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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Child Flight

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Originally established in 1979, Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) is a statewide service of NSW Health, providing emergency medical transport service for newborns, infants and children. In 1989 a helicopter was introduced, and operated under the title Child Flight. Further helicopters were subsequently obtained.

In November 2012 it was announced that Child Flight had lost the contract to provide helicopter transport for NETS. The new contractor would be CareFlight. Due to the short notice of contract termination, and to smooth the transfer of operations, Child Flight was given a further 5 months to close its helicopter service. Child Flight now only operates as a fund-raising charity for childrens medical transport.

Key Dates

1979 Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) first established.
19 November 1989 Child Flight Helicopter service launched.
November 2012 Child Flight loses NETS contract to CareFlight.
May 2013 Child Flight ceases helicopter operations.

Current Status

The service was disbanded in 2013.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

Special Markings

Child Flight helicopters operated in an overall dark blue-light blue-white colour scheme with the titles TELSTRA CHILD FLIGHT on the fuselage sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The helicopters carried standard Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. MBB BK117 VH-BKZ.

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
Aerospatiale AS365 Dauphin 2 1 2000 2013 France
Bell 412 1 2010 2013 USA
MBB Bo 105 1 1989 1990 Germany
MBB BK117 1 1990 2013 Germany

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Child Flight, Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS), Westmead, Sydney, NSW.

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 Westmead, Sydney, NSW.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: Child Flight
Facebook: Telstra Child Flight
NSW Rescue Helicopters

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Ambulance Service of New South Wales

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Ambulance Service of New South Wales was first established in 1895, under the title Civil Ambulance and Transport Brigade. It gained its present title in 1977. A fixed-wing air ambulance service was launched in 1967, and soon expanded to four aircraft. A helicopter EMS service was introduced circa 1992, for the greater Sydney area. Other regions of NSW are covered by the Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter and by Westpac Life Saver Rescue helicopters, which operate under contract to the NSW Health service.

Key Dates

1895 NSW Ambulance first established.
1967 Fixed-wing air ambulance service begins.
1992? First helicopter obtained.

Current Status

ASNSW aircraft and helicopters are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

ASNSW aircraft and helicopters operate in an overall red and white colour scheme, with a red/white chequerboard dividing the two colours. The service titles ‘Ambulance Service of New South Wales’ appears on the rear fuselage, and the ASNSW logo on the fin, cabin door or rear fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

ASNSW aircraft and helicopters carry standard Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. AW139 VH-SYZ.

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 3 3 0 EMS
Beech Super King Air 200 7 3 0 Air Ambulance
Beech Super King Air 350 2 2 0 Air Ambulance
Eurocopter EC145 2 2 0 EMS

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS365C Dauphin 2 1 ? ? France
Aerospatiale AS365N Dauphin 2 3 ? ? France
AgustaWestland AW109E Power 1 ? ? Italy
AgustaWestland AW139 3 2008 current Italy
Beech Queen Air 5 1967 1986 contractor
Beech Super King Air 200 7 2003 current contractor
Beech Super King Air 200C 4 1985 2004 contractor
Beech Super King Air 350 3 2012 current contractor
Bell 407 1 ? 2008 contractor
Bell 412 4 ? current contractor
Eurocopter EC145 2 ? current Germany
MBB BK117B 7 ? ? Germany/Japan

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Ambulance Service of NSW, Balmain Road, Rozelle, Sydney, New South Wales.

Organisational Structure

The Aeromedical Division of the Ambulance Service of NSW comprises a fixed-wing patient transport service known as The Air Ambulance, and a rotary-wing Greater Sydney Area Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (GSA HEMS).

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 GSA HEMS helicopters are based at Sydney-Bankstown, Wollongong and Orange. The fixed-wing unit is based at Kingsford-Smith International Airport, Sydney.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

Ambulance Service of New South Wales
wikipedia: New South Wales Ambulance
helihub: New South Wales
Air Ambulance New South Wales
NSW Rescue Helicopters

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National Safety Council of Australia

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA) was first formed Victoria in May 1927, from a coalition of organisations concerned with various aspects of safety. Staffed by volunteers, it initially focussed on road, sea and industrial safety. In the late 1970s the Victoria Division also began to take on some EMS, fire and accident response work for two power stations in the Gippsland region. Consequently, it began to take on contract and full-time employees, and in 1980 purchased its first helicopter.

Contracts for fire and accident response services expanded greatly after 1982, and in 1983 an Emergency Services Division was launched in Victoria. This division was progressively equippped to provide air ambulance, aerial firefighting and rescue services to the residents of Victoria. In 1989 serious financial irregularities were revealed by the Victoria Division. The following year the Emergency Services Division had to be closed down and its assets disposed of. The last aircraft was sold in 1992.

