Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Flight Options (Australia) Cessna Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-PWX Also Pops into Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

A couple of other interesting arrivals into Rockhampton Airport on Wednesday 26 April were also photographed by local plane spotter Kayanne H.

Special Mining Services / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-PWX was noted arriving from Brisbane having earlier touched down from the South.

After spending most the day and the evening parked on the Rocky General Aviation (GA) Apron, VH-PWX returned to Brisbane.

As shown above, Eclipse EA500 bizjet N465DG remains parked on the Rockhampton Airport GA Apron after arriving last Thursday 20 April.

Meanwhile, also touching down at Rockhampton Airport was the Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ which arrived from Mackay.  It had earlier flown into Mackay Airport from Brisbane.

VH-SGQ was reportedly due to arrive into Rockhampton Airport earlier than planned however a thick fog over the Airport early on Wednesday 26 April saw it fly direct from Brisbane to Mackay.

Also forced to divert from landing at Rockhampton Airport on Wednesday 26 April was LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" which flew from Brisbane to the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport before heading North for Rocky.  Unable to land at Rockhampton Airport, VH-VVI continued to Mackay Airport and was reportedly due to return to Rockhampton.  It didn't - instead VH-VVI departed Mackay Airport for Cairns and then Townsville.

And New South Wales-based Cessna 210 VH-ZID arrived into Rockhampton Airport from the Gold Coast via Archerfield on Tuesday 25 April.  It completed an aerial survey flight around Gladstone before landing at Rocky on Tuesday 25 April and then again along the Capricorn Coast on Wednesday 26 April.

Finally, Cirrus SR22 VH-OBT was noted completing a flight to Rockhampton Airport from and back to the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour also on Wednesday 26 April.

Thanks Kayanne!

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-208 Back in CQ and Lands at Rockhampton Airport Briefly

A day after completing a spectacular low-level fly-by over Central Queensland Anzac Day commemorations, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-208 was back in CQ and landed at Rockhampton Airport for a short time on Wednesday 26 April.

The Globemaster was noted using the radio callsign of "Stallion 43" and looked to fly North from RAAF Base Amberley up to Townsville.  It then returned South to Rockhampton where local plane spotter Kayanne H was able to capture some great photos from her yard as the Globemaster flew downwind and then finals before landing on Runway 33.

After a short time, A41-208 returned to Townsville via some airwork around Proserpine.

Reports suggest the crew were heard on the radio stating that they would return to Rockhampton Airport on Thursday 27 April.  Stay tuned!

Sincere thanks to Kayanne for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Many Photos of RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-208 and Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-202 Overhead Central Queensland on Anzac Day

A pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft were spotted completing spectacular fly-overs throughout parts of Central Queensland during local commemorations on Tuesday 25 April - ANZAC Day.

RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-208 "Stallion 56" was photographed and videoed in multiple locations completing a spectacular low pass over commemorations in Rockhampton.


And in Gladstone where the Globemaster completed two low-level passes.

While Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-202 "Buckshot 21" completed spectacular fly-bys over parts of the Fraser Coast including Hervey Bay and Maryborough where it was captured by local photographer and part time plane spotter Rowena B.

Of interest, A44-202 joined fellow Super Hornet (or "Rhino") A44-211 in overflying the Brisbane Anzac Day parade and commemorations, and they both featured on the state-wide television coverage.

Meanwhile, also in the Fraser Coast region, Brisbane-based North American P51-D-30NT Mustang VH-FST was heard to overfly commemorations at Bundaberg.

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VH-FST is reportedly the only North American-built Mustang in Australia.

Finally, in the 'Northern' part of Central Queensland at Charters Towers, a pair of RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air turboprops overflew local commemorations before continuing to Townsville and Cairns as "Boomer".

Sincere thanks to to all the local plane spotters for capturing these stunning photos and for allowing us to share them with you all!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman, Gordon Clarke, Daniel Bishop and Rowena Baumgart  ©

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPI Departs Australia For Good - That's 10 Gone Now!

On Tuesday 18 April, Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPI looked to have departed Australia for good, flying out of Brisbane for Apia (Tonga) as VOZ9901.  It has since continued to Honolulu (Hawaii), Van Nuys (California) and Nashville (Tennessee) for post-lease maintenance.

VH-ZPI is now the tenth Virgin Australia E-190 that has been withdrawn from the fleet (for now) and be transferred to other operators or storage.  It follows VH-ZPD, VH-ZPF, VH-ZPE, VH-ZPG, VH-ZPJ, VH-ZPL, VH-ZPB, VH-ZPA and VH-ZPM whch have all departed Australia since February 2016.

VH-ZPI was the ninth of eleven new aircraft ordered by Virgin Blue in 2006 and it was delivered to Brisbane in September 2008.  It was noted to be wearing the name 'Allie Albury'.

VH-ZPI in Virgin Blue livery lands at Rockhampton Airport in 2013

VH-ZPI in Virgin Australia livery departs Brisbane in late 2014

With the airline renamed in 2011, VH-ZPI was first noted wearing the new titles and livery of Virgin Australia in June 2014.  Of interest, it returned to service following its repaint by flying into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane as VOZ1235.  VH-ZPI was also renamed 'Seven Mile Beach'.

VH-ZPI's final flight into Central Queensland was back on Wednesday 29 March when it operated the VOZ1707/1710 early morning rotation from Brisbane to Gladstone Airport and back.

VH-ZPI at Gladstone Airport earlier this year

In the meantime, VH-ZPI seemed to operate several Brisbane to Townsville flights before mostly operating out of Sydney for most of this month.

File photos taken by Phil M and Col  ©

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Couple of Bizjets at Rockhampton Airport - Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 N142GZ - Cessna 525 CitationJet1 VH-DAA

On Saturday 22 April, Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport.  It touched down from its Mackay Airport base.

N142GZ at Mackay a little while ago  (File photo)

After several hours on the ground, N142GZ returned to Mackay.

About the same time as the Embraer bizjet departed, Vanguard Aviation Cessna 525 CitationJet1 bizjet VH-DAA was also noted arriving at Rockhampton Airport, possibly from Archerfield.

VH-DAA looks to be staying for the night.

UPDATE!  VH-DAA departed Rockhampton Airport, possibly for Archerfield, on Sunday 23 April.

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©

Three Royal Australian Navy (RAN) MRH-90 Helicopters Depart Gladstone Airport Following Their Deployment for Rockhampton Flood

On Saturday 22 April, the final two Royal Australian Navy (RAN) NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters that had been based at Gladstone Airport for the last few weeks departed to the Gold Coast on the first leg home to HMAS Albatross at Nowra in New South Wales.

A40-016 is pictured departing on Runway 10 as "Poseidon 16".

A short time later, A40-026 also departed Gladstone Airport for the Gold Coast.

The third MRH-90 that was deployed to Gladstone Airport - A40-006 - is believed to have departed during this last week.

All three MRH-90s are flown by the Navy's 808 Squadron based at HMAS Albatross in Nowra and their departure from Gladstone Airport sees the end of a significant deployment which started in Townsville to provide relief to coastal regions down to Airlie Beach as Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit.  They then moved south to Gladstone to help out in the region, particularly Rockhampton, during the recent flood event.  During their deployment, the three MRH-90s were involved with transporting VIPs, delivering water and other supplies and evacuating people from the Whitsunday Islands.

A great job!

All photos taken by Col  ©

More Great Photos as Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 Popped into Rockhampton Airport

As we posted below, last Friday 21 April, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 touched down at Rockhampton Airport.

Local plane spotter Scott H was also on hand to capture some great photos as the massive transport aircraft operated by the RAAF's 36 Squadron flew North from its RAAF Base Amberley home as "Stallion 50".

Once on the ground, fellow local plane spotter Russell P was also on hand as A41-209 was parked on Gate 6 on the Southern end of the Rockhampton Airport apron and soon after, the rear loading door was opened and a special guest appeared to be shown through the Globemaster.  It appeared that the local gentleman may be an ex-Serviceman and seemed to be lapping up the visit.

After a couple of hours on the ground, the C-17 was closed up and it made a spectacular departure back to Amberley.

Sincere thanks to Scott and Russell for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by Scott Harris and Russell Prothero  ©