Child Flight

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Child Flight
English Title:
Child Flight
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

Originally established in 1979, Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) is a statewide service of NSW Health, providing emergency medical transport service for newborns, infants and children. In 1989 a helicopter was introduced, and operated under the title Child Flight. Further helicopters were subsequently obtained.

In November 2012 it was announced that Child Flight had lost the contract to provide helicopter transport for NETS. The new contractor would be CareFlight. Due to the short notice of contract termination, and to smooth the transfer of operations, Child Flight was given a further 5 months to close its helicopter service. Child Flight now only operates as a fund-raising charity for childrens medical transport.

Key Dates

1979 Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) first established.
19 November 1989 Child Flight Helicopter service launched.
November 2012 Child Flight loses NETS contract to CareFlight.
May 2013 Child Flight ceases helicopter operations.

Current Status

The service was disbanded in 2013.

Future Plans

Not applicable.


Special Markings

Child Flight helicopters operated in an overall dark blue-light blue-white colour scheme with the titles TELSTRA CHILD FLIGHT on the fuselage sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The helicopters carried standard Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. MBB BK117 VH-BKZ.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


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
Aerospatiale AS365 Dauphin 2 1 2000 2013 France
Bell 412 1 2010 2013 USA
MBB Bo 105 1 1989 1990 Germany
MBB BK117 1 1990 2013 Germany

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

Child Flight, Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS), Westmead, Sydney, NSW.

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 Westmead, Sydney, NSW.

More Information


None known.


To be added


wikipedia: Child Flight
Facebook: Telstra Child Flight
NSW Rescue Helicopters

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.


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