On Monday 13 May, local plane spotter 'JM' was at the right place at the right time to capture our first photos of the brand new HNZ Australia Airbus Helicopters MBB-BK117 D-2 H145 chopper VH-ZRU as it returned to Mackay Airport after completing a local training flight.
As mentioned below, HNZ Australia has taken delivery to two brand new H145 helicopters at Mackay Airport - VH-ZRP is the other and is yet to take to the air - and will soon start regular flights after reportedly securing a contract to fly marine pilots from Mackay Airport to nearby ships.
With training flights now well and truly underway, proper flying operations should commence 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!
Sincere thanks to 'JM' for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!
All photos taken by 'JM' ©