Surf Life Saving South Australia

of Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service

History

The Wales Surf Rescue Helicopter service started in 1979, sponsored by the Wales Bank. It is not clear if the establishment of the South Australia State Rescue Helicopter Service (SRHS) in 1980 affected this service. Referring to an event in 2005, the official SLS SA website says “… since 1979, Surf Life Saving South Australia has operated within the aerial services domain, with various changes and a two year absence in this time. However with the support of Westpac, a Helicopter Rescue Service in South Australian coastal areas is again up and running.” This implies that the service continued, but had a pause circa 2003-2005. The helicopters operated during this period are not known.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Bell 206 1 1979 – 1980+  
?? 1 ? – ?  
AS350 1 Sep 2005 – current  

Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added

Main Bases

Base Duration
?? 1979 – 2003
West Beach, Adelaide Sep 2005 – current

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Northern Region Surf Life Saving Association

of Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service

History

A rescue helicopter service for Northern NSW was officially launched at Ballina in December 1982. It was the 5th SLSA helicopter in Australia. In 1983 the helicopter moved to a base in Lismore, and in 1986 to Lismore Airport. In 1996 the service was able to 24 hrs 365 days a year.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
AS365C 2 1991 – 2007  
AS365N 2 2005 – current  
Bell 206B 2 1983 – 1990  
Bell 206L 1 1990 – 1996  
Hiller UH-12E 1 Dec 1982 – 1983  

Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added

Main Bases

Base Duration
Ballina Dec 1982 – 1983
Lismore 1983 – 1986
Lismore Airport 1986 – current

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Ambulance Tasmania

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

In late 1997 the Government of Tasmania awarded the Royal Flying Doctor Service a contract to provide an aerial ambulance service in Tasmania, under the administration of Ambulance Tasmania. Beech King Air 200 VH-MSM was dedicated to this task. The contract with RFDS was renewed in 2004. In 2011 the RFDS won a new contract by undertaking to replace the existing aircraft with a new machine operating in Ambulance Tasmania colours.

Key Dates

1997 RFDS wins contract to provide aerial ambulance service in Tasmania.
2004 RFDS contract renewed.
2011 RFDS wins new contract.

Current Status

The Ambulance Tasmania aircraft is fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

The Ambulance Tasmania aircraft flies in an overall white colour scheme with a broad yellow and red cheatline. AMBULANCE TASMANIA titles appear on the upper fuselage and AMBULANCE on the fin.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Ambulance Tasmania aircraft carries an Australian civil aircraft registration, i.e. King Air 200 VH-LTQ.

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
Beech King Air 200 2 1 0 Air Ambulance

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Beech King Air 200 2 1997 current contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Ambulance Tasmania State Headquarters, Lower Level, 12 Brisbane Street, Hobart TAS 7000.

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 Ambulance Tasmania aircraft is based at Launceston.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

None known.

Websites

Aeromedical and Medical Retrieval
planespotters.net
RFDS Welcomes Ambulance Tasmania Decision

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CareFlight

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Gold Coast Helicopter Rescue Service was formed in 1981. Its mission was to save lives by providing a search and rescue service to local beaches and the hinterland. In 1992 the service was renamed CareFlight Queensland and expanded to carry out search and rescue in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales. RACQ joined as a naming rights sponsor in 1991 and remains as a sponsor to this day. A fixed-wing Air Ambulance service was launched in 2004, to provide long range patient transport. In 2013, CareFlight Queensland merged with the Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service (SCHRS), Australia’s oldest helicopter rescue service.

Key Dates

1981 Gold Coast Helicopter Rescue Service first established.
1992 Service renamed CareFlight Queensland.
2004 Fixed-wing Air Ambulance unit created.
2013 Merger with Sunshine Coast rescue service.

Current Status

The CareFlight Group is fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

CareFlight helicopters operate in an overall white/yellow/blue colour scheme based on the company logo, with ‘CareFlight’ titles on the forward or rear fuselage. The fixed wing aircraft operate in a simpler white and blue colour scheme with a thin yellow diagonal line across the fuselage and ‘CareFlight’ titles on the forward fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

CareFlight aircraft and helicopters carry Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. A109 VH-IAG.

