Thursday, February 22, 2024

New Zealand Registered Pacific Aerospace PAC-750 ZK-SDT Pops into Mackay Airport on Ferry Flight to PNG - Plus More!

On Thursday 22 February, New Zealand registered Pacific Aerospace PAC-750 ZK-SDT was noted passing through Mackay Airport while on a ferry flight from New Zealand to Papua New Guinea (PNG).

ZK-SDT in New Zealand last week

It arrived from the Gold Coast and was enroute to Cairns however, due to a technical problem, ZK-SDT diverted into Townsville.  

Of interest, ZK-SDT had flown across from New Zealand during the latter of last week.  It has been registered to Aero Dynamics Ltd of Mt Hagen in Papua New Guinea since mid September 2023.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 25 February, ZK-SDT departed Townsville for Cairns and in the subsequent days, it has been noted completing local flights out of and back to Carins.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 5 March, ZK-SDT finally departed Cairns and ferried up to Papua New Guinea.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 22 February, Hughes Aviation (Hughes Pastoral Group) (Gympie) Pilatus PC-12/47E NGX VH-8HP flew down from Tierawoomba to Archerfield and during the afternoon, it flew up from there to Caldervale Station and then Lake Nash.

McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King Air VH-NSN as "Machflight 121" visited Rockhampton Airport from Townsville.

Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VEJ flew up from Brisbane to the Oaky Creek Mine Site and then Rolleston and Emerald Airports.

UPDATE!  On Friday 23 February, VH-VEJ departed Emerald Airport and returned to Rolleston Aerodrome before flying back to Brisbane.  It then completed one more flight to Emerald Airport and back to Brisbane.

And Townsville Airlines Beech 1900D VH-RUE landed at Longreach Airport from Cairns and Charters Towers Aerodrome before then continuing to Emerald Airport.

UPDATE!  On Friday 23 February, VH-RUE departed Emerald Airport for Kingaroy and Brisbane.  It then flew back up to Cairns.

Finally, also on Thursday 22 February, MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC landed at Emerald Airport from the Sunshine Coast.  It then continued to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site before later returning directly to the Sunshine Coast.

And Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ continues to visit the region, this time flying up from Archerfield to Moura and Emerald Airports before then flying down to Roma Airport and then back to Archerfield. 

Photo taken by Mike Condon  ©

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