Far North Queensland Skies Cairns and Townsville Airport, Australia

Far North Queensland Skies Cairns and Townsville Airport, Australia

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Philippine Airlines Q400 RP-C3036 departs

GAP5008 RP-C3036 DH8D Cairns-Biak, was Biak-Cairns 19/2/2017

RP-C3036 DH8D at Cairns.

Global Express XRS N1868M

N1868M GLEX Cairns-Honolulu, was Sydney-Cairns 15/5/2017

N1868M GLEX at Cairns.

Friday, 12 May 2017

SIL Aviation Kokiak P2-SIR in new scheme

P2-SIR KODI Cairns-Port Moresby, was Aiyura-Cairns 11/5/2017

P2-SIR KODI at Cairns.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Hevilift Twin Otter P2-IRM arrives

P2-IRM DHC6 Port Moresby-Cairns

P2-IRM DHC6 at Cairns.
P2-IRM DHC6 at Cairns.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

U.S. Navy C-37A 166375 marks 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea

VV375 166375 GLF5 Townsville-Halim Perdanakusuma, was Honolulu-Townsville 29/4/2017

166375 GLF5 at Townsville, Photo by Leroy.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Virgin Australia Airbus A330-200 VH-XFG Charter

VOZ9003/9900 VH-XFG A332 Sydney-Townsville-Melbourne

VH-XFG A332 at Townsville, Photo by Leroy.

G.A. notes at Cairns from the weekend 29/30 April 2017

VH-XNE CL60 which arr'd on the 26th from Perth
into Cairns.

VH-TBJ PA31, which arr'd Cairns on the 25th.

RFDS line-up at Cairns.

VH-KQD BE30 at Cairns.

VH-KQF BE30 at Cairns.

VH-XNE CL60 with VH-XND CL60 in background
at Cairns.

Real Tonga Jetstream 32 A3-SKY at Cairns.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

FNQ Yestayear Images - April 1996

Earlier this month we received the sad news “GAFLIKS”, Paul Howard had passed away. Paul was a key provider to this blog and provided the monthly “Yestayear” reports for FNQ. Being a keen aviation historian Paul had the ability to record events in his famous diaries from years gone by, many of which was to the benefit of the FNQSKIES Yestayear posts. Viewers to the blog were able to see events in Aviation history that was relative to Cairns and FNQ.

He enjoyed travelling following his aviation passion to many places around the world.

Paul loved his prop aircraft and provided regular articles and pictures to the Magazine “Propliner” and many other magazines.

Therefore it is fitting that this months “Yestayear” report for April 1996 that Paul provided is of a Propliner Electra L-188CF.

Thanks for the friendship and all the memories mate!

A new operator appeared on the scene during the month, mainly by default.  Charrak (Kestral) Air a
freight operator specialising in seafood uplift flying a veteran L-188CF Electra (N360Q), the type a familiar sight and sound in these parts.  The relocation from southern shores to Cairns arose from the wiping out of the tuna and lobster farms in Tasmania and S.A by storms, sources which had been earmarked by Charrak.  After some negotiation with the Solomon Islands a new source was found.  Using Pacific Air Express’s (PAE) AOC, the freighter commenced a four day a week nocturnal schedule from CNS to HIR return, uplifting up to 14 ton of chilled blue fin tuna per trip.  On arrival at CNS the seafood was transhipped to a Tokyo flight which would place the tuna on the Japan fish markets all within a 24hr period from loading at Honiara.

Following three months of operation the Electra had flown 257 hrs, all but one on the Honiara route, being a charter it completed for Freeport McMoran to West Irian. Sadly after a short period of time PAE decided to introduce their own B727-200F and relocate the CNS-HIR-CNS service to BNE-HIR-BNE, thus leaving Charrak with whatever ad-hoc work that materialised. There was some initial interest from Vanair in PNG, but the aircraft proved to be too large for their requirements.
Apart from a Coca-Cola charter to Manila, there was little business on the horizon and the Electra was returned to the lessor in Miami.

the huge paddle blades driven by the Allison turbine
office door

inbound over Yorkeys the PAE3518 is cleared to rw15 at CNS
on its early morn arrival from Honiara
pulling up for taxiway

taxiing in, note billboard titles

ready for an evening departure on the ITB ramp.

outside the office at the GA apron awaiting its next rotation

Thanks to the Late GAFLIKS for providing this Yestayear report.

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USAF MC-130H's 87-0023 & 88-0191 head back north

GACHO11 87-0023 MC130H Cairns-Andersen AFB, was Ohakea-Amberley-Cairns 29/4/2017
GACHO12 88-0191 MC130H Cairns-Andersen AFB, was Ohakea-Amberley-Cairns 29/4/2017

87-0023 MC130H at Cairns.

87-0023 MC130H at Cairns.
88-0191 MC130H at Cairns.

88-0191 MC130H at Cairns.

87-0023 and 88-0191 MC130H's at Cairns.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Virgin Australia ATR72 VH-FVI arrives for maintenance

VOZ9901 VH-FVI AT75 Brisbane-Cairns

VH-FVI AT75 at Cairns.

Real Tonga Jetstream 32 A3-SKY

A3-SKY JS32 Honiara-Port Moresby-Cairns

A3-SKY JS32 at Cairns.

A3-SKY JS32 at Cairns.

Qantas Freight Boeing 737-300 VH-XMB

QFA7301 VH-XMB B733 Brisbane-Honiara-Nauru-Honiara-Cairns

VH-XMB B733 at Cairns.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Australian Army MRH-90's pass through

ASY1021 A40-032 MRH90 Scherger-Cairns-Townsville
Warhorse34 A40-034 MRH90 Scherger-Cairns-Townsville
Warhorse38 A40-038 MRH90 Scherger-Cairns-Townsville

A40-034 and A40-038 MRH90's at Cairns.

A40-034 MRH90 at Cairns.
A40-034 MRH90 at Cairns.

Ukraine Air Alliance An-12BK UR-CAH departs

UKL4018 UR-CAH AN12 Cairns-Moro, was CNS-MXH-CNS 26th and 27th APR

UR-CAH AN12 at Cairns.

UR-CAH AN12 at Cairns.

UR-CAH AN12 at Cairns.

UR-CAH AN12 at Cairns.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

US Navy C-130T 164998

CNV7883 164998 C130T Townsville-Andersen AFB, was Andersen AFB-Townsville 25/4/2017

164998 C130T at Townsville, Photo by Leroy.

164998 C130T at Townsville, Photo by Graham.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Chillagoe Aerodrome Report (YCGO)

Chillagoe is located 215 kms west of Cairns and was once a thriving mining town for range of minerals but is now reduced to small zine and some marble quarries. The Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park containing limestone caves and Smelting history are the main tourist attractions to the region.

Chillagoe Aerodrome which is located 2.4 kms north of Chillagoe (IATA Code LLG, ICAO code YCGO). The runway length is 1123m and supports weekly Royal Flying Doctor Service clinic flights from Cairns.

Chillagoe Aerodrome.

VH-BOU C210 at Chillagoe Aerodrome.
VH-POA PA32 at Chillagoe Aerodrome.
Chillagoe Aerodrome.

Chillagoe Aerodrome.
RFDS Clinic Flight - VH-NQC C208 at Chillagoe AD.

The Smelters at Chillagoe.