns and landed at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) and Gladstone Airports before then continuing to the Gold Coast and then eventually back to Canberra. 

Photos taken by Janet Johnson and Steve Vit  ©

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Nauru Airlines Boeing B737-319 VH-XNU at Mackay Airport on Behalf of Bonza Airline - Plus More!

On Sunday 3 December, Nauru Airlines 'classic' Boeing B737-319 VH-XNU was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from the Gold Coast operating a flight for Bonza Airline as RON1609.

VH-XNU arrives into the Gold Coast prior to departing to Mackay Airport

It later returned to the Gold Coast as RON1610.

This seems to be the first time that VH-XNU has operated for Bonza, and certainly into Central Queensland.

Meanwhile, also on Sunday 3 December, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFA "Ambulance 614" flew down from Townsville to Gladstone Airport and then to Brisbane.

And LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" flew into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane before then departing to Cairns. Later it flew down to Mackay Airport and then back to Brisbane.

Finally, also on Sunday 3 December, Aero Professional Services SOCATA TBM700 VH-VSV departed its Denison Downs (Emerald) base for the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.

UPDATE!  VH-VSV looked to return to its landing site on Thursday 7 December.

Photo taken by Brodie Lawson  ©

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Jampair P/L (Navair Flight Operations) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300E bizjet VH-NSQ "Navair 188" Calls into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport - Plus More!

On Saturday 2 December, Jampair P/L (Navair Flight Operations) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300E bizjet VH-NSQ as "Navair 188" visited Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from Bankstown.

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MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville and then departed to Sunshine Coast. 

And Auscott P/L Beechcraft B200GT King Air VH-NMW visited Bundaberg Airport from Toowoomba and Archerfield.

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©

Friday, December 1, 2023

Hughes Aviation (Hughes Pastoral Group) (Gympie) Pilatus PC-12/47E NGX VH-8HP Flys into Mackay Airport - Plus More!

On Friday 1 December, Hughes Aviation (Hughes Pastoral Group) (Gympie) Pilatus PC-12/47E NGX VH-8HP flew up to Mackay Airport from Redcliffe. 


Auscott P/L Beechcraft B200GT King Air VH-NMW landed at Bundaberg Airport from Toowoomba and Moree.  It then departed back to Toowoomba. 

AERgO Asset Management Beech B200 King Air VH-XGV as "Navair 173" landed at Emerald Airport from Mount Isa and then departed to Brisbane. 

Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan VH-MRZ as 'HND430" flew from Rockhampton Airport to Bowen Aerodrome.  It looked to return later in the day.

And the Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-EZJ flew up from Archerfield to Rockhampton Airport and then Townsville.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 1 December, Air Charter Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 bizjet VH-VKX visited Bundaberg Airport from Brisbane. 

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and then departed to Brisbane. 

And fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFA "Ambulance 614" flew down from Townsville to Mackay Airport and then out to Mount Isa and then back to Townsville.

Finally, also on Friday 1 December, newly registered Aerostar Aviation (SA) Beech B300 Super King Air 350 VH-8HA, which had left Texas in the United States last week and arrived in Australia yesterday from Penang, landed at Roma Airport from Darwin and then departed to Warwick and Parafield in South Australia. 

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Wrightsair P/L (now Whitsunday Air Services / Hamilton Island Air) Gippsland GA8 Airvan VH-WRA Pops into CQ Airports - Plus More!

Also on Thursday 30 November, Wrightsair P/L Gippsland GA8 Airvan VH-WRA landed at Longreach Airport from William Creek in South Australia.  It then departed to the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour where we presume it will take up operations with a local operator.

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UPDATE!  In early December, VH-WRA was re-registered to Whitsunday Air Services / Hamilton Island Air and yes it looks to have taken up operations out of the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.

AERgO Asset Management Beech B200 King Air VH-XGV as "Navair 173" flew into the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site from Archerfield and the Sunshine Coast. It then departed to Brisbane.

Flight One (Services) Beech B200 King Air VH-FON as "Navair 170" flew to Labona as well but from and back to Archerfield.

Auscott P/L Beechcraft B200GT King Air VH-NMW landed at Emerald Airport from Toowoomba and then departed to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport and then back to Toowoomba.

And LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFA "Ambulance 614" flew down from Townsville to Rockhampton Airport then departed to Brisbane.

Wieland Aviation / McDermott Aviation Group Transall C-160D Transport Aircraft VH-RPR Arrives into the Old Station Farm at Raglan for Storage

On Thursday 30 November, what a sight to see Wieland Aviation / McDermott Aviation Group Transall C-160D transport aircraft VH-RPR photographed at The Old Station Farm at Raglan after arriving from Townsville.

