Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Beauty! Deer Jet (China) Dassault Falcon 7X Bizjet B-3869 Touches Down at Rockhampton Airport

Making a spectacular arrival into Rockhampton Airport on Wednesday 21 March was the very attractive Deer Jet (China) Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet B-3869.  It touched down from Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport after arriving there from Brisbane on Tuesday 20 March.

B-3869 had arrived into Brisbane from Hefei Xinqiao International Airport in China, via Cairns, on Sunday 18 March.

At the time of writing, B-3869 remains parked on the Northern end of the Rockhampton Airport.

Stay tuned for more photos of this wonderful bizjet visitor into Central Queensland.

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

All photos taken by Don Williams  ©

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-034 Passes Through Rockhampton Airport Heading Home

On Tuesday 20 March, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-034 was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from the South.  It was heard to be flying as "Destrier 66".

After taking on fuel, it departed to Townsville.

As mentioned below, A40-034 originally passed through Rockhampton Airport last Monday 12 March, heading South (planned) to RAAF Base Amberley as "Warhorse 77".  However, it was forced to divert to the Sunshine Coast and declared a "PAN" after departing Rocky.

It looks to have spent some time on the ground at the Sunny Coast receiving attention and is clearly returning to its Townsville base.

Sincere 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  ©

TVPX ARS Inc. Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS Bizjet N123AB Departs Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More

On Tuesday 20 March, the visiting American-registered TVPX ARS Inc. FAA Owner Trust Services Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS bizjet N123AB was noted departing Hamilton Island Airport for Busselton Regional Airport in Western Australia.

N123AB departs Brisbane for Hamo last Friday  (File photo)

It had arrived into Hamo from Brisbane and overseas on Friday 16 March.

As we mentioned below, the Global Express XRS (CN: 9167) operated in Australia during 2011 with AvWest as VH-ZZH.  AvWest is a charter airline and fixed-base operator (FBO) based at Perth Jet Centre at Perth Airport, Western Australia.

Meanwhile, over the last couple of days, Mitchell Water Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY has yet again been noted visiting a couple of Central Queensland Airports during a couple of busy days of flying.  On Monday 19 March, VH-WMY departed its Melbourne (Moorabbin) base for Mildura and Hamilton Island Airport.  From Hamo it then departed to Roma Airport and Melbourne (Essendon).

Then on Tuesday 20 March, VH-WMY returned to Roma Airport from Essendon via Bendigo.

Finally, also on Tuesday 20 March, Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO visited Hamilton Island Airport once again.  As usual, it arrived from and later departed back to its Bankstown base.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox  ©

Careflight (NT) King Air VH-ZCY "Careflight 21" Spends the Night at Longreach Airport

Late on Monday 19 March, Careflight (Northern Territory) Hawker Beechcraft B200 King Air VH-ZCY was noted arriving into Longreach Airport from its Darwin base.

VH-ZCY at Longreach Airport in 2016  (File photo)

After spending the night, on Tuesday 20 March, VH-ZCY continued to Bankstown, presumably for planned maintenance.

Of interest, VH-ZCY was heard to be using its usual radio callsign of “Careflight 21”.

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©

Monday, March 19, 2018

RAAF Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-001 "Dragon 23" Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport

On Monday 19 March, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-001 was spotted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport as "Dragon 23".

Local plane spotters 'IAD' and Kayanne H were both on hand at different places to capture some great photos as the KC-30A climbed out after completing its airwork.

A39-001 looked to fly to Rocky from RAAF Base Amberley and after completing the approach, it continued to the North.  It was later heard to return South to Amberley a little later in the day.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters 'IAD' and Kayanne H for taking the time to capture and send though these great photos!

Photos taken by 'IAD' and Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Heli-Aust Whitsundays Eurocopter EC135 P2+ VH-ZGA Crashes into Water off Port Hedland in Western Australia

Really saddened to read over the weekend that Heli-Aust Whitsundays Eurocopter EC135 P2+ VH-ZGA ditched into water as it approached a bulk-carrier ship, North-West of Port Hedland in Western Australia, on Wednesday 14 March.  Two pilots were on board.

VH-ZGA approaches Mackay Airport  (File photo)

One of the pilots managed to escape soon after the crash, however the other was missing until sadly, his body was found, along with the wreckage, on Saturday 17 March.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating.

