Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 in review, and thankyou to our readers & contributors

As the final post for 2015, considered it would be fitting to take a moment to reflect upon some of the more exciting events covered by Capricorn Plane Spotting / Air Queensland.blogspot throughout the year.

To begin, we attended Australian International Air Show 2015 at Avalon Airport near Geelong, Victoria in late February and provided extensive coverage for a number of weeks afterwards. Our intention is to attend the biennial event again in 2017.

 
 
 
 
 
The annual Old Station Fly-in & Heritage Show was held at Old Station near Raglan, Central Queensland in May and as always, was a thoroughly enjoyable and well organised event.
 
Air Queensland.blogspot will be back to cover the fly-in again in 2016. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With preparations beginning a number of weeks prior and conducted in conjunction with 'Exercise Hamel', the biennial joint Australian - US military exercise 'Talisman Saber' got underway in July at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) and Rockhampton Airport again played host to the event. New Zealand and Japan also participated in 2015.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Air Queensland.blogspot was excited to attend the Inaugural Fraser Coast Fly-in at Maryborough Airport in August and already looking forward to the next occasion in 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
 
To finish the year off with a bang, Rockhampton Airport again played host to Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) 'Exercise Wallaby' during the months of October and November.
 
Not only did local planespotters enjoy the sights and sounds of the participating General Dynamics (Lockheed Martin) F-16 Fighting Falcon's, but the enormous size of the visiting Antonov AH-124-100 heavy lift cargo planes that transported helicopters and supporting equipment between Singapore and Central Queensland.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Before concluding for 2015, Capricorn Plane Spotting / Air Queensland.blogspot would like to not only thank our readers, but the following contributors for their valuable support throughout the year :
 
Ben May (Hervey Bay), David Geck (Maryborough), Micah S (Bundaberg), Terry P (Gladstone), Ash Burggraaff and Phil Munsel Photography (Rockhampton), 'AC' and Mike Manning (Mackay), Pete B (Hamilton Island) and Callum Bain Photography (NSW).
 
We would also like to make a special mention of Maryborough Aviation Services, Callide Dawson Flying Group (CDFG) and the Rockhampton Aero Club. 

A closer look at Alliance Airlines and Fokker 100 VH-XWQ

Alliance Airlines is an air charter company providing Fly-in / Fly-out (FIFO) services to the mining and energy sector with a fleet of Fokker 50, 70 & 100 aircraft from bases at Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne / Essendon, Perth and Townsville.

Alliance Airlines also provides adhoc charter services to a number of airlines including Qantas and Virgin Australia and to a range of corporate and government customers.

The airline commenced operations in 2002 with an initial fleet of two Fokker 100 and two Embraer EMB120 Brasilia aircraft when Brisbane based Queensland Airline Holdings acquired the assets of Flight West Airlines which had become dormant after the collapse of Ansett Airlines.

With customers including major mining and energy companies such as BHP Billiton, Newcrest Mining, Citic Pacific, Incitec Pivot, Minerals and Metals Group, Santos and OZ Minerals - it is understandable Alliance Airlines currently flies workers to some of the largest mining projects in Australia including Argyle, Ballera, Cannington, Cloncurry, Groote Eylandt, Lawn Hill, Mt Isa, Nickel West, Olympic Dam, Phosphate Hill, Prominent Hill, Shay Gap, Telfer and The Granites.

Of interest, it was announced in November 2015 that Alliance Airlines will acquire the entire Austrian Airlines fleet of 21 Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 airliners under a deal that will see Alliance diversify its operations into Europe and the Lufthansa owned company become a shareholder in the Australian operation.

All photo's were captured at Alliance Airlines Maintenance Facility, Townsville Airport, October 2014.