Friday, May 24, 2019

Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) (Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia) Bell 412EP Helicopter VH-VAU Ferries North to Horn Island

It appears that over the course of late last week, the locally-based Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) (Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia) Bell 412EP helicopter VH-VAU departed Rockhampton Airport and ferried North via all stops to Horn Island.

VH-VAU at Rockhampton Airport  (File photo)

It appears that it may have ferried to Far North Queensland to replace the usually Horn Island-based Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia Bell 412EP VH-PXY which operates locally on medical evacuation flights as “Rescue 700”.

VH-PXY at Horn Island Airport  (File photo)

VH-PXY appears to be undergoing planned maintenance.

And on Wednesday 22 May, VH-VAU was noted operating out of Horn Island as “Rescue 700”.

UPDATE!  It appears that on Saturday 1 June, VH-PXY returned to service at Horn Island as “Rescue 700”. While on Sunday 2 June, VH-VAU ferried back South to Rockhampton Airport.

Photos taken by Russell Prothero and Ryan Hothersall  ©

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