Located on the General Aviation (GA) side of Rockhampton Airport off Canoona Avenue is the Rockhampton Aero Club, an organisation that traces it’s heritage as far back as 1930, then known as Rockhampton Aerial Services.
Today, the Rockhampton Aero Club operates a fleet of single and twin-engined aircraft in a variety of roles which include flight training, general air charter, scenic flights, search and rescue (SAR) and aerial advertising.
In a review about the Rockhampton Aero Club posted at an earlier date, we took a glimpse at aircraft operated by the club however over looked a particular twin-engined aeroplane, Beechcraft 58 Baron VH-KCN.
To visit the review, click onto the link below :
Earlier this week, I spent time with Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) Jan Rebello of the Rockhampton Aero Club for the purpose of photographing VH-KCN. Despite a rather overcast day and sometimes taking shelter to avoid passing showers, the occasion was very enjoyable. More-so, Jan made the effort to meet at the Rockhampton Aero Club despite while enjoying his “days-off”.
Although privately owned, VH-KCN is readily available for either flying training or general charter work and can be easily organised by contacting the RAC.
Manufactured in 1977 and powered by a pair of Teledyne-Continental, IO-520, 6-cylinder engines - VH-KCN can cruise at 180 knots and comfortably accommodate 6 people (1 pilot, 5 passengers).
As VH-KCN is not pressurised, maximum cruising altitude is restricted to 10 000ft however this can be increased to approximately 16 000 - 18 000ft if oxygen supply is carried onboard.
For further information about flight training, charter flights and scenic tours - the Rockhampton Aero Club can be contacted on (07) 4922 4596 / 0427 224 596 or by visiting their website at : http://rockhamptonaeroclub.org.au/aeroclub/