Philips Search & Rescue Trust

History

Narrative Summary

The Philips Search & Rescue Trust was founded in 1985 to operate rescue helicopters. In 1987 a supplementary fixed-wing air ambulance service was established. The Palmerston North service was a one time known as the Square Trust Rescue Helicopter.

Key Dates

1985 Philips Search & Rescue Trust first established.
1985 Greenlea Rescue Helicopter service founded.
1987 Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter service founded.
1987 Westpac Air Ambulance service established.
1991 Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter service founded.
1992 BayTrust Rescue Helicopter service founded.
2000 Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter service founded.

Current Status

The Philips Search & Rescue Trust currently operates six rescue helicopters and two fixed-wing air ambulance aircraft.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

Special Markings

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter operates in the standard Westpac Rescue red and yellow colour scheme. The other helicopters operate in a various colour schemes based on their main sponsor colours. Westpac air ambulances: The Piper PA-31 operates in a plain white colour scheme, while the MU-2 is in white and grey with a red ‘heartbeat’ cheatline, with WESTPAC AIR AMBULANCE titles.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The helicopters and aircraft carry New Zealand civil aircraft registrations.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total
Del’d
Total
Now
Role Origin
Aerospatiale AS350BA Squirrel 4 4 EMS/Search & Rescue contractor
MBB BK 117B2 1 1 EMS/Search & Rescue contractor
Mitsubishi MU-2 1 1 Air Ambulance contractor
Piper PA-31 Chieftain 1 1 Air Ambulance contractor

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Aerospatiale AS350BA Squirrel 4 1985 current contractor
Bell 222 1 ? 2013 contractor
MBB BK 117B2 1 2012 current contractor
Mitsubishi MU-2 1 ? current contractor
Piper PA-31 Chieftain 1 ? current contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Philips Search & Rescue Trust, PO Box 9308, Waikato Mail Centre, Hamilton 3240.
Westpac Air Ambulance, Ingram Road, Hamilton Airport, Hamilton.

Organisational Structure

The Philips Search and Rescue Trust operates six helicopters from five different locations:
– Palmerston North: Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, based at Palmerston North Hospital, Manawatu
– Hamilton: Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter, based at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton
– Rotorua: Baytrust Rescue Helicopter, based at Rotorua Hospital, Rotorua
– Taupo: Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, based at Anzac Memorial Drive, Taupo
– Bay of Plenty: Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter, based at Tauranga Hospital, Tauranga

Current Unit Allocations

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Allocations

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See organisational structure above.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

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  • Southern Lakes Helicopters

    History

    Narrative Summary

    Unlike the other rescue helicopters in New Zealand, the service for the Te Anau and Queenstown area is not provided by a charitable trust but by a commercial operator – Southern Lakes Helicopters. These helicopters are dual-role commercial charter and rescue and so do not have a full medical cabin.

    Southern Lakes Helicopters provide medical evacuation services throughout the Fiordland, Southland and Stewart Island regions. They are also well equipped for medivacs and rescues from the Southern Ocean. They are a certified Air Rescue and Air Ambulance operator and are on call 24/7. Given the remoteness of parts of these regions and the distance from emergency medical services, the service they provide is often critical. Being equipped and acredited to carry out missions using night vision goggles means they are able to respond to emergency situations both day and night.

    Key Dates

    1977 Southern Lakes Helicopters first established.
    19?? First rescue mission.

    Current Status

    Southern Lakes Helicopters is fully operational.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    Southern Lakes helicopters operate in an overall white colour scheme with a grey-red-grey fuselage cheatline.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The helicopters carry New Zealand civil aircraft registrations.

    Unit/Base Codes

    Coding system not used.


    Aircraft

    Aircraft Designations

    None – Manufacturers designations used

    Current Aircraft Inventory

    Aircraft Type Total
    Del’d
    Total
    Now
    Role Origin
    Aerospatiale AS350B2 1 1 Utility/Search & Rescue France
    Aerospatiale AS350B3 2 2 Utility/Search & Rescue France

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
    Aerospatiale AS350B2 1 ? current France
    Aerospatiale AS350B3 2 ? current France

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Southern Lakes Helicopters, Lakefront Drive, PO Box 156, Te Anau 9640, New Zealand.

    Organisational Structure

    No subordinate units.