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
AgustaWestland AW139 ? ? ? EMS
Beech Super King Air 200 5 4 0 Air Ambulance
Bell 230 1 1 0 EMS
Bell 412 6 3 0 EMS
Bombardier Learjet 45 1 1 0 Air Ambulance
Bombardier Learjet 45XR 1 1 0 Air Ambulance
Canadair Challenger 604 1 1 0 Air Ambulance
MBB BK117B-2 3 3 0 EMS

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS350B Squirrel 2 1986 ? France/SCHRS
Aerospatiale AS365C Dauphin 2 1 1988 ? France
Agusta A109E Power 1 2004 ? Italy
Agusta AW119 Koala 1 2001 ? Italy
AgustaWestland AW139 ? 2014 current Italy
Beech Super King Air 200 5 2011 current USA
Bell 206L1 LongRanger 1 2013 ? SCHRS
Bell 230 1 ? current SCHRS
Bell 412 6 1994 current USA
Bombardier Learjet 45 1 ? current USA
Bombardier Learjet 45XR 1 ? current USA
Canadair Challenger 604 1 ? current Canada
Gates Learjet 36A 2 2007 ? USA
IAI 1124 Westwind 1 ? 2009 contractor
MBB BK117B-2 2 2013 current SCHRS

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

A IAI Westwind was forced to ditch in 2009, (wikipedia entry).

Organisation

Main Headquarters

CareFlight Headquarters, 4-6 Barden St, Northmead, NSW 2152, Australia.

Organisational Structure

The CareFlight Group includes the fixed-wing CareFlight International Air Ambulance (CFIAA) unit and the rotary-wing RACQ CareFlight Rescue unit. CareFlight also has a government contract in Northern Territory, and two commercial contracts with a consortium of oil and gas exploration and production companies operating in Australia.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of current unit assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

CareFlight International Air Ambulance
Careflight Northern Territory
RACQ CareFlight Rescue

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The fixed-wing aircraft operate from Sydney, Darwin, Perth and Cairns. The helicopters are based at Toowoomba, Bundaberg and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and also Darwin.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

Pulse

Websites

CareFlight
CareFlight
wikipedia: CareFlight
Facebook: CareFlight
Facebook: RACQCareFlight
RACQ CareFlight secures funding
CareFlight Bell 230

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Current Unit Assignments
Australian Air Ambulances

Unit Type Base
Australian Capital Territory
Snowy Hydro SouthCare
1 x Bell 412 Symonston, Canberra
New South Wales
Ambulance Service of New South Wales
The Air Ambulance 3 x Super King Air 200, 2 x Super King Air 350 Kingsford-Smith IAP, Sydney
Greater Sydney Area HEMS 2 x AW139, 1 x EC145 Bankstown, Sydney
Greater Sydney Area HEMS 1 x AW139 Wollongong
Greater Sydney Area HEMS 1 x EC145 Orange
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter
Hunter Region Surf Life Saving 2 x Bell 412 Newcastle
Hunter Region Surf Life Saving 2 x BK117 Tamworth
Northern Region Surf Life Saving 2 x AS365 Lismore
Southern Region Surf Life Saving 1 x BK117 La Perouse, Sydney
Southern Region Surf Life Saving 1 x BK117 Moruya
CareFlight
CFIAA 1 x Learjet 45XR, 1 x CL-604 Sydney
Northern Territory
CareFlight
CFIAA 1 x Learjet 45 Darwin
CareFlight 4 x Super King Air 200 Darwin
CareFlight 1 x BK117 Darwin
Queensland
Emergency Management Queensland
1 x Bell 412, 1 x AW139 Cairns
1 x AW139 Townsville
1 x Bell 412, 1 x AW139 Brisbane
CareFlight
RACQ CareFlight Rescue 1 x BK117 Marcoola, Sunshine Coast
RACQ CareFlight Rescue 1 x BK117 Bundaberg
RACQ CareFlight Rescue 1 x Bell 412 Tugun, Gold Coast
RACQ CareFlight Rescue 1 x Bell 412 Toowoomba
RACQ CareFlight Rescue 1 x Bell 230 Mount Isa
RACQ CareFlight Rescue 1 x Bell 412 Brisbane
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter (Surf Life Saving Queensland)
1 x EC135 Carrara
1 x Bo 105 Caloundra
CQ Rescue
RACQ CQ Rescue 2 x Bell 412 Mackay
Capricorn Helicopter Rescue
RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue 1 x Bell 412 Rockhampton
South Australia
State Rescue Helicopter Service
MAC Rescue 1 x Bell 412, 1 x EC130, 1 x BK117 Adelaide Airport
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter (Surf Life Saving South Australia)
1 x AS 350 West Beach, Adelaide
Tasmania
Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust
1 x AS355, 1 x BK117 Hobart Airport
Ambulance Tasmania
1 x Super King Air 200 Launceston Airport
Victoria
Air Ambulance Victoria
4 x Super King Air 200 Essendon Airport
1 x AS365, 1 x Bell 412 Essendon Airport
1 x Bell 412 Bendigo
1 x Bell 412 Latrobe Valley
1 x Bell 412 Warrnambool
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter (Life Saving Victoria)
1 x AS350, 1 x EC120 Moorabbin, Melbourne
Western Australia
RAC Rescue
RAC Rescue 1 x Bell 412 Jandakot Airport
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter (Surf Life Saving Western Australia)
1 x AW119Ke Freemantle
1 x AS350 Busselton

