Western Australia Police Air Wing

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Western Australia Police Air Wing
English Title:
Western Australia Police Air Wing
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

The Western Australia Police was first established in 1834. The Air Wing commenced operations in 1974, using a hired Piper Tri-Pacer. A Cessna 182 was later purchased as a replacement. In 1982 the first twin-engined aircraft was obtained. Helicopter operations began in December 1989 using a chartered Bell 206L Long Ranger.

Key Dates

1 January 1834 Western Australia Police first established.
1974 Air Wing formed using leased aircraft.
December 1989 Start of helicopter operations.

Current Status

The aircraft of the WAPAW are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

WAPAW helicopters operate in a blue and white colour scheme with the service titles POLICE on the rotor fairing and the Western Australia Police crest on the cabin door. The PC-12s have a silver and white colour scheme with a blue cheatline and the rear fuselage a reproduction of the blue bird insignia featured on the WAP official flag.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with the WAPAW initially carried standard Australian civil aircraft registrations in no special sequence, e.g. Piper PA-31 Navajo VH-DEQ, but more recent aircraft have VH-WAx and VH-WPx 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
Aerospatiale AS365N3 Dauphin 1 1 0 Policing
Cessna 182 Skylane 2 1 0 Policing
GippsAero GA8 Airvan 1 1 0 Policing
MBB BK117B2 1 1 0 Policing
Pilatus PC-12 1 1 0 Policing

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS355F1 Twin Squirrel 1 1990 1992 France
Aerospatiale AS365N3 Dauphin 1 ? current France
Beech 55 Baron 1 ? ? USA
Bell 206L LongRanger 1 1989 2001 leased
Cessna 182 Skylane 2 197? current USA
Cessna 310R 1 ? 2001 USA
GippsAero GA8 Airvan 1 ? current Australia
MBB BK117B2 1 1992 current Japan
Partenavia P68 Observer 1 1982 ? Italy
Pilatus PC-12 2 2006 current Switzerland
Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer 1 1974 ? leased
Piper PA-31 Navajo 2+ ? 2006 USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

The WAPAW has suffered two accidents – an AS355 on 8 May 1992 and a Cessna 310 on 26 January 2001.


Main Headquarters

Western Australia Police Air Wing, Jandakot Airport, Jandakot WA 6164.

Organisational Structure

Police Air Wing has two units based in WA with one covering the southern state and the other covering the northern state.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The WAPAW has a main base at Jandakot Airport, Perth, with one aircraft also based at Karratha Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


To be added


wikipedia: Western Australia Police
Police Air Wing
Pilatus Aircraft Enthusiasts

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