Friday, June 26, 2015

Aerorescue (AMSA) Dornier 328-100 VH-PPV "Rescue 441" Operates Around Rockhampton Airport Thursday Night

An interesting aircraft noted in the skies around Rockhampton late on Thursday 25 June was the Cairns-based Aerorescue (AMSA - Australian Maritime Safety Authority) / Aero Pearl Dornier 328-100 VH-PPV "Rescue 441".

File photo taken by 'AC'  ©

After flying South from its Cairns base, "Rescue 441" joined the locally-based Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) (Australian Helicopters) Bell 412EP VH-EPR "Rescue 300" in a mission to a tanker off the coast to pick-up an injured seaman.

After some time in the air, both "Rescue 300" and "Rescue 441" landed at Rockhampton Airport where VH-PPV took on fuel before later returning to Cairns.

Of interest, AMSA retired fellow Dornier 328-100 VH-PPF in mid-May after "Rescue 461" positioned from Perth to AMSA's base at Darwin Airport.  It was later noted parked with its props removed parked alongside other Aero Pearl aircraft currently stored at Darwin.

And finally, AMSA also recently posted a few photos of their new search and rescue jet aircraft after it was recently painted in Canada.

Work is now underway by Cobham SAR Services’ subcontractors on the initial stage of modifications to the first of four Bombardier Challenger CL-604 jet aircraft that will provide search and rescue services for AMSA.  The first aircraft will arrive in Australia later this year, where it will be fitted with a suite of electronic sensors.  The aircraft will be drop capable to allow for equipment such as life rafts, satellite phones, food and water to be dropped to a person in distress.  The first of the new aircraft will be in operation from August 2016.

1 comment:

  1. I worked as a structural Detail Draughtsman, back in 1989 on this aircraft, started off on door roller guides, pax & baggage door assembly drawings, stringers and frames 35-39a from lofted Catia Model,
    I was drawing on Cadam... I finished off doing the skin assembly drawings of the double curvature section of the tail section of the Aircraft. I got a good reference, from GED at Hurn Airport, where the work was carried out, and Dick Field, my supervisor took me in to see the mock up, they were making from the drawings. the parallel body sections were slated to be made in China, the rest of the aircraft at Dornier, in Freiderickshaven... I got an excellent reference from the company. I started off ten years earlier, as a Craftsman machinist apprentice with Rolls Royce Aero Engines, at Filton Bristol. Nickname was Benny @ RR, work there was on Pegasus Engines for Harriers, RB199 for Tornado fighters, as well as RJ500, Olympus for Concorde and marinised versions for gen plants and Royal Navy Ships. interesting times.