Victoria Police Air Wing

Operator Profile
 

Key Facts

Current Title:
Victoria Police AIr Wing
English Title:
Victoria Police AIr Wing
Abbreviation:
VPAW
First Established:
1975
ICAO Code:
(None)
Country:
Australia
Status:
Active

History

Narrative Summary

To be added.

Key Dates

1975 VPAW established using two leased Aero Commander 500s.
1979 First helicopter, an AS365C1, enters service.
1996 Helicopter operation contracted to CHC Helicopters.
2001 Re-equipment with new generation AS365N helicopters begins.

Current Status

The helicopters of the VPAW are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

Special Markings

VPAW helicopters operate in a distinctive blue and colour scheme, with the service titles POLICE on the fuselage sides and the Victoria Police insignia on the cockpit door.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

VPAW helicopters carry Australian civil aircraft registrations in the sequence VH-PVx, where PV stands for Police Victoria, e.g. AS365N3 VH-PVH.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale AS365N3 Dauphin 3 3 0 Policing
Eurocopter EC135 T2+ 1 1 0 Policing

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aero Commander 500 2 1975 ? leased
Aerospatiale AS350BA Squirrel 1 1988 2010 France/contractor
Aerospatiale AS365C1 Dauphin 3 1979 2010 France/contractor
Aerospatiale AS365N3 Dauphin 3 2001 current contractor
Eurocopter EC135 T2+ 1 2010 current contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

No losses known, although one of the SA365C1s made a forced landing after being hit by gunfire on 9 August 1987.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Victoria Police Air Wing, Hangar 23, 12 Larkin Court, Essendon Fields, VIC 3041.

Organisational Structure

There are no sub-units in the VPAW.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

VPAW helicopters are based at Essendon Airport, Melbourne.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: Victoria Police Air Wing
Official VPAW website
Victoria Police Air Wing
YouTube: Victoria Police Air Wing
Facebook: Victoria Police Air Wing

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

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