CQ Rescue

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

The Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service was officially registered in December 1994 and began flying in September 1996. The helicopter was lost in an accident in October 2003, but flying resumed at the end of that month. The service became a two helicopter operation in 2009.

Key Dates

8 December 1994 Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service officially registered.
1 September 1996 CQ Rescue helicopter service first official flight.
17 October 2003 Main helicopter lost in an accident.
31 October 2003 CQ Rescue resumes operations.
2009 CQ Rescue starts operating two helicopters.

Current Status

The CQ Rescue helicopter is fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


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 CQ Rescue helicopters carry Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. Bell 412 VH-EPK.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Bell 412 6 2 0 EMS

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS365C Dauphin 2 1 2004 2009 contractor
Bell 206L LongRanger 1 1996 ? contractor
Bell 407 1 2001 2003 contractor
Bell 412 6 2005 current contractor
? 1 2003 2004 contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

The Bell 407 was lost in an accident on 17 October 2003.


Main Headquarters

RACQ CQ Rescue, 16 Mike Jones Street, Mackay QLD 4740, 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 RACQ CQ helicopters are based at Mackay Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


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