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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Photos from today

Etihad 470 on approach for 01

Gulfstream 450 N500RP at logistics apron

Qantas 15 VH-OEG for LAX getting airborne

A slightly delayed QF51 VH-OJS bound for SIN

Brindabella Airlines Jetstream 41 VH-TAI

Tigerair A320 VH-VNQ

Hawker 800XP VH-VRC of Sunshine Air Services

Gulfstream 4 VH-WXK of Revesco Aviation

Qantas Freight B733F VH-XML departing for Port Moresby

"The Hobbit" ZK-OKP bound for AKL as NZ136

Solpac 522 from Honiara op by Toll Freight B733F ZK-TLD

Movements 30th AUG

  • Gulfstream 4 VH-WXK landed
  • Citation 650 VH-DHN arrived.
  • Hawker 800XP VH-VRC flew Essendon - Brisbane.
  • Global Express VH-LAW was in and out.
  • Premier One N7088S flew Mackay - Brisbane.
  • RAAF A330-200 MRTT A39-003 ferried from Amberley - Brisbane as Dragon 26.

Citation 650 VH-DHN

Global Express VH-LAW

Qantaslink 717's to start BNE-CBR from 15 Nov

The newest batch of 5 717's for Qantaslink will commence flights on 15 November on BNE-CBR route.These 717's will have business class installed.

Schedules have been loaded into the Qantas system and details are below.

QF1545 BNE-CBR 0835-1125 Day1,2,3,5

QF 1547 1045-1335 Day 7

QF1549 1410-1700 Day 1,2,3,5.

QF1551 1540-1830 Day 7

QF1553 1905-2155 Day 3,5.

These 12 services a week will eventually increase to 22 departures a week to Canberra by March 2014 as all 5 717's are introduced.It is believed that one of these 5 new aircraft will also be based in Hobart.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Qantas Antarctica sightseeing flight

Qantas will be operating a sightseeing flight to/from Brisbane to Antarctica departing on 09 February 2014 at 0730 and returning at 2030 using a Boeing 747-400. For more information and to book visit

Movements 29th AUG

  • Adagold chartered Hifly A340-300 CS-TQM ferried to Singapore as HFY 651P.
  • Gulfstream 4 VH-WXK departed north.
  • Careflight Learjet 45 VH-VVI flew Townsville - Brisbane - Norfolk Is
  • Air Ambulance NSW King Air 200 VH-AMR flew Grafton - Brisbane - Sydney

Learjet 45 VH-VVI

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Monitoring BNE airspace with ADS-B

One of the most advanced plane spotting tools is the ability to receive ADS-B (Automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) signals from aircraft, decode them and display them in real time on a radar screen on your personal computer. My Kinetic Avionics SBS-1er does just that. Originally purchased back in 2009, the SBS-1er has been running 24/7 365 days a year with the exception of holidays and has taken my hobby of plane spotting to a new level.

So how does it work?

Aircraft which are fitted with ADS-B broadcast their identification, position, speed, altitude, velocity, and other data automatically about every half a second. The data is picked up with an ADS-B tuned antenna and sent to the SBS-1er decoder box. The decoded data is then displayed on a virtual radar screen called Basestation.

1090Mhz tuned ADS-B antenna from DPD Productions USA

The SBS-1er decoder box

Not all aircraft currently transmit ADS-B data however Australia's CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) has mandates in place for all non equipped IFR aircraft to be fitted. The mandates are as follows:

  • 12 December 2013 - All aircraft operating at/above FL290 (29000ft) requires ADS-B.
  • 06 February 2014 - New aircraft flying IFR (Instrumental Flight Rules) placed on the Australian register on or after 06 February 2014 must be ADS-B equipped.
  • 02 February 2017 - All existing aircraft flying IFR (Instrumental Flight Rules) placed on the Australian register before 06 February 2014 must be ADS-B equipped.

As you can see eventually all IFR aircraft operating in Australia will be ADS-B equipped by 02 February 2017.

