As we reported below, some Central Queensland Airports played host to a special visitor over the course of Tuesday 3 May and Wednesday 4 May with Papua New Guinea (PNG) registered Columbia Helicopters Boeing-Vertol 107-II helicopter P2-CHE ferrying from Cairns to Brisbane via Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and Bundaberg Airports. It was noted ferrying into Cairns from Cooktown on Monday 2 May and presumably it flew in earlier to Australia from PNG.
The beaut tandem-rotor chopper spent Tuesday night at Bundy and local plane spotter Micah was also on hand to capture some more great photos as it was being prepared for its overnight stay.
P2-CHE then departed to Brisbane on Wednesday 4 May. It was noted parked on the Brisbane Airport General Aviation (GA) apron until Friday 6 May when it was noted positioning across to the Port of Brisbane presumably in preparation for shipping back to the USA.
P2-CHE (C/N 108) is a 1964 build tandem rotor chopper that is leased by Columbia Helicopters (PNG) from Columbia Helicopters Inc (CHI) in the USA. It is one of several based in the Southern Highlands base of Moro that reportedly work on petroleum exploration operations in PNG, flying entire petroleum drilling rigs piece by piece over the top of PNG's ecologically sensitive rain forests. See more at: http://www.colheli.com/aerial/oil-and-gas/#sthash.FnNsZ37T.dpuf
Columbia Helicopters Inc (CHI) is an aircraft manufacturing and operating company based in Aurora, Oregon, in the United States of America (USA). They are known for operating tandem rotor helicopters - presently the Boeing Vertol 107 and Boeing 234. These helicopters are primarily used in stream restoration and forestry operations including heli-logging, oil exploration, fire suppression, construction, government support, film production, disaster response and many other activities. In addition the company operates a large FAA Repair Station supporting customers around the world.
Sincere thanks to Micah S for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos of a great helicopter to visit CQ!
All photos taken by Micah S ©