Flying Doctor Operations - c.2000s

Typical of the equipment currently (c.2004) operated by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), Beech 200 Super King Air
VH-MWQ (c/n BB-1416) of the RFDS South-Eastern Section is seen above loading a stretcher-bound passenger at Shepparton, Vic, on 18 April 2002. The aircraft had earlier departed its Melbourne/Essendon base for this hospital transfer of about 35 minutes flying time, typical of the daily routine.

From Melbourne, the RFDS South-Eastern Section covers all of Victoria with occasional flights to other States on patient transfers and emergency medical services.

The newest addition to the RFDS fleet is the Pilatus PC-12, a single-engine turboprop with much the same performance and capacity as the Beech 200 Super King Air. The photo above shows PC-12/45 VH-FMC (c/n 109) of the RFDS Central Section, based in Adelaide, at the Mildura Airshow on 27 April 2002.

(Photos: Phil Vabre collection)

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