Saturday, January 23, 2016

Heli Niugini MBB BK-117 Helicopter P2-HNC Passes Through Central Queensland Airports

As we reported on our Facebook Page, Heli Niugini MBB BK-117 helicopter P2-HNC arrived at Mackay Airport from Cooktown, Cairns and Townsville late on Friday 22 January.  It then continued further South on Saturday 23 January calling into Rockhampton and Bundaberg Airports before concluding its journey at Redcliffe.

Local plane spotter Kayanne H was on hand at Rockhampton and captured some great photos as the BK-117 took on fuel and departed to the rum city.

Research reveals that P2-HNC wore the New Zealand registration ZK-IQL and ferried to PNG in January 2014 - possibly via Central Queensland.  Previous to that, it even operated in a med-evac role while being operated in the United States of America (USA) - hence what appears to be the 'medical' themed livery.

Finally, another nice chopper in the form of Nautilus Aviation Bell 407 VH-VHU was heard to depart Gladstone for Mackay early on Friday 22 January.  It departed further North from Mackay to Townsville and has since been noted operating out of Cairns.

Thanks Kayanne!

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

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