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The Transall is looking resplendent in its new colours after emerging from the Flying Colours Aviation hangar at Townsville.

The ex-Luftwaffe (German Air Force) Transall C-160D was acquired by and ferried from Germany by New South Wales-based Wieland Aviation and is one of three C-160s they hope to bring to Australia.  The planes will become part of the country's National Aerial Firefighting Fleet (NAFC).

VH-RPR (msn D-120) (ex 50+83) flew out of Kiel in Germany during August and September and is planned to be operated from the Sunshine Coast Airport by local operator McDermott Aviation Group.  It flew into Townsville from the Sunshine Coast during October.

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The other two C-160s are registered VH-RFW (msn D-125) (ex 50+88) and VH-TIT (msn D-077) (ex 50+55).  

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VH-TIT was delivered and re-painted first in Townsville during October and November and was photographed ferrying in from Germany (above) in mid-October, and then photographed ferrying out to the Sunshine Coast a fortnight ago (below).
 
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VH-RPR and VH-TIT were manufactured in 1970, while VH-RFW was built in 1971. Rolls-Royce Tyne Mak 22 engines power both engines. It is believed they are the only civilian C-160s anywhere in the world. 

The Luftwaffe had used some of the C-160s as firefighters during the 1980s, equipping two with 12,000 litre tanks. It retired the last of the type in 2021. Wieland's three planes, which each have a payload capacity of 16 tonnes, began the conversion process into aerial firefighters in Germany last year.

Based at a Warnervale Aerodrome, around 90 minutes drive north of Sydney, Wieland Aviation has extensive experience supplying helicopter and fixed-wing capacity to government firefighting agencies.

The NAFC contracts approximately 150 aircraft for Australian state and territory governments. The NAFC supplements the fleet by hiring additional state-owned and state-chartered aircraft to meet peak demand across Australia. In total, over 500 aircraft, provided by over 150 operators, are available for firefighting across Australia. The NAFC is currently preparing for the upcoming 2023/24 fire season.

RAAF Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail A30-003 "Wedgetail 44" Completes Late Airwork at CQ Airports - Plus More!

Late on Wednesday 29 November, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-003 as "Wedgetail 44" flew down from Townsville to complete airwork including a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport and then Mackay Airport before returning to Townsville via more airwork at Cairns.

A30-003 approaches Townsville recently

Earlier a flight of three Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft as "Charger" flew up from RAAF Base Amberley to Townsville and then back to Amberley - including some low level flying around Finch Hatton and the Mackay Hinterland. They were identified as Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-211 and United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III's 05-5147 and 05-5149.

While Australian Army marked (Helicorp) Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopters (Agusta) AW139 helicopter VH-YBG as "Warhorse 207" was noted flying around the Whitsunday Islands while on a flight out of back to Townsville.

And later still, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-006 as "Kaos 18" completed airwork at Wondai while on a flight out of and back to Amberley.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign VH-MMC Calls into Mackay Airport - Plus More!

Late on Tuesday 28 November, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane and Emerald Airports and then departed back to Brisbane. 

Meanwhile, on Wednesday 29 November, MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC flew up to Mackay Airport from the Sunshine Coast.

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UPDATE!  On Thursday 30 November, VH-MMC flew down from Mackay Airport to Rockhampton Airport and then back to the Sunshine Coast.

While Brescon (Toowoomba) Beech B200 King Air VH-XDW visited the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site from Toowoomba via Archerfield.

Air Link (Dubbo) Beech B200 King Air VH-ISS and AERgO Asset Management Beech B200 King Air VH-XGV as "Navair 173" arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville and then departed to Brisbane.  They had flown North earlier in the day.

Mandalay Two P/L Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SCQ visited Theodore Aerodrome from Toowoomba. 

And Australian Army marked (Helicorp) Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopters (Agusta) AW139 helicopter VH-YBG as "Warhorse 207" was noted flying around the Whitsunday Islands while on a flight out of back to Townsville.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Stroud Aviation and Transportation (Boonah) / Navair Flight Operations Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-SHI "Navair 125" Calls into CQ Airports - Plus More!

On Tuesday 28 November, Stroud Aviation and Transportation (Boonah) / Navair Flight Operations Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SHI as "Navair 125" arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Mackay Airport.  It looked to had flown up to Mackay Airport from Archerfield the previous day.

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VH-SHI "Navair 125" later departed Rockhampton Airport for the Gold Coast. 

Special Mining Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300E bizjet VH-UYX flew up from Sydney to Roma Airport and Kingaroy.  It then flew across to Bundaberg Airport and then up to Rockhampton Airport.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 29 November, VH-UYX departed Rockhampton Airport for Emerald Airport and then Mareeba.

