Far North Queensland Skies Cairns and Townsville Airport, Australia

Far North Queensland Skies Cairns and Townsville Airport, Australia

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Thursday 31 January 2013

Military Activity in the North today

ASY251 E737 A30-006 was noted in Townsville today, routing from south-Townsville-Andersen AFB
This was complimented with a formation of RAAF F/A18's arriving along with a KC-30A A39-005 c/s ASY407 on a touch and go. It's believed this group and another are enroute to Exercise Cope North.

Thanks Dave for the report and picture.

A30-005 E737 arriving Townsville, Photo by Dave

Moving north KC-30A A39-003 DRAGON25 arrived in Cairns from the south before heading onto Rockhampton.

A39-003 KC30 at Cairns

FNQ Yestayear Images - January 1992

NOTE: Ref to ongoing 1992 movements from JAN to DEC.

Not all postings will contain the exact date in the particular month in which they were logged at Cairns.   This is due to the misplacement of the 1992 log book.  Some sightings have been collated with the help of Australian Aviation’s Traffic columns for 1992, but these are far from inclusive as far as Cairns is concerned.  Efforts are being made to tie up a number of undated images taken during the year with date (or month) of visit, and will be continued through the year.  For example, a one day fuel strike in the southern states during the year, saw a number of aircraft call into Cairns (who refuellers did not strike) for fuel.  These included scheduled carriers not seen in Cairns before, and images are awaiting a tie up date.  If anyone can supply the date (or month), this would be most welcome, or for that matter any loggings for the year of 1992

04 JAN
TAA/Australian  used A300’s to cover heavy traffic in and out of Cairns during the New Year holidays, VH-TAC seen here taxiing for RW33 with Australian titles

VH-TAC A300 at Cairns

11 JAN
Flight West Airlines leased the former Norfolk Dash 8, VH-NID.  It is seen here airborne off RW15 passing a hovering and shaky Robinson containing your photographer

VH-NID DH8 at Cairns

The last EMB110 of former Norfolk Airlines VH-FCG, stored at Cairns since ops ceased, commenced engine runs during the month before being sold on to Nationair (PNG)

VH-FCG E110 at Cairns


East West Airlines took delivery of former Ansett Airlines B727-200srs VH-ANE and made its first visit to Cairns during the month.  It wears fuselage endorsements for Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast

VH-ANE B727 at Cairns


JAN 28
Departing Cairns for the final time was resident BAC1-11 PK-PJF which had operated the Freeport Cairns-Timika-Cairns service for several years.  This is now operated by Airfast Indonesia for Freeport using B737-200’s.

PK-PJF BAC1-11 at Cairns

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Qantas Link Q400 delivery

BBA1 C-GSZD DH8D Saipan-Port Moresby-Cairns, to be VH-LQH?

C-GSZD DH8D arriving Cairns, Photo by Steve
C-GSZD DH8D at Cairns

China Southern's Inaugural flight

China Southern operated their first scheduled service into Cairns today.
B-6528 Airbus A330-200 series in "Skyteam" livery. The service will operated 3 times a week for the month of February.

CSN335 B6528 A332 Guangzhou-Brisbane-Cairns, CSN336 Cairns-Guangzhou

B6528 A332 at Cairns

B6528 A332 at Cairns

B6528 A332 at Cairns, Photo by Steve

Tuesday 29 January 2013

RAAF Hercs prepare for Exercise Cope North

ASY415 A97-440 C30J 7CF830 Townsville-Andersen
ASY416 A97-441 C30J 7CF831 south-Townsville-Andersen

Recent activity through Townsivlle in preparation for Exercise Cope North 2013 being held at Andersen Air Force Base next month.

Thanks Dave for the picture and report.

A97-441 C30J at Townsville, picture by Dave

Lynden Air Cargo departs to Brisbane

LYC451 N404LC C130 Cairns-Brisbane

25/1 Cairns-Port Moresby-Lae-Cairns
26/1 Cairns-Port Moresby
28/1 Port Moresby-Cairns

N404LC C130 at Cairns

Wednesday 23 January 2013

Lynden Air Cargo C130 N404LC

LYC428 N404LC C130 A4BC7A Johor Bahru-Cairns

File Picture - N404LC C130 at Cairns

Isa airport tops QAL

MOUNT Isa Airport becoming the best performing airport in the Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) portfolio last year.

Courtesy of the Western Star.

VH-ZPC E190 at Mt Isa, Photo by Dave

Tuesday 22 January 2013

Executive Airlines C680 Sovereign VH-EXQ

VH-EXQ C680 7C178C Essendon-Cairns-Saipan

File Picture - VH-EXQ C680 at Cairns

Saturday 19 January 2013

Carpatair F-70 YR-KMB delivery

Carpatair F-70 YR-KMB on delivery to Alliance Airlines, photographed today in Townsville by Dave.

KRP5109 YR-KMB F70 Denpasar-Darwin-Townsville-Brisbane

YR-KMB F70 at Townsville, photo by Dave
YR-KMB F70 at Townsville, photo by Dave

Tex Onsite Aerocommander Shrike VH-TQA

VH-TQA AC50 noted in Townsville today.

In recent days has operated Lilydale-Gold Coast-Toowoomba-Rockhampton-Mackay-Townsville and today to Palm Island.

VH-TQA AC50 in Townsville, Photo by Dave

Vincent Aviation Saab 340 VH-VNA

VH-VNA ex. ZK-VAA SF34 noted in Townsville today.

