Central Region Emergency Services Trust

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Central Region Emergency Service Trust (CREST) was formed by a group of Manawatu residents in 2009, who wanted to see a locally owned and operated rescue helicopter in Palmerston North. The existing helicopter was the Square Trust Rescue Helicopter operated by Philips Search and Rescue Trust, which was not felt to provide adequate service.

In 2020 a contract was signed with HELiPRO for two helicopters and the service launched soon after. Unfortunately, contracted helicopter operator HELiPRO went into receivership in November 2014 and subsequently closed down its entire New Zealand operation. The CREST service appears to have ceased at the same time.

Following the cessation of helicopter operations, the Charitable Trust itself appears to have been dissolved.

Key Dates

April 2009 CREST first established.
February 2010 Service agreement signed with HeliPro.
11 November 2014 Contractor HELiPRO is closed down.

Current Status

The CREST organisation appears to have been disbanded. No official websites are functional.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

Special Markings

The CREST helicopters operated in the standard overall red colour scheme of HELiPRO.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The helicopter carries New Zealand civil aircraft registration.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
MBB BK 117 2 2010 2013 contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Central Region Emergency Service Trust, Palmerston North.

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

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The helicopters were based at Palmerston North Airport.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

  • New Rescue Service
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  • Life Flight Trust

    Operator Profile

    History

    Narrative Summary

    Helicopter rescue services in the Wellington area began in 1976 with Capital Helicopters obtaining and air operating licence in 1976. The service was progressively upgraded and in 1982 the Life Flight Trust was formally established. The next year a fixed-wing air ambulance service was added.

    Key Dates

    1976 Helicopter rescue service first established.
    Nov 1982 Life Flight Trust first established.
    1983 Fixed wing air ambulance services start.

    Current Status

    The Life Flight Trust is fully operational.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The rescue helicopter operates in the standard Westpac Rescue colours of red and yellow. The fixed wing aircraft operate in a red and white colour scheme, except for the Jetstream which operates in a unique ‘bandaged’ paint scheme.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The LFT aircraft and helicopters operate with New Zealand civil aircraft registrations.

    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
    British Aerospace Jetstream 32 1 1 0 Air Ambulance
    Fairchild Metroliner SA227CC 1 1 0 Air Ambulance
    MBB BK 117B2 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
    Aerospatiale AS350B 1 1989 1993 Capital Helicopters
    Bell 206B JetRanger 1 1977 1986 Capital Helicopters
    British Aerospace Jetstream 32 1 May 2012 current contractor
    Cessna 421 Golden Eagle 1 1983 19?? contractor
    Fairchild Metroliner SA227CC 2 2001 current USA
    Hughes 300 1 1976 1977 Capital Helicopters
    MBB BK 117B2 2 1993 current Germany
    MBB Bo 105 1 1988 1989 Capital Helicopters
    Piper Cheyenne II 1 1994 19?? contractor

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    The Bell 206 was lost in an accident.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Life Flight Air Rescue Centre, 17 George Bolt Street, Rongotai, Wellington and Hangar 5, Hape Drive, Auckland Airport, Manukau.

    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

    TYhe fixed wing aircraft are based at Wellington IAP and Auckland. The helicopter is based at Wellington International Airport.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

  • Facebook: Life Flight
  • Life Flight Trust
  • Kiwi Flyer
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  • Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust

    Operator Profile

    History

    Narrative Summary

    The Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust was first formed in 1998 to establish and fund a dedicated intensive care rescue helicopter service for the greater Otago area. The helicopter began operations later in 1998.

    Key Dates

    1998 Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust first established.

    Current Status

    The Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter is fully operational.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The ORH operates in an overall black colour scheme with OTAGO REGIONAL RESCUE titles on the fuselage.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The helicopter carries New Zealand civil aircraft registration.

    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
    MBB BK 117 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
    MBB BK 117 1 1998 current Helicopters Otago

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust, PO Box 188, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand.

    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 Taieri Airfield in Mosgie.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

  • Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust
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  • Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust

    Operator Profile

    History

    Narrative Summary

    In 1989 the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust was formally established to bring a rescue helicopter service to the Christchurch region. The helicopter began operations in 1990. A second smaller helicopter was introduced in 1997 – operating from Greymouth. ‘Solid Energy’ became the major sponsor of the second helicopter in 2001, but pulled out of the deal in April 2013 and was replaced as main sponsor by New Zealand Coal and Carbon (NZCC).

    Key Dates

    1989 Charitable Trust first established.
    1990 First helicopter delivered – MBB BK117.
    1997 Second helicopter introduced.

    Current Status

    Both helicopters are operated by Garden City Helicopters on hehalf of the CWCART and are fully operational.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The Christchurch-based ‘Westpac Rescue Helicopter’ operates in the standard Westpac red and yellow colour scheme. The Greymouth-based ‘NZCC Rescue Helicopter’ operates in an overall white colour scheme with two-tone green fuselage stripes and NZCC RESCUE logo.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The helicopters carry New Zealand civil aircraft registrations.

    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 AS 355F1 Twin Squirrel 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue
    MBB BK 117 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
    Aerospatiale AS 355F1 Twin Squirrel 1 1997 current Garden City
    MBB BK 117 1 1990 current Garden City

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Harewood Aviation Park, 800C Pound Road, McLeans Island, Christchurch 7676, New Zealand.

    Organisational Structure

    The CWCART currently operates two different helicopters from two different locations – Christchurch and Greymouth.

    Current Unit Assignments

    No subordinate units.

    Historical Unit Assignments

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Flying Units List

    Not applicable.

    Air Bases

    Current Air Bases

    The helicopters are based at Christchurch Airport and Greymouth Airport.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

  • Facebook: Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust
  • Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust

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  • Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

    Operator Profile

    History

    Narrative Summary

    A helicopter rescue service started in Auckland when the Auckland Surf Life Saving Association started using a leased Hiller 12E helicopter in the summer of 1970. At the start of 1973 this helicopter was replace by a turboshaft engined FH-1100. On 31 January 1985 the ASLSA helicopter reached 1000 rescues since its inception 15 years earlier. Sometime in the 1980s a Bell 206 JetRanger was introduced, which was sponsored by Westpac from 1986. In 1990 a charitable trust was established to run a permament rescue helicopter service for the region. It initially took over the operations of the Bell 206, but later replaced this with an AS350.

    Key Dates

    Summer 1970 Auckland Surf Life Saving Association launches helicopter rescue service.
    1990 ARHT first established.
    1990 First helicopter operation by the trust.

    Current Status

    The helicopters are fully operational.

    Future Plans

    Take delivery of two new AW169 helicopters to replace the trusty BK117s.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The ARHT helicopters operate in the standard Westpac Rescue Helicopter red and yellow colour scheme.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The helicopters carry New Zealand civil aircraft registrations.

    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
    AgustwWestland AW169 2 2 0 EMS/Search & Rescue
    MBB BK 117B2 2 2 0 EMS/Search & Rescue

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
    Aerospatiale AS350 Ecureuil 1 1990 1993 France
    AgustaWestland AW169 2 2015 current Italy
    Bell 206B JetRanger III 1 198? 1990 leased
    Fairchild Hiller FH-1100 1 Jan 1973 198? leased
    Hiller 12E 1 1970 1972 leased
    MBB BK 117B2 2 1993 current Japan

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, 3 Solent St, Mechanics Bay, Auckland, New Zealand.

    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 helicopters are based at Mechanics Bay Heliport, Auckland.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

  • FacebookL: Westpac Rescue – Aukland
  • wikipedia: Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust
  • Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

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