April 2012

AIRCRAFT PHOTOS – April 2012

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Mon 30 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VQV Airbus A320-232 (cn 2338) of Jetstar

On finals to runway 21 at 13:52 as flight JQ974 from Adelaide.

Photo © Les Bushell

Mon 30 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VNC Airbus A320-232 (cn 3275) of Tiger Airways Australia

Flight TT188 from Melbourne, on finals to runway 21 at 15:12.

Photo © Les Bushell

Mon 30 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VQK Airbus A320-232 (cn 2651) of Jetstar

Landing on runway 21 at 16:08 as flight JQ968 from Melbourne.

Photo © Les Bushell

Mon 30 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VOQ Boeing 737-8FE (cn 33798/1391) of Virgin Australia, named “Margaret River”

This aircraft formerly wore Pacific Blue livery and the name “Peta Pan”.

Flight DJ559 from Sydney at 16:09, on final approach to runway 21.

Photo © Les Bushell

Mon 30 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VNP Airbus A320-232 (cn 2952) of Tiger Airways Australia

Flight TT184 from Melbourne, on finals to runway 21 at 16:23.

Photo © Les Bushell

Mon 30 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-NHQ Fokker 100 (cn 11506) of Network Aviation

Approaching runway 21 at 16:44, arriving from Fortescue Dave Forrest Airport (Cloudbreak).

Photo © Les Bushell

Sun 29 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

B-6111 Airbus A330-343E (cn 935) of China Southern

Departing at 12:00 from runway 03 as flight CZ320 to Beijing via Guangzhou.

Photos © Keith Anderson

Sun 29 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VHD Airbus A319-115CJ (cn 1999) of Skytraders.

From November to March each year, this aircraft operates on behalf of the Australian Government’s Australian Antarctic Division on a weekly service from the Division’s base in Hobart, Tasmania to an ice runway at Wilkins, Antarctica (hence the “Snowbird” radio callsign). Apart from this, the A319 is available for private charter.

Photo 1: On finals to runway 03 at Perth Airport at 11.55am, arriving from Melbourne, using callsign “Snowbird 1”.

Photo 2: Taking off from runway 21 at 13:25 to Christmas Island, again using “Snowbird 1” as its callsign.

First flown 10 July 2003 with test registration D-AVYQ.
To F-GYAS Aero Services Executive (leased from CIT Leasing Corporation) on 31 October 2003.
Sub-leased to Air France from 22 January 2004.
Returned to CIT Leasing Corporation at Toulouse, France on 31 January 2007.
Converted to Long Range configuration at Perpignan, France during January 2007.
Registered to Skytraders (leased from CIT Aerospace International) as VH-VHD on 16 February 2007.

Photos © Keith Anderson

Sun 29 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VQO Airbus A320-232 (cn 2587) of Jetstar Airways

Landing on runway 03 at 12:29 as flight JQ974 from Adelaide.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Sun 29 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VUE Boeing 737-8FE (cn 34167/1676) of Virgin Australia, named “Prue Blue”, still in the old Virgin Blue colours.

Flight DJ464 from Brisbane, arriving on runway 03 at 11:50.

Photo © Keith Anderson

 

Thu 26 Apr 2012: Off Fremantle

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) with around 75 aircraft aboard, anchored off Fremantle.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier arrived off Fremantle on 24 April 2012 for a 5-day visit. Aboard were aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17) – tail code AA
(source: http://www.gonavy.jp):

Modex
Squadron Aircraft
100
VFA-22 Fighting Redcocks FA-18F
200
VFA-81 Sunliners FA-18E
300
VFA-113 Stingers FA-18C(N)
400
VFA-25 Fist of the Fleet FA-18C(N)
500
VAQ-134 Garudas EA-6B
600
VAW-125 Tigertails E-2C Hawkeye 2000 NP
610
HS-15 Red Lions SH-60F/HH-60H
42, 45
VRC-40 DET.5 Rawhides C-2A NP

USS Carl Vinson previously visited Fremantle in 1990, 1999 and 2003, and the ship gained fame as the first to launch air strikes in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (the war in Afghanistan) on 7 October 2001. It also launched missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, and was the ship that received Osama Bin Laden’s body for burial at sea in May 2011. Earlier this month, USS Carl Vinson participated in Exercise Malabar 2012 with the Indian Navy, in the Bay of Bengal.

USS Carl Vinson appeared in the movie “Behind Enemy Lines”, starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. The film “Stealth” starring Jamie Foxx was partly filmed on the ship. USS Carl Vinson was also featured in the 1995 Discovery Channel TV documentary “Carrier: Fortress At Sea”.

Photo © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-FKV Fokker 50 (cn 20303) of Alliance Airlines

Landing on runway 03 at 14:55 as QQ4481 from Adelaide.

The aircraft is on lease to Australian Air Tours.

Photo © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-ZXE Boeing 767-336ER (cn 24343/364) of Qantas

QF769 from Melbourne landing on runway 03 at 14:51.

Photo © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-NJR British Aerospace 146-100 (cn E-1152) of Cobham Aviation

About to line up for takeoff from runway 03 at 14:32 on a flight to Kambalda.

