Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Poolhurst Aviation Air Charter Services Pilatus PC-24 Jet VH-VTF Spotted at Gladstone Airport - Plus More!

On Tuesday 18 June, Poolhurst Aviation Air Charter Services Pilatus PC-24 jet VH-VTF was spotted at Gladstone Airport.






It looked to arrive from Archerfield and then depart to Cairns. 

While new Nioa Aviation (Avcair) Embraer EMB505 Phenom 300 bizjet VH-NJR and Air Charter Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 bizjet VH-VKX both appeared to depart Longreach Airport together bound for the Gold Coast.

They appear to have arrived together over the weekend from Ayres Rock via Winton.

And MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC landed at Emerald Airport from the Sunshine Coast.  It then hopped to the Labona Station Airstrip within Adani Australia's (Bravus Mining & Resources) Carmichael Coal Mine site and back to Emerald Airport.  Then during the afternoon, it hopped back to Labona and then departed there to the Sunshine Coast. 

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 18 June, the new Queensland Police Service (QPS) / Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Textron Aviation B300C Super King Air 350 VH-8PD arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and then departed to Brisbane. 

Amateur-built Avipro Bearhawk VH-MHU landed at Gladstone Airport from Heck Field and then departed to the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour. 

Cessna 172N VH-JER also landed at Gladstone Airport but from Southport and then also departed to Shute Harbour. 

Plus Raytheon G58 Baron VH-OCC also flew up to Shute Harbour but from the Gold Coast. 

While Brescon (Toowoomba) Beech B200 King Air VH-WXN flew up from Toowoomba-Wellcamp to Rolleston and Yellowbank Aerodromes before then departing to the Sunshine Coast and back to Wellcamp. 

And McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King Air VH-NSN as "Machflight 55" arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and Townsville before it then departed back to Townsville.  It then flew down to Mackay Airport from Townsville and then headed back to Cairns. 

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Jamie C for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by Jamie C  ©

Friday, June 14, 2024

Brisbane-based Teys Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ2 Bizjet VH-TEY Spotted at Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Friday 14 June, Brisbane-based Teys Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ2 bizjet VH-TEY was spotted visiting Rockhampton Airport.  It arrived from and later departed back to its Archerfield base.


While Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ landed at Moura Aerodrome from Archerfield and then departed to Charleville and Birdsville Airports.  It then reversed the flight and returned to Archerfield.

Stroud Aviation and Transportation (Boonah) / Navair Flight Operations Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SHI as "Navair 173" was in the region again, this time visiting Bundaberg Airport from Archerfield.

And LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" was back in the region again, flying out from Brisbane to Longreach Airport and then Rockhampton Airport before then flying up to Townsville.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 14 June, the new Queensland Police Service (QPS) / Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Textron Aviation B300C Super King Air 350 VH-8PD flew down from Cairns and Townsville to Rockhampton Airport before later returning direct to Cairns.

Diamond DA-62 VH-8R8, departed the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour and returned to Archerfield.  It had flown up to there from Archerfield via Rockhampton Airport last week.

Recently re-registered LifeFlight Australia (Cronin Aviation Services) Bell 412EP helicopter VH-EPH as "Guardian 20" landed at Longreach Airport from Archerfield, Dalby and Roma Airports.  It then departed to Mount Isa.

And Link Airways (Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation) Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VEJ completed its usual Friday pick-up from my local Clermont Aerodrome, arriving from and departing back to Brisbane.  I don't think we will report on this common movement moving forward.

Photo taken by Steve Vit  ©

Thursday, June 13, 2024

New Pacific Helicopters (PNG) Airbus BK117D3 H145 Helicopter P2-PHD Pops into CQ Airports Heading North - Plus More!

On Thursday 13 June, new Pacific Helicopters (PNG) Airbus BK117D3 H145 helicopter P2-PHD was noted passing through a couple of Central Queensland Airports while heading up to Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Sistership P2-PHA / https://www.pacifichelicopters.aero/

It flew up from the Sunshine Coast to Rockhampton Airport and the Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport and then onwards to Mareeba.  It was due to continue into PNG on Friday 14 June.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 13 June, ZephAir Australia Piper PA-34-220T Seneca VH-YSI as 'ZD440' flew down from Townsville to Mackay Airport and then to Biloela / Thangool Airport and then Bundaberg Airport for survey work.  It is due to continue to Tamworth and Canberra on Friday 14 June.

Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander VH-TRS landed at Emerald Airport from Watts Bridge then departed to Cairns. 

Eastern Air Services / Eastern Air Link Beech 58 Baron VH-SFC flew up to Hamilton Island Airport from its Port Macquarie base. 

UPDATE!  On Friday 14 June, VH-SFC departed Hamilton Island Airport for Archerfield.

Finally, also on Thursday 13 June, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" flew up from Brisbane to Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport before then flying down to Rockhampton Airport and then back to Brisbane.

