Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust

Operator Profile

Key Facts

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


Narrative Summary

Founded in 1992, the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust was established to provide a rapid response rescue helicopter service for the province. Initially the Trust utilised a helicopter that was only available on a semi-dedicated basis. In 1999, the decision was made to invest in a 100% dedicated air ambulance, search and rescue helicopter. Coming onboard as a major sponsor, Taranaki Electricity Trust made this upgrade possible. A hangar was constructed at Taranaki Base Hospital.

Key Dates

1992 Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust first established.
1999 Start of fully dedicated helicopter operations.

Current Status

The Trust helicopter is fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

The TRHT helicopter operates in yellow and black colour scheme with RESCUE – TARANAKI COMMUNITY HELICOPTER fuselage titles.

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
AgustaWestland A109 Power 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS 350 Squirrel 1 1999 2003 contractor
Aerospatiale AS 355F1 Twin Squirrel 1 2003 2007 contractor
AgustaWestland A109 Power 1 Aug 2011 current contractor
AgustaWestland A119 Koala 1 2007 2011 contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

Taranaki Rescue Helicopter, PO Box 5155, Westown, New Plymouth 4343.

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 based at the Hangar Complex, Taranaki Base Hospital, David Street, New Plymouth.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


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