Saturday, June 21, 2014

CQ Rescue Bell 412EP VH-CQJ "Rescue 412" Makes a Rare Visit to Rockhampton Airport on Friday

The Central Queensland Rescue Helicopter Service (CQ Rescue) Bell 412EP VH-CQJ ("Rescue 412") has made a rare visit to Rockhampton Airport late on Friday 20 June after completing a patient transfer from Blackwater.

The Australian Helicopters-operated Bell was also photographed by local plane spotter Trevor H alongside the resident Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) Bell 412EP VH-EPR “Rescue 300”.

Reports suggest that VH-CQJ returned to Mackay later on Friday.

Later still on Friday 20 June, fellow CHRS (Australian Helicopters) Bell 412 VH-LSY positioned from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) back to Rockhampton after being on 'stand-by' while the Australian Army conduct exercises in the Bay.

It was replaced late on Friday by yet another Australian Helicopters Bell 412EP in the form of VH-PXY which positioned from Proserpine and Townsville.

VH-PXY at Gladstone Airport in May  (File photo taken by Michael Fleetwood  ©)

UPDATE!  VH-LSY departed Rockhampton on Saturday 21 June for Mackay and later Townsville.

Meanwhile, round on the Rockhampton Airport General Aviation (GA) Apron on Friday 20 June, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) apron was a hive of activity with three King Airs - VH-FDR, VH-FDI and VH-FDA - all photographed after two of these aircraft had just returned from med-evac flights in Central Queensland.

Thanks to Trevor for the photos and to Kayanne H for the additional information and updates!

Photos taken by Trevor Hardsman  ©

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