On Tuesday 22 December, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESZ was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport while on a ferry flight North.
The Agusta flew into Rocky from Archerfield and later departed further North to Townsville.
VH-ESZ had flown South for planned maintenance in May this year and has recently been operating in the South-East corner out of Archerfield as "Rescue 500".
I believe that fellow QGAir Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopter (Agusta) AW139 helicopter VH-EGK is presently operating out of Townsville as "Rescue 521" so I would assume that will ferry South in the coming days to enter the maintenance hangar allowing VH-ESZ to take up service in the Far North.
UPDATE! Indeed on Wednesday 23 December, VH-EGK was noted ferrying South from Townsville to Archerfield also via Rockhampton Airport.
As we have reported previously, this 'rotational system' of airframes that QGAir utilises ensure the even distribution of flying hours on each of the their Rescue helicopters. This system avoids the need to have multiple helicopters offline for simultaneous scheduled maintenance.
Photo taken by Steve Vit ©