Monday, June 10, 2024

Some Aerial Survey Aircraft Around CQ Airports - And Spotted Parked at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour - Plus More!

On Monday 10 June, a nice pair of Piper PA-31 Navajo aircraft were spotted parked at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour after completing big days of aerial survey flights.

Flight Testing Services Australia (Brisbane) PA-31/A1 Navajo VH-WHE arrived from Mackay Airport after completing surveying over Bowen.  It has been operating out of Mackay and Bundaberg Airports over the last week.

Brisbane-based Piper PA-31 Navajo VH-DEP also flew up from Mackay Airport and completed survey work at different parts between Mackay and the Whitsundays.  It had also been operating out of Gladstone Airport in recent days.

And also spotted at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour was Helibiz / Heli Lift Bell 205A-1 VH-WOC which arrived from the North over the weekend and is reportedly in town to complete some heavy-lift operations in the Whitsunday Islands.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 10 June, Nautilus Aviation Bell Textron 407GXi helicopter VH-JIW looked to fly down from Cairns and Townsville to Mackay Airport.

Seair Pacific / Istlecote Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208B Caravan VH-TLH flew up from Hervey Bay and Maryborough to Rocky and Middlemount then back to Hervey Bay.

Through the day the new Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Beech B300 King Air 350i VH-8TT was also completing aerial survey flights in the region.

Privately registered Piper PA-34-200T Seneca VH-DIG was seen overhead Clermont completing aerial surveying while on a flight out of Emerald Airport.

BPW Aviation / Airspeed Aviation Beech 58 Baron VH-KCN flew from Mackay Airport to Emerald Airport and the Charleville and Quilpie Airports before returning to Mackay Airport and flying down to Rockhampton Airport. It had left Rocky for Mackay late on Sunday.

Central Highlands Aerial Services (CHAS) SOCATA TBM 700 VH-FYN (ex N700RU) seemed to complete a local flight from and back to the company's landing strip near Emerald.

While Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VEJ completed its usual Monday morning run from Brisbane to my local Clermont Aerodrome before then returning to Brisbane.

And Port Macquarie Helicopters / Graham Aviation (Cairns) new Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-8DD flew up from the Sunshine Coast to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport via some airwork at Maryborough Airport.

All photos taken by Lee Holloway  ©

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