Current Unit Assignments
CareFlight

Unit Type Base
New South Wales
CFIAA 1 x Learjet 45XR, 1 x CL-604 Sydney
Northern Territory
CFIAA 1 x Learjet 45 Darwin
CareFlight 4 x Super King Air 200 Darwin
CareFlight 1 x BK117 Darwin
Queensland
RACQ CareFlight Rescue 1 x BK117 Marcoola, Sunshine Coast
RACQ CareFlight Rescue 1 x BK117 Bundaberg
RACQ CareFlight Rescue 1 x Bell 412 Tugun, Gold Coast
RACQ CareFlight Rescue 1 x Bell 412 Toowoomba
RACQ CareFlight Rescue 1 x Bell 230 Mount Isa
RACQ CareFlight Rescue 1 x Bell 412 Brisbane

Current Unit Assignments
Air Ambulance Victoria

Unit Type Base
4 x Super King Air 200 Essendon Airport
1 x AS365, 1 x Bell 412 Essendon Airport
1 x Bell 412 Bendigo
1 x Bell 412 Latrobe Valley
1 x Bell 412 Warrnambool

Current Unit Assignments
Ambulance Service of New South Wales

Unit Type Base
The Air Ambulance 3 x Super King Air 200, 2 x Super King Air 350 Kingsford-Smith IAP, Sydney
Greater Sydney Area HEMS 2 x AW139, 1 x EC145 Bankstown, Sydney
Greater Sydney Area HEMS 1 x AW139 Wollongong
Greater Sydney Area HEMS 1 x EC145 Orange

South Australia State Rescue Helicopter Service

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The first rescue helicopter in Adelaide originated from a trial in the summer of 1979/80 between Lloyd Helicopters and Surf Lifesaving. The success of the trial prompted the State Government in May 1980 to approve the establishment of a full time State Rescue Helicopter Service (SRHS), operated by Lloyd Helicopters. Operations began the same year with a single helicopter, but additional helicopters were soon added. The SRHS also provides the MedSTAR service for SA Health.

Operators of the service have been Lloyd Helicopters, CHC Helicopters, and from 11 December 2005, Australian Helicopters Pty Ltd.

Key Dates

1979 First helicopter trial with Surf Lifesaving.
1980 State Rescue Helicopter Service (SRHS) launched.
July 2009 Motor Accident Commission becomes naming sponsor.

Current Status

SRHS is fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

SRHS helicopter colour schemes have changed with the named sponsor. Previous sponsors include the Bank of New South Wales, Westpac Bank, S.G.I.C., and Adelaide Bank. The Motor Accident Commission took over sponsorship from 1 July 2009. The MAC colour scheme is red overall with a white chevron across the fuselage and MAC titles on the tail boom.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The helicopters carry Australian civil aircraft registrations in the sequence VH-xSA, e.g. BK117 VH-VSA.

