Monday, December 19, 2016

Central Queensland Gliding Club

Operating from McMaster Field off the Burnett Highway at Dixalea, just south of Dululu in Central Queensland (approximately 80km from Rockhampton), the Central Queensland Gliding Club (CQGC) is said to have been flying for a very long time and provide the region with a range of services associated with gliding.

With conditions at Dixalea providing ideal soaring weather for a great part of the year, the club actually owns the airfield they operate from, with take-offs and landings performed from a 1700 metre long grass / gravel strip aligned 06/24. To ensure comfort for flyers and visitors - a clubhouse, bunkhouse, caravan park and hangarage are all available.

On a flying day, visitors are invited to come along and have a look or even climb aboard one of the modern gliders to enjoy the thrill of silent flight above the beautiful scenery of Central Queensland. 

Additionally, the club offers ‘Training Introductory Flights’ for people interested in learning to fly with experienced instructors qualified to train anyone, from new students with no previous aviation experience, to seasoned commercial pilots looking for some weekend adventure.

Of interest, ‘Air Experience Flights’ are also available for those who would like to accompany club members in the air just for the fun of it.

To learn more about the Central Queensland Gliding Club, their official website can be located by clicking onto the following link :

The Central Queensland Gliding Club Facebook page can be found at :

And for more fantastic photo’s, the CQGliding Flickr page is a great source :

Air Queensland.blogspot would like to thank Central Queensland Gliding Club member and pilot, Ash Burggraaff, for allowing us to obtain all photo’s from the club's associated Facebook and Flickr page.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Amateur Built Supermarine Spitfire Mk.26 VH-DLH to conduct test flights at Maryborough Airport

While information is limited at the time of posting, and we hope to learn more shortly, it appears there will be a World War II era, 80% replica Spitfire temporarily based at Maryborough Airport while a number of test flights are conducted over the next week or so.

Powered by an Isuzu 3.5 V6 petrol engine (6VE1), identical to the units fitted under the bonnet of Holden Rodeo utilities for a number of years in the 1990's, Amateur Built Supermarine Spitfire Mk.26 VH-DLH was assembled by a farmer who lives near Maryborough, and completed it's maiden flight when the aircraft was flown from the farmers property to Maryborough Airport.

Of interest, VH-DLH is painted in the same colours and markings as the farmer's WWII namesake, John Kellman.

For readers who may be interested to learn more about replica Spitfire kits that are produced by Supermarine Aircraft for completion by amateur builders, and technical detail about the available aircraft, you will find the following link of interest :   

All photo's contributed by David Geck of Maryborough Aviation Services.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

GSL Aviation - Whitsunday Airport

GSL Aviation is a north Queensland based airline providing a range of charter, scenic and transfer flights from Cairns and Shute Harbour / Whitsunday Airport to anywhere along the Cape York Peninsula and Gulf of Carpentaria, aswell as parts of the Great Barrier Reef and The Whitsundays including Hamilton Island.

Air Queensland.blogspot recently visited GSL Aviation at Whitsunday Airport and if our observation is anything to judge-by, was thoroughly impressed with not only how immaculately clean the aircraft are maintained and particular attention-to-detail invested by the pilots when conducting daily / pre-flight checks, but the kind yet professional nature of the staff. 

At Shute Harbour / Whitsunday Airport, GSL Aviation operates from the main passenger terminal which includes their own check-in counter and seating. Naturally, the terminal is air conditioned to ensure comfort during the warmer months, and a cafĂ© is located in an adjacent part of the building.    

To provide a means to uplift and transfer passengers, GSL Aviation operates a modest fleet of fixed-wing aircraft consisting of Cessna 208 Caravan's, GippsAero GA-8 Airvan's, a single Cessna 206 and Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain.

To learn more about GSL Aviation or enquire about making a booking, their official website can be located at :

GSL Aviation can also be found on Facebook :
Alternatively, pick-up the phone and dial 1300 475 247.