The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) was first established in 1990, and is responsible for the safety and regulation of shipping in Australian waters, maintenance of marine aids to navigation, and search and rescue operations for vessels in distress.
In 2005 a contract was placed with Pearl Aviation for the provision of airborne fixed-wing search and rescue services. Accordingly, a new subsidiary, AeroRescue was established to provide this service, using Dornier Do 328 aircraft. In October 2014 it was announced that Cobham had been selected to take-over search and rescue services under a new 12-year contract starting in 2016.
|1990||Australian Maritime Safety Authority established.|
|2005||AeroRescue first formed.|
|2014||Cobham wins AMSA contract to replace AeroRescue.|
The aircraft of AMSA are fully operational.
No information available.
AMSA aircraft operate in an overall white scheme with a orange fuselage stripe and an all-orange fin and rudder. The service titles RESCUE are carried mid-way along the fuselage side, plus the initials AMSA under the cockpit.
Aircraft Serial Numbers
AMSA aircraft carry standard Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. Do 328 VH-PPG.
Coding system not used.
None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
|Aircraft Type||Total Del’d||Total Active||Still on Order||Role|
|Dornier Do 328||5||5||0||Search & Rescue|
All-Time Aircraft Used List
|Aircraft Type||Quantity||Service Entry||Out of Service||Origin|
|Dornier Do 328||5||2006||current||contractor|
Aircraft NOT Used
No false reports known.
Aircraft Losses and Incidents
Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.
AeroRescue Pty Ltd, GPO Box 338, Darwin, NT 0801, Australia.
There are no sub-units to the AMSA service. Aircraft are allocated to various bases as detailed below.
Current Unit Assignments
Historical Unit Assignments
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
AMSA aircraft currently operate from Darwin (NT), Perth (WA), Cairns (QLD), Essendon (VIC) and Brisbane (QLD).
All-Time Air Bases Used List
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