Port Macquarie Helicopters / Graham Aviation (Cairns) new Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-8DD landed at Bundaberg Airport from Sunshine Coast and then departed back to there. 

Stroud Aviation and Transportation (Boonah) / Navair Flight Operations Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SHI as "Navair 173" visited Barcaldine Airport from Archerfield via Brisbane.

And MacKellar Mining Equipment Pty Ltd (Revesco Aviation) Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-MMC flew up to Hamilton Island Airport from the Sunshine Coast. It is due to return to the Sunny Coast over the weekend.

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-464 "Trojan 34" at CQ Airports - UPDATED!!

On Thursday 13 June, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-464 as "Trojan 34" was noted completing airwork including missed approaches at Saint George, Charleville and Longreach Airports.

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The Herc was on a flight from RAAF Base Amberley up to Townsville.  It had earlier flown at the way up from Hobart in Tasmania.

UPDATE!  On Friday 14 June, A97-464 again as "Trojan 34" touched down at Rockhampton Airport from Townsville.  After completing a crew change, it then departed to RAAF Base Richmond.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

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

On Wednesday 12 June, Robindale Group / Air Link Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-CMK landed at Emerald from Orange and the Sunshine Coast.

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UPDATE!  On Thursday 13 June, VH-CMK departed Emerald Airport and returned to the Sunshine Coast and Orange. 

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 12 June, only recently American-registered Cirrus SR22T N181SP landed at Barcaldine Airport from the Gold Coast before it then departed to Mount Isa and Darwin.

Also recently delivered (April) Bayswater Road Aerial Surveys Reims Cessna F406 Caravan II VH-AL2 arrived into Rockhampton Airport from the Sunshine Coast via surveys along the way.

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UPDATE!  On Thursday 13 June, VH-AL2 departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville and then Cairns.

New Zealand Aerospace (Pacific Aerospace) CT/4A Airtrainer VH-APV (ex RAAF A19-074) flew into Emerald Airport from Toowoomba.  It then departed to Mareeba.

Forster Helicopters (Townsville) Eurocopter AS350B3 Squirrel VH-DTY arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Caloundra and then departed to Mackay Airport and Townsville.

Microflite Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-8MF visited the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour from Melbourne (Moorabbin).

And Seair Pacific (Istlecote) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TFB departed Labona for Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport. It had arrived from there on Sunday 9 June.

Plus Seair Pacific (Istlecote) Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX VH-LYI departed Rockhampton Airport for Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport. It had also arrived at Rocky on Sunday.

Photos taken by 'AC' and Tony Haynes   ©

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 Bizjet VH-87X Calls into CQ Airports - Plus More!

On Tuesday 11 June, Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 bizjet VH-87X flew up from Sydney to Hamilton Island Airport.  It then down to Mackay Airport and back to Sydney.

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And Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ which, on Sunday, flew from Archerfield to Moura Aerodrome and then to Mount Isa and yesterday, flew back to Moura Aerodrome, this morning departed there to Archerfield.

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 11 June, Brescon (Toowoomba) Beech B200 King Air VH-XDW flew out from Toowoomba-Wellcamp and the Sunshine Coast to Rolleston and Yellowbank Aerodromes before then returning to the Sunshine Coast and Wellcamp.

While the new Queensland Police Service (QPS) / Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Textron Aviation B300C Super King Air 350 VH-8PD visited Rockhampton Airport from Cairns and Townsville.

McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King Air VH-NSN as "Machflight 73" arrived into Rockhampton Airport also from Cairns and Townsville on a prisoner transfer flight. It then departed to Brisbane before later flying back to Cairns.


And the Cirrus Design Corporation new demonstration aircraft SR22T G7 GTS N20GH arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield and was on display at the Rockhampton Aero Club.





Of interest, the aircraft has a new four-blade prop and has only 15 hours up on airframe. There is also extra de-icing fitted! 











During the afternoon, N20GH then departed Rockhampton Airport for Mackay Airport where it will be on display on Wednesday 12 June.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 12 June, N20GH was on display at the Mackay aero Club and later departed Mackay Airport for Cairns.

Photos taken by Tony Haynes, Trevor Hardsman and Drew Mackay  ©

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  ©

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Utility Helicopters (Archerfield) Agusta A119 Koala Helicopter VH-X6I Calls into CQ Airports - Plus More!

On Sunday 9 June, Utility Helicopters (Archerfield) Agusta A119 Koala helicopter VH-X6I departed Rockhampton Airport for Gladstone and Bundaberg Airports.  It appeared to arrive into Rocky from Mackay Airport a couple days prior.

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Of interest, VH-X6I has been operating in recent weeks and months about Mackay and the adjacent hinterland, completing work around Eungella Dam with sistership and fellow Utility Helicopters A119 Koala helicopter VH-XRH.

VH-XRH departed the region about a month ago.

