Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Agusta AW139 Helicopter VH-ESH Flys South via Mackay and Gladstone Airports

As predicted, on Tuesday 27 November, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESH was noted ferrying South from Cairns to Archerfield and calling into Townsville, Mackay and Gladstone Airports.

VH-ESH at Rockhampton Airport while heading to Cairns earlier this year  (File photo)

VH-ESH is believed to have flown to Archerfield for planned maintenance after operating out of Cairns Airport for a period of time as "Rescue 510".  This is part of the 'rotational system' the service utilises 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.

As posted below, fellow QGAir AW139 chopper VH-EZJ flew North to Cairns from Archerfield via Gladstone, Mackay and Townsville Airports on Sunday 25 November.

Photo taken by Scott Harris  ©

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