Basestation Software

Once the ADS-B data has been decoded it is then displayed using computer software called Basestation. The program displays all aircraft in your coverage area including aircraft not fully transmitting ADS-B data.

Overview of the Basestation software screen

Close-up of the radar screen showing the greater Brisbane area

The radar screen above shows aircraft on approach (blue) and departing BNE (greeny orange) using full ADS-B. I have set the program to show the aircraft's rego, type, callsign, speed and altitude. These options are fully customizable with the software. The maximum range I have tracked an aircraft was 335km from Brisbane. Aircraft not transmitting ADS-B will not be displayed.

The aircraft list which displays all aircaft in the coverage area

In the list above you will notice the column labelled "Code" which is a unique aircraft address which consists of a 24-bit code allocated by CASA. This code is usually entered into each aircraft by an engineer at installation and can be expressed in a binary or hexadecimal format.

When a new aircraft enters the airspace which you haven't picked-up before, the 24-bit code is received. You can then populate the 24 bit code using many programs such as Gatwick Aviation Society's SBS Populate. After the code is populated you then have the aircraft registration, type, operator, serial number and more assigned to the 24 bit code. You can also add an operator logo next to each registration for easy identification as can be seen above.

So what happens with all the data?

All though it is addictive, you don't need to watch the radar screen 24/7 to know what aircraft have passed through your airspace, as all the data is collected and stored in a program called Basestation Reporter. Basestation Reporter lists every aircraft you have picked up and enables you to edit any of the aircraft data fields to suit your needs.

Basestation Reporter software

The Basestation Reporter software also enables you to produce a report of all the aircraft received during a specific time frame you specify which is handy when reviewing the daily movements.

Flight report screen

As you can see the SBS-1er and software is an invaluable resource for a plane spotter and many more functions have been added to newer model Kinetic Avionics receiver's such as the SBS-3.

For more information about ADS-B in Australia please visit CASA's ADS-B publication

To purchase the latest Kinetic Avionics products please visit Aircraft Tracking Avionics

Movements 28th AUG

  • Gulfstream 450 N500RP was in twice yesterday and overnighted. (photo below)
  • Global Express M-ATAR flew Maroochydore - Brisbane - Melbourne.
  • Challenger 604 VH-URR departed.

Gulfstream 450 N500RP

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Movements 27th AUG

  • Philippines PAL221/222 was operated by RP-C8611 which is a firts visit
  • Gulfstream 4 VH-WXK arrived at 1412
  • Air Ambulance Victoria King Air 200 VH-VAI flew Dubbo - Brisbane - Dubbo as AM398

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Crowded taxiway Echo

Taxiway Echo at BNE is becoming a parking apron lately with both of the Mineralogy MD-82s and Lynden Air Cargo C-130 P2-LAD parked there today.

Movements 26th AUG

  • Qantas QF98 Hong Kong - Brisbane diverted to Cairns enroute to BNE. Aircraft was A330-300 VH-QPA.
  • Beech 58 N581SR flew Toowoomba - Brisbane - Toowoomba
  • Challenger 604 VH-URR arrived at 2035 (photo below)
  • Gulfstream 4 VH-MBP departed as EVY 61 at 1010
  • Citation 550 VH-CCJ flew Brisbane - Mount Hotham - Brisbane
  • Lynden Air Cargo C-130 N403LC flew Honiara - Brisbane as LYC 757 arriving 1330.

Challenger 604 VH-URR

Monday, August 26, 2013

Movments 25th AUG

  • Falcon 20 VH-PNY flew Darwin - Brisbane - Sydney (photo below)
  • Lynden Air Cargo C-130 P2-LAD arrived from Honiara at 0250.
  • Lynden Air Cargo C-130 N403LC flew Honiara - Brisbane - Honiara

Falcon 20 VH-PNY

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Farewell VH-OJE

After 23 years of service, Qantas 747-438 VH-OJE departed Brisbane today for the last time while operating Qantas QF15 from Brisbane - Los Angeles. The aircraft will be retired in Los Angeles and ferried to Victorville, CA for storage until it is sold or parted-out. VH-OJE msn 24482 "City of Adelaide" was delivered to Qantas in Seattle on Jan 26th 1990. Lance was on location to capture her departure:

