Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust

Operator Profile

Key Facts

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


Narrative Summary

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust is a registered Charitable Trust operating since 1991 to provide a dedicated rescue helicopter service throughout the Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough & Buller regions.

For many years the service operated with a single AS350 helicopter, but in late 2011 this was supplemented by a much larger BK117.

Key Dates

1991 NMRHT first established.
1991 First helicopter delivered – AS350.
December 2011 Second helicopter delivered – BK117.

Current Status

The helicopters of the NMRHT are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

The AS350 operates in an overall white colour scheme with a red/blue cheatline. The BK117 operates in a red/yellow colour scheme, with the rear half of the helicopter red and the front half yellow.

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 AS350BA 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue
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 1 1991 current contractor
MBB BK 117B2 1 2011 current contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust, 5 McLaren Drive, Nelson, 7011, New Zealand.

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 helicopters are based at Nelson Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


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