Photo © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-NXO Boeing 717-231 (cn 55096/5093) of QantasLink

Taxying for takeoff from runway 03 at 14:42 as flight QF1806 to Paraburdoo.

Photos © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-BUW Piper PA-42 Cheyenne III (cn 42-8001047) of Central Air

Taxying to runway 03 for takeoff at 14:46.

Photo © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-XUD Embraer 120ER Brasilia (cn 120140) of Skippers Aviation

Taxying to runway 03 at 14:49 for a flight to Jundee.

Photos © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

9V-SQK Boeing 777-212ER (cn 33368/428) of Singapore Airlines

Landing on runway 03 at 14:50 as flight SQ223 from Singapore, and taxying to runway 03 at 16:13 for departure as flight SQ226 back to Singapore.

Photos © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VZE Boeing 737-838 (cn 34199/2661) of Qantas, named “Bunbury”.

Taxying to runway 03 at 14:50 as flight QF916 to Karratha.

Photos © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VZA Boeing 737-838 (cn 34195/2502) of Qantas, named “Port Augusta”. Landing on runway 03 at 14:57 as flight QF1129 from Port Hedland.

VH-VZE Boeing 737-838 (cn 34199/2661) of Qantas, named “Bunbury”. Waiting at the holding point for runway 03 as flight QF916 to Karratha.

ZK-JTQ Boeing 737-476 (cn 24442/2372) of Alliance Airlines, leased from Airwork. Waiting behind VH-VZE for takeoff from runway 03 as flight QQ737 to Karratha.

Photo © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-OGQ Boeing 767-338ER (cn 28154/623) of Qantas, named “Birdsville”

Flight QF577 from Sydney, landing on runway 03 at 14:59.

Photo © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VUU Boeing 737-8FE (cn 36609/3232) of Virgin Australia, named “Lady Blue-tiful” – still wearing the old Virgin Blue livery.

Photo 1: Flight DJ685 from Melbourne, landing on runway 03 at 15:02

Photo 2: Taxying to runway 03 at 16:17 as flight DJ564 to Sydney.

Photos © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-ZPN Embraer ERJ-190AR (ERJ-190-100-IGW) (cn 19000312) of Virgin Australia, named “Kanga Blue”, still wearing the defunct Pacific Blue livery.

Taxying to runway 03 at 15:08 as flight DJ1727 to Karratha.

Note the friendly pilot giving a wave to spectators at the Airport Viewing Area.

Photos © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-QQB De Havilland Canada DHC-8-102 Dash 8 (cn 004) of Maroomba Airlines (leased from Skytrans)

** This is the second oldest Dash 8 aircraft in the world ** (the 4th built – the first two Dash 8s were retired and scrapped).

It first flew on 3 April 1984 as C-GGPJ with De Havilland Canada, and was used as a demonstrator aircraft – it visited Australia on a demonstration tour during November 1984 – PHOTO.

It was leased to Air Atlantic from June to October 1988.

In 1989 it became VH-TQO with Eastern Australia Airlines, operating in Australian Airlines colours, with Eastern Australia titles (PHOTO). When Australian Airlines was merged into Qantas, the aircraft was painted in Qantas colours, initially with Eastern Australia titles, but later with QantasLink titles (PHOTO).

It was then traded in to Bombardier on new Dash 8-300 aircraft and in 2005 was sold to Queensland Regional Airlines (later named Skytrans), initially being leased to Airlines of PNG in Papua New Guinea, before commencing its lease to Maroomba Airlines on 19 January 2006.

Seen landing on runway 03 at 15:10, arriving from Mount Magnet.

Photo © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-FSW Fokker 100 (cn 11391) of Skywest Airlines

Landing on runway 03 at 15:12 as flight XR54 from Learmonth.

Photo © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-FSQ Fokker 100 (cn 11450) of Skywest Airlines

Taxying out to runway 03 at 15:12 on a flight to Barimunya, located near BHP Billiton’s Yandi iron ore mine, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The second photo shows sistership VH-FNY (cn 11484) ahead, at the holding point for runway 03, for a flight to West Angelas Airport, an iron ore mine operated by Rio Tinto – also in the Pilbara.

Photos © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-NOA Beech 1900D (cn UE-94) of Ad Astral Aviation, leased from Awesome Flight Logistics Pty Ltd

Taxying to runway 03 at 15:32 for a flight to Southern Cross.

Photos © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-NXH Boeing 717-2K9 (cn 55055/5014) of QantasLink

Landing on runway 03 at 15:38 as flight QF1825 from Newman.

Photo © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VXI Boeing 737-838 (cn 33479/1141) of Qantas, named “Oodnadatta”.

Landing on runway 03 at 15:43 as flight QF913 from Karratha.

Photo © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-NXD Boeing 717-23S (cn 55062/5031) of QantasLink

Taxying to runway 03 at 16:00 as flight QF1898 to Karratha.

Photo © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VGZ Airbus A320-232 (cn 3917) of Jetstar

This aircraft formerly wore a special Quiksilver livery (see PHOTO by Michael Foss taken on 26 November 2011)

Landing on runway 03 at 16:05 as flight JQ968 from Melbourne.