    Current Unit Allocations

    No subordinate units.

    Historical Unit Allocations

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Flying Units List

    Not applicable.

    Air Bases

    Current Air Bases

    The helicopters are based at Te Anau Airport.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

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  • Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust

    History

    Narrative Summary

    In 1984, the Hawke’s Bay Helicopter Rescue Trust was first established. The service was initially focussed on water rescues but in 1989 expanded to involve patient transfers, police searches, accident recovery etc. In 1991 the service became a full-time dedicated rescue service. Principal sponsorship support came from Lowe Walker NZ Ltd. In 1997, Lowe Walker changed their company name to Lowe Corporation. The service has since been known as the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter Service.

    Key Dates

    1984 Hawke’s Bay Helicopter Rescue Trust first established.
    1991 Dedicated rescue service launched.
    2009 Twin-engined helicopter introduced into service.

    Current Status

    The Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter is fully operational.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The helicopter operates in an overall black colour scheme with LOWE CORPORATION RESCUE fuselage titles.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The helicopter carries New Zealand civil aircraft registration.

    Unit/Base Codes

    Coding system not used.


    Aircraft

    Aircraft Designations

    None – Manufacturers designations used

    Current Aircraft Inventory

    Aircraft Type Total
    Del’d
    Total
    Now
    Role Origin
    MBB BK 117B2 1 1 EMS/Search & Rescue contractor

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
    Aerospatiale AS350BA Squirrel 1 1991 2009 contractor
    Bell 206 JetRanger 1 1984 ? contractor
    Hughes 500 1 ? 1991 contractor
    MBB BK 117B2 1 2009 current contractor

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust, PO Box 402, Hastings, 4120.

    Organisational Structure

    No subordinate units.

    Current Unit Allocations

    No subordinate units.

    Historical Unit Allocations

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Flying Units List

    Not applicable.

    Air Bases

    Current Air Bases

    The helicopter is based at Orchard Road, Hastings.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

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  • Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust

    History

    Narrative Summary

    Founded in 1992, the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust was established to provide a rapid response rescue helicopter service for the province. Initially the Trust utilised a helicopter that was only available on a semi-dedicated basis. In 1999, the decision was made to invest in a 100% dedicated air ambulance, search and rescue helicopter. Coming onboard as a major sponsor, Taranaki Electricity Trust made this upgrade possible. A hangar was constructed at Taranaki Base Hospital.

    Key Dates

    1992 Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust first established.
    1999 Start of fully dedicated helicopter operations.

    Current Status

    The Trust helicopter is fully operational.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The TRHT helicopter operates in yellow and black colour scheme with RESCUE – TARANAKI COMMUNITY HELICOPTER fuselage titles.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The helicopter carries New Zealand civil aircraft registration.

    Unit/Base Codes

    Coding system not used.


    Aircraft

    Aircraft Designations

    None – Manufacturers designations used

    Current Aircraft Inventory

    Aircraft Type Total
    Del’d
    Total
    Now
    Role Origin
    AgustaWestland A109 Power 1 1 EMS/Search & Rescue contractor

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
    Aerospatiale AS 350 Squirrel 1 1999 2003 contractor
    Aerospatiale AS 355F1 Twin Squirrel 1 2003 2007 contractor
    AgustaWestland A109 Power 1 Aug 2011 current contractor
    AgustaWestland A119 Koala 1 2007 2011 contractor

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Taranaki Rescue Helicopter, PO Box 5155, Westown, New Plymouth 4343.

    Organisational Structure

    No subordinate units.

    Current Unit Allocations

    No subordinate units.

    Historical Unit Allocations

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Flying Units List

    Not applicable.

    Air Bases

    Current Air Bases

    The helicopter is based at the Hangar Complex, Taranaki Base Hospital, David Street, New Plymouth.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

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  • Northland Emergency Services Trust

    History

    Narrative Summary

    The Northland Emergency Services Trust was founded in 1988. The helicopter began operations later the same year.

    Key Dates

    1988 Northland Emergency Services Trust first established.
    1988 First helicopter delivered – Bell 206.

    Current Status

    The helicopters of NEST are fully operational.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The NEST helicopters operate in three different colour schemes, but all carry ELECTRICITY RESCUE titles on the rear fuselage.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The helicopter carries New Zealand civil aircraft registration.