Meanwhile, also on Sunday 9 June, the locally-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ departed Mackay Airport for Port MacQuarrie before then flying back up to Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport and back to Mackay Airport.

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" flew into Gladstone Airport from Brisbane. It then flew up to Mackay Airport and then Townsville and Cairns before later returning to Brisbane.

Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY flew up from Melbourne (Essendon) to the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour. It later flew down to Warwick and Toowoomba before flying down to Melbourne (Moorabbin).

ADD Aviation Services (Australian Corporate Jet Centres) Raytheon Hawker 800XP bizjet VH-OFJ flew down from Hamilton Island Airport to Essendon. It had flown up to Hamo from there on Friday 7 June.

And Air Charter Services / Flight Options (Australia) Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 bizjet VH-VKX visited Hamilton Island Airport from Brisbane.

Finally, also on Sunday 9 June, Seair Pacific (Istlecote) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-TFB flew up to Labona from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

And fellow Seair Pacific (Istlecote) Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX VH-LYI arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Stroud Aviation and Transportation (Boonah) / Navair Flight Operations Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-SHI "Navair 173" Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More!

On Saturday 8 June, Stroud Aviation and Transportation (Boonah) / Navair Flight Operations Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SHI as "Navair 173" departed Hamilton Island Airport to Bankstown and Archerfield.  It had arrived from Bankstown early on Thursday 6 June and flew down from Archerfield the previous afternoon.

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Bowenville (near Toowoomba) based Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ bizjet VH-JSZ arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield via Dalby and Bundaberg Airports.  It is due to depart back to those places on Sunday 9 June.

UPDATE!  On Sunday 9 June, VH-JSZ departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Bundaberg Airport before continuing to Dalby and Archerfield. It then flew to Moura Aerodrome and onwards to Mount Isa.

And LifeFlight (Aeromed) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-OFB "Ambulance 624" flew into Mackay Airport from Brisbane before then departing to Cairns.  It then returned to Mackay Airport and then back to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, also on Saturday 8 June, General Aviation Maintenance (GAM) Aero Commander 500-S VH-UJU flew down from Townsville to Mackay Airport via some aerial survey work.  It then completed a local flight out of and back to Mackay Airport again via some aerial surveying.

Flight Testing Services Australia (Brisbane) PA-31/A1 Navajo VH-WHE continued to complete aerial survey flights out of Bundaberg Airport.  It had flown up from Redcliffe last weekend and also operated out of Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

Brisbane-based Piper PA-31 Navajo VH-DEP flew from Gladstone Airport to Mackay Airport.  It has been operated daily aerial survey flights out of Gladstone and Rockhampton Airports after flying up Archerfield last weekend.

While Air Gold Coast Cessna 172RG VH-BCD arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport before then departing to Bundaberg Airport, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.  It looked to have flown up to Prosie the previous day flying up from the Gold Coast via Roma, Longreach and Bowen Airports.

Helibiz / Heli Lift Bell 205A-1 VH-WOC arrived into the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour from the North.

Victoria-based Airbus Helicopters EC 130 T2 VH-BTC arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Archerfield and then departed to Townsville.

And Sunshine Coast registered Aerospatiale AS.350D Squirrel VH-PIH, which possibly arrived into Rockhampton Airport on Friday, operated several charter flights over Rocky.  It took off from outside the Rockhampton Aero Club, did a wide circuit over northside of the city, the direction varied according to traffic approaches and departures, then landed at a school on the western side of the river for a short stop, then did a short hop back to the Aero Club.  It flew over a dozen flights through the morning, finishing in the early afternoon.

Photo taken by Trevor Hardsman  ©

Monday, April 22, 2024

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) ANZAC Day 2024 Flypast Details for Central Queensland on Thursday

With ANZAC Day on Thursday 25 April, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has released details of planned flypasts during Queensland commemorations - including some Central Queensland locations.


Details from the RAAF flypasts for Anzac Day for Australia webpage (https://www.airforce.gov.au/news-events/flying-activities-events) indicate a single RAAF C-17A Globemaster transport aircraft from Number 36 Squadron based at RAAF Base Amberley will conduct a flypast of ANZAC Day commemoration activities on Thursday 25 April around Central Queensland, including in the Fraser Coast region as shown:


Meanwhile, RAAF Boeing EA-18G Growler Aircraft from No. 6 Squadron and Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet Aircraft from No. 1 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley are expected to flypast at locations in the Southern part Queensland.

ANZAC Day is a time to reflect on the contribution made by past and present service personnel who have displayed great courage, discipline and self-sacrifice in choosing a life of service to their country.

The RAAF 'Flying Operations' also reminds everyone that "All Air Force flypasts can be cancelled or changed subject to weather, operational requirements or other aviation considerations. For public safety, drones must not be operated in the vicinity of flypasts."

Photo taken by John Van Den Bosch  ©