National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

National Parks and Wildlife Service was established by the NSW government in 1967. It’s main responsibilities are park management, plant and animal conservation and fire management. The latter task is carried out in co-ordination with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. Aircraft were first acquired in the 1970s to assist in these roles. The NPWS now operates four helicopters and one fixed-wing aircraft.

Key Dates

1967 National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW first established.
? First aircraft obtained.
? First helicopter obtained.

Current Status

The NPWS aircraft and hecliopters are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

NPWS aircraft and helicopters fly in an orange and dark green colour scheme with a white diagonal band separating the two colours. The NPWS logo appears on the cabin door and the radio call sign PARK AIR x appears on the white fuselage band.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The NPWS aircraft and helicopters carry Australian civil aircraft registration, e.g. AS350 VH-ZHG.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale AS350 Squirrel 4 4 0 Utility
Cessna U206G 1 1 0 Utility

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aero Commander 690 Turbo Commander 1 1985 2003 Germany
Aerospatiale SA341G Gazelle 1 1976 1981 France
Aerospatiale AS350 Squirrel 4 19?? current France
MBB BK117 ? 19?? 20?? New Zealand
Cessna U206G 1 1983 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

National Parks and Wildlife Service, Level 14, 59-61 Goulburn Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

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 NPWS aircraft and helicopters are based at Sydney-Bankstown Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


None known.


National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW
wikipedia: National Parks and Wildlife Service (New South Wales)
Hover and Heli-winching
The versatility master
Flickr: ‘Park Air 1’ MBB BK117

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