Key Dates

23 May 1927 National Safety Council of Australia first established.
1980 First helicopter acquired.
1983 Launch of Emergency Services Division.
1989 Victoria Division of NSCA suffers financial collapse.
1990 Emergency Services Division disbanded.
1992 Last aircraft retired.

Current Status

The aviation branch was disbanded in 1990.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

Special Markings

NSCA aircraft and helicopters were basically overall yellow with a black fuselage cheatline. The titles NSCA were normally carried on the rear fuselage or fin. Many aircraft also displayed a large two-digit fleet number.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

NSCA aircraft and helicopters carried Australian civil aircraft registrations in the series VH-SNx or VH-NSx, e.g. Super King Air 200 VH-NSD.

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
Bell UH-1 Iroquois ? ? 1990 USA
Bell 205A ? ? 1990 USA
Bell 212 ? ? 1990 USA
Bell 412 ? ? 1990 USA
Beech Super King Air 200 5 1984 1992 USA
Dasault Falcon 100 1 1988 ? USA
Dornier Do 228-200 ? ? 1990 Germany
GAF N-22B Nomad ? ? 1990 Australia
Hughes 500D ? ? ? USA
MBB Bo 105 ? ? ? Germany

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

National Safety Council of Australia, 17 McNaughton Road, Clayton VIC 3168, Australia.

Organisational Structure

THe NSCA operated from bases in all the Australian states except Western Australia, but including Tasmania. These included facilities on operational RAAF bases.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information

Books

Rescue: Front-line Stories of Pararescue and Emergency Operations by Richard McRoberts, Troy Thornton (Lothian, 1992)
Rotor in the Green by Raymond Dousset (Xulon PRess, 2007)

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: National Safety Council of Australia
National Safety Council of Australia
National Safety Council of Australia
Catch Me Network
Friedrichs Empty Built of Empty Boxes
Facebook: NSCA Aviation

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Snowy Hydro SouthCare

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter provides EMS and rescue services to people in the ACT and South-eastern NSW. Its naming sponsor is the Snowy Hydro hydro-electric company. The service was launched on 1 October 1998. Some time before 2006 it moved its base from Canberra IAP to a dedicated facility in Symonston.

Key Dates

1 October 1998 Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter service first established.
20?? SHSC base moved to dedicated facility at Symonston.

Current Status

The SHSC helicopter is fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

Special Markings

The SHSC helicopter originally flew in a white and green colour scheme, with a red diagonal stripe separating the two main colours. ‘SouthCare’ titles were displayed on the tail boom and ‘Snowy Hydro’ titles on the cabin doors. The logo of the Ambulance Service of New South Wales was carried on the cockpit doors. A new colour colour scheme comprising a green tail boom, white fuselage and a blue rotor fairing and upper fuselage was later introduced. The position of the titles was revised so that they always read SnowyHydro – SouthCare on both the port and starboard sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The SHSC helicopter carries an Australian civil aircraft registration, i.e. Bell 412 VH-NSC.

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

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Bell 412 1 1998 current contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Snowy Hydro SouthCare, Emergency Services Complex, 82 David Warren Road, Hume ACT 2620, Australia.

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 SHSC helicopter is based at the Emergency Services Complex at Symonston, a region of Canberra.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Originally based at Canberra International Airport the SHSC, the helicopter later moved to a dedicated facility at Symonston.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

Skids Up

Websites

SA Health
wikipedia: Snowy Hydro SouthCare

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Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Prior to the year 2000, Tasmania does not appear to have had any search and rescue or EMS service. In August 2000 the Tasmanian Air Rescue Helicopter Service was launched. In September 2000 the Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust was first established, to help fund the service. The helicopter is operated on behalf of the Tasmanian Police and the Tasmanian Ambulance Service. In April 2005 the service was renamed Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service after a new sponsorship deal. The MBB BK 117 has been replaced by a similar model at least once. An AS355 Twin Squirrel is available as a standby if required.

Key Dates

1 August 2000 First helicopter received.
28 September 2000 Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust first established.
April 2005 Tasmanian Air Rescue Helicopter Service renamed Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

Current Status

The Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust helicopter is fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust BK117 helicopter operates in the normal Westpac red and yellow colour scheme, with the addition of POLICE titles on the cabin door. The standby AS355 is overall blue with a yellow saw-cut marking and RESCUE titles.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The helicopters carry Australian 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 AS355 Twin Squirrel 1 1 0 EMS/Policing
MBB BK117B2 2 1 0 EMS/Policing

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS355 Twin Squirrel 1 2000 current contractor
MBB BK117B2 2 2000 current contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust, PO Box 265, Rosny Park Tasmania 7018.

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 Hobart Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust News

Websites

Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust
wikipedia: Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service

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