Thursday, January 30, 2020

Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia Bell 412EP Helicopter VH-VAU Arrives into Mackay Airport in New Colours!

On Thursday 30 January, Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia Bell 412EP helicopter VH-VAU returned to Central Queensland following a period of maintenance at Coffs Harbour in New South Wales - where it was also re-painted!

VH-VAU completes a test flight earlier this week at Coffs Harbour

VH-VAU departed Coffs Harbour for the Gold Coast before passing through Bundaberg and Rockhampton Airports and eventually landing at Mackay Airport.

VH-VAU on the ground at Mackay Airport

As the photos above show, VH-VAU now wears the distinctive yellow, blue and orange colours of the Mackay Airport based RACQ Central Queensland Rescue (CQ Rescue).  It will reportedly now have sponsor stickers applied and replace the similarly coloured and fellow Babcock Bell 412 helicopter VH-LSY.

VH-VAU had flown South to Coffs Harbour from Rockhampton Airport in August 2019 after it had operated with the locally-based locally-based Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) for a period of time as "Rescue 300".

Photos taken by Jayden Laing, 'JM' and Leroy  ©

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