Sunday, November 29, 2015

Some Photos from the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Community Open Day at Rockhampton Airport Saturday

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) local base at Rockhampton Airport, in conjunction with one of their commercial sponsors Ergon Energy, held a Community Open Day at the Rocky RFDS Base on Saturday 28 November.

The Open Day was to celebrate the remarkable achievement that before the end of November Ergon Energy Retail customers will have donated $10 million to the RFDS in Queensland since the donation scheme partnership commenced in 2000.

Local plane spotters Kayanne H and Trevor H ventured out to the Open Day at the RFDS hangar and base at Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 28 November and captured some great photos of some of the day's events.

There were presentations and a cake cutting to commemorate the remarkable donation achievement.

RFDS Hawker Beechcraft B200 King Air VH-FDI "FlyDoc467" was on display and open for inspection - including the main cabin and flightdeck.

There was a patient loading demonstration.

And the Rockhampton Airport Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting Service brought one of their tenders over to demonstrate its fire fighting capabilities.

Sadly for visitors to the hangar, VH-FDI was tasked on a medical retrieval flight and was promptly prepared and rolled out of the hangar for a flight to Gladstone and Brisbane.

There were other activities for the kids including face painting and finally a sausage sizzle for guests to enjoy some lunch!

Finally, Trevor ventured outside of the RFDS hangar and spotted another pair of RFDS King Air aircraft awaiting their next missions - Raytheon B200 King Air VH-FDW and Hawker Beechcraft B200 VH-FDM which was undergoing maintenance to its starboard side engine.

What a great morning at Rockhampton Airport, and what a great set of photos captured by Kayanne and Trevor!  Sincere thanks to both of them for taking the time to send them through!

Photos and video taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Trevor Hardsman  ©

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