Monday, August 11, 2014

Motor Yacht "Plan B" Eurocopter EC-145 VP-CPB Ferries South from Cairns via Mackay, Rockhampton and Bundaberg Airports

A real unique helicopter was noted calling in to several Central Queensland Airports on Monday 11 August, with Eurocopter EC-145 VP-CPB touching down at Mackay, Rockhampton and Bundaberg Airports while ferrying South from Cairns to the Sunshine Coast.
File photo taken by The FNQ Skies Blog  ©

VP-CPB was captured on the ground at Cairns on Sunday 10 August by the FNQ Skies Blog.

VP-CPB is usually 'parked' on the rear deck of the massive motor yacht "Plan B" or "PB".

From a post on the Aviation Enthusiast website Pprune, the motor yacht "Plan B" is a former Royal Australian Navy (RAN) survey ship which was launched in 1973 and decommissioned in 1998. It was converted into a luxury expedition yacht, and at that time was noted spending most of its time in New Zealand waters.

The yacht is 160ft long, of steel construction, powered by two Paxman diesels producing a combined 3360hp, and can cruise at 14kts, and has a range of 5000 statute miles.

"Plan B" was initially equipped with a Bell 407, but now sports the EC-145.  Both aircraft carried/carry the same registration of VP-CPB.  Both the yacht and the on-board helicopter are registered in the Cayman Islands.

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