(27/10/2012 ZK-VAA ferried Cairns-Townsville)

VH-VNA SF34 at Townsville, Photo by Dave

Heli Solutions PNG Bell 407 P2-HSN

P2-HSN B407 south-Cairns, with titles helisolutions4png.com

P2-HSN B407 at Cairns

Friday 18 January 2013

Pacific Jet Citation 550 P2-EUV

P2-EUV C550 Madang-Cairns-Brisbane

P2-EUV C550 at Cairns

Thursday 17 January 2013

Air Niugini DHC8-100 P2-ANP

ANG6098 P2-ANP DH8A Port Moresby-Cairns

P2-ANP DH8A at Cairns

Skyforce Aviation/Pionair Convair

VH-PDX CVLT Cairns-Port Moresby

VH-PDX CVLT at Cairns

Wednesday 16 January 2013

Hevilift Bell 412 heads North

P2-HCF B412 Cairns-Cooktown- north

P2-HCF B412 at Cairns

Central Aviation Cheyenne P2-OMH

P2-OMH PAY2 Mt Hagen-Cairns

P2-OMH PAY2 at Cairns

Monday 14 January 2013

Air Niugini Q400 P2-PXQ

ANG91 P2-PXQ DH8D Cairns-Port Moresby

Aircraft arrived into Cairns on its delivery flight on the 19/12/2012.

P2-PXQ DH8D at Cairns

Saturday 12 January 2013

Twin Otter P2-KSM? starts to take shape!

Hevilift Twin Otter P2-KSM? noted today at Cairns, believed to be msn 573 ex N573SA.

P2-KSM? DHC6 at Cairns

Hevilift Bell 412 P2-HCF

P2-HCF B412 noted at Cairns today.

P2-HCF B412 at Cairns

Thursday 10 January 2013

Hevilift Bell 212 P2-HLV

Noted at Cairns General Aviation recently P2-HLV Bell 212.

P2-HLV B212 at Cairns.

Wednesday 9 January 2013

China Eastern A330-300 in "Expo 2010" colours

CES731 Shanghai-Cairns operated today by B-6100 A333 in "Expo 2010" colours.

B6100 A333 at Cairns, Photo by Steve

Nomad N22C VH-ATO

VH-ATO N22C Cairns-Port Moresby

VH-ATO N22C at Cairns

Monday 7 January 2013

Lynden Air Cargo P2-LAC

LYC1129 P2-LAC C130 Lae-Cairns-Port Moresby

P2-LAC C130 at Cairns, Photo by John

P2-LAC C130 at Cairns

Air Niugini takes delivery of another Q400

P2-PXR DH8D Saipan-Port Moresby

Photo link of P2-PXR passing through Sendai, Japan:

New Alliance Airlines F70 VH-QQR

VH-QQR F70 first flight to Townsville today.
Aircraft ferried Darwin-Brisbane as SXI1276 YR-KMA back on the 18 November 2012.

Today operating as UTY990 VH-QQR F70 Brisbane-Townsville

Picture and report by Dave.

VH-QQR F70 arriving at Townsville, photo by Dave

Thomson Airways Charter departs

TOM986 G-OOBE B752 Cairns-Siem Reap

G-OOBE B752 at Cairns

Sunday 6 January 2013

Korean Airlines Charter (3) final

KAL3127/9128 HL7495 B744 Incheon-Cairns-Narita

HL7495 B744 at Cairns

Saturday 5 January 2013

Westwing Aviation Townsville-Palm Island report

Palm Island is an Aboriginal community located approx 20mins by air north of Townsville.
Westwing Aviation Townsville branch operate up 16 flights a day (Mon-Fri) from Townsville to Palm Island.
Photographed today by Dave are 2 of the aircraft that operate the services VH-FGZ Aerocommander Shrike and VH-WZF Britten-Norman Islander. Both aircraft are frequently seen in Cairns as well but the Islander VH-WZF also operates in the Torres St.
Cessna Caravan's VH-UZY and VH-BAM also frequently operate this service.

Thanks Dave for the pictures and report.

VH-FGZ AC50 at Townsville, photo by Dave
VH-WZF BN2A at Townsville, photo by Dave

Thomson Airways Charter

TOM986 G-OOBE B752 Apia-Cairns

File Picture - G-OOBE B752 at Cairns

Friday 4 January 2013

VH-CWG BN2A Cairns-Mackay, 3/1/2013 was Port Moresby-Cairns

VH-CWG BN2A departing Cairns

Hopair Cessna 337 VH-OIQ

VH-OIQ C337 departing Cairns
VH-OIQ C337 at Cairns


Thursday 3 January 2013

GBR Helicopter Group at the Pier!

VH-HZO B06 at the Pier, Cairns

VH-MJO R44 at the Pier, Cairns

Wednesday 2 January 2013

Schweizerische Luft-Ambulanz Challenger 601

SAZ244 HB-JRA CL60 Townsville-Williamtown-Port Hedland-Bandaranaike, was Brunei-Townsville 31/12/2012

Picture Link courtesy of Planepictures: http://www.planepictures.net/netshow.php?id=1149518

Korean Airlines Charter (2)

KAL9127/9128 HL7494 B744 Narita-Cairns-Nagoya

HL7494 B744 departing Cairns

Recent Pictures from Cairns General Aviation

Recent pictures at Cairns thanks to Damian F of the Central Queensland Plane Spotting blog for providing pictures. http://cqplanespotting.blogspot.com/

VH-PDW CVLT at Cairns, picture by Damian F

P2-IRN DHC6 at Cairns, picture by Damian F

P2-HCU B06 at Cairns, picture by Damian F

P2-HC? Bell? at Cairns, picture by Damian F