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Thursday, 16 August

20:44

Six Australian Army Blackhawk Helicopters Pass Through Rockhampton and Mackay Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Late on Tuesday 14 August, six Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters were spotted passing through Rockhampton and Mackay Airports while heading North to Townsville.


The Blackhawks flew up from the South with five of the six landing at Rockhampton Airport for fuel, while it is believed they all landed at Mackay Airport for additional fuel, before they all eventually continued to Townsville after the sun had gone down.

Three Blackhawks believed to be A25-211, A25-203 and A25-104 arrived first into Rocky then Mackay under the radio callsign "Phalanx", while the other three arrived singularly with A25-111 as "Kopis 75" and A25-101 as "Copis 74" popping into both Rocky and Mackay while A25-109 as "Kopis 76" headed straight for Mackay.




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12:54

Questions for Cairns locals who have been around since before the Kuranda Skyrail was built... Cairns

I understand there was opposition to it for many years beforehand.

  • Was it significant percentage of the population, or a small but vocal group?
  • Did this group affect the development in any way (positive or negative)?
  • Did levels of opposition change much after it was opened?

Any other comments about the entire situation? There is a proposal planned near my city at the moment, and parallels are drawn to Kuranda all the time, so I"m interested to know what the locals think.

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03:00

Restricting global warming to 1.5C would halve risk of marine heatwaves "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Marine heatwaves could become 41 times more likely across the globe by 2100 than in pre-industrial times if little is done to stop greenhouse gas emissions, a new study finds.

Such a surge in heatwaves could push marine organisms and ecosystems to the limits of the resilience and even beyond, which could cause irreversible changes, the researchers write in the journal Nature.

However, limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels the aspirational target of the Paris Agreement could more than halve the rise in frequency and intensity of marine heatwaves, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.

Scorching seas

As with a heatwave on land, a marine heatwave is an extended period of unusually high temperatures.

Surges in sea temperatures can have large impacts on underwater ecosystems. The Great Barrier Reef, for example, has experienced four mass coral bleaching events caused by prolonged exposure to high sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the past two decades.

In 2010-11, a marine heatwave caused the loss of 36% of the seagrass meadows in Shark Bay in Western Australia an important refuge for dugongs, green turtles and manta rays.

The new research uses a combination of satellite data and modelling to investigate how climate change has influenced the frequency and severity of marine heatwaves to date. It then uses this information to, for the first time, make projections about how marine heatwaves are likely to change in the coming decades.

The results show that marine heatwaves have already become longer-lasting and more frequent, extensive and intense in the past few decades, says lead author Prof Thomas Frlicher, a researcher at the ocean modelling group at the University of Bern. He tells Carbon Brief:

If temperatures were to rise by 3.5C relative to pre-industrial levels as is...

Wednesday, 15 August

19:53

Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang VH-KXM Pops into CQ Airports - Plus LifeFlight LearJet 45 VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" Back at Mackay Airport Twice More! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Monday 13 August and Tuesday 14 August, Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM was back at various CQ Airports.  It has regularly been flying between Cairns and Vanrook Station on recent days after flying North from Bankstown during the latter part of July.

VH-KXM at Rockhampton Airport on a previous visit  (File photo)

On Monday, VH-KXM was noted arriving into Emerald Airport from Cairns before it soon departed to Vanrook Station.  Then on Tuesday, VH-KXM flew into Gayndah Airport from Vanrook Station.  After spending the day on the ground, it departed to Rockhampton Airport before later departing Rocky for the Sunshine Coast.

Meanwhile, after completing a couple of training flights to Proserpine Airport on Friday 10 August, the LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was back in CQ, completing what appeared to be a pair of medical evacuation flights out of Mackay Airport on both Monday 13 August and Tuesday 14 August.  On both flights, VH-VVI arrived into Mackay Airport from Townsville and departed to Brisbane.

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19:39

LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjet VH-VVI Does Training at Proserpine before a Midnight Med-evac Flight to Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Friday 10 August, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI was noted completing a pair of training flights around the Whitsundays, flying South on both occasions from to Townsville and eventually landing at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport both times for a short period of time.

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After the second trip to Prosie and after it had returned to Townsville, VH-VVI then had a busy afternoon and evening operating a pair of medical evacuation flights first to Mount Isa and then to Mackay Airport where it then departed back to Townsville once again but now in the wee small hours of Saturday 11 August.  At this time, VH-VVI was again using its familiar radio callsign of "Ambulance 451".

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