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Vietnam Airlines Airbus A330 (VN780)

Posted by Bill on April 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Brisbane airport is a prime spot for viewing airlines from Asia, however not all. Vietnam Airlines does not fly into Brisbane but can be seen at Sydney or Melbourne. Here under-going a push-back at Melbourne\Tullamarine airport is Vietnam Airlines Airbus A330-200, VN-A376. This aircraft soon departing Melbourne, Australia for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Vietnam Airlines paintwork features an appealing blue colour scheme and a striking gold lotus flower. Observed taxi-ing out to the runway is a Qantas Airbus A380, VH-OQJ named "Bert Hinkler". Photograph taken on the 28th of February 2014.

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 (SIA228)

Posted by Bill on April 27, 2014 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Seen here on climb (passing through approx. 300 feet) out of Melbourne\Tullamarine airport is Singapore Airlines Airbus A380, 9V-SKH on her way home to Singapore. Observed are the undercarraige doors with the nose-wheel set more than mid-way closed. The rear main-gear doors show the forward set almost totally closed with the rear set being next to commence closing. Also evident is the huge wing-area which was designed into this particular aircraft.
Photographed on the 02nd of March 2014.


Posted by Bill on April 6, 2014 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Aviate Downunder has opened the virtual doors to it's online WebStores and it's an exciting time! ...

April 2014 brings about the start of a great place to find awesome aviation-related items.

Web Store development into the future will expand upon the existing range as more items are sourced and added for customer consideration. My Web Store is intended to be a place to easily find aviation merchandise as a treat to yourself or as special giftware for family and/or friends.

ayPal is provided as a primary means of fast, safe and easy payment,
with other accepted options being Money Order, Cheque or Direct Bank Deposit.

I can always be contacted via an email to: with any queries.

Presently within the WebStore

  • Keychains / Luggage Tags / Zipper Pulls ("Remove Before Flight" & "Insert Before Flight")
  • Aviation Teddy Bears (Amelia Bearheart & Charles Lindbear)
  • JANOD Kit Magnet Infant Toys (Plane, Helicopter & Rocket)
  • Aviation Movies and Documentaries on BLU-RAY & DVD
  • BirdLife Jewellery (Pendant Necklaces & Brooches)
  • GREEN TOYS Eco-friendly Seaplanes & Airplanes
  • Aviation Apparel including Neck-ties & Cuff-links
  • Aviation Gift Cards, Postcards & On Board Signs
  • Aviation and assorted Patches (Iron or Sew-on)
  • Stick-it Notepad (Women of Substance F·L·Y)
  • Retro World War 2 Sexy Lady Tin Posters
  • Other Aviation related & Cool Tin Posters
  • Diecast Metal Model Aircraft (1:400 scale)
  • Aviation Christmas Tree Decorations
  • Disney's Planes Badge Pin Sets
  • Aeroplane Playhouse for Cats
  • Aviation Mugs

    "The place to shop for all Aviation Luvers" ;)

Both an EBAY WebStore and a WebSite WebStore are available

Cheers, Bill


Posted by Bill on March 27, 2014 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

If you're into aviation, you may see these new banners someplace, sometime ...

Smooth landings, and many of them ... :)

"Let's Fly"

Posted by Bill on March 26, 2014 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Leonardo Da Vinci, I could not of said this any better myself, or perhaps ... "Let's Fly"

Local aircraft accident investigations ...

Posted by Bill on March 24, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

As we enjoy our flying it's important to remain extremely diligent regarding all aspects of aviation safety. There's always a certain level of risk involved in any motorised activity which we accept while participating. We're aware that accidents do happen for all different kinds of reasons, realising this and knowing what's been happening 'out there' allows us to keep a safety focus close in mind. Flying really is quite safe however despite our best attempts to make an unblemished safety record it's statistically evident that things can and do go terribly wrong at times. Local aircraft accidents really 'hit home', especially when one actually knows some of the crew and/or passengers or the aircraft or the airfield involved. An aircraft can be replaced, much more tragic is any associated loss of life. The following are seven unfortunate examples from within my local area which have occurred over the last few years ...

22nd March 2014, Caboolture airfield
Cessna U206G Stationair, VH-FRT "Foxtrot Romeo Tango"
Parachute drop operations ex: Caboolture
Crashed on take-off (actual cause of crash unknown at this time)
Aircraft destroyed and five occupants fatally injured
ATSB Investigation @

02nd March 2014, Gatton airpark
Van's RV-6, VH-ZMH "Zulu Mike Hotel"
Local flying ex: Gatton airpark
Collision with terrain (actual cause of crash unknown at this time)
Aircraft destroyed and one occupant fatally injured
ATSB Investigation @

16th December 2013, South Stradbroke Island, Gold Coast
De Havilland DH82A TigerMoth, VH-TSG "Tango Sierra Golf"
Gold Coast scenic flight including aerobatics
Structural failure of left wing during aerobatic maneuvers
Aircraft destroyed and two occupants fatally injured
ATSB Investigation @

01st October 2012, 36 kilometres South-West of Gympie
De Havilland DH84 Dragon, VH-UXG "Uniform X-ray Golf"
Enroute from Monto to Caboolture
Visual flight into Instrument Meteorological Conditions
Aircraft destroyed and six occupants fatally injured
ATSB Investigation @

