Over the weekend, the unmistakable sight and sound of Monashee Helicopters’ 1974-built Bell 212 C-GSRH filled the skies above CQ with the mighty Canadian registered chopper touching down at both Rockhampton Airport and The Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour while looking to be on a ferry flight to the North.
On Saturday 27 January, it appears the C-GSRH started the day in Northern New South Wales, possibly at Casino, before flying North to Redcliffe. It then flew into Rockhampton Airport where it took on fuel before departing further north to the Whitsundays.
C-GSRH was then spotted touching down at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour where it looked to be preparing to stay the night.
Indeed early on Sunday 28 January, C-GSRH departed the Whitsunday Airport for Townsville and Cairns. It was due to continue further North over the early part of this week, onwards to Papua New Guinea (PNG) where it is expected to ultimately end up.
C-GSRH has been a regular visitor to Australia over the years being photographed several times in an attractive red and white livery, along with the titles of fellow Canadian-based Wildcat Helicopters, while also operating as "Wildcat 275" for local bushfire fighting authorities in New South Wales. It appears to have been re-registered to Monashee Helicopters in 2016.
Sincere thanks to Rockhampton plane spotter Kayanne H and Lee H at the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!
Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Lee Holloway ©