Saturday, September 30, 2017

Planespotting at Bundaberg - Australian Border Force, LifeFlight and Seair Pacific

With third-term Queensland school holidays almost at an end, we decided to hit the road for a few days and unwind at lovely Bargara. This ultimately provided an opportunity to visit Bundaberg Airport on a couple of occasions while visiting the local area.

On the list of aircraft I have not sighted or photographed for many years was the venerable Twin Otter, so was keen to capture one if an opportunity presented itself. Luck on side, Seair Pacific de Havilland DHC-6-100 Twin Otter VH-ZKF made a brief stop at the rum city to pick-up a lone passenger while flying from Hervey Bay to Lady Elliot Island on Friday 29 September.

Manufactured in 1967, VH-ZKF is by no means a young aircraft, however, reportedly received attention before being delivered to Seair Pacific in 2016 where it is now predominately used to fly tourist to Lady Elliot Island from Coolangatta / Gold Coast, Maroochydore / Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay / Fraser Coast and Bundaberg Airport.
According to the AVTRAC Maintenance Tracking Facebook page, VH-ZKF was extensively restored / refurbished a couple of years ago by PremiAir Aviation Maintenance Pty Ltd at Jandakot Airport, Western Australia.

A complete history of VH-ZKF's career can be found by clicking onto the following link :

You will note VH-ZKF was registered VH-TZL for many years, and saw service with several airlines including AeroPelican, Noosa Air, Sunstate Airlines, Flight West Airlines, Whitaker Air Charter and Karratha Flying Services during that time.


Other sightings included LifeFlight Learjet 45 VH-VVI which made a brief stop at Bundaberg Airport on Thursday 28 September before getting airborne again.
Departing Brisbane about mid-morning, it appears VH-VVI was conducting crew training as it completed airwork at Hervey Bay and Bundaberg before returning early that afternoon.



While not knowing the aircraft's most recent movements or reason for the purpose of the visit / temporary basing, Cobham Aviation / Australian Border Force (ABF) de Havilland Dash 8-200 VH-ZZI was however observed parked at Bundaberg Airport on Thursday 28 September and again on Friday 29 September.