Photo © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VNO Airbus A320-232 (cn 4053) of Tiger Airways Australia

Landing on runway 03 at 16:11 as flight TT184 from Melbourne.

Photo © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-YIF Boeing 737-8FE (cn 38710/3904) of Virgin Australia, named “Sorrento Beach”

Landing on runway 03 at 16:23 as flight DJ559 from Sydney.

Photo © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

PK-GMJ Boeing 737-8U3 (cn 30144/3249) of Garuda Indonesia

Landing on runway 03 at 16:31 as flight GA726 from Denpasar (Bali).

Photo © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-EBO Airbus A330-202 (cn 1169) of Qantas, named “Kimberley”

Landing on runway 03 at 16:45 as flight QF777 from Melbourne.

Photo © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-ZPT Embraer 190AR (ERJ-190-100IGW)
(cn 19000451) of Virgin Australia

This aircraft is one of the few in the fleet which has not yet been given a name.

Taxying to runway 03 at 16:48 as flight DJ1881 to Newman.

Photos © David Eyre

Thu 26 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VXN Boeing 737-838 (cn 33484/1180) of Qantas, named “Fremantle”

Photo 1: Landing on runway 03 at 15:48 as flight QF1073 from Broome.

Photos 2 & 3: Taxying to runway 03 at 16:56 as flight QF718 to Canberra.

Photos © David Eyre

Wed 25 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

ZS-SXB Airbus A340-313E (cn 582) of South African Airways

Landing on runway 03 at 13:23 as flight SA280 from Johannesburg.

Photo © Steve Jaksic

Wed 25 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VQX Airbus A320-232 (cn 2322) of Jetstar

Landing on runway 03 at 12:37 as flight JQ974 from Adelaide.

Photo © Steve Jaksic

 

Wed 25 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

G-CSVS Boeing 757-236 (PCF) (cn 25620/449) of Tasman Air Cargo (leased from European Air Transport / DHL)

**FIRST VISIT **

Landing on runway 03 at 12:02 as flight HJ97 (callsign “Tasman 97”) from Auckland, New Zealand.

This aircraft was built in 1992 as a passenger aircraft against an order from British Airways, but was instead delivered in April 1992 to Inter European Airways as
G-IEAC. It was later transferred to Airtours International and re-registered G-CSVS in October 1993.

At the end of April 1998, it was sold to Greenlandair as
TF-GRL, but reregistered as OY-GRL in June 1999. Greenlandair was renamed Air Greenland in July 2002.

On 17 March 2011 it was registered N701AX to Wells Fago Bank Northwest.

It was converted to freighter configuration in July 2011, and registered G-CSVS again, to European Air Transport / DHL. It was leased to Tasman Air Cargo from August 2011.

Photo 1, 3 & 4 © Keith Anderson

Photo 2 © Michael Foss

Wed 25 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

9V-SYE Boeing 777-312 (cn 28531/244) of Singapore Airlines, wearing special “STAR ALLIANCE” colours.

Landing on runway 03 at 14:20 as flight SQ224 from Singapore.

Taking off from runway 21 at 16:07 as flight SQ226 to Singapore.

Photos 1 & 5 © Keith Anderson

Photo 2 © Michael Foss

Photo 3 & 4 © Matt Hayes

Wed 25 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-INU Boeing 737-3YO (cn 23684/1353) of Our Airline, named “Naoero”

This aircraft is being cross-hired by Skywest Airlines to operate the service to Derby-Curtin, which was formerly operated by Air Australia until its collapse.

Landing on runway 03 at 12:18 as flight ON24 from Derby-Curtin.

Note that the aircraft no longer wears “AIR KIRIBATI” titles on the forward fuselage – see Les Bushell’s photo on AviationWA taken on 27 June 2011.

Our Airline was formerly Air Nauru and is the national airline of the central Pacific island nation of Nauru, owned by the Government of Nauru.

VH-INU has been to Perth a number of times, operating charter flights.

Photo 1 © Keith Anderson

Photo 2 © Michael Foss

Wed 25 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-OJD Boeing 747-438 (cn 24481/764) of Qantas, named “City of Brisbane”

This 22 year old Boeing 747 is regularly used on the Sydney-Perth-Sydney domestic service.

Landing on runway 03 at 13:18, as flight QF581 from Sydney.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Wed 25 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VUM Boeing 737-8BK (cn 29675/2414) of Virgin Australia, named “Brindabella Blue”

Still in Pacific Blue colours, with “Airline of Virgin Blue” titles now painted on the upper forward fuselage, instead of the lower forward fuselage.

Taking off from runway 21 at 16:28 as flight DJ564 to Sydney.

Photo © Matt Hayes

Wed 25 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-NXK Boeing 717-231 (cn 55092/5077) of QantasLink

Taking off from runway 21 at 16:27 as flight QF1808 to Paraburdoo.

Photo © Matt Hayes

Wed 25 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-FKD Fokker 100 (cn 11357) of Alliance Airlines

Taking off from runway 21 at 16:20 as flight QQ804 to Leinster.

Photo © Matt Hayes

Wed 25 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VYL Boeing 737-838 (cn 34184/1854) of Qantas, named “Wangaratta”

Taking off from runway 21 at 16:04 as flight QF898 to Karratha.

