Royal Flying Doctor Service

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Royal Flying Doctor Service
English Title:
Royal Flying Doctor Service
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

RFDS History

Key Dates

15 May 1928 Australian Inland Mission Aerial Medical Service (AMS) launched.
1934 AMS renamed Australian Aerial Medical Service (AAMS).
1934 Victoria Section created.
1942 AAMS renamed The Flying Doctor Service.
1955 Royal added to Flying Doctor Service title.

Current Status

The aircraft of the Service are fully operational.

Future Plans

Take delivery of 4 Pilatus PC-24 jets.


Special Markings

Aircraft of the RFDS are typically overall white with a blue/white red fuselage cheatline and ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE titles on the upper fuselage. The RFDS logo is carried on the fin, and often also the RFDS initials vertically on the rudder. On newer aircraft the titles have been revised slightly to read ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE OF AUSTRALIA.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

RFDS aircraft carry civil registrations.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.


Main Headquarters

RFDS Federation Office, Level 2, 10 – 12 Brisbane Avenue, Barton ACT 2600.

Organisational Structure

The RFDS is organised into a federal structure, with a National Office and six self-governing regional Sections.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Units Listing

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The RFDS currently operates from 21 bases plus 2 primary health care facilities (Marree and Tennant Creek). For a full list see the Table of Current Unit Assignements above.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The following air bases are no longer used: Carnarvon, Geraldton, Wyndham, Cloncurry, Charters Towers.

More Information


None known.


To be added


Royal Flying Doctor Service
wikipedia: Roayl Flying Doctor Service of Australia
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