Farewell OJE! - Photo by Lance

Movements 24th AUG

  • Lynden Air Cargo C-130 P2-LAD departed in the early hours for Honiara as LYB 745 and is due back early morning on the 25th.
  • Gulfstream 4 VH-MBP arrived as EVY 61.
  • Qantas QF89/90 Brisbane - Noumea - Brisbane was operated by Boeing 767-338 VH-OGR instead of the usual Boeing 737-800.
  • Lynden Air Cargo C-130 N403LC departed for Honiara as LYC 757.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Modifications to the Common User Terminal parking bays

Two additional parking bays have been painted on the common user terminal satelite which are designed to handle much larger aircraft up to a Boeing 747 size aircraft. The new bays 32A and 26A also feature Boeing 787 markings for possible future use by Jetstar's fleet of 787-800s which will be delivered from September this year. Photos below:

Bay 32A is positioned between bay 31 and 32 and can handle up to a Boeing 747-400 or Boeing 777-300 size aircraft

Boeing 787 markings on the new bay

Aviation Australia open day

Today the Aviation Australia Careers Expo was held at Brisbane Airport. Inside the main Aviation Australia hangar were pavilions from all the major aviation flight schools and aviation related careers. The open day also gave the general public a rare opportunity to go the other side of the security fence to have a look at a small static display of aircraft (photos below).

Ex Air Niugini Fokker 28 VH-XNG parked inside the Aviation Australia hangar

Fokker 28 VH-XNG

Yakolev 52 VH-YIK visiting from Toowoomba

Diamond DA-40 VH-XLF

Careflight QLD Bell 412 VH-XCF

Aviation Australia's Piper PA-31P VH-UAA

Aviation Australia's Beech C90 VH-SQH

Beech 58 VH-PRG owned by Tisdall Aviation P/L

Robinson R44 VH-OTV

Partenavia P-68B VH-IYI

Aviation Australia AMT OH-58A VH-FFZ

Cessna 172R VH-EWW of the QLD University of Technology

Beech C90 VH-CFO of Aviation Australia

Fairchild Metro II VH-SSV

Cabin of Metro VH-SSV

Cockpit of Metro VH-SSV

Australian Army Eurocopter EC-665 ARH Tiger helicopter A38-011

RAAF B737-700BBJ A36-002 arrived and parked close by.

RAAF B737-700BBJ A36-002

Even the airport fire service were showing off their fire trucks.

Qantas Freight B733F VH-XML

Recently painted in Qantas Freight colours Boeing 737-376(SF) VH-XML arrived from Cairns as QF7415 today and departed for Port Moresby. The aircraft was originally wearing Australian Air Express livery.

Photo by Lance

Movements 23rd AUG

  • Australian Air Express B737-300F VH-XML made its first visit in new Qantas Freight colors. Arrived from Melbourne at 0330am and departed for Townsville at 0420am
  • Atlas Air B744F N408MC departed for Hong Kong
  • Beech 58 N581SR flew Hervey Bay - Brisbane - Toowoomba
  • King Air 350 N841KA arrived from Archerfield
  • Lynden Air Cargo C-130 N403LC arrived back from Honiara as LYC 740.
  • Malaysian MH135 was operated by A330-323E 9M-MTM making its first visit to BNE

Friday, August 23, 2013

Movements 22nd AUG

  • Virgin Australia Boeing 737-8FE VH-YIV msn 40698 was delivered to BNE arriving from Nadi as VOZ 9506.
  • Lynden Air Cargo C-130 N403LC departed BNE for Honiara
  • Lynden Air Cargo C-130 P2-LAD arrived from Manguna PNG
  • Premier One N7088S departed for Mackay
  • Atlas Air B747-400F N408MC arrived from Honolulu (See main post)

Lynden C-130 N403LC departing for Honiara - Photo by Luke Amundsen

Virgin Australia VH-YIV arriving into BNE - Photo by Luke Amundsen