I managed to capture a couple of photos of VH-EPU at Mackay Airport before dawn on Friday 28 July before it departed further North to Townsville.
VH-EPU is reportedly Australia’s first Eagle Copters 407HP - a converted Bell 407 fitted with a Honeywell HTS-900D-2 turbine engine.
Coffs Harbour Airport-based Eagle Copters (Australasia) took delivery of the 407HP in early May after it was converted in Canada.
Of interest, another Eagle Copter's converted chopper spent some time at Rockhampton Airport in 2015 in the form Aeropower-operated 'Eagle Single' VH-UEC which is an Eagle Copter’s converted single-engine Bell 212.
The existing twinpac is removed and replaced by installing a single Honeywell T53-17A or B.
Quite interesting reading and photos - and you can read more on the Eagle Copters (Australasia) website: http://www.eaglecopters.com.au/
Photos taken by 'IAD' ©