Photo © Matt Hayes

Wed 25 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-QQE De Havilland Canada DHC-8-102 Dash 8 (cn 173) of Maroomba Airlines (leased from Skytrans).

Taking off from runway 21 at 16:02 to Golden Grove.

This aircraft was delivered to Perth on 6 March 2011, replacing VH-QQA, which was returned to Skytrans.

It was originally delivered to America West as N808AW in September 1989, and later went to US Air Express as N821AX in 1993 before going to Queensland Regional Airlines (which later became Skytrans) in 2006 as VH-QQE.

Maroomba conducts Fly In Fly Out mining charter services, flying mine workes to mine sites in Western Australia.

Photo © Matt Hayes

Wed 25 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-OGP Boeing 767-338ER (cn 28153/615) of Qantas, named “Forbes”

Taking off from runway 21 at 15:58 as flight QF768 to Melbourne.

Photo © Matt Hayes

Wed 25 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VGI Airbus A320-232 (cn 4466) of Jetstar

Landing on runway 21 at 15:55 as flight JQ109 from Denpasar (Bali).

Photo © Matt Hayes

Wed 25 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-XUB Embraer 120ER Brasilia (cn 120181) of Skippers Aviation

Taking off from runway 21 at 15:53 to Jundee.

Photo © Matt Hayes

Wed 25 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-QPH Airbus A330-303 (cn 695) of Qantas, named “Noosa”

Taking off from runway 21 at 15:50 as flight QF71 to Singapore.

Photo © Matt Hayes

Wed 25 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-NXG Boeing 717-2K9 (cn 55057/5020) of QantasLink

Taking off from runway 21 at 15:48 as flight QF1930 to Broome.

Photo © Matt Hayes

Wed 25 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-FKC Fokker 100 (cn 11349) of Alliance Airlines

Taking off from runway 21 at 15:46 as flight QQ952 to Leonora.

Photos © Matt Hayes

Tue 24 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-NHN Fokker 100 (cn 11469) of Network Aviation

* FIRST VISIT TO PERTH *

* DELIVERY FLIGHT *

The fourth of ten former American Airlines and Avianca (Colombia) Fokker 100 aircraft recently purchased by Network Aviation is seen here arriving at Perth Airport’s runway 03 at 13:35, at the end of its long delivery flight.

This brings Network’s total fleet of Fokker 100s to six aircraft, with another six yet to be delivered.

The former Avianca Colombia Fokker 100 registered HK-4437 arrived at Woensdrecht, Netherlands on 3 Nov 2011 after being ferried by Southern Cross International from Colombia (using callsign SXI1153).

The aircraft then underwent refurbishment and upgrades by Fokker Services.

During 21-24 April 2012, the aircraft was delivered by Southern Cross International from the Netherlands (using callsign SXI1237). Delivery route was Woensdrecht (Netherlands) – Trabazon (Turkey) – Al Ain (UAE) – Nagpur (India) – Penang (Malaysia) – Jakarta Halim (Indonesia) – Perth.

Ex PH-EZN, N1457B, HK-4437-X, HK-4437, PH-ZFX.

Photos © Les Bushell

Tue 24 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-LEP Bombardier BD700-1A11 Global 5000 (cn 9346) operated by Linfox Global Charter Pty Ltd, normally based in Melbourne.

Taxying out from the International Terminal on Taxiway Lima for take off from runway 03 at 16:07, departing direct to Macau, China.

Built in 2009, ex C-FVVE.

Photo © Les Bushell

Tue 24 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VZY Boeing 737-838 (cn 39363/3944) of Qantas, named “Temora”

Landing on runway 03 at 13:21 as flight QF587 from Adelaide.

Photo © Les Bushell

Tue 24 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-EWC Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP (cn 172S9125) owned by Brian Collingridge

Dealing with strong crosswinds during its landing on runway 03 at 13:44, on a flight from nearby Jandakot.

Photo © Les Bushell

Tue 24 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-NJQ BAE Systems Avro 146-RJ100 (cn E3328) of Cobham Aviation

Under the command of AAWA member Captain John Krepp.

Taxying out to runway 03 at 14:44 for a flight to Barrow Island, off the north west coast of Western Australia, taking Fly In Fly Out workers to Chevron’s Gorgon natural gas project.

Photos © Les Bushell

Tue 24 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

HS-TEQ Airbus A330-343E (cn 1037) of Thai Airways International, named “Si Ayutthaya”.

Photo 1: Landing on runway 03 at 15:45 as flight TG481 from Bangkok

Photo 2: Taking off from runway 03 at 17:19 as flight TG482 to Bangkok.

Photos © Les Bushell

Tue 24 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

A6-EGE Boeing 777-31H ER (cn 35597/951) of Emirates

Landing on runway 03 at 17:18 as flight EK420 from Dubai.

Photo © Les Bushell

Tue 24 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VZX Boeing 737-838 (cn 34188/3910) of Qantas, named “Daylesford”.

Landing on runway 03 at 17:23 as flight QF1001 from Karratha.

Photo © Les Bushell

Sun 22 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

HS-TEU Airbus A330-343X (cn 1090) of Thai Airways International, named “Chaburi”

Taking off from runway 21 at 17:14 as flight TG482 to Bangkok.

