Wednesday, February 24, 2016

QGAir Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 Helicopter VH-ESZ Ferries North via Gladstone and Mackay Airports

Presumably after a period of maintenance, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESZ has taken to the air and ferried North from Archerfield to Cairns via Gladstone and Mackay Airports on Wednesday 24 February.

VH-ESZ at Mackay last year  (File photo taken by 'AC'  ©)

It will be interesting to see if another QGAir Rescue helicopter ferries South in the coming days as a part of the 'rotational system' the service utilised to ensure the even distribution of flying hours on each of the QGAir Rescue helicopters.  This system avoids the need to have multiple helicopters offline for simultaneous scheduled maintenance.

Finally, it has been interesting to note that QGAir Rescue Bell 412EP VH-ESB has called into Bowen, Mackay and Proserpine Hospital heli-pad in recent weeks while operating out of Townsville as "Rescue 521".

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