Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Hawke's Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust
English Title:
Hawke's Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust
First Established:
ICAO Code:
New Zealand


Narrative Summary

In 1984, the Hawke’s Bay Helicopter Rescue Trust was first established. The service was initially focussed on water rescues but in 1989 expanded to involve patient transfers, police searches, accident recovery etc. In 1991 the service became a full-time dedicated rescue service. Principal sponsorship support came from Lowe Walker NZ Ltd. In 1997, Lowe Walker changed their company name to Lowe Corporation. The service has since been known as the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter Service.

Key Dates

1984 Hawke’s Bay Helicopter Rescue Trust first established.
1991 Dedicated rescue service launched.
2009 Twin-engined helicopter introduced into service.

Current Status

The Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter is fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

The helicopter operates in an overall black colour scheme with LOWE CORPORATION 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
MBB BK 117B2 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS350BA Squirrel 1 1991 2009 contractor
Bell 206 JetRanger 1 1984 ? contractor
Hughes 500 1 ? 1991 contractor
MBB BK 117B2 1 2009 current contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust, PO Box 402, Hastings, 4120.

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 Orchard Road, Hastings.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


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