Photo © Matt Hayes

Sun 22 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

PK-GMQ Boeing 737-8U3 (cn 30149/3405) of Garuda Indonesia.

Taking off from runway 21 at 17:20 as flight GA729 to Denpasar (Bali).

Photo © Matt Hayes

Sun 22 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VUK Boeing 737-8FE (cn 36602/2353) of Virgin Australia named “Mackay be Diva”, still wearing the old Virgin Blue colours.

Taking from runway 21 at 17:16 as flight DJ694 to Melbourne.

Photo © Matt Hayes

Sun 22 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-ZXC Boeing 767-336ER (cn 24339/298) of Qantas

Taking off from runway 21 as flight QF594 to Brisbane at 16:55.

This is one of seven ex-British Airways 767s that Qantas acquired for use on domestic services. They are reportedly very unpopular with Qantas Cabin Crew.

Only 31 Rolls-Royce powered 767s were built.

Photo © Matt Hayes

Sun 22 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

162178 / 42 Grumman C-2A Greyhound (cn 58) of US Navy squadron VRC-40 Detachment 5, deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).

Taking off from runway 21 at Perth Airport at 11:39. The aircraft arrived the previous day (see photos below), followed by another C-2A, which also departed.

The C-2A Greyhound carries supplies, personnel and mail to and from aircraft carriers operating at sea, a mission known as Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD).

The type uses the same wings and engines as the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye, with a wider fuselage which is equipped with a rear loading ramp.

The first of two prototypes flew in 1964, and they were produced in two batches, 17 during 1965-68 and 39 during 1985-89.

The remaining 36 aircraft from the second production aircraft were refurbished from 2005, with structural, avionics and propeller upgrades. This enables them to remain in service until the year 2027.

Photos © Keith Anderson

Sun 22 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

162147 / 45 Grumman C-2A Greyhound (cn 27) of US Navy squadron VRC-40 Detachment 5, deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).

Taking off from runway 21 at Perth Airport at 12:02. The aircraft arrived the previous day (see photos below), preceded by another C-2A 162178/42, which departed prior to this aircraft.

The C-2A Greyhound carries supplies, personnel and mail to and from aircraft carriers operating at sea, a mission known as Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD).

The type uses the same wings and engines as the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye, with a wider fuselage which is equipped with a rear loading ramp.

The first of two prototypes flew in 1964, and they were produced in two batches, 17 during 1965-68 and 39 during 1985-89.

The remaining 36 aircraft from the second production aircraft were refurbished from 2005, with structural, avionics and propeller upgrades. This enables them to remain in service until the year 2027.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Sun 22 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-BMW Hawker 850XP (cn 258895) of Gojet Pty Ltd, Illawarra Airport, NSW.

Arriving on runway 21 at 15:03 from Essendon, Victoria. It departed back to Essendon a couple of hours later.

This aircraft was built in 2008, but only recently registered in Australia, on 11 January 2012.

** Previously owned by seven times Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher, when registered M-RACE. **

Ex N3195F, HB-VOY, M-RACE, VH-BMW.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Sat 21 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

162178 / 42 Grumman C-2A Greyhound (cn 58) of US Navy squadron VRC-40 Detachment 5, deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).

On final approach to runway 21 at Perth Airport at 15:39, using callsign “Romeo Golf Zero One”.

A second C-2A Greyhound arrived in the evening.

The C-2A Greyhound carries supplies, personnel and mail to and from aircraft carriers operating at sea, a mission known as Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD).

The type uses the same wings and engines as the Grumman E-2 Hawkeye, with a wider fuselage which is equipped with a rear loading ramp.

The first of two prototypes flew in 1964, and they were produced in two batches, 17 during 1965-68 and 39 during 1985-89.

The remaining 36 aircraft from the second production aircraft were refurbished from 2005, with structural, avionics and propeller upgrades. This enables them to remain in service until the year 2027.

Photo 1: © Keith Anderson

Photo 2: © Michael Davis

Sat 21 Apr 2012: FREMANTLE HELIPORT

C-GHTN / 682 Sikorsky S-61N Mark II (cn 61755) of VIH Helicopters, on lease to FESA (Fire & Emergency Services Authority) for the 2011/12 bushfire season.

This fire fighting helicopter was shipped by sea to Fremantle and flown to Perth Airport on 21 November 2011, before being deployed to Busselton Airport to provide firefighting coverage in the South West of Western Australia – see David Eyre’s photos of the helicopter at Busselton on 3 January 2012 HERE.

On 16 April 2012, C-GHTN flew from Busselton Airport to Perth Airport and later flew to Fremantle Heliport to be prepared for shipping by sea back to its owners in British Columbia, Canada.

Built in 1976. Ex G-BDKI, N9118Y, G-BDKI, N219AC.

Photo © Matt Hayes

Sat 21 Apr 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-TEM CASA C-212-200 (C-212-CC) (cn 138)
of Fugro Airborne Surveys

This interesting-looking aircraft is nicknamed “The Hills Hoist”, after a square-shaped Australian clothes line which the aircraft resembles.

It is officially called the “TEMPEST” aircraft by Fugro, and is used for Time Domain Electromagnetic (TEM) surveys (hence the registration VH-TEM).

