Thursday, August 20, 2020

QGAir Rescue (State of Queensland) Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopters (Agusta) AW139 Helicopter VH-EGK Ferries North via Rockhampton Airport

On Thursday 20 August, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland)  Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopter (Agusta) AW139 helicopter VH-EGK was noted ferrying North from Archerfield to Townsville via Rockhampton Airport.

VH-EGK has been operating out of Archerfield in recent weeks as "Rescue 500" and has seemingly ferried North to Townsville to replace one of the Far North Queensland based rescue helicopters.

I presume that another AW139 helicopter will ferry South via CQ Airports in the coming days.  As we have mentioned previously, 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.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 22 August, fellow QGAir Rescue Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESH was spotted ferrying South from Townsville to Archerfield also via Rockhampton Airport – see Blog post above!

Sincere thanks to local photographer Steve V for allowing us to share this great photo!

Photo taken by Steve Vit  ©

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