Tuesday, October 4, 2022

New Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) - Qld Section - Beech B360 Super King Air VH-FDA "FlyDoc 401" First Visit to CQ at Maryborough Airport - UPDATED!

UPDATED with a photo!

On Tuesday 4 October, a nice arrival making its first visit in Central Queensland with brand new and recently delivered Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) - Queensland Section - Textron Aviation (Beechcraft) B300C Super King Air 350 (B360) VH-FDA calling into Maryborough Airport.


VH-FDA "FlyDoc 401" touched down at Maryborough Airport from Brisbane before it then flew down to Caloundra Aerodrome on the Sunshine Coast.  It is expected to enter the hangar there for pre-service fit-outs and maintenance.

Fellow 'new' RFDS Super King Air VH-FDW is currently also at Caloundra also receiving pre-service maintenance and so would perhaps be expected to be moving on soon.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 5 October, VH-FDW "FlyDoc 447" departed Caloundra for the RFDS Brisbane Airport base.


UPDATE!  On Thursday 13 October, it seems VH-FDW "FlyDoc 447" completed its first medical evacuation flight for the RFDS flying out to Roma Airport and back to Brisbane.

VH-FDA (Serial Number FM-014) was delivered to the RFDS at Brisbane with the Super King Air flying in from overseas via Port Hedland (where it cleared customs) during the middle of last month, wearing the American 'delivery' registration marking of N104WS.

N104WS at  Birmingham / John Smith https://flickr.com/

The Beechcraft Super King Air 360CHW turboprop aircraft is designed and manufactured by Textron Aviation and is the first of six acquired by the RFDS, totalling a near $100 million investment in the future of Queenslanders’ health.

Revolutionising aeromedical care in Australia, the new fleet of B360s will give the RFDS the capability to fly further and faster than ever before while also reducing pilot workload to enhance care opportunities and providing greater patient comfort.

The new aircraft will be the fastest twin turboprop aeromedical aircraft in the country, with the next three scheduled to arrive in Australia in 2022, and two in 2023.


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