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
Bell 412 1 1 0 EMS
Eurocopter EC130 1 1 0 EMS
MBB BK117 1 1 0 EMS

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Bell 206 JetRanger 1 1979 1980 contractor
Bell 206L LongRanger 1 1980 19?? contractor
Bell 412 1 1990 current contractor
Eurocopter EC130 1 2005 current contractor
MBB BK117 1 2005 current contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

South Australia State Rescue Helicopter Service, Adelaide, SA.

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 Adelaide Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

MAC Rescue Helicopter
State Rescue Helicopters
MAC Rescue helicopter launched
MedSTAR
SA Health
wikipedia: MedSTAR

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Air Ambulance Victoria

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Victoria Civil Ambulance Service (VCAS) was established in the city of Melbourne in 1916. Elsewhere in the state, many regional ambulance services came to be formed. In early 1959 the Peter McCallum Cancer Institute began to charter aircraft to bring patients from around the state to Melbourne for treatment. In 1962 a formal Victoria Air Ambulance service was created, chartering aircraft as required to transport patients to hospitals in Melbourne. In 1965 a dedicated aircraft was chartered, to deliver a better service than the previous ad-hoc operation. The aircraft fleet soon expanded, with successive charter contracts placed for bigger and better aircraft.

In 1986 the first helicopter was obtained, allowing emergency retrieval of patients. Circa 1988 the VCAS became the Metropolitan Ambulance Service (MAS), following the merger of a number of smaller services. Although focussed on delivering ambulance services in the greater Melbourne area, the MAS continued the Air Ambulance operation inherited from the VCAS. In a similar move outside of Melbourne, five regional ambulance service were merged into Rural Ambulance Victoria (RAV) in 1997 (1998?). On 1 July 2008 the MAS and RAV were merged to form a single state-wide ambulance service, known as Ambulance Victoria (AV).

Key Dates

1916 Victorian Civil Ambulance Service (VCAS) established.
1959 Ad-hoc use of chartered aircraft for patients begins.
1 May 1962 Victoria Air Ambulance starts operations for VCAS.
29 June 1965 Dedicated air ambulance aircraft chartered.
1986 First helicopter acquired.
1988? Metropolitan Ambulance Service (MAS) created from merger of VCAS with smaller services.
1997 Rural Ambulance Victoria (RAV) formed from merger of five regional services.
1 July 2008 Ambulance Victoria formed from merger of MAS and RAV.

Current Status

AAV aircraft and helicopters are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

AAV helicopters have operated with a white cabin and red tailboom, and red/white stripe along the fuselage underside. The AV insignia appears on the cabin door and the titles AMBULANCE appear on the tail boom. The AW139s have a modified colour scheme, with a broad blue band marking the division between the red and white areas.

The fixed wing aircraft operate in an overall white colour scheme with a blue/white/red fuselage cheatline, AMBULANCE VICTORIA titles on the rear fuselage and the AV logo on the fin.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The VAS aircraft and helicopters initially carried standard Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. Cessna 402 VH-BUS, but more recently carry registrations in a special VH-VAx sequence, e.g. Super King Air 200 VH-VAI.

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 AS365N Dauphin 2 1 1 0 EMS
AgustaWestland AW139 2 2 0 EMS
Beech Super King Air 200 8 4 0 Air Ambulance
Bell 412 4 4 0 EMS

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aero Commander Shrike Commander 5 1962 1979 contractor
Aerospatiale AS365C Dauphin 2 1 1986 2001 contractor
Aerospatiale AS365N Dauphin 2 1 2001 current contractor
AgustaWestland AW139 2 2016 current contractor
Beech 55 Twin Bonanza 2 1965 1971 contractor
Beech Super King Air 200 8 1998 current RFDS
Bell 412 4 1987 current contractor
Cessna 402 9 1979 1989 contractor
Cessna 404 Titan 6 1989 1998 contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Ambulance Victoria, 375 Manningham Road, Doncaster, Victoria 3108.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of current unit assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The five helicopters are based at based at Essendon, Bendigo, the Latrobe Valley and Warrnambool. The fixed-wing aircraft are based at Essendon airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

Air Ambulance Victoria
Air Ambulance Victoria
wikipedia: Air Ambulance Victoria
Youtube: Air Ambulance Victoria
Air Ambulance
jetphotos.net: Air Ambulance Victoria
helis.com: Air Ambulance Victoria
Air Ambulance

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