Sunday, September 26, 2021

RAAF Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters) Agusta AW139 Helicopter VH-SYJ "Choppa 42" Pops into CQ Airports Heading to Amberley

On Sunday 26 September, CHC Helicopters Australia / Lloyd Helicopters Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-SYJ was noted passing through passing through a couple of Central Queensland Airports while heading from the Northern Territory to RAAF Base Amberley.

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After flying across from Darwin to Mount Isa via RAAF Base Tindal and Tennant Creek the previous day. VH-SYJ then passed through Longreach and Roma Airports before it continued to Amberley.

VH-SYJ was heard to use the radio callsign of "Choppa 42".

The Agusta operates for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in a Search and Rescue (SAR) role by CHC Helicopters / Lloyd Helicopters.

It appears that VH-SYJ is ferrying to Amberley following deployments to Townsville (for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021) and then Darwin and Tindal in a support role for the deployed RAAF fast jets.

Photo taken by Steve Vit  ©

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