Certainly an interesting arrival into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport on Tuesday 22 March with New Zealand Air Ambulance (Skyline Aviation) Nextant Aerospace 400TXi bizjet ZK-NXJ calling in from the Gold Coast.
Local plane spotter Ben M was on hand and captured some great photos as the sleek bizjet touched down on what appeared to be a medevac flight. After it was parked, a patient was off-loaded on a stretcher and loaded in a waiting ambulance.
The Nextant 400TXi is a re-manufactured Beechjet 400A jet and ZK-NXJ is operated by Skyline Aviation Ltd of Napier for the New Zealand Air Ambulance service. It appears that it mostly operates around the Hawkes Bay area and other parts of New Zealand, but it also flys to various parts of the South Pacific including Australia.
On Tuesday 22 March, ZK-NXJ started its day by flying from Auckland to Dunedin before it cross the Tasman Sea and called into the Gold Coast. After appearing to clear Customs and Border Security requirements, it then flew North to Hervey Bay.
At the time of writing, ZK-NXJ appears to be still parked at Hervey Bay.
Finally, Ben also shared a link to a great video on YouTube that profiles the New Zealand Air Ambulance Service and Skyline Aviation. Check out the video at: https://youtu.be/zFuBYLZZGyw
Sincere thanks to Ben for taking the time to capture and share these great photos from Hervey Bay!
All photos taken by Ben May ©