Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust

Operator Profile

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 Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

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

  • Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust
  • New Rescue Helicopter Trust for Coromandel
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  • Central Region Emergency Services Trust

    Operator Profile

    History

    Narrative Summary

    The Central Region Emergency Service Trust (CREST) was formed by a group of Manawatu residents in 2009, who wanted to see a locally owned and operated rescue helicopter in Palmerston North. The existing helicopter was the Square Trust Rescue Helicopter operated by Philips Search and Rescue Trust, which was not felt to provide adequate service.

    In 2020 a contract was signed with HELiPRO for two helicopters and the service launched soon after. Unfortunately, contracted helicopter operator HELiPRO went into receivership in November 2014 and subsequently closed down its entire New Zealand operation. The CREST service appears to have ceased at the same time.

    Following the cessation of helicopter operations, the Charitable Trust itself appears to have been dissolved.

    Key Dates

    April 2009 CREST first established.
    February 2010 Service agreement signed with HeliPro.
    11 November 2014 Contractor HELiPRO is closed down.

    Current Status

    The CREST organisation appears to have been disbanded. No official websites are functional.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The CREST helicopters operated in the standard overall red colour scheme of HELiPRO.

    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

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
    MBB BK 117 2 2010 2013 contractor

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Central Region Emergency Service Trust, Palmerston North.

    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

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    The helicopters were based at Palmerston North Airport.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

  • New Rescue Service
  • New rescue copter takes off
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  • Life Flight Trust

    Operator Profile

    History

    Narrative Summary

    Helicopter rescue services in the Wellington area began in 1976 with Capital Helicopters obtaining and air operating licence in 1976. The service was progressively upgraded and in 1982 the Life Flight Trust was formally established. The next year a fixed-wing air ambulance service was added.

    Key Dates

    1976 Helicopter rescue service first established.
    Nov 1982 Life Flight Trust first established.
    1983 Fixed wing air ambulance services start.

    Current Status

    The Life Flight Trust is fully operational.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The rescue helicopter operates in the standard Westpac Rescue colours of red and yellow. The fixed wing aircraft operate in a red and white colour scheme, except for the Jetstream which operates in a unique ‘bandaged’ paint scheme.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The LFT aircraft and helicopters operate with 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 Active Still on Order Role
    British Aerospace Jetstream 32 1 1 0 Air Ambulance
    Fairchild Metroliner SA227CC 1 1 0 Air Ambulance
    MBB BK 117B2 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
    Aerospatiale AS350B 1 1989 1993 Capital Helicopters
    Bell 206B JetRanger 1 1977 1986 Capital Helicopters
    British Aerospace Jetstream 32 1 May 2012 current contractor
    Cessna 421 Golden Eagle 1 1983 19?? contractor
    Fairchild Metroliner SA227CC 2 2001 current USA
    Hughes 300 1 1976 1977 Capital Helicopters
    MBB BK 117B2 2 1993 current Germany
    MBB Bo 105 1 1988 1989 Capital Helicopters
    Piper Cheyenne II 1 1994 19?? contractor

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    The Bell 206 was lost in an accident.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Life Flight Air Rescue Centre, 17 George Bolt Street, Rongotai, Wellington and Hangar 5, Hape Drive, Auckland Airport, Manukau.

    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

    TYhe fixed wing aircraft are based at Wellington IAP and Auckland. The helicopter is based at Wellington International Airport.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

  • Facebook: Life Flight
  • Life Flight Trust
  • Kiwi Flyer
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  • Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust

    Operator Profile

    History

    Narrative Summary

    The Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust was first formed in 1998 to establish and fund a dedicated intensive care rescue helicopter service for the greater Otago area. The helicopter began operations later in 1998.

    Key Dates

    1998 Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust first established.

    Current Status

    The Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter is fully operational.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The ORH operates in an overall black colour scheme with OTAGO REGIONAL RESCUE titles on the 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 Active Still on Order Role
    MBB BK 117 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
    MBB BK 117 1 1998 current Helicopters Otago

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust, PO Box 188, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand.

    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 helicopter is based at Taieri Airfield in Mosgie.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

  • Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust
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  • Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust

    Operator Profile

    History

    Narrative Summary

    In 1989 the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust was formally established to bring a rescue helicopter service to the Christchurch region. The helicopter began operations in 1990. A second smaller helicopter was introduced in 1997 – operating from Greymouth. ‘Solid Energy’ became the major sponsor of the second helicopter in 2001, but pulled out of the deal in April 2013 and was replaced as main sponsor by New Zealand Coal and Carbon (NZCC).

    Key Dates

    1989 Charitable Trust first established.
    1990 First helicopter delivered – MBB BK117.
    1997 Second helicopter introduced.