    Unit/Base Codes

    Coding system not used.


    Aircraft

    Aircraft Designations

    None – Manufacturers designations used

    Current Aircraft Inventory

    Aircraft Type Total
    Del’d
    Total
    Now
    Role Origin
    Sikorsky S-76A 3 3 EMS/Search & Rescue contractor

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
    Aerospatiale AS350 Ecureuil 1 1991 1994 contractor
    Bell 206 JetRanger 1 1988 1991 contractor
    MBB BK117 1 1994 19?? contractor
    Sikorsky S-76A 3 1997 current contractor

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Northland Emergency Services Trust, 43 Western Hills Drive, Whangarei, New Zealand.

    Organisational Structure

    No subordinate units.

    Current Unit Allocations

    No subordinate units.

    Historical Unit Allocations

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Flying Units List

    Not applicable.

    Air Bases

    Current Air Bases

    The helicopters are based at Whangarei Airport.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

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  • Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust

    History

    Narrative Summary

    The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust is a registered Charitable Trust operating since 1991 to provide a dedicated rescue helicopter service throughout the Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough & Buller regions.

    For many years the service operated with a single AS350 helicopter, but in late 2011 this was supplemented by a much larger BK117.

    Key Dates

    1991 NMRHT first established.
    1991 First helicopter delivered – AS350.
    December 2011 Second helicopter delivered – BK117.

    Current Status

    The helicopters of the NMRHT are fully operational.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The AS350 operates in an overall white colour scheme with a red/blue cheatline. The BK117 operates in a red/yellow colour scheme, with the rear half of the helicopter red and the front half yellow.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The helicopter carries New Zealand civil aircraft registration.

    Unit/Base Codes

    Coding system not used.


    Aircraft

    Aircraft Designations

    None – Manufacturers designations used

    Current Aircraft Inventory

    Aircraft Type Total
    Del’d
    Total
    Now
    Role Origin
    Aerospatiale AS350BA 1 1 EMS/Search & Rescue contractor
    MBB BK 117B2 1 1 EMS/Search & Rescue contractor

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
    Aerospatiale AS350BA 1 1991 current contractor
    MBB BK 117B2 1 2011 current contractor

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust, 5 McLaren Drive, Nelson, 7011, New Zealand.

    Organisational Structure

    No subordinate units.

    Current Unit Allocations

    No subordinate units.

    Historical Unit Allocations

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Flying Units List

    Not applicable.

    Air Bases

    Current Air Bases

    The helicopters are based at Nelson Airport.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

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  • New Zealand Air Ambulance Service

    History

    Narrative Summary

    New Zealand Air Ambulance Service (NZAAS) provides private and government contracted patient transfers throughout the South Pacific. It was founded in 1982, as a subsidiary of Skyline Aviation Ltd.

    Key Dates

    1982 NZAAS first established.

    Current Status

    NZAAS is fully operational.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    NZAAS aircraft operate in a basically white colour scheme with a red cheatline, red cross insignia on the fin and NEW ZEALAND AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE titles under the cockpit.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The aircraft carry New Zealand civil aircraft registrations.

    Unit/Base Codes

    Coding system not used.


    Aircraft

    Aircraft Designations

    None – Manufacturers designations used

    Current Aircraft Inventory

    Aircraft Type Total
    Del’d
    Total
    Now
    Role Origin
    Beech King Air C90 1 1 Air Ambulance contractor
    Cessna 421 Golden Eagle 1 1 Air Ambulance contractor
    Nextant 400XTi 1 1 Air Ambulance contractor

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
    Beech King Air C90 1 ? current contractor
    Cessna 421 Golden Eagle 1 ? current contractor
    Nextant 400XTi 1 2014 current contractor

    * Only aircraft operated in NZAAS markings are listed.

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    New Zealand Air Ambulance Service, 111 Main North Road, PO BOX 3303, Napier 4142,New Zealand.

    Organisational Structure

    No subordinate units.

    Current Unit Allocations

    No subordinate units.

    Historical Unit Allocations

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Flying Units List

    Not applicable.

