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."

Source: http://www.defence.gov.au/opex/exercises/ts13/


  • 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.

Andrew

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.

 
ANZ A320 ZK-OXA
 
  • 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.
 
 
Andrew

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

RAAF BBJ Lands

At 1:10pm, RAAF 737-BBJ A36-001 arrived at Cairns from Brisbane (YBBN) as ASY307.




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

QF924



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

Andrew

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).


Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Planespotting Photos from Yesterday

Heaps of photos from yesterday!


VH-LIO in the early morning


Jetstar A321 VH-VWX


West Wing Aviation Beechcraft 200 VH-VCB


Hinterland Aviation Cessna 402C VH-TFK




Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208B VH-CVN


Wrightsair Cessna 207 VH-EYR


West Wing Aviation Aero Commander 500S VH-WZV


Maroochy Air Cessna 182 VH-TOE.


RFDS Beechcraft Kingair 200 VH-FDD


Qantas 737-800 VH-VXF


Virgin Australia 737-800 VH-VUJ


Cathay Pacific A330-300 B-HLS




Tiger Airways A320 VH-VNO




Australia Skydive Cessna 208B VH-ZMV


Air Niugini Dash 8 Q400 P2-PXS


Qantas 737-800 VH-VZB


Virgin Australia 737-800 VH-YIJ


Cessna 172 VH-SCU


QantasLink Dash 8 Q300 VH-SBB


Skytrans Dash 8-100 VH-QQF being towed to the domestic terminal




Jetstar A320 VH-VQH


Qantas 767-300 VH-OGO








Qantas 737-800 VH-VXA


NQAC Cessna 172 VH-LHI


Hinterland Aviation Cessna 404 VH-TFO


QantasLink Dash 8 Q400 VH-QOW promoting Taronga Zoo



Virgin Australia 737-800 VH-YFC. Interestingly, YFC was the first plane to be repainted in the new Virgin Australia livery.


Cape Flattery Mines Cessna 208B VH-LZK


Jetstar A320 VH-VFD


QantasLink Dash Q400 VH-QOI promoting Tamworth Music Festival. This Q400 is appropriately named 'Tamworth'.


Cairns Short Term Accommodations Cessna 172 VH-PPX


NQAC Cessna 172 VH-LHI again


West Wing Aviation Beechcraft 1900D VH-XDY


Jetstar A320 VH-VGZ


Skytrans Dash 8-100 VH-QQF coming back again!


QantasLink Dash 8 Q300 VH-TQD


Virgin Australia Embraer 190 VH-ZPQ



QantasLink Dash 8 Q400 VH-QOF


Skytransd Dash 8-100 VH-QQL


NQAC Cessna 172 VH-LHI parked after it's flight


Toll Aviation Metroliner VH-UZN advertising 'The Australian'