Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust
English Title:
Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust
First Established:
ICAO Code:
New Zealand


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.


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 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.


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


None known.


To be added


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