Category Archives: Aviation

Goodbye Fred

For 27 years, Super King Air 200 VH-MSZ has been transporting patients, doctors and flight nurses from our Broken Hill Base. The aircraft, purchased in 1986, was renamed ‘Fred McKay’ in honour of Rev Dr Fred McKay, AC, CMG, OBE. … Continue reading

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When landing, watch out for emus

Senior pilot Magnus Badger has been flying with the RFDS SE Section for 25 years. Since joining us in 1988, he has flown 13,000 hours to towns scattered across the South Eastern Section, an area the size of France. Originally … Continue reading

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Bob’s heart-stopping trip to Menindee Lake

Working as a bus driver, Bob Duke thought he was in robust good health. His job meant he had a medical examination every 12 months. While camping out at Menindee Lake earlier this year, however, he collapsed. “Everything was normal,” … Continue reading

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Glenn’s journey of recovery and courage

New Royal Flying Doctor Service South Eastern Section pilot Glenn Todhunter (right) knows what it’s like to be a patient in a medical emergency. In 1995, while on leave as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot from the Australian army, he … Continue reading

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It’s show time…

Boy on Simulator If you’ve been to the Royal Adelaide Show or Royal Melbourne Show you might have seen our life sized simulator at the RFDS stand. It’s a life sized replica of the fuselage of a flying doctor plane, … Continue reading

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The Man on the $20 note

This Sunday 23rd September at 6.30pm, ABC1’s Compass has a program about the life of the Rev John Flynn. The founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and as the man on the $20 note. One hundred years ago John Flynn … Continue reading

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First year success for Rio Tinto Life Flight jet

When the Rio Tinto Life Flight jet was launched last year, we said it was one of the most significant improvements in services to sick and injured people in remote areas since the Flying Doctor began in 1928. One year … Continue reading

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