VH-ZGA (along with sister-ship VH-ZGZ) are pictured below in March last year at Mackay Airport as they prepared for departure to Port Hedland where they have been operating for Port Hedland Helicopters on marine pilot transfer and other flights.

File photo

Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims and their families and friends.

Photo taken by 'AC'  ©

Pegasus Air / Pilatus Australia (Adelaide) PC-12/47E VH-PIL Spotted at Mackay Airport - Plus PC-12

On Saturday 17 March, the very attractive Pegasus Air / Pilatus Australia (Adelaide) Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-PIL was spotted at Mackay Airport while it made a brief stop-over during a busy few days of flying.  It arrived from Cairns.

On Friday 16 March, it arrived into Cairns from its Adelaide base via Ayres Rock.

After the pilot had a lunch break, VH-PIL departed Mackay Airport and returned to Adelaide.

Meanwhile, on Monday 19 March, PC-12/45 VH-PID was noted calling into Rockhampton Airport from its Toowoomba base.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 20 March, VH-PID departed Rocky for Rolleston Aerodrome.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 20 March, Vanderfield Pilatus PC-12/47 VH-WPH arrived in Mackay Airport from its Toowoomba base.  At the time of writing, it was due to head back there later tonight.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Australian Army Eurocopter (ARH) Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter A38-008 Spotted at Longreach Airport

On Saturday 17 March and for the second time in less than a week, an Australian Army Eurocopter (ARH) Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter was spotted on the ground at Longreach Airport.  On this occasion, it was identified as A38-008.

It is believed that the Tiger arrived on Friday 16 March.  A38-008 is pictured shortly before departing Longreach Airport for Oakey.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Greg W for sending through this great photo which was captured as he enjoyed a scrumptious breakfast at the Qantas Founders Museum (QFM) at Longreach Airport!

Photo taken by Greg Weir  ©

Friday, March 16, 2018

Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook Helicopter A15-306 Passes Through Rockhampton Airport - Plus Another MRH-90!

On Friday 16 March, Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopter A15-306 was spotted visiting Rockhampton Airport.  It was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Brahman 36" and was reportedly flew into Rocky from the South.

Local plane spotters Kayanne H and Trevor H were both on hand and captured some great photos of the twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift Chinook helicopter, which is operated by the Australian Army's 5th Aviation Regiment (5 Avn Regt) 'C' Squadron based at Townsville.

After taking on fuel, A15-306 "Brahman 36" departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville.

Meanwhile, a little later on Friday 16 March, another Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter was noted passing through Rockhampton Airport.  Sadly, we are unable to provide a serial number of the MRH-90 although it was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Destrier 66".  "Destrier 66" arrived into Rocky from Townsville and later departed to the Sunshine Coast were fellow MRH-90 A40-034 "Warhorse 77" landed on a diversion from Rockhampton Airport on Monday 12 March.

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

Photos taken by Trevor Hardsman and Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-XWR for Virgin Australia Spotted at Gladstone Airport on a Busy Friday Morning

It was a busy morning at Gladstone Airport on Friday 16 March.

A pair of Alliance Airlines Fokker jets were spotted - F-70 VH-NKU sitting on the Gladstone Airport parking apron broken down after arriving late on Thursday 15 March as VOZ2913 from Brisbane and as a consequence, F-100 VH-XWR operating the scheduled VOZ2905/2904 also from and back to Brisbane to clear the backlog.

VH-NKU eventually departed to Brisbane empty as UTY990.

Alliance Airlines continued to operate into Gladstone Airport on behalf of Virgin Australia.

Meanwhile, both local operators of transfer flights to and from Heron Island were operating flights with the recent start-up Marine Helicopter Charters Robinson R-66 VH-VRK and the more established Air Charter CQ / Australia by Seaplane De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk1 Float Plane VH-IDO were both spotted departing Gladstone Airport.

Finally, it's worth noting that during recent weeks, a trio of light General Aviation (GA) aircraft have arrived into Gladstone Airport for locally-based operations.

Gladstone Flying Training and Air Charter has posted photos of their recently acquired Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II VH-FKU and Cessna 182P VH-WTH which will both be utilised in offering RA and GA training along with a host of air charter services. You can learn more about Gladstone Flying Training and Air Charter at their website:

While usually based at Maryborough Airport, Cessna 172 VH-DZW has also taken up residence at Gladstone Airport for an unspecified period of time.

Photos taken by the Col B  ©