RAC Rescue Helicopter

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
RAC Rescue Helicopter
English Title:
RAC Rescue Helicopter
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

The RAC Rescue helicopter is Western Australia’s only dedicated 24-hour air ambulance helicopter. The service is managed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and funded by the state government, with sponsorship from the RAC. The helicopter began operations in 2003.

It is not clear what EMS/Rescue helicopter capability was available in WA before 2003.

Key Dates

2003 RAC Rescue Helicopter first established.

Current Status

The RAC Rescue helicopter is fully operational.

Future Plans

Acquire and deploy a second helicopter in 2016.


Special Markings

The RAC helicopter originally operated in an overall white colour scheme with a red cheetline and RAC RESCUE titles on the tail boom. The RAC logo and DFES logo were displayed on the cabin door. The helicopter now operates in an overall yellow scheme with dark blue stripes along thw lower edge of the fuselage and RAC RESCUE titles on the tail boom. The RAC logo is still carried on the cabin door, but the DFES logo is now on the nose.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The RAC helicopter carries an Australian civil aircraft registration, i.e. Bell 412 VH-EWA.

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
Bell 412 2 1 EMS contractor

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Bell 412 2 2003 current contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

RAC Rescue Helicopter, CHC Helicopters, Bell Ct, Jandakot Airport, Perth, WA.

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 are based at Jandakot Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


To be added


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Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.


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