25th March 2013, 2 kilometres West of Roma airport
Cessna T210N Centurion, VH-MEQ "Mike Echo Quebec"
Enroute from Roma to Cloncurry
Collision with terrain shortly after take-off
Aircraft destroyed and two occupants fatally injured
ATSB Investigation @

07th December 2011, 100 kilometres North-North-West of Roma airport
Cessna 210M Centurion, VH-WBZ "Whiskey Bravo Zulu"
Enroute from Roma to Dysart
In-flight airframe break-up, flight near thunderstorm activity and the associated severe turbulence
Aircraft destroyed and one occupant fatally injured
ATSB Investigation @

09th November 2012, 3 kilometres South of Lismore airport
Socata TB20 Trinidad, VH-HBB "Hotel Bravo Bravo"
Enroute from Coolangatta airport, Gold Coast to Lismore
Collision with terrain, loss of control, stall within the circuit during flight training
Aircraft destroyed and two occupants fatally injured
ATSB Investigation @

Centenary of Military Aviation Airshow

Posted by Bill on March 13, 2014 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Photo's from the Royal Australian Air Force, Centenary of Military Aviation Airshow 2014 are coming soon as an additional photo album. The event was held over the weekend, 01st and 02nd of March at RAAF Point Cook airfield near Melbourne.

Dear Captain ...

Posted by Bill on March 13, 2014 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

TAA Museum

Posted by Bill on March 3, 2014 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

A couple of paintings from the TAA Museum in Melbourne, these aircraft are old favourites of mine being the Fokker F27 and Boeing 727. So much more is on display at this top quality museum located opposite Essendon airport at 7 York Street, Airport West, Victoria 3042

The smallest of the Qantas fleet

Posted by Bill on March 3, 2014 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

A Beechcraft B24 Sierra 200 looking very cute in the Qantas airline livery, this aircraft was a part of the Qantas Apprentice Training College and is now parked at Melbourne/Tullamarine airport.

Boeing 747-400 VH-OJA Contrails

Posted by Bill on March 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Photographed recently overhead Melbourne/Tullamarine is a Qantas Boeing 747-400, VH-OJA. The aircraft is operating as QF64 (Johannesburg, South Africa - Sydney, Australia) flying at 39,000 feet and cruising at 500 knots, looking superb with contrails as she's inbound to Sydney (YSSY).

Gulfstream G650 N650GD

Posted by Bill on March 2, 2014 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Pictured at Melbourne/Tullamarine on Sunday afternoon (02.03.14) was this Gulfstream G650, American registered as N650GD

Gulfstream G500 N760CC

Posted by Bill on February 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Pictured in Brisbane on Tuesday afternoon (11.02.14) was this Gulfstream G500, American registered as N760CC

... sharing some quite similar lines in appearance to the JETGO Embraer ERJ-135LR, VH-JTG parked alongside ...

SeaAir Cessna 208 Caravan VH-LMZ

Posted by Bill on January 18, 2014 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Cessna 208 Caravan "Lima Mike Zulu" on short final for runway 14, Coolangatta (Gold Coast airport) after another days flying to & from Lady Elliot Island

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on short final for runway 01, Brisbane

Posted by Bill on January 6, 2014 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The actual arrival time for N789FT was 10:55am this morning, the B787-9 Dreamliner then departed for Alice Springs at 1:18pm

787-9 Dreamliner almost on it's way towards Brisbane ...

Posted by Bill on January 5, 2014 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Dreamliner -9, N789FT will be in Brisbane earlier than the anticipated midday arrival. The aircraft is soon to leave Auckland as per with a new arrival time of 9:51am our time.

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner visit to Australia

Posted by Bill on January 4, 2014 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Boeing are bringing their new 787-9 Dreamliner downunder! and to our red centre at Alice Springs. Flying operations here is for the purpose of heat testing in temperatures exceeding 38 degrees Celsius. It should be no problem for us to turn up those temps ;) As per as expected B787-9 Dreamliner, N789FT arrived in Auckland just after 5pm Brisbane time 04.01.14. This was after a 13 hour 14 min flight from Boeing field, Seattle (KBFI). Dreamliner, N789FT is scheduled to arrive in Alice Springs on the 06th of this month via a stop-over in Brisbane :) Brisbane plane-spotters can expect a landing at 12pm and take-off at 3pm on this day. Air New Zealand will be the launch airline for the B787-9 and it's debut is set for the 15th of October flying the route Auckland to Perth.

Air New Zealand Boeing 747-400's

Posted by Bill on January 4, 2014 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Air New Zealand's B747-400 ZK-NBV arrived in Brisbane this morning as NZ135. These aircraft will be missed when phased out of the Air New Zealand fleet structure. Only one other Boeing 747 remains flying with Air New Zealand, ZK-SUH. They're a special aircraft to me as my first overseas trip Brisbane - Auckland - Los Angeles and return again was all flown with Air New Zealand Boeing 747's, ZK-NBS, ZK-NBT & ZK-NBW.

HiFly Airbus A340-300 CS-TQY

Posted by Bill on January 3, 2014 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Flying in and out of Brisbane for some time is this Airbus A340-300, Portuguese registered CS-TQY. The aircraft is wet-leased from the operator HiFly ...

A Classic old Bird ...

Posted by Bill on January 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This Douglas DC-8-73F has of recent times been seen at Brisbane, it's been operating on flights between Brisbane and Port Moresby. It's good to see old birds like this still flying with this one now in the freighter role. She's on the Peruvian register as OB-2059-P and previously held USA registration, N807DH


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