On Monday 10 August, the second of two former(?) Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter (SAR Helicopters) Kawasaki BK117 B-2 VH-SLA "Lifesaver 23" was noted ferrying North to Cairns via some Central Queensland Airports.
It looked to start the day at Noosa and called into Bundaberg, Rockhampton (pictured), Mackay and Townsville Airports before arriving into Cairns. VH-SLA looked to fly up from its base near Sydney on the last day in July.
It has been interesting to note that a pair of McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia Aerospatiale / Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin helicopters N38MD and N365JA arrived at the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Base at Cape Banks, reportedly replacing at least one of the BK117 helicopters while they are "in maintenance".
Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Scott H and Michael M for allowing us to share these great photos from Rockhampton Airport!
Photos taken by Scott Harris and Michael Malick ©