OPERATION TIGER MOTH: Pilot Steve Davis from Whitsunday Helicopter Group salvaged the Tiger Moth Adventures plane just days after pilot Nick Rorison made an emergency landing at Funnel Bay. Photo contributed.
OPERATION TIGER MOTH: Pilot Steve Davis from Whitsunday Helicopter Group salvaged the Tiger Moth Adventures plane just days after pilot Nick Rorison made an emergency landing at Funnel Bay. Photo contributed. Contributed

Tiger Moth to make a return

IT WON'T be long before you see a Tiger Moth soaring across the Whitsunday skies again following the biplane's emergency landing last week.

On Saturday, July 2, Whitsunday Tiger Moth Adventures pilot Nick Rorison was forced to land at Funnel Bay after he encountered an unknown issue with the plane's propeller.

Thanks to his skill, Mr Rorison and his passenger, Steve Bell, walked away from the incident unscathed.

Eager to get the iconic craft back in the air, Mr Rorison said he was in the process of acquiring a new plane.

"We certainly want to be back and doing our thing and it's comforting to know people love watching us," he said.

"We're looking at various types and what we can do with them, then hopefully we can come back bigger and better than before."

Shortly after the emergency landing, Whitsunday Helicopter Group were instructed to salvage the biplane and it made for a unique sight.

Chief Pilot at Tiger Moth Adventures, Peter Hearnshaw, said the plane was lifted off the rocks at Funnel Bay and taken to the Whitsunday Airport at Flametree where it will remain in the hangar.

"We're awaiting instructions from the insurance company because it's in their hands now," he said.

"We can't touch the plane until the insurance company is done with it."


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