Life Flight Trust

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Life Flight Trust
English Title:
Life Flight Trust
First Established:
ICAO Code:
New Zealand


Narrative Summary

Helicopter rescue services in the Wellington area began in 1976 with Capital Helicopters obtaining and air operating licence in 1976. The service was progressively upgraded and in 1982 the Life Flight Trust was formally established. The next year a fixed-wing air ambulance service was added.

Key Dates

1976 Helicopter rescue service first established.
Nov 1982 Life Flight Trust first established.
1983 Fixed wing air ambulance services start.

Current Status

The Life Flight Trust is fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

The rescue helicopter operates in the standard Westpac Rescue colours of red and yellow. The fixed wing aircraft operate in a red and white colour scheme, except for the Jetstream which operates in a unique ‘bandaged’ paint scheme.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The LFT aircraft and helicopters operate with 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
British Aerospace Jetstream 32 1 1 0 Air Ambulance
Fairchild Metroliner SA227CC 1 1 0 Air Ambulance
MBB BK 117B2 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS350B 1 1989 1993 Capital Helicopters
Bell 206B JetRanger 1 1977 1986 Capital Helicopters
British Aerospace Jetstream 32 1 May 2012 current contractor
Cessna 421 Golden Eagle 1 1983 19?? contractor
Fairchild Metroliner SA227CC 2 2001 current USA
Hughes 300 1 1976 1977 Capital Helicopters
MBB BK 117B2 2 1993 current Germany
MBB Bo 105 1 1988 1989 Capital Helicopters
Piper Cheyenne II 1 1994 19?? contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

The Bell 206 was lost in an accident.


Main Headquarters

Life Flight Air Rescue Centre, 17 George Bolt Street, Rongotai, Wellington and Hangar 5, Hape Drive, Auckland Airport, Manukau.

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

TYhe fixed wing aircraft are based at Wellington IAP and Auckland. The helicopter is based at Wellington International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


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