Execujet Australia Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-VSZ departed Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport visited Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport from Sydney
 
While AERgO Asset Management Beech B200 King Air VH-XGV as "Navair 173" visited Moranbah Airport from Archerfield.

And LifeFlight Agusta Westland AW139 helicopter VH-XIA "Guardian 10" landed at Gladstone Airport from Sunshine Coast.  It then departed to Mackay Airport. 

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 29 November, VH-XIA "Guardian 10" returned back to the Sunshine Coast from Mackay Airport again via Gladstone Airport.

Photo taken by Trevor Hardsman  ©

Monday, November 27, 2023

Nauru Airlines Boeing B737-700 VH-INU First Visit to CQ at Rockhampton Airport Operating for Bonza Airline - Plus More! - UPDATED!

On Monday 27 November, the bright and colourful Nauru Airlines Boeing B737-79L VH-INU made its first visit into Central Queensland operating a Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) flight for Bonza Airline in and out of Rockhampton Airport.



VH-INU flew down from Townsville (pictured) to Rockhampton Airport as RON927 (BNZ927) and then returned to Townsville as RON928 (BNZ928).

VH-INU is one of the Nauru Airlines fleet that Bonza are currently flying due to their two newest aircraft - Boeing B737-8 MAX aircraft C-FLKC and C-FLHI - not being able to fly in Australia as yet.

Of interest, VH-INU was delivered to Nauru Airlines in July 2021.  It was previously operated by Air China as B-5203 and Surinam Airways as PZ-TCS.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 28 November, VH-INU was back at Rockhampton Airport again (pictured below) operating for Bonza, but this time, operating as RON623/1052/1051/624 from the Sunshine Coast to Melbourne (Tullamarine) and back to Rocky and the Sunny Coast.  It then completed a run to Mackay Airport and back to the Sunshine Coast as RON591/2. 



Meanwhile, also on Monday 27 November, Cirrus Design Corp. SF50 Vision Jet wearing the American registration marking of N616TS landed at Bundaberg Airport from the Sunshine Coast on a training flight then departed back to there.  During the afternoon it repeated the flight. 

 LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was back in the region yet again (daily visits almost!) with it landing at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport before it then hopped to Bundaberg Airport.  It then flew up to Townsville and then back down to Mackay Airport and back to Brisbane.

Finally, also on Monday 27 November, Seair Pacific (Istlecote) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TFB flew up from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport and Maryborough Airport to Middlemount Aerodrome before flying down back to Hervey Bay Airport.

Photos taken by 'AC' and Scott Harris  ©

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Raytheon Australia Learjet 35A Bizjet VH-ESM "Lyrebird 11" Completes a Sortie out of Townsville to the Whitsundays and Mackay Airport - Plus More!

On Sunday 26 November, Raytheon Australia Learjet 35A bizjet VH-ESM as "Lyrebird 11" 11 flew out of Townsville Airport and completed low-level airwork at Mackay Airport and then over water in the Whitsundays before it then returned to Townsville. It later flew down to RAAF Base Amberley.


While Air Charter Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 bizjet VH-VKX flew into Hamilton Island Airport once again, this time from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  It later returned directly to Brisbane.

And LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was photographed at Gladstone Airport.  It arrived from and later departed back to Brisbane.





VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was also in the region on Saturday 25 November with it flying from Brisbane to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport, the Sunshine Coast, Gladstone Airport, Emerald Airport, Rockhampton Airport and then back to Brisbane.

While also on Saturday 25 November, fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFA "Ambulance 614" flew down from Townsville to Rockhampton Airport and then Brisbane.  It then flew out to Longreach Airport and then back to Townsville.

And the locally-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ departed Mackay Airport for the Gold Coast.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 29 November, N142GZ departed the Gold Coast and returned to Mackay Airport but then departed and returned back to the Goldie.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 2 December, N142GZ finally returned to Mackay Airport from the Gold Coast.

Finally, also on Saturday 25 November, privately owned and operated Quest Kodiak 100 VH-84M was noted departing Roma Airport for the North-West.

And Emerald Coaches (Emerald) Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage VH-ZMM departed Hamilton Island Airport for Gympie.

Photos taken by Graham Aspinall and Emily C  ©

Friday, November 24, 2023

Canadian-Registered Skyservice Business Aviation Bombardier BD-700-2A12 Global 7500 Bizjet C-GHSW Arrives into Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

On Friday 24 November, Canadian-Registered Skyservice Business Aviation Bombardier BD-700-2A12 Global 7500 Bizjet C-GHSW arrived into Hamilton Island Airport from overseas via Townsville where it is assumed it cleared customs and border security requirements.