These surveys detect variations in the Earth’s electromagnetic fields caused by minerals and substances at depths from just below the surface of the ground to hundreds of metres deep. Technical details are available on Fugro’s website HERE

The CASA 212 is a Spanish-designed and built aircraft.

VH-TEM made its first flight on 31 March 1978, wearing test registration ECT-103. It was displayed at the Farnborough Air Show in September 1978.

Later, it was added to the main Spanish aircraft register as EC-DHQ, operated by Air Balaer from 9 Nov 1979 until returned to CASA in Feb 1980.

It became VH-KDV in Australia with Schutt Aviation 15 July 1981, and was later owned by Transexecutive Airlines in Jan 1985, and Lloyd Aviation in January 1987.

It was registered in Papua New Guinea as P2-CNP to Stolip Aviation on 20 June 1987.

It returned to the Australian register as VH-TEM with Geoterrex in August 1988, Geoterrex later became part of Fugro Airborne Surveys.

Photos © Matt Hayes

Sat 21 Apr 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-CPE Cirrus SR22 G2 (cn 851) of WA Aeromedical Pty Ltd

Built in 2004. Ex N5004R, VH-EYZ, VH-CPK.

Photo © Matt Hayes

Sat 21 Apr 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-XRX Eurocopter (MBB) Bo-105LS-A3 (cn 2033) of Heliwest (operated for Western Power)

Built in 1993. Ex C-GCJT, N81MB, N911MB, N911SV, N911SY, N315LS.

This helicopter is now operated under contract to Western Power for power line maintenance, and in the last couple of months has been painted with their logo.

It also has emergency floatation gear fitted to the skids.

Photo © Matt Hayes

Sat 21 Apr 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-ONN PZL-Okecie PZL-104 Wilga 35 (cn 74205), owned by David O’Neill.

This Polish-designed and built aircraft was built in 1975 and initially served with the Polish Air Force with serial number 205. It later joined the Polish civil aircraft register as SP-FWV, before going to Germany where it was registered D-ETVS. It was to go to Malta as 9H-ADW, but this registration was not taken up. It joined the Australian register on 7 May 2010 as VH-ONN.

It wears a paint scheme similar to World War Two German Luftwaffe desert camouflage.

Photo © Matt Hayes

Sat 21 Apr 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-PUZ Partenavia P.68C (cn 268) of Advanced Cockpit Flight Training (ACFT)

Built in 1982, first registered in Australia 21 June 1982.

Advanced Cockpit Flight Training (ACFT) is based at Jandakot Airport and provides flight training, aircraft hire and charter services. It is a subsidiary of Fighter Combat International Pty Ltd.

Photo © Matt Hayes

Sat 21 Apr 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-XXY Robin R2160 Sport (cn C198) of Air Australia International Pty Ltd

Built in Canada in 1982, first registered in Australia 12 January 1983.

The Robin R2160 was a French-designed all-metal aerobatic aircraft, stressed to withstand +6G/-3G. A number were produced under license in Canada, including this example.

Air Australia International is based at Jandakot Airport, offering flight training, aircraft hire and charter services. The company was formed by Chuck McElwee, a former US Navy fighter pilot who flew the F-4 Phantom with squadron VF-151.

Photo © Matt Hayes

 

Fri 20 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-JQL Airbus A320-232 (cn 2185) of Jetstar Airways

Taxying in to park at Bay 52 at the International Terminal as flight JQ109, arriving from Denpasar (Bali) at 15:26.

This is currently the second oldest A320 in the Jetstar fleet, and was delivered to the airline in July 2004.

Photo © David Eyre

Fri 20 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

9V-SQL Boeing 777-212ER (cn 33370/451) of Singapore Airlines

Parked at Bay 53, 20 minutes prior to departing as flight SQ226 to Singapore at 15:55.

Photo © David Eyre

 

Sun 15 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

M-ATAR Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express (cn 9060) of AVWest Aircraft Pty Ltd, operated for Warburton Group

On final approach to runway 21 at 15:13.

Built in 2000, ex C-GGJH, (EC-FPI), EC-IBD, N542LF,
C-GJDU, HL8229, N804TK, C-GJDU.

This aircraft was in the static display at Singapore Air Show in mid-February 2012, a few days after being registered in the Isle of Man as M-ATAR (10 Feb 2012).

Photo © Michael Davis

 

Sun 15 Apr 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-FMG Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express (cn 9015) of FMG Air Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Perth-based mining company Fortescue Metals Group. Operated by AVWest Pty Ltd.

On final approach to runway 21 at 13:15.

Built in 1999, ex C-GDXX, N700KS, HB-JEN, N900LF.

Photo © Michael Davis

Sat 14 April 2012: Upper Swan Valley, Perth

N24-012 / (8)81 Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk
(cn 70-0597), of 816 Squadron, Royal Australian Navy

Photos © Matt Hayes

Sat 14 April 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

02-0042 Boeing C-40B Clipper (737-7FD BBJ)
(cn 33500/1223) of 76th Airlift Squadron, 86th Airlift Wing, US Air Force, based at Ramstein, Germany.

Taking off from runway 24 at 15:10.

