Monday, 30 November 2015

Photos of Damaged Skytrans Dash 8-100 VH-QQA

As reported on the CQ Plane Spotting Blog, Skytrans Dash 8-100 VH-QQA was damaged during a super-cell thunderstorm in Chinchilla late last month. 

On Friday 20th November, the Dash 8 was ferried to Cairns at a cruising altitude of only 10 000ft.

Below are photos of it at Cairns on Friday 27th November. As shown by the pen markings on the fuselage, it appears that it received a substantial amount of hail damage.


Skytrans Dash 8-100 VH-QQA






It is currently unknown as to whether the aircraft will be repaired or if it will be written-off.

Beechcraft Baron 55 P2-BOB Arrives

On Saturday 28th November, Beechcraft Baron 55 P2-BOB touched down from Horn Island (YHID).


Beechcraft Baron 55 P2-BOB on Sunday 29th November

At the time of posting, it is still parked at Cairns.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Qantas Boeing 737-800 VH-VXQ Makes its First Visit in Retro Roo II Livery!

This afternoon, Qantas Boeing 737-800 VH-VXQ made its first visit in the Retro Roo II livery.

The Boeing 737 touched down as QF926 from Sydney Kingsford Smith (YSSY).

Later, it returned to Sydney Kingsford Smith (YSSY) as QF929.

Raytheon Hawker 850XP VH-BMW Visits Cairns

Recently, Raytheon Hawker 850XP VH-BMW has been noted at Cairns.

Unfortunately, it is unknown as to when it arrived exactly, nor what its origin was.


Raytheon Hawker 850XP VH-BMW on Thursday 26th November

At the time of posting, it is still parked at Cairns.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124 RA-82047 Departs

This morning, Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124 RA-82047 departed Cairns as "Volga 1673" for Rockhampton (YBRK).


Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124 RA-82047







Pilatus PC-12 VH-VTF

Noted operating flights to Hicks Island (YHKI) out of Cairns recently has been Pilatus PC-12 VH-VTF.


Pilatus PC-12 VH-VTF on Tuesday 24th November

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Colourful Raytheon Hawker 800XP VH-RIU Makes a Stop at Cairns

On Tuesday 17th November, Raytheon Hawker 800XP VH-RIU touched down from Perth (YPPH).


Raytheon Hawker 800XP VH-RIU on Saturday 21st November

Five days later on Sunday 22nd November, the bizjet returned to Perth (YPPH).

Air Caledonie de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter F-OCQZ Departs Cairns

This afternoon, Air Caledonie de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter F-OCQZ departed Cairns for Port Moresby (AYPY) as SB901.


Air Caledonie de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter F-OCQZ on Tuesday 24th November

It is believed that this Twotter has been receiving maintenance at Hawker Pacific since early October.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124 RA-82047 Touches Down!

During the late hours of Friday 20th November, Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124 RA-82047 arrived as VI1673 from Guam (PGUM).


Volga-Dnepr Antonov An-124 RA-82047 on Saturday 21st November

At the time of posting, the 24-year-old Antonov is still parked at Cairns.

Flight Options Cessna 510 Citation VH-SQW Passes Through Cairns

Noted at Cairns on Saturday 21st November was Flight Options Cessna 510 Citation VH-SQW.


Flight Options Cessna 510 Mustang VH-SQW

It is believed that it has since departed to Darwin (YPDN).

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Jetstar Dash 8 Q300 VH-TQK

On Tuesday 3rd November, Jetstar Dash 8 Q300 VH-TQK touched down from Brisbane (YBBN).


Jetstar Dash 8 Q300 VH-TQK on Tuesday 17th November

On Wednesday 18th November, it departed back to Brisbane (YBBN).

It is believed that whilst at Cairns, the Dash 8 received maintenance and had ADS-B fitted to it.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Cessna Aircraft Corporation Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX N195EX Visits Cairns

On Saturday 14th November, Cessna Aircraft Corporation Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX N195EX arrived from Groote Eylandt (YGTE).

Over the next few days, it operated local sorties.


Cessna Aircraft Corporation Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX N195EX on Tuesday 17th November

On Wednesday 18th November, the Caravan departed back to Groote Eylandt (YGTE).

Friday, 13 November 2015

Transavia/Air Vanuatu Boeing 737-800 PH-HSA Passes Through Cairns

On Wednesday 11th November, Transavia/Air Vanuatu Boeing 737-800 PH-HSA arrived from Singapore (WSSS) using its registration as its callsign.


Transavia/Air Vanuatu Boeing 737-800 PH-HSA arriving



A short while later, the 737, built in 2009, departed to Bauerfield (NVVV).

This aircraft is currently being leased to Air Vanuatu whilst the airline awaits it new Boeing 737-800, expected to be delivered in January 2016.

According to Air Vanuatu:
"During the transition stage, Air Vanuatu has secured the lease of another Boeing 737-800 from Transavia Airways, a subsidiary of European giant KLM."

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Lynden Air Cargo L-382 Hercules P2-LAC Makes Two Visits in Two Days

On Friday 6th November, Lynden Air Cargo L-382 Hercules P2-LAC arrived from Port Moresby (AYPY) as L22254.

A short while later, it departed to Perth (YPPH) as L22254.


Lynden Air Cargo L-382 Hercules P2-LAC - file photo

On Saturday 7th November, the Hercules returned from Perth (YPPH) as L22254.

This morning, it departed Cairns as L22254 for Port Moresby (AYPY).

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Wednesday's Spotting Photos


Hinterland Aviation Cessna 208B VH-TFQ



Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-VOP


Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 VH-VOR


Queensland Police (Air Wing) Cessna Citation 560 VH-PSU




QantasLink Dash 8 Q400 VH-QOH



QantasLink Dash 8 Q400 VH-QOW


Tigerair Airbus A320SL VH-XUH

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Thomson/TCS World Travel Boeing 757-200WL G-OOBD Arrives!

Yesterday, Thomson/TCS World Travel Boeing 757-200WL G-OOBD touched down from Apia (NSFA) as BY983.

Interestingly, this 757 conducted a 'scenic' flight over the Great Barrier Reef at 5000ft, before making a right-base to Runway 33 over the Esplanade, an approach generally used by smaller aircraft. It was certainly amazing to watch to say the least!


Screenshot from FlightAware of the 757's flightpath


Thomson/TCS World Travel Boeing 757-200WL G-OOBD






Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Polar Boeing 767-300WL N644GT Diverts to Cairns

This evening, Polar Air Cargo Boeing 767-300WL N644GT diverted to Cairns whilst operating Narita (RJAA) - Sydney Kingsford Smith (YSSY) as PO241.


Polar Air Cargo Boeing 767-300WL N644GT arriving this evening

At the time of posting, it is still on the ground at Cairns.