    Air Bases

    Current Air Bases

    The aircraft are based at Auckland Airport.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

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  • Lakes District Air Rescue Trust

    History

    Narrative Summary

    Lakes District Air Rescue Trust operates emergency rescue helicopters from bases in Queenstown and Te Anau. It was first established in 1992. Helicopter operations started soon after.

    Key Dates

    1992 Lakes District Air Rescue Trust first established.
    1992 First helicopter delivered – AS350.

    Current Status

    All LDART helicopters are fully operational.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The LDART helicopters operates in a basically white colour scheme with operator specific markings.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The helicopter carries New Zealand civil aircraft registration.

    Unit/Base Codes

    Coding system not used.


    Aircraft

    Aircraft Designations

    None – Manufacturers designations used

    Current Aircraft Inventory

    Aircraft Type Total
    Del’d
    Total
    Now
    Role Origin
    Aerospatiale AS 350 Squirrel 5 5 EMS/Search & Rescue contractor

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
    Aerospatiale AS 350 Squirrel 5 1992 current contractor

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Lakes District Air Rescue Trust, PO Box 721, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand.

    Organisational Structure

    No subordinate units.

    Current Unit Allocations

    No subordinate units.

    Historical Unit Allocations

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Flying Units List

    Not applicable.

    Air Bases

    Current Air Bases

    The helicopters are based at Queenstown Airport and Te Anau Airport, Manapouri.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

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  • Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust

    History

    Narrative Summary

    The Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust (EHRT) was first established in 1988. Helicopter operations started soon after, with the helicopter known as the Eastland Community Trust (ECT) Rescue Helicopter, after its main sponsor. With various upgrades, the EHRT appears to have been operating the same helicopter for more than 27 years.

    Key Dates

    1988 Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust first established.
    1988 First helicopter delivered – AS350.

    Current Status

    The ERHT helicopter is fully operational.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The EHRT helicopter operates in basically white colour scheme with ECT RESCUE fuselage titles.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The helicopter carries New Zealand civil aircraft registration.

    Unit/Base Codes

    Coding system not used.


    Aircraft

    Aircraft Designations

    None – Manufacturers designations used

    Current Aircraft Inventory

    Aircraft Type Total
    Del’d
    Total
    Now
    Role Origin
    Aerospatiale AS 350BA Squirrel 1 1 EMS/Search & Rescue contractor

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
    Aerospatiale AS 350BA Squirrel 1 1988 current contractor

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust, PO Box 295, Gisborne 4040.

    Organisational Structure

    No subordinate units.

    Current Unit Allocations

    No subordinate units.

    Historical Unit Allocations

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Flying Units List

    Not applicable.

    Air Bases

    Current Air Bases

    The helicopter is based at Gisborne Airport.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

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  • Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust

    History

    Narrative Summary

    The Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust was established to develop and support the permanent helicopter base and crew for the Whitianga Rescue Helicopter. The second Auckland “Westpac Rescue” Helicopter and crew is deployed to Whitianga over the summer period and holiday weekends to service the whole of the Coromandel region.

    The Trust’s objective is to have a Rescue Helicopter based permanently in Whitianga within the next five years. To date the Coromandel Helicopter Trust has been successful in securing significant funding to establish the hangar and crew base next to the Mercury Bay Aero Club airfield. When deployed, the Rescue helicopter responds to over 200 rescue missions per year.

    Key Dates

    late 2010 First ARHT summer deployement to Whitianga.
    2012 CRHT first established.
    8 December 2012 Hangar officially opened.

    Current Status

    A permanent helicopter base has been established, with hangar and crew rest area.

    Future Plans

    Fund-raising for a dedicated helicopter.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The ARHT helicopter operates in the standard Westpac Rescue Helicopter red and yellow colour scheme.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The helicopter carries New Zealand civil aircraft registration.

    Unit/Base Codes

    Coding system not used.


    Aircraft

    Aircraft Designations

    None – Manufacturers designations used

    Current Aircraft Inventory

    The trust has no helicopter of its own at the moment.

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    The trust has no helicopter of its own at the moment.

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    CRHT Hangar, Abrahamson Drive, Whitianga.

    Organisational Structure

    No subordinate units.

    Current Unit Allocations

    No subordinate units.

    Historical Unit Allocations

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Flying Units List

    Not applicable.

    Air Bases

    Current Air Bases

    The helicopter is based at Whitingia Airport.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

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