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The Gold Coast Helicopter Rescue Service was formed in 1981. Its mission was to save lives by providing a search and rescue service to local beaches and the hinterland. In 1992 the service was renamed CareFlight Queensland and expanded to carry out search and rescue in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales. RACQ joined as a naming rights sponsor in 1991 and remains as a sponsor to this day. A fixed-wing Air Ambulance service was launched in 2004, to provide long range patient transport. In 2013, CareFlight Queensland merged with the Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service (SCHRS), Australia’s oldest helicopter rescue service.
|1981||Gold Coast Helicopter Rescue Service first established.|
|1992||Service renamed CareFlight Queensland.|
|2004||Fixed-wing Air Ambulance unit created.|
|2013||Merger with Sunshine Coast rescue service.|
The CareFlight Group is fully operational.
No plans known.
CareFlight helicopters operate in an overall white/yellow/blue colour scheme based on the company logo, with ‘CareFlight’ titles on the forward or rear fuselage. The fixed wing aircraft operate in a simpler white and blue colour scheme with a thin yellow diagonal line across the fuselage and ‘CareFlight’ titles on the forward fuselage.
Aircraft Serial Numbers
CareFlight aircraft and helicopters carry Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. A109 VH-IAG.
Coding system not used.
None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
|Aircraft Type||Total Del’d||Total Active||Still on Order||Role|
|Beech Super King Air 200||5||4||0||Air Ambulance|
|Bombardier Learjet 45||1||1||0||Air Ambulance|
|Bombardier Learjet 45XR||1||1||0||Air Ambulance|
|Canadair Challenger 604||1||1||0||Air Ambulance|
All-Time Aircraft Used List
|Aircraft Type||Quantity||Service Entry||Out of Service||Origin|
|Aerospatiale AS350B Squirrel||2||1986||?||France/SCHRS|
|Aerospatiale AS365C Dauphin 2||1||1988||?||France|
|Agusta A109E Power||1||2004||?||Italy|
|Agusta AW119 Koala||1||2001||?||Italy|
|Beech Super King Air 200||5||2011||current||USA|
|Bell 206L1 LongRanger||1||2013||?||SCHRS|
|Bombardier Learjet 45||1||?||current||USA|
|Bombardier Learjet 45XR||1||?||current||USA|
|Canadair Challenger 604||1||?||current||Canada|
|Gates Learjet 36A||2||2007||?||USA|
|IAI 1124 Westwind||1||?||2009||contractor|
Aircraft NOT Used
No false reports known.
Aircraft Losses and Incidents
A IAI Westwind was forced to ditch in 2009, (wikipedia entry).
CareFlight Headquarters, 4-6 Barden St, Northmead, NSW 2152, Australia.
The CareFlight Group includes the fixed-wing CareFlight International Air Ambulance (CFIAA) unit and the rotary-wing RACQ CareFlight Rescue unit. CareFlight also has a government contract in Northern Territory, and two commercial contracts with a consortium of oil and gas exploration and production companies operating in Australia.
Current Unit Assignments
Historical Unit Assignments
To be added.
All-Time Flying Units List
CareFlight International Air Ambulance
Careflight Northern Territory
RACQ CareFlight Rescue
Current Air Bases
The fixed-wing aircraft operate from Sydney, Darwin, Perth and Cairns. The helicopters are based at Toowoomba, Bundaberg and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and also Darwin.
All-Time Air Bases Used List