RIP Geoffrey Carrick and well done.

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Queensland grazier Geoffrey Carrick left his entire multi million dollar estate to the RFDS and the Children's Hospital Foundation following his death at the age of 73. The Royal Flying Doctor Service brought four new planes and named them all after him.
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Reply By: Duncanm - Friday, May 10, 2019 at 20:53

Friday, May 10, 2019 at 20:53
Found a link to the good story.

ABC. RFDS-names-new-plane-for-generous-grazier
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Reply By: Ron N - Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 10:55

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 10:55
The RFDS bought four new planes with Geoff Carricks bequest, but only ONE was named after him. You couldn't have four aircraft with the same name, it only causes confusion.

The RFDS now operates a total of 71 aircraft, making them pretty much the equivalent of a major airline.
Their new Pilatus PC-24 jet is by far the most impressive and fastest medical evacuation aircraft around.

Don't forget, that when you buy a West Australian lottery ticket, a swag of your money goes to the RFDS.

All surplus funds from LotteryWest, left after operating costs are deducted, goes to community benefit grants, rather than already-wealthy Tatts shareholders - as is the case in all other States except for W.A.

The W.A. Govt owns LotteryWest, and we must make sure they never sell it to that ever-greedy Tatts.

The RFDS is the biggest beneficiary of the LotteryWest grants, from the approximately $300M in LotteryWest grants ploughed back into the West Australian community annually.

In recent times, LotteryWest contributed $6.5M towards the cost of the $26M PC-24's, plus another $3.9M for the hangar to house them.

https://www.flyingdoctor.org.au/about-the-rfds/our-fleet/

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: Aussie1 - Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 12:07

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 12:07
Very true Ron. I agree it should never change.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 14:51

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 14:51
"The RFDS bought four new planes with Geoff Carricks bequest, but only ONE was named after him. You couldn't have four aircraft with the same name, it only causes confusion."

The confusion is in the number op planes that his bequest purchased. It was actually only half a plane - Queensland grazier leaves incredibly generous donation - I'm not talking the bequest down because it did not provide a full plane, however, it was the largest donation the Qld branch of the RFDS has received.
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 21:24

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 21:24
Peter - Geoff Carrick left $10M in his will to be equally divided between the Childrens Hospital Foundation, and the RFDS - so the RFDS got $5M in the Carrick bequest.

The aircraft named "Geoffrey Carrick" is a Beechcraft King Air B200, and $5M will go a long way towards the cost of a new B200 (actually, the model is B250, currently).

The list price of a new B250 with executive trimmings is US$6.1M, but I'll wager the RFDS gets a very good deal from Textron.

Textron Aviation - Special Missions

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Monday, May 13, 2019 at 00:40

Monday, May 13, 2019 at 00:40
Ron, in the link I included in my reply, there is an intgerview conducted by Ben Fordham. He interviewed Katherine Ash from the RFDS who is their funds raising manager. She quoted that each aircraft cost around $10M and a further $2M5 to fit them out.




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Follow Up By: Ron N - Monday, May 13, 2019 at 10:47

Monday, May 13, 2019 at 10:47
Well, I guess it all depends on what aircraft you're talking about, and whether the RFDS purchase is a new or used aircraft.

I know the RFDS are buying new Pilatus PC-12's, and the 2 x Pilatus PC-24's are also brand new, as they're a brand new design, and the RFDS is amongst the first owners of the PC-24.

But I note that the RFDS B200, VH-VJZ, part of the QLD RFDS fleet, is a 2006 model, that was not registered in Australia until 2012 - thus showing that the RFDS is buying good used aircraft, as well as new ones.

VH-VJZ

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Reply By: Member - Trevor_H - Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 13:54

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 13:54
The RFDS has come a long way since I was apprenticed to the WA Section 1963 -1967. At that time the WA Section had 4 Cessna 180 then a Beechcraft A55 Baron. We also maintained the Eastern Goldfields Cessna 182.
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Reply By: Bazooka - Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 19:45

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 19:45
Thanks Ivan. Great story and a wonderful gesture by the late Mr Carrick. Hope he gets a plaque or something similarly permanent in recognition of is generosity in Einasleigh
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