The Queensland Police Service was first establsiehd in 1864. Air operations began unofficially in 1956, when a Police Officer stationed at Camooweal flew his own Tiger Moth, to assist with Police work. The official Police Air Wing was launched in 1975 with two aircraft, but was closed down in 1983. The Air Wing was reformed in 1985, staffed by civilian pilots. Helicopter operations began in 2012. In the same year a review of the use of Queensland Government aviation assets was initiated. On 1 November 2013, the Emergency Management Queensland Helicopter Rescue (EMQHR), Police Air Wing and Government Air Wing were merged into a new Queensland Government air service, called QG Air.
|1 January 1864||Queensland Police Service first established.|
|1956||Unofficial use of aircraft begins.|
|October 1975||Police Air Wing becomes operational.|
|1983||Police Air Wing closed down.|
|1985||Police Air Wing re-established.|
|2012||First helicopter delivered – a Bell 206L LongRanger.|
|1 November 2013||Police Air Wing becomes part of unified QG Air organisation.|
The aircraft of the QPAW are fully operational.
No plans known.
QPAW aircraft operate in an overall white colour scheme with a red and grey fuselage cheatline. The flag of Queensland is carried on the fin. No service titles are displayed.
Aircraft Serial Numbers
Aircraft operating with the QPAW initially carried standard Australian civil aircraft registrations in no special sequence, e.g. Cessna 180 VH-PFT, but more recent aircraft have VH-PSx registrations.
Coding system not used.
None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
|Aircraft Type||Total Del’d||Total Active||Still on Order||Role|
|Bell 206L LongRanger||2||2||0||Policing|
|Cessna 208 Caravan||2||2||0||Policing|
|Cessna 560 Citation Ultra||1||1||0||Policing|
All-Time Aircraft Used List
|Aircraft Type||Quantity||Service Entry||Out of Service||Origin|
|Bell 206L LongRanger||2||2012||current||USA|
|Cessna 180E||2||1975||1983||Australian Army|
|Cessna 208 Caravan||2||1985||current||USA|
|Cessna 560 Citation Ultra||1||1985||current||USA|
Aircraft NOT Used
No false reports known.
Aircraft Losses and Incidents
No losses known.
Queensland Police Air Wing, Brisbane Airport, Government Hanger, Adjacent To Qantas Maintenance Hanger 1, BRISBANE, Queensland, 4000, Australia. (Note that the morons who registered this address can’t spell ‘Hangar’ correctly).
The air wing has no subordinate units.
Current Unit Assignments
No subordinate units.
Historical Unit Assignments
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
QPAW aircraft are based at Brisbane, Cairns and Mount Isa.
All-Time Air Bases Used List
When first established in 1975 the Air Wing was based at Archerfield Airport, but moved to Brisbane Airport in 1980.
To be added