    Current Status

    Both helicopters are operated by Garden City Helicopters on hehalf of the CWCART and are fully operational.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The Christchurch-based ‘Westpac Rescue Helicopter’ operates in the standard Westpac red and yellow colour scheme. The Greymouth-based ‘NZCC Rescue Helicopter’ operates in an overall white colour scheme with two-tone green fuselage stripes and NZCC RESCUE logo.

    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 Active Still on Order Role
    Aerospatiale AS 355F1 Twin Squirrel 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue
    MBB BK 117 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
    Aerospatiale AS 355F1 Twin Squirrel 1 1997 current Garden City
    MBB BK 117 1 1990 current Garden City

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Harewood Aviation Park, 800C Pound Road, McLeans Island, Christchurch 7676, New Zealand.

    Organisational Structure

    The CWCART currently operates two different helicopters from two different locations – Christchurch and Greymouth.

    Current Unit Assignments

    No subordinate units.

    Historical Unit Assignments

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Flying Units List

    Not applicable.

    Air Bases

    Current Air Bases

    The helicopters are based at Christchurch Airport and Greymouth Airport.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

  • Facebook: Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust
  • Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust

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  • Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

    Operator Profile

    History

    Narrative Summary

    A helicopter rescue service started in Auckland when the Auckland Surf Life Saving Association started using a leased Hiller 12E helicopter in the summer of 1970. At the start of 1973 this helicopter was replace by a turboshaft engined FH-1100. On 31 January 1985 the ASLSA helicopter reached 1000 rescues since its inception 15 years earlier. Sometime in the 1980s a Bell 206 JetRanger was introduced, which was sponsored by Westpac from 1986. In 1990 a charitable trust was established to run a permament rescue helicopter service for the region. It initially took over the operations of the Bell 206, but later replaced this with an AS350.

    Key Dates

    Summer 1970 Auckland Surf Life Saving Association launches helicopter rescue service.
    1990 ARHT first established.
    1990 First helicopter operation by the trust.

    Current Status

    The helicopters are fully operational.

    Future Plans

    Take delivery of two new AW169 helicopters to replace the trusty BK117s.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The ARHT helicopters operate in the standard Westpac Rescue Helicopter red and yellow colour scheme.

    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 Active Still on Order Role
    AgustwWestland AW169 2 2 0 EMS/Search & Rescue
    MBB BK 117B2 2 2 0 EMS/Search & Rescue

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
    Aerospatiale AS350 Ecureuil 1 1990 1993 France
    AgustaWestland AW169 2 2015 current Italy
    Bell 206B JetRanger III 1 198? 1990 leased
    Fairchild Hiller FH-1100 1 Jan 1973 198? leased
    Hiller 12E 1 1970 1972 leased
    MBB BK 117B2 2 1993 current Japan

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, 3 Solent St, Mechanics Bay, Auckland, New Zealand.

    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 helicopters are based at Mechanics Bay Heliport, Auckland.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

  • FacebookL: Westpac Rescue – Aukland
  • wikipedia: Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust
  • Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

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  • Emergency Helicopter Services Fiji

    Operator Profile

    History

    Narrative Summary

    Emergency Helicopter Services Fiji was first established in 2012, established to provide the Fijian and tourist population with a professional Medevac and Search & Rescue service. The helicopter began operations in early December 2012.

    Key Dates

    2012 Emergency Helicopter Services Ltd first established.
    December 2012 First helicopter delivered – MBB BK117.
    11 November 2014 Contractor HELiPRO is closed down.

    Current Status

    EHS Fiji appears to be still operating, despite the fact that contracted helicopter operator HELiPRO went into receivership in November 2014 and has now closed down its entire New Zealand operation.

    Future Plans

    No plans known. A new helicopter operator to replace HELiPRO is likely to be required.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The EHS Fiji helicopter operates in the standard overall red colour scheme of HELiPRO.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The EHS Fiji helicopter currently operates in Fiji under its New Zealand registration. It is not clear if it will be issued with a new DQ-registration eventually.

    Unit/Base Codes

    Coding system not used.


    Aircraft

    Aircraft Designations

    None – Manufacturers designations used

    Current Aircraft Inventory

    Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
    MBB BK 117 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
    MBB BK 117 1 2012 current contractor

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Emergency Helicopter Services Ltd, Suva, Fiji.

    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 helicopter is based at Suva Airport.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

  • Facebook: Emergency Helicopter Services Fiji
  • Emergency Helicopter Services
  • The Fiji Times Online
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  • Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary Aviation Unit

    Operator Profile

    History

    Narrative Summary

    The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) is the national police force of Papua New Guinea. The force was formally established circa 1950 with the merger of two former colonial police forces, to form the Royal Papua and New Guinea Constabulary. In 1972 the ‘and’ was dropped from the title.

    The huge size of Papua New Guinea, and the limited road network makes air support a very useful tool in law enforcement. A small Aviation Unit was established around 2008. A DHC-6 Twin Otter was obtained on lease from a commercial operator for a few months in 2008. The following year a new Bell 407 helicopter was delivered. In 2013 the helicopter was sold, with no replacement.