The aircraft arrived in Perth on Thursday 12 April 2012, using callsign “SPAR 76”.

The aircraft first flew on 25 September 2002 with Boeing, using test registration N357BJ. It was handed over to Boeing Business Jets on 26 September 2003 and reregistered N708BC on 19 December 2003.

The aircraft was then allocated US Air Force serial 02-0042 and delivered 23 June 2004, however it returned to Boeing for modifications and was given civilian registration N237BA on 9 August 2004 before returning to the USAF as 02-0042 on 20 December 2004.

Photos © Michael Davis

 

Sun 8 April 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

N243AC / 741 Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (cn 64-022) of
Erickson Air-Crane, named “Marty”

On lease to FESA (Fire & Emergency Services Authority) for the 2011/12 bushfire season.

Returning to Jandakot at 1.34pm after a flight near the Fremantle Docks area. This helicopter is due to be shipped out of Australia very soon.

To see photos of “Marty” in action during the Koondoola Bush Fire 28 March 2012, click HERE.

This firefighting helicopter arrived in Australia on 7 December 2011 aboard a ship from Greece. After offloading at Melbourne Port, the helicopter flew to Essendon Airport on 8 December 2011. It departed Melbourne Port by sea on 15 December via Adelaide to Fremantle, and was flown to Jandakot on 23 December 2011.

It can release up to 9,500 litres of water or fire retardant in a single drop, compared to 4,000 litres for the leased Sikorsky S-61 helicopters or 1,000 litres for the AS350 Squirrel helicopters.

The helicopter was built in 1967 as a Sikorsky CH-54A Tarhe (civil designation S-64A) for the US Army and allocated military serial 67-18420. It was delivered to the US Army in August 1967, serving with the following units:

  • 273 Aviation Company
  • 273 Assault Support Helicopter Company “Superhooks”
  • 478 Heavy Helicopter Company “Hurricanes”
  • 62 Aviation Company
  • 85 Division Training
  • NASA, Langley Field (Loaned in 1973)
  • 478 Aviation Company (Heavy Helicopter)
  • Pennsylvania National Guard – (see a photo of it taken in 1982 HERE).
  • ?? – stored at the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Centre (AMARC), at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona

On 8 April 1994 it was sold to Lenair Corp, and registered N22696 on 27 June 1994.

On 23 January 1997, it was re-registered as N544CH to Columbia Helicopters International.

On 2 December 2002 it was sold to Erickson Air-Crane Inc. and reregistered as N243AC on 10 January 2003.

Photos © Keith Anderson

Sun 8 April 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-OWQ Pilatus PC-12/47E (cn 1052) of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Western Operations)

Taxying in at 1.37pm.

Built in 2008, ex HB-FRF, added to the register on 27 November 2008.

The PC-12/47E version is also known as the PC-12 NG (Next Generation), and has state-of-the-art Honeywell Primus Apex avionics and a 1,200 shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67P engine.

The Western Operations section of the RFDS now has 14 PC-12s, including eight of the 47E version.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Sun 8 April 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-OWD Pilatus PC-12/47E (cn 1140) of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Western Operations)

Arriving from Bunbury and landing on runway 06L at 2:29pm.

Built in 2009, ex HB-FRN, added to the register on 19 January 2010.

The PC-12/47E version is also known as the PC-12 NG (Next Generation), and has state-of-the-art Honeywell Primus Apex avionics and a 1,200 shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67P engine.

The Western Operations section of the RFDS now has 14 PC-12s, including eight of the 47E version.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Sun 8 April 2012: JANDAKOT AIRPORT

VH-ZUZ Culp Special (cn CS-1947) owned by Peter Cash

Taking off from runway 06L at 1pm.

Built in 2003, and added to the register on 18 March 2003.
Peter built this aircraft from scratch using blueprint plans – some bits he had to guess. He sourced all parts himself. One of the most difficult parts to construct was making the engine cowlings by “tin bashing”.

It took 6000 hours of construction over 3 years (or 40 hours per week, every week of the year).

Photo © Keith Anderson

Sat 7 April 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-PFL Gulfstream Aerospace G550 (GV-SP)
(cn 5287) of Pacific Flight Services Pty Ltd

Arriving from Seletar Airport, Singapore, and seen here on final approach to Perth Airport runway 21 at 16:44. It departed back to Singapore an hour later.

Although the operator is registered in Australia, this aircraft is based in Singapore and operated on executive jet charter flights.

The aircraft was first registered 16.12.2009 as N587GA to Gulfstream Aerospace. Delivered 27 October 2010 to Pacific Flight Services Pty Ltd, but the registered owner is ST Aerospace Engineering Pte. Ltd, Singapore.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Sat 7 April 2012: North Quay, Fremantle Docks

Two helicopters ready for shipping by sea:

Front:
VH-… Eurocopter AS332L Super Puma of Bristow Helicopters

Registration unknown – awaiting shipping to an unknown destination.

Rear:
C-FIBN / 681 Sikorsky S-61N (cn 61811) of VIH Helicopters Ltd, British Columbia, Canada.

