NQ Rescue

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
NQ Rescue
English Title:
NQ Rescue
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

Mount Isa Community Helicopter was launched in 2007. It was later renamed the North Queensland Rescue Helicopter Service. Operations were forced to close in 2009 after the leased helicopter had to be returned. Flying was able to resume circa 2010 with a second-hand Bo 105, with help from key sponsor RACQ. A new Bo 105 was obtained in 2012. On 1 July 2015 the service merged with CareFlight.

Key Dates

2007 Mount Isa Community Helicopter launched.
2009 Operations cease due to end of helicopter lease.
2010? Second-hand helicopter obtained – operations resume.
1 July 2015 Merger with CareFlight.

Current Status

The RACQ NQ Rescue helicopter service was merged with CareFlight, with effect from 1 July 2015.

Future Plans

Not applicable.


Special Markings

The RACQ NQ Rescue helicopter flies in the familiar RACQ white/yellow/blue colour scheme with RACQ NQ Rescue titles on the fuselage sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The RACQ NQ Rescue helicopter carries an Australian civil aircraft registration, i.e. Bo 105 VH-XRQ.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Bell 206 JetRanger 1 2007 2008 contractor
Bell 206L LongRanger 1 2008 2009 contractor
MBB Bo 105 2 2010 2015 contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

North Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service, 1/24 West St, Mount Isa, QLD 4825, Australia.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The NQ Rescue helicopter was based at Mount Isa.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


None known.


CareFlight merger made official
RACQ Helicopter Rescue
Heliwest launches new RACQ NQ rescue helicopter
Facebook: Heliwest BO105 Helicopter – RACQ NQ Rescue Video
Bright future ahead for Mount Isa rescue chopper
NQ Rescue joins Queensland EMS network

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.


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