    Key Dates

    2008 RPNGC Aviation Unit established.
    Aug 2008 First aircraft delivered – DHC-6 Twin Otter.
    2009 First helicopter delivered.
    2013 Helicopter withdrawn from use.

    Current Status

    The RPNGC currently has no aircraft or helicopters.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    National Insignia

    Aircraft carry ‘POLICE’ titles on the fuselage sides, and the Constabulary crest near the cockpit.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    Aircraft operating with RPNGC carried Papua New Guinea civil registrations, e.g. Bell 407 P2-POL.

    Complete all-time aircraft fleet list.

    Unit/Base Codes

    Coding system not used.


    Aircraft

    Aircraft Designations

    None – Manufacturers designations used

    Current Aircraft Inventory

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
    Bell 407 1 2009 2013 Canada
    De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 1 2008 2008 ex-civil

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Spring Gardens Road, Port Moresby.

    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

    All aircraft are or were based at Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

    wikipedia: Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary
    Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary

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    St John Papua New Guinea Rescue Helicopter

    Operator Profile

    History

    Narrative Summary

    St John Papua New Guinea is a non-governmental organisation which is part of the international charity known as the Order of St John. The Papua New Guinea branch was first established in the 1960s. St John runs an ambulance service under an agreement with the Department of Health. Between 2007 and 2010, at least, St John PNG operated an emergency rescue helicopter. This now appears to have been withdrawn.

    Key Dates

    196? St John PNG established.
    19?? Ambulance service launched
    ?? First helicopter delivered
    20?? Helicopter withdrawn from use

    Current Status

    There is no mention of the helicopter on the current St John Papua New Guinea Ambulance service web page.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    National Insignia

    It is not clear what special markings the St John PNG helicopter carried.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    Aircraft operating with St John PNG carry Papua New Guinea civil registrations, i.e. P2-xxx.

    Unit/Base Codes

    Coding system not used.


    Aircraft

    Aircraft Designations

    None – Manufacturers designations used

    Current Aircraft Inventory

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
    Bell 206 JetRanger 1 ?? ?? USA

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    PO Box 6075, Boroko N.C.D, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

    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 helciopter was presumably based at Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

    St John Papua New Guinea
    Facebook St John Ambulance Service PNG
    St John Association of Papua New Guinea

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    New Zealand Aeromedical Service Providers

    Operators Overview

    History

    Narrative Summary

    Given the low population density of New Zealand and the large distances between hospitals, Air Ambulance and helicopter rescue services have become a vital amenity.

    From the 1950s fixed-wing aircraft were being used to transport critically ill patients in remote aereas ot larger hospitals. The Kaitāia Aero Club operated an air ambulance from 1952 – first using a Fox Moth aeroplane and then a twin-engined Dominie.

    In late 1970 the first rescue helicopter service was launched in Auckland. This pioneering programme was soon imitated in other parts of the country. By the 1980s there were several rescue helicopter services operating. These high profile services soon attracted commercial sponsors. From about 1990 the creation of Charitable Trusts to administer the services was widely adopted.

    Once source says that aeromedical services are currently provided by 18 rescue helicopter trusts, and 12 companies and clubs operating fixed-wing aircraft – although only 13 trusts and 2 companies have been traced. These organisations are contracted by the government to ensure all regions have an ambulance service. Rescue helicopters also assist with police and search and rescue operations.

    Public aeromedical services receive less than half of their funding from government, the rest comes from public donations and commercial sponsorship.

    Key Dates

    late 1970 First rescue helicopter service launched in Auckland.
    1986 Commercial sponsors start providing funding.
    1990 Charitable Trusts become the preferred administration model.

    Current Status

    There are reportedly 18 rescue helicopter trusts and 12 companies and clubs providing public aeromedical services, altough only 13 trusts and 2 companies have been traced.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    New Zealand Air Ambulances and rescue helicopters operate in a wide variety of markings. The helicopters normally display several coporate logos from their commercial sponosrs. There are no standard service titles.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    Aircraft and helicopters carry standard New Zealand civil registrations.

    Unit/Base Codes

    Coding system not used.


    Aircraft

    Aircraft Designations

    None – Manufacturers designations used

    Current Aircraft Inventory

    See individual operators.

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    See individual operators.

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    To be added.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    There is no central headquarters. The service is provided by individual operators tasked through the 111 emergency phone number system.

    Organisational Structure

    To be added.

    Current Unit Assignments

    Table of Current Unit Assignments

    Historical Unit Assignments

    To be added.

    All-Time Flying Units List

    Units Listing

    Air Bases

    Current Air Bases

    See unit assignments.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    To be added.


    More Information

    Books

    None known

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

    Wikipedia: Emergency Medical Services in New Zealand
    The Air Rescue Group
    Helis.com: New Zealand
    New Zealand Rescue Helicopters
    New Zealand Air Ambulances
    Ambulance Services
    NZ SAR

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