Over the course of this week, a 'new' brightly painted yellow helicopter has been noted flying around Mackay Airport. Research reveals that this is one of two newly registered and delivered Airbus Helicopters MBB-BK117 D-2 H145 choppers registered VH-ZRU.
The chopper is registered to HNZ Australia and has been joined on the Australian aircraft register with fellow H145 helicopter VH-ZRP which is yet to take to the air. The two brand new-production choppers have recently arrived in the country from Germany and were registered in mid-April this year. VH-ZRU (c/n 20179) is ex-D-HADI(10), while VH-ZRP (c/n 20149) is ex-D-HNUB - as pictured below.
HNZ Australia has reportedly secured a contract to fly marine pilots from Mackay Airport to nearby ships. They are due to start training flights any day now with flying operations commencing fully in the coming weeks.
HNZ (Helicopters New Zealand) is headquartered in Nelson, New Zealand and operates helicopters from 8 locations throughout New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia and Antarctica. They Operate in support of a range of multi-national companies and government agencies, including onshore and offshore oil & gas, mineral exploration, marine pilot transfer services, military support, charter services, utilities and flight training.
To find out more about HNZ Australia visit their website: http://www.hnzglobal.com/
We wish HNZ Australia all the very best with this new venture!