Friday, May 27, 2016

Cirrus Australia Pty Ltd Cessna 510 Citation Mustang VH-SQY sighted at Hervey Bay

Presumably as a flight training commitment, Cirrus Australia Pty Ltd Cessna 510 Citation Mustang VH-SQY briefly visited Hervey Bay, Gladstone and Kingaroy on Thursday, May 26 after commencing from, and ending the day at Maroochydore / Sunshine Coast Airport.

While on the ground at Hervey Bay / Fraser Coast Airport, local planespotter Ben M took an opportunity to capture some fantastic photo's of the little business jet.

Of interest, VH-SQY is an ex-Singapore Flying College aircraft however is great to see it remains on the Australian register (albiet with a different owner) after Singapore Airlines closed their Maroochydore / Sunshine Coast Airport based flying school in March 2014.

While at Hervey Bay / Fraser Coast Airport, Ben also sighted the arrival of Seair Pacific (Istlecote) Cessna 208 VH-LMD and a more recent acquisition to the fleet, Cessna 208B Grand Caravan VH-TQW.   

Although Seair Pacific is a Coolangatta / Gold Coast based operation. the company positions at least one, and on occasions, two Cessna 208 Caravan's and the same number of Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A Islanders at Hervey Bay Airport at any given time for the purpose of not providing regular transfers to Lady Elliot Is. from Hervey Bay and Bundaberg, but FIFO flights from the region (incl Maryborough) to a small number of Central Queensland mining communities.   

All photo's contributed by Ben M.