Monday, May 21, 2018

Great Photos of Rockhampton-based R-Mach Aviation PZL Warszawa-Okecie M-18B Dromader VH-MDR Completing Aerial Spraying Operations

Local plane spotter Daniel B has sent through some great photos he captured recently of Rockhampton-based R-Mach Aviation PZL Warszawa-Okecie M-18B Dromader VH-MDR as it completed aerial spraying operations.





























M-18B Dromader VH-MDR was manufactured in 1982 by Polish aerospace company PZL Warszawa-Okecie and has a spraying capacity of 3300 litres.  It underwent a major modification in 2012 when the original Centrum Produckzyne Naukowo / PZL radial piston engine was replaced by a Garret AiResearch TPE33-12 turbine by Dubbo based conversion company, Delta Turbines.

R-Mach Aviation is a Rockhampton Airport based family owned company offering a professional and fully self-supported aerial agricultural service including the capacity to assist fire fighters with a fire-bombing platform if called upon.


As well as VH-MDR, R-Mach Aviation maintains a fleet of three aerial agriculture aircraft which also consists of Ayres S2R Turbine Thrush VH-NFF and Weatherly 620A VH-WEA.

VH-NFF was manufactured in 1989 and is powered by a single Garrett AiResearch TPE331-10-511M turbine engine which allows the aircraft to uplift a spraying capacity of 2000 litres.

Finally, manufactured in 1989, Weatherly 620A VH-WEA was manufactured in 1989 and is powered by a 9-cylinder, Pratt & Whitney R-985 radial engine.  This particular aircraft has a spraying capacity of 1200 litres.

R-Mach Aviation also operates smart little Lancair 4 VH-XVP on passenger transfer and other general charter flights.

Aerial agricultural services offered by R-Mach Aviation includes weed/pest eradication, fertilising, herbicide, spreading, spraying, baiting and seeding.

Additionally, R-Mach Aviation is AAAA accredited and utilise a GPS marking system for accurate distribution.

For enquires or more information, R-Mach Aviation can be contacted by phoning them direct on: (07) 4921 1525 or (07) 4928 9888 or mobile 0427 473 176.

Alternatively their website is:  http://www.r-mach.com.au/

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

All photos taken by Daniel Bishop  ©

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-441 "Trojan 55" Pops into Rockhampton Airport

On Saturday 19 May, and for the second weekend in-a-row, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft A97-441 was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from RAAF Base Richmond as "Trojan 55".


























It is believed to have called into Rockhampton Airport to transport more military personnel and equipment in support of a land/sea joint military exercise which is currently underway in the nearby Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

After a short time on the ground, A97-441 departed back to Richmond again as "Trojan 55".

Of interest, it appears the Herc then completed a return flight from Richmond to Melbourne (Avalon) and back!

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

All photos taken by Daniel Bishop  ©