Under the change, Australian Helicopters becomes Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia and Bond Helicopters Australia becomes Babcock Offshore Services Australasia.
Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia delivers mission-critical helicopter support for a range of services across both public and private sectors including Emergency Medical (EMS), Search and Rescue (SAR), surveillance operations, law enforcement, aerial work and Marine Pilot Transfer (MPT).
Babcock Mission Critical Services and Offshore Services Australasia, Managing Director John Boag said the transition to the Babcock name would make the company’s offer more attractive in both market segments, enabled economies of scale and provided a platform for future organic growth in the Australasian region.
In Central Queensland, Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia operates Bell 412 helicopters VH-EPR for the Rockhampton-based Capricorn Helicopters Rescue Service (CHRS) and VH-CQJ for the Mackay-based Central Queensland Rescue Helicopters Service (CQ Rescue). VH-LSY is an 'operational spare' which travels frequently between and it utilised by both bases.
As such, the Central Queensland Plane Spotting Blog will now refer to any news and movements involving the CHRS and CQ Rescue helicopters as being operated by Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia.