Wednesday, November 30, 2016

McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter Helicopter P2-MSA "Helitack 676" at Rockhampton Airport

Another nice large bushfire fighting helicopter was spotted passing through Rockhampton Airport on Wednesday 30 November in the form of McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia Bell 214B-1 Big Lifter Helicopter P2-MSA "Helitack 676".

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) registered 'Huey' is one of several that McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia operates around Australia on contract to local bushfire fighting authorities.

P2-MSA was noted to arrive into Rocky from the South and after taking on fuel, it continued North to Mackay Airport.

UPDATE!  P2-MSA was noted departing Townsville Airport for Cairns and then Cooktown on Thursday 1 December.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 30 November, fires in the vicinity of (or even within) the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) has seen locally based fixed-wing aircraft depart Rockhampton Airport for operations in the area.  R-Mach Aviation Ayres S2R Turbo Thursh VH-NFF "Bomber 407" was noted completing water-drops while Old Station (at Raglan) based Cessna 182D VH-RDQ has been noted completing reconnaissance flights to the North and South of Rocky as "Firespotter 403".

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Kayanne H and Trevor H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Trevor Hardsman  ©

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