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At the time of writing, it appears that C-GHSW is staying on Hamo for at least the night.

UPDATE!  On Monday 27 November, C-GHSW departed Hamilton Island Airport for Sydney.

While Air Charter Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 bizjet VH-VKX flew down from Cairns to also call into Hamilton Island Airport.  It then departed to Brisbane.

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

Meanwhile, also on Friday 24 November, Gulf Aircraft Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208 Caravan VH-PYO departed Longreach Airport to the South East. 

Stirling Helicopters Piper PA-23-250 Aztec VH-EQD arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Roma Airport before it then departed to Archerfield. 

And Mooney M20J VH-KDC arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Normanton and then departed to Toowoomba.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Falconair (NSW) Dassault 900 Falcon Mystere Bizjet VH-CAD Arrives into Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

On Thursday 23 November, the now becoming a familiar sight of Falconair (NSW) Dassault 900 Falcon Mystere bizjet VH-CAD called into Hamilton Island Airport again, this time from Bankstown via the Shellharbour Airport at Woolongong and Adelaide.

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VH-CAD also visited Hamo last weekend!

UPDATE!  On Friday 24 November, VH-CAD departed Hamilton Island Airport for Brisbane, Sydney and Bankstown.

And the very familiar sight (almost daily visits) of LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was back in CQ once again, this time calling to Mackay Airport from Brisbane.  It then flew up to Townsville and Cairns before calling into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport and then back to Brisbane,

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 23 November, Brisbane-based Hewitt Cattle Australia P/L SOCATA TBM 700 VH-PGA landed at Alpha Aerodrome from Archerfield. It was also there from Ambilindum and Longreach Airport on Tuesday 21 November

UPDATE!  On Friday 24 November, VH-PGA departed Alpha Aerodrome and returned to Archerfield.

Telford Aviation Beech A36 Bonanza VH-MPT, which had landed at Biloela / Thangool Airport from Archerfield yesterday, departed there for Moura Aerodrome and then to Springsure Aerodrome.  It then looked to continue to Emerald Airport.

UPDATE!  On Friday 24 November, VH-MPT departed Emerald Airport for Roma Airport and the Sunshine Coast and Archerfield.

Brescon (Toowoomba) Beech B200 King Air VH-XDW arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Toowoomba-Wellcamp and then departed to Thargomindah and back to Wellcamp. 

Beech 58 Baron VH-JCJ departed its Toowoomba base for Rockhampton Airport and then Hamilton Island Airport. 

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 29 November, VH-JCJ departed Hamilton Island Airport and returned to Toowoomba.

Finally, also on Thursday 23 November, Qantas Freight (Pionair Australia) BAe 146-200(QT) VH-SFW departed Rockhampton Airport for Brisbane after arriving into Rocky early on Tuesday morning and presumably encountering a technical problem.

Photo taken by Jake Weir  ©

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign VH-MMC Calls into the Labona Airstrip at the Carmichael Mine - Plus More!

On Wednesday 22 November, MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC was noted visiting the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site from its Sunshine Coast base.

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While before dawn, McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 bizjet VH-SUY as "Machflight 41" visited Rockhampton Airport from the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

And LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" flew into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane before then flying up to Mackay Airport.  It then continued to Townsville before returning South to the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 22 November, Seair Pacific (Istlecote) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TFB flew up from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport to Middlemount Aerodrome before returning down to Maryborough Airport and back to Hervey Bay Airport. 

Hughes Aviation (Hughes Pastoral Group) (Gympie) Pilatus PC-12//47E NGX VH-8HP flew from Tierawoomba to my local Clermont Aerodrome and then Keeroongooloo.

And Air Link Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftan VH-MZI flew from Barcaldine Airport to Archerfield.  It appears to have flown up there from Toowoomba over the weekend.

Finally, also on Wednesday 22 November, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 jet VH-QQR looked to operate a charter flight through Rockhampton Airport, arriving from Brisbane and departing to Cairns and Horn Island as UTY550.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Air Charter Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 Bizjet VH-VKX Calls into Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

On Tuesday 21 November, Air Charter Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 bizjet VH-VKX was noted visiting Hamilton Island Airport.

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It looked to arrive from Brisbane via the Gold Coast and later depart back directly to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 21 November, Skytrans Airlines Dash-8-100 VH-QQB as SKP745 landed at Emerald Airport from Brisbane and Toowoomba-Wellcamp and a bit later departed back to those places but as SKP1746.

And late on Monday 20 November, Skytrans Airlines swapped their Dash-8-300s over at the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site.  VH-QQM flew out and VH-QQL flew back to Rockhampton Airport.

Photo taken by John Lee  ©