Monday, September 12, 2016

LifeFlight (ex CareFlight) Bell 412EP VH-XCY Leaves Gladstone Airport for good

On Monday 12 September, LifeFlight (ex CareFlight) Bell 412EP VH-XCY "Rescue 544" departed Gladstone Airport for the final time.

Since 2013, LifeFlight (CareFlight) has served Gladstone and surrounds in support of local CSG to LNG gas industry projects. This contract expired on Sunday 11 September and was not renewed.

Removalists were also noted at Gladstone Airport preparing to move equipment and ultimately dismantle LifeFlight's 'temporary' hangar.

Of interest, VH-XCY is a 2006 built Bell 412EP helicopter powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6T-3DF turboshaft engines. The immaculately presented chopper is capable of uplifting 2 stretchered patients, cruising at 120 knots, obtaining a service ceiling of 10,000 ft and achieving an approximate range (weather & payload dependent) of up to 250 nautical miles (450 kms).

Thanks 'Mick' for sharing these great photos and video.

All photos and Video taken by 'Mick'  ©

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