C-FIBN arrived at Perth Airport on Tuesday 1 November 2011, and was leased by the WA Fire and Emergency Services Authority for the 2011/12 bush fire season, which usually runs to April. It was fitted with an underbelly Isolair firefighting system and hover pump – the hose for the pump can be seen lying under the nose of the helicopter. This was fitted at Perth Airport on 4 November. It is seen here awaiting shipping overseas – perhaps back to Canada.

C-FIBN was built in 1976. Originally delivered 22 June 1978 to Bow Valley Helicopters in Alberta, Canada as C-GBVR. It later became PT-HPV, and C-FIBN.

Photo © Matt Hayes

Fri 6 April 2012: Over Perth northern suburbs

A97-4.. Lockheed-Martin C-130J-30 Hercules of 37 Squadron, RAAF, based at Richmond, NSW

Flying north at 14:52.

Photo © David Eyre

Fri 6 April 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

C-GOAG Dassault Falcon 900EX (cn 15) of Sunwest Aviation, Calgary, Canada

This aircraft departed at 16:06 direct to Nadi in Fiji.

C-GOAG first arrived in Perth from Brisbane on 31 March 2012, and flew to Karratha and back to Perth on 3 April 2012, along with Cessna 750 Citation X C-GCUL of Canadian Utilities, probably to inspect the power station being built at Karratha by subsidiary ATCO Australia.

Maximum range of 8,200 km, and cruise speed of 870 km/h, maximum capacity of 12 passengers plus crew.

C-GOAG was built in 1997, and test flown as F-WWFO with Dassault. Delivered to Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation in the USA for interior fitout, and registered N915EX on 12 Feb 1997. Registered N914J to Metromedia Aircraft Inc on 26 Aug 1997, and reregistered N914JL to them on 18 Oct 2000. On 9 May 2001, it was registered C-GOAG to Alberta Energy Company Ltd, but two days later was registered to Sunwest Aviation.

Photo © Michael Davis

Fri 6 April 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

PK-GMV Boeing 737-8U3 (cn 38074/3960) of Garuda Indonesia

** FIRST VISIT TO PERTH **

PK-GMV arrived just after midnight from Denpasar (Bali) as flight GA728, and is seen in the first photo taxying out at 7:18AM as flight GA727 back to Denpasar.

It then flew back to Perth from Denpasar as flight GA726, as seen in the second and third photos, which were taken at 4:05PM and 4:18PM.

PK-GMV made its first flight from the Boeing factory on 5 March 2012, and was delivered to Garuda during 14-16 March 2012, flying from Boeing Field (Seattle) to Honolulu (Hawaii) – Majuro (Marshall Islands) – Biak (Indonesia) – Jakarta (indonesia).

Photo 1 & 3 © Michael Davis

Photo 2 © Keith Anderson

Fri 6 April 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-DAA Cessna 525 CitationJet (cn 525-0138) of Maxem Aviation

Arriving from Busselton for a landing on runway 03 at Perth at 12:14.

Built in 1996 and first flown as N5211F with Cessna. It was registered VH-MOJ on 18 April 1996 to Morgan & Co Pty Ltd. It was sold to Dramatic Investments Pty Ltd and registered to them on 20 Aug 2003. Reregistered VH-DAA on 7 Nov 2006 to Pacific Media Corporation Ltd, operated by GoJet Pty Ltd. On 2 June 2011 it was registered to ST Air Pty Ltd, and operated by Maxem Aviation.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Fri 6 April 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-MXD Cessna 560 Citation Encore + (cn 560-0807) of Maxem Aviation

Taxying on taxiway A for takeoff from runway 03 at Perth at 14:58, bound for Albany.

This aircraft was built in 2010 and initially registered N5064M to Cessna, before being reregistered on 28 Oct 2010 to Cessna. It was leased to Aeromil (Australia) Pty Ltd for 6 months from 22 November 2010. It was sold to Westpac Banking Corporation on 30 Sep 2011, registered to them on 4 October 2011, and leased to Maxem Aviation.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Fri 6 April 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

VH-VFF Airbus A320-232 (cn 5039) of Jetstar

Landing on runway 03 at 15:12 as flight JQ109 from Denpasar (Bali).

This new A320 made its first flight on 16 Feb 2012 from the Airbus factory in Toulouse as F-WWDG, was delivered to Jetstar on 9 March 2012, and made its first visit to Perth on 30 March 2012.

Photo © Keith Anderson

Sun 1 April 2012: PERTH AIRPORT

P4-CLA Boeing 767-2DX ER (cn 32954/861) of Comlux Aruba N.V.

** FIRST VISIT TO PERTH **

On final approach to runway 21 at 14:10, using flight number CXB015, with the President of Gabon on board, arriving from Sydney.

Although registered in the tax haven of Aruba (a Dutch territory located in the Caribbean), this aircraft is home based in Zurich, Switzerland.

This 767 has been a VIP aircraft for its entire life. It first flew on 26 November 2001, and was delivered to the Government of Kazakhstan on 8 February 2002 registered as UN-B6701. It was re-registered on 30 January 2009 as UP-B6701.

On 30 August 2011 it was registered P4-CLA to Comlux Aruba and delivered from Indianapolis (USA) to Toulouse (France) to its new base at Zurich, Switzerland from 1 – 2 September 2011.

Photo © Michael Foss

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