Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust

Operator Profile

Key Facts

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


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.


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 Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale AS 350BA Squirrel 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue

All-Time Aircraft Used List

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

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

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

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 Gisborne Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


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