Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Talisman Saber Exercise Movements

With Exercise Taliasman Saber now coming to a close, there has been a few movements in and out of Cairns recently.

Description of Talisman Saber:

"Talisman Saber is a US led Australian supported exercise conducted primarily in Australia to improve combat training, readiness and interoperability, across a wide spectrum of military activities.  The exercise forms part of the ADF’s extensive training program to ensure the ADF is prepared to protect and support Australia and its national interests. The exercise also contributes to the ability of Australian and US military forces to work together efficiently and safely.  By working with the US military forces, the exercise strengthens proactive and responsive strategies and enhances measures to defend Australia and its national interests."


  • On Monday, USAF C-40 165832 departed Cairns for Anderson Air Force Base (PGUA) in Guam as CNV7902.

  • Also on Monday, Royal Australian Army MRH-90 A40-14 departed Cairns for unknown. It is believed that the MRH-90 arrived on Friday or Saturday.

A40-14 departing YBCS on Monday

A40-14 on the ground on Saturday

  • And this afternoon, Royal Australian Air Force Beechcraft Super Kingair 350 A32-673 arrived from Townsville (YBTL) as ADF314.

  • And also, Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757 NZ7571 arrived this evening from Manila (RPLL) as KIW072.


Sunday, 28 July 2013

News From The Past Week

News from the past week:

  • Air New Zealand's second A320 with Sharklets - ZK-OXB - overnighted at Cairns after a long flight from Singapore (WSSS), before continuing on the next afternoon to Christchurch (NZCH) as ANZ6399. Below is a photo of ZK-OXA departing Cairns on ferry to Auckland last month.

  • Dornier 328JET N821MW arrived at Cairns shortly after 8:00pm from Port Moresby (AYPY), and departed the next morning bound for Brisbane (YBBN).
  • A US Navy MH-60 Seahawk 151541 made a quick visit yesterday morning, landing from USS G Washington as REX01 and then returned back to USS G Washington.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

B-4060 CRJ-700 Makes a Quick Visit

At 11:25am, a CRJ-700 B-4060 which I believe to be Chinese Air Force landed at Cairns from Essendon (YMEN). It has been in Essendon for two months for maintenance. After a quick 45 minute turn-around, the Bombardier CRJ has now departed to Darwin (YPDN).

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Gulfstream V VP-BNE

This afternoon, Gulfstream V VP-BNE arrived from Ayers Rock (YAYE). The day before, this Gulfstream arrived at Ayres Rock from Sydney (YSSY).

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Recent News

Cirrus Design Corporation SR22T VH-YDA is back again, this time from Hamilton Island (YBHM). It has been noted doing some local flights around Cairns.

Machjet International Cessna 550 VH-JLU arrived at YBCS from unknown. Currently, it is parked outside Hawker Pacific.

Convair CV580 VH-PDW arrived in Cairns from Bankstown (YSBK) on Friday night. The next day, it departed to Horn Island (YHID) before returning later that day. Also note that -PDW has had Pionair titles removed and Skyforce Aviation titles added.

Monday, 8 July 2013


A shot of Qantas Boeing 767-300 VH-OGU arriving at Cairns from Sydney (YSSY) as QF924 last month.


Beechcraft Kingair VH-SKU In New Livery

A few weeks ago, I spotted Beechcraft Kingair 200 VH-SKU sporting a new livery. I took a photo of it with my phone:

Here's a photo I took of it parked at Cobham in 2008:

I believe that this Kingair was repainted at Redcliffe, Queensland.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Skytrans News

Some Skytrans news:

  • Skytrans Dash 8-100 VH-QQH was withdrawn from service on April 15th. VH-QQH was then transferred to Airlines PNG as P2-MCN. It departed Cairns for Port Moresby (AYPY) as SKP9002 on 16th May.

  • Also, Skytrans Dash 8-100 VH-QQJ was ferried from Cairns to Majuro (PKMJ) in the Marshall Islands recently, and has since been noted at Honolulu.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Gulfstream V N1BN Arrives

Yesterday, Gulfstream V N1BN arrived at Cairns from Honolulu (PHNL). Recently, this Gulfstream has visited Boeing Field (KBFI) and Teterboro (KTEB).

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Another RNZAF Hercules Visits

Last night, Royal New Zealand Air Force C130H Hercules NZ7003 arrived from Guam (PGUM) as KIWI202. This morning, this 1965 model C130H departed Cairns for Whenuapai Air Force Base (NZWP) with the same flight number.