VH-VAQ "FlyDoc 416" started flying out of the RFDS Mount Isa base in June (pictured) and is in fact former VH-FDA "FlyDoc 401" with the aircraft re-registered to 'free-up' the marking for one of the new RFDS Textron Aviation (Beechcraft) Super King Air 360CHW turboprop aircraft which are due for delivery later in the year.
It is now the third RFDS King Air to be re-registered over the last year or so with VH-FDR becoming VH-VJU "FlyDoc 445" and VH-FDW becoming VH-VQD "FlyDoc 491" in 2021.
The RFDS took delivery of the first KA360 aircraft late 2021. It wears the registration marking of VH-FDW and continues to receive pre-service attention at Caloundra Aerodrome on the Sunshine Coast. They will reportedly receive a further three aircraft in late 2022 and have an option to purchase an additional two more KA360 aircraft.
Photo taken by Johno Neilsen ©