|File photo taken by 'AC' ©|
After flying South from its Cairns base, "Rescue 441" joined the locally-based Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) (Australian Helicopters) Bell 412EP VH-EPR "Rescue 300" in a mission to a tanker off the coast to pick-up an injured seaman.
After some time in the air, both "Rescue 300" and "Rescue 441" landed at Rockhampton Airport where VH-PPV took on fuel before later returning to Cairns.
Of interest, AMSA retired fellow Dornier 328-100 VH-PPF in mid-May after "Rescue 461" positioned from Perth to AMSA's base at Darwin Airport. It was later noted parked with its props removed parked alongside other Aero Pearl aircraft currently stored at Darwin.
And finally, AMSA also recently posted a few photos of their new search and rescue jet aircraft after it was recently painted in Canada.
Work is now underway by Cobham SAR Services’ subcontractors on the initial stage of modifications to the first of four Bombardier Challenger CL-604 jet aircraft that will provide search and rescue services for AMSA. The first aircraft will arrive in Australia later this year, where it will be fitted with a suite of electronic sensors. The aircraft will be drop capable to allow for equipment such as life rafts, satellite phones, food and water to be dropped to a person in distress. The first of the new aircraft will be in operation from August 2016.