Queensland Police Air Wing

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Queensland Police Air Wing
English Title:
Queensland Police Air Wing
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

The Queensland Police Service was first establsiehd in 1864. Air operations began unofficially in 1956, when a Police Officer stationed at Camooweal flew his own Tiger Moth, to assist with Police work. The official Police Air Wing was launched in 1975 with two aircraft, but was closed down in 1983. The Air Wing was reformed in 1985, staffed by civilian pilots. Helicopter operations began in 2012. In the same year a review of the use of Queensland Government aviation assets was initiated. On 1 November 2013, the Emergency Management Queensland Helicopter Rescue (EMQHR), Police Air Wing and Government Air Wing were merged into a new Queensland Government air service, called QG Air.

Key Dates

1 January 1864 Queensland Police Service first established.
1956 Unofficial use of aircraft begins.
October 1975 Police Air Wing becomes operational.
1983 Police Air Wing closed down.
1985 Police Air Wing re-established.
2012 First helicopter delivered – a Bell 206L LongRanger.
1 November 2013 Police Air Wing becomes part of unified QG Air organisation.

Current Status

The aircraft of the QPAW are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

QPAW aircraft operate in an overall white colour scheme with a red and grey fuselage cheatline. The flag of Queensland is carried on the fin. No service titles are displayed.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with the QPAW initially carried standard Australian civil aircraft registrations in no special sequence, e.g. Cessna 180 VH-PFT, but more recent aircraft have VH-PSx 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
Beech 1900D 1 1 0 Policing
Bell 206L LongRanger 2 2 0 Policing
Cessna 208 Caravan 2 2 0 Policing
Cessna 560 Citation Ultra 1 1 0 Policing

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Beech 1900D 1 1985 current USA
Bell 206L LongRanger 2 2012 current USA
Cessna 180E 2 1975 1983 Australian Army
Cessna 208 Caravan 2 1985 current USA
Cessna 560 Citation Ultra 1 1985 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

No losses known.


Main Headquarters

Queensland Police Air Wing, Brisbane Airport, Government Hanger, Adjacent To Qantas Maintenance Hanger 1, BRISBANE, Queensland, 4000, Australia. (Note that the morons who registered this address can’t spell ‘Hangar’ correctly).

Organisational Structure

The air wing has 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

QPAW aircraft are based at Brisbane, Cairns and Mount Isa.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

When first established in 1975 the Air Wing was based at Archerfield Airport, but moved to Brisbane Airport in 1980.

More Information


None known.


To be added


wikipedia: Queensland Police Service
Qld Police Service
Qld Police Air Wing
QG Air

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.


4 thoughts on “Queensland Police Air Wing

  1. The Bell jet ranger was only used for 6 months as a proof of concept in 2011. Following that the QPS established a permanent rotary unit consisting of one EC BO105, this was eventually increased to a second 105 in 2014. The QPS now operate two remote Airbases situated on the Gold Coast at Carrara and Brisbane within the Archerfield Regional airfield.

  2. Re First Unofficial Police Airwing. Constable Ronald W. ROOKE. Sworn 10 June 1952. Transferred to Cloncurry 24 July 1954. Qualified Pilot. Used his privately owned Avro aircraft for pleasure and his Police Work. See: https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/202556

    First official Police Air Wing commenced August 1975 by Sergeant L. R. A. (Bob) Doneman with 2 single engine Cessna 180E. [ex Australian Army] Other police qualified pilots assigned to the Wing were:-

    Mel Gannon; Mal Lynch; Ron Rooke; Phil Carveth and Keith Downes.

    Constable Bob Jamieson (Qualified Aeronautical Engineer) carried out all service and maintenance of the aircraft.

    The Police Air Wing closed c 1983. If you are looking for reasons, obtain a copy of the book, “This Pig did Fly” Doneman, L.R.A. The Oracle Press, Montville, Qld ISBN 1 876494 56 5

    Photographs may be obtained by application to the Qld Police Museum.

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