Friday, June 23, 2017

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-210 Pops into Rockhampton Airport

On Friday 23 June, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-210 arrived into Rockhampton Airport touching down from RAAF Base Amberley as "Stallion 32".


It looked to unload some cargo loading equipment which no doubt suggests that more military transport aircraft are expected into Rockhampton Airport in the days before/after and during the upcoming Military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017 (TS17).





After a short period of the time on the ground, A41-210 departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Amberley.









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Then, just before this post was written, later on Friday 23 June, fellow RAAF C-17A Globemaster III A41-212 touched down at Rockhampton Airport also from Amberley - interestingly it was heard to use the same radio callsign of "Stallion 32".


After unloading more equipment and other cargo, A41-212 returned to Amberley.

Stay tuned to the CQ Plane Spotting Blog for all the latest news and aircraft and helicopter movements associated with Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017 (TS17).  

Exercise Talisman Sabre is a major Australian and United States military training exercise focused on the planning and conduct of mid-intensity “high end” warfighting. 2017 will be the seventh time the Exercise has been conducted and will involve over 30,000 Australian and US defence personnel.

TS17 will incorporate force preparation activities, Special Forces activities, amphibious landings, parachuting, land force manoeuvre, urban operations, air operations, maritime operations and the coordinated firing of live ammunition and explosive ordnance from small arms, artillery, naval vessels and aircraft.

TS17 is scheduled to take place from late June through to late July 2017. Exercise activities in Shoalwater Bay Training Area will commence from early July.

The Rockhampton Regional Council has also this week announced that the Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017 Open Day will be held on Saturday 8 July at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.  See more about the Open Day here:  https://tinyurl.com/y8xn3dhv

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Daniel B and Scott H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos and video taken by Scott Harris and Daniel Bishop  ©

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) B737 Wedgetail A30-001 Missed Approach at Bundaberg Airport

On Friday 23 June, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-001 "Mitchel 13" was noted completing a missed approach at Bundaberg Airport.

A30-001 completes a missed approach at Rockhampton  (File photo)

It seemed to fly up from the South and was seen completing a missed approach at Bundaberg Airport before it was believed to have returned to the South.

Photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Trump Aviation / Australian Corporate Jet Centres Cessna 560 Citation Ultra Bizjet VH-WFE Arrives at Biloela / Thangool Airport

On Thursday 22 June, Trump Aviation / Australian Corporate Jet Centres Cessna 560 Citation Ultra VH-WFE was noted arriving into Biloela / Thangool Airport.

VH-WFE at Rockhampton Airport  (File photo)

The sleek little Citation touched down from Bendigo in Victoria.

It looked to position across from Melbourne (Essendon) late on the previous day.

At the time of writing, it appears that VH-WFE will be staying in Bilo overnight and return to Bendigo and the Essendon on Friday 23 June.

Photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-014 Pops into Rockhampton Airport as "Destrier 11"

On Thursday 22 June,  Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-014 was spotted departing Rockhampton Airport.  It looked to arrive from the North a little earlier and was heard to use the radio callsign of "Destrier 11".



A40-014 was captured as it departed Rocky heading to Townsville.

As mentioned below, on Tuesday 20 June, another MRH-90 was noted passing through Rockhampton Airport heading to Brisbane also as "Destrier 11" - we suspected that to be A40-011 but given A40-014 was using the same callsign, we are now a little unsure!

Meanwhile, during the late afternoon also on Thursday 22 June, another Australian Army MRH-90 was noted passing through Rockhampton Airport.  "Destrier 21" heard to touch down at Rocky from the North and after a short time on the ground it departed to Townsville via the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).  This MRH-90 could've been A40-021 but this is not confirmed.

Thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412 Helicopter VH-ESD Flys South via Mackay and Gladstone Airports

On Thursday 22 June, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412 helicopter VH-ESD was noted flying South from its Townsville base to Archerfield via Mackay and Gladstone Airports.

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Sistership and fellow Bell 412EP VH-ESB continues operate as "Rescue 521" on med-evac duties out of Townsville Airport.

As mentioned below, QGAir Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESH spent a few days operating out of Townsville Airport in what looked to be a 'fill-in' type roll as both Bells were out-of-service.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Australian Army Tiger ARH Helicopter Spotted at Longreach Airport

On Wednesday 21 June, an unidentified Australian Army Eurocopter (ARH) Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter was spotted (below) arriving at Longreach Airport.


At the time of writing, we are unaware of the serial number or callsign.

However, later on Wednesday 21 June, another Australian Army Tiger ARH helicopter - possibly the same one - was heard to make an emergency landing at Trepell (McKinlay) Airport - a private airfield operated by BHP Minerals Pty Ltd - located South East of Mount Isa - reportedly with gearbox problems.

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©

Corporate Aviation Bell 429 Helicopter VH-EQP at Gladstone and Hamilton Island Airports

On Wednesday 21 June, Corporate Aviation Bell 429 Helicopter VH-EQP was back in Central Queensland heading North from its Southport base to Hamilton Island via Gladstone Airport.

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It looks to be staying for at least the night.

Meanwhile, after arriving at Hamilton Island Airport two days prior, on Wednesday 21 June, Malaysian-based American-registered Cirrus SR22-G3 N238JG was noted departing Hamilton Island Airport for Hughenden, Mount Isa, Alice Springs and Ayres Rock.

Photo taken by Col  ©

Cessna 525A CitationJet2 Bizjet VH-MOR Visits Hervey Bay and Theodore Airports

On Wednesday 21 June, Brisbane-based Cessna 525A CitationJet2 bizjet VH-MOR was noted arriving into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport from its Archerfield base.  After about 30 minutes on the ground, it then departed to the Gold Coast.

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Then, a little later on Wednesday 21 June, VH-MOR departed the Gold Coast for Brisbane before it headed to Theodore Airport.

VH-MOR looks to be spending the night at Theodore and is scheduled to depart back to Brisbane and then Archerfield early on Thursday 22 June.

Queensland Government Hawker 850XP Bizjet VH-SGY Pops into Various CQ Airports This Week

On Tuesday 20 June, the Queensland Government Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY was noted arriving into Maryborough Airport.  It touched down from Cairns and Townsville.

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After staying for the night, on Wednesday 21 June, VH-SGY made a pre-dawn departure from Maryborough Airport for Bundaberg.

After a couple of hours on the ground, VH-SGY then departed Bundy for Mackay Airport.  It then flew South to Rockhampton Airport where it looked to be spending the night.

At the time of writing, VH-SGY is scheduled to make a mid-morning departure from Rocky for Gladstone Airport on Thursday 22 June.  It will then return to Brisbane.

Of interest, also on Wednesday 21 June, the Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ also visited Rockhampton Airport.  It arrived from and later departed back to Brisbane.

Photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra Bizjet VH-MMC Pops into Biloela / Thangool Airport

On Tuesday 20 June, Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-MMC was noted visiting Biloela / Thangool Airport.

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It arrived from